Poker Card Marker Arrested At Sands CasinoApril 12, 2011 7:27 am
A poker player who resorted to cheating to gain an edge over his opponents now finds himself behind bars after his antics were discovered by casino security.
According to reports, the culprit was Sefula Seji, 43, of Oak Ridge, New Jersey, who came under suspicion after casino authorities discovered marked cards after a routine review of all the playing cards used from the day before.
Apparently, Seji marked the cards with a piece of sandpaper with each wear signifying the strength of the hand. For instance, a mark in the upper left corner would indicate an ace and and so on in descending numerical order.
However, during their investigation casino staff at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem were able to precisely narrow down the incident to poker table 1 at 2:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. After then reviewing security footage Sefula Seji was identified as a possible culprit.
Amazingly, Seji returned to the Sands Casino the following afternoon ready to work his con once again but this time he was being scrutinised by security.
Eventually, Sefula Seji was spotted spinning then dragging his finger across the back of his cards, all of which was caught on CCTV. By the time he was arrested 45 minutes later, 39 of the 52 deck pack were found to have been marked.
A search of Seji then revealed a piece of sandpaper in his right hand, as well as a container with numerous pieces of sandpaper on his person.
Sefula Seji was subsequently charged with engaging in prohibited acts before then being sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of a $75,000 bail.
In the meantime casino authorities declined to comment on whether Seji won any money from marking the cards. It might, however, throw further doubt on Seji’s previous poker tournament cashes over the past four years, which includes a 27th place finish at the $1,650 WSOPC Atlantic City last month for $4,526.