Former card dealer steals over $1 million in cheating scheme

(PHOTO: MGM National Harbor)

OXON HILL, Md. – A former card dealer admitted in court Tuesday to stealing over $1 million from at MGM National Harbor Casino in a cheating scheme.

Baccarat dealer Ming Zhang was caught by security after cheating for three months last year.

Prosecutors say Zhang allowed partners to take pictures of decks that he would not shuffle. The players would win large bets and then pay Zhang in return.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Pulice says bettors can perfectly predict the outcome of baccarat hands if they know the order of cards in a deck.

Zhang is no longer employed by MGM National Harbor. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer stolen funds and says he feels guilty.

He faces a five-year prison sentence and may have to pay back all the money he helped steal.