RWS casino croupier and patron charged with cheating

A Chinese national working as a croupier at the Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) casino and his alleged Singaporean accomplice were yesterday slapped with nine fresh charges each for cheating at the gaming table.

Zhang Zhijiu, 40, is accused of colluding with casino patron Chua Lai Huat, 65, by using his role as dealer of the RWS Three Card Poker table to give Chua an advantage.

The duo were each charged last Wednesday with one count of cheating at play, and The Straits Times understands that there could be 85 more similar charges to come for each man.

Zhang's alleged modus operandi was to reveal the value of the last playing card of the dealer's deck by exposing it at an angle to Chua.

The men allegedly committed the offences at about 6am on July 14 and were arrested on the same day after the casino operator alerted the police. Officers seized casino chips worth $6,000 and other items believed to have been used in the crime. The case will next be mentioned on Aug 19. The two men are out on $15,000 bail each.

For each count of cheating at play by colluding under a fraudulent scheme or practice, each man could face up to seven years' jail, a fine of up to $150,000, or both.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2015, with the headline 'RWS casino croupier and patron charged with cheating'. Print Edition | Subscribe