State police accuse dealer and player of poker sham

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

HARVEY, La . — Two men are accused of working together to steal tens of thousands of dollars from a Louisiana casino.

The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Gaming Enforcement Division made the arrests.  Troopers say the crime happened last month at Boomtown Casino in Harvey.

According to troopers, one of the suspects was a player in a poker game and the other was the dealer.  They say the game had a jackpot of $166,471.

Here’s how the sham happened, according to state police:  The dealer in the game stacked the deck so his accomplice would receive a hand that would win the jackpot.  Then the dealer conducted two false shuffles and dealt the cards.  The false shuffles allowed for the player to receive the jackpot winning hand.

Troopers identify the dealer 66-year-old Ashley Soloman of Metairie and the player as 51-year-old Dale Foret of Belle Chasse.  They say arrest warrants were issued on February 5.  Foret was arrested Friday, February 8 and that Soloman surrendered the prior day.

State police say the jackpot was never paid because of inconsistencies with the game that led casino workers to notify gaming police.

Both men were booked with conspiracy and theft charges.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.