Man becomes first person charged with cheating at Chicago’s new casino. It’s a felony.

Isaias Garcia-Martinez and an image of the baccarat game being played at the Paris casino in Las Vegas. | Chicago Police Department; Reddit

CHICAGO — A Little Village man has become the first person to be criminally charged with cheating at the new Bally’s Casino in downtown Chicago.

Isaias Garcia-Martinez, 51, is accused of placing a $25 chip on a 200-to-1 side bet at a baccarat table after the cards were dealt and the outcome of the hand was known. He walked away with a $5,000 payout before casino security realized what happened, according to an Illinois Gaming Board agent’s report.

Garcia-Martinez allegedly pulled the “past post” scam at a baccarat table on the casino’s third floor shortly after midnight Sunday. Baccarat is a card game in which dealers deal two hands, and the players bet on which hand they think will be closer to 9.

At one point, a round ended in a tie with both hands having three 7s. The odds of that happening are about 1 in 400.

After the round ended and everyone knew the outcome, Garcia-Martinez cupped a $25 chip in his hand and slyly placed it on a side bet that pays 200-to-1 if a round ends with both hands having triple 7s, prosecutors said.

According to a gaming agent’s report, the casino supervisor asked a surveillance officer to review footage of the table’s play to ensure that the bet was legit. The surveillance operator didn’t notice the “past post” until they were typing up a “verification report” about an hour later, the agent wrote.

By that time, Garcia-Martinez was long gone. Prosecutors said he walked away from the table after the dealer completed his $5,000 payout. He handed the $5,000 to another man and proceeded to cash in his original $25 chip, according to the agent. The second man cashed out Garcia-Martinez’s $5,000 plus another $1,200 in chips.

Garcia-Martinez and the other man returned to the baccarat tables around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Surveillance officers notified gaming board agents, and they arrested Garcia-Martinez, according to his arrest report.

Judge Ankur Srivastava released him from custody during an initial appearance hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

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