Louisiana State Police

02/09/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 19:38

Local Poker Dealer Arrested for Conspiracy and Attempted Theft

TROOP B NEWS RELEASE February 9, 2018

Local Poker Dealer Arrested for Conspiracy and Attempted Theft

Jefferson Parish- The Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Gaming Enforcement Division arrested two individuals from Jefferson Parish on criminal charges of Conspiracy to Commit Theft over $25,000 and Attempted Theft over $25,000. Ashley Solomon (W/M, age 66) of Metairie, LA turned himself into LSP detectives on Thursday, February 8, 2018 and Dale Foret (W/M, age 51) of Belle Chasse, LA was arrested on Friday, February 9, 2018. The arrests were the result of an investigation into a Texas Hold'em poker game at a local casino.

The investigation began on January 19, 2018, when detectives were notified by the casino staff related to several inconsistencies with a 'Bad Beat' poker game, with a jackpot of $166,471.00. The investigation revealed that Solomon was the poker dealer and intentionally stacked the deck of cards for a favorable outcome. Solomon then conducted two false shuffles. The second false shuffle resulted in a 'Bad Beat' jackpot. Foret was one of the players at the table and the recipient of the larger 'Bad Beat' jackpot. The investigation later revealed that Solomon had communicated with Foret prior to and after the poker game. Detectives obtained arrest warrants for both individuals on February 5, 2018. Both individuals were booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

None of the jackpot winnings have been paid due to the investigation. The jackpot will remain available for future players who win at Texas Hold'em under proper and approved rules of play.

The Gaming Enforcement Division is committed to the strict regulation and control of statutorily authorized gaming entities in conjunction with the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB). The regulation of gaming and the enforcement of criminal gambling laws promote the public's health, safety, and welfare by safeguarding the people of this state against corrupt and dishonest practices. The Program also provides professional services in an effective, innovative, and fair manner that instills public confidence, while fulfilling duties that ensure accurate revenue collection and reporting from licensees, protect the state's assets, and ensure the integrity of all gaming devices and systems by enforcing compliance with all state laws, regulations, and licensee's internal controls related to legally authorized Gaming in Louisiana.

To report illegal gaming activity, please contact Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement at (225) 925-1900.

Contact Information:

S/T Melissa Matey
Louisiana State Police
Public Affairs Section

Office: (504) 471-2780
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