Quinton Carter tried to cheat a Las Vegas casino out of five bucks and now has to face charges that could garner a sentence of one to six years and a $10,000 fine.
Carter, it would seem, is not a smart man.
The Associated Press (h/t Yahoo! Sports) reports the Broncos safety, a Las Vegas native, bumped around Sin City on Saturday and decided to play some craps at the Texas Station casino in North Las Vegas.
Already, we have an issue with the story, namely a 24-year-old taking his swagger out to the sticks. I might be a tad more comfortable with someone deciding to take their entertainment needs to the Golden Nugget downtown.
As far as Carter's alleged crime:
Security officials reported he was videotaped adding a $5 chip to three bets after the dice already rolled, according to a police report. Carter denied wrongdoing when police arrived.
Carter faces three counts of committing a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, a felony in Nevada that carries a possible sentence of one to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Like Carrot Top's act at the Luxor that seems to go on and on forever, there is more.
The report issues Carter will also face "a warrant charging him with failure to complete counseling after pleading guilty in a 2011 misdemeanor marijuana possession case."
For his part, a Twitter account identified as Carter's issued this statement.
All of those security cameras may beg to differ, but we certainly hope he is right.
As for what went wrong, Yahoo! Sports' Frank Schwab reminds us the specific act Carter is accused of is called "past posting."
It's the act of throwing on a bet after the respective casino game has concluded and remains one of the more transparent ways to cheat the house.
Now, there are an abundance of things you can do in Las Vegas that may not be wise. Plunking down $50 on a buffet, ordering a three-foot-tall alcoholic beverage and going downtown are among them.
At the top, and one we really didn't think we would ever have to offer as advice, is to cheat the house.
Cameras catch every last thing you do, like unsuccessfully hitting on that beautiful lady from out of town and drunkenly deciding to split face cards at the blackjack table.
So you can be sure they will be watching when you try to cheat the casino in the dumbest and most obvious manner ever. Carter may have been better served to just ask if he could have free $5 chips. (Hey! This might be the plot of a possible Ocean's Fourteen.)
Last, I really want to echo Schwab's concern, and that's the casino itself. I am sure Texas Station is wonderful, but you might think a man who is working on a contract of "four years for about $2.5 million" might be at the Bellagio—hell, maybe even Circus Circus.
Schwab did some digging and found that you can get a room there for $28.
It's the kind of place where you wake up at 4 a.m., look around and realize you made some pretty bad decisions sometime around two.
All of this is to say, never try to bamboozle Vegas. You will just come out looking foolish.
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