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2 arrested after State Police uncover poker cheating by casino dealer, player

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The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Gaming Enforcement Division arrested two men after an investigation into a Texas Hold’em poker game at a local casino.

Ashley Solomon, 66, of Metairie, and Dale Foret, 51, of Belle Chasse face charges of conspiracy to commit theft over $25,000 and attempted theft over $25,000. Solomon surrendered to State Police detectives Thursday (Feb. 8), and Foret was arrested Friday (Feb. 9).

The investigation began on Jan. 19 when detectives were notified by the casino staff about several inconsistencies with a "bad beat" game with a jackpot of $166,471. The investigation revealed that Solomon was the poker dealer and stacked the deck of cards for a favorable outcome, according to police. Solomon then conducted two false shuffles. The second false shuffle resulted in a bad beat.

Foret was one of the players at the table and the recipient of the larger  jackpot. The investigation later revealed that Solomon had communicated with Foret prior to and after the poker game.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for both men on Feb. 5. Both individuals have been booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

None of the jackpot winnings were paid due to the investigation. The jackpot will remain available for future players.

The Gaming Enforcement Division is committed to the strict regulation and control of statutorily authorized gaming entities in conjunction with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB). The regulation of gaming and the enforcement of criminal gambling laws promote the public's health, safety, and welfare by safeguarding the people of this state against corrupt and dishonest practices. The Program also provides professional services in an effective, innovative, and fair manner that instills public confidence, while fulfilling duties that ensure accurate revenue collection and reporting from licensees, protect the state's assets, and ensure the integrity of all gaming devices and systems by enforcing compliance with all state laws, regulations, and licensee's internal controls related to legally authorized Gaming in Louisiana.

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