Dealer pleads guilty, helped players cheat casino out of $1M

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man who worked as a baccarat dealer at a Maryland casino has pleaded guilty to helping players cheat the casino out of just over $1 million in exchange for a share of the proceeds.

Ming Zhang, of Alexandria, Virginia, faces a maximum of five years in prison following his guilty plea on Tuesday in federal court. He was charged Thursday with conspiring to transport stolen funds.

A court filing says Zhang exposed part of a baccarat deck to a player who photographed the unshuffled cards before that player and others placed large bets on hands last September.

A Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency spokeswoman says Zhang worked for MGM National Harbor. The casino didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Zhang’s sentencing is set for Jan. 31.

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