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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Las Vegas high roller Archie Karas arrested

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Las Vegas resident Anargyros Karabourniotis, better known in gambling circles around the world as Archie Karas, has been arrested at his home in Las Vegas for an incident that took place in July. Karabourniotis was arrested on suspicion of "card-marking" according to the after winning $8,000 plus in eastern San Diego County at the Barona Casino.

The Barona Gaming Commission ran surveillance cameras according to San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis that caught Karabourniotis. Karabourniotis is believed to have marked the cards to give him the edge on identifying the value as they were dealt.

"This defendant's luck ran out," Dumanis said.

Karabourniotis is held without bail in Las Vegas and faces an extradition hearing on Monday; the Nevada Gaming Control Board has arrested him four times in the past.

The Barona commission, the California Department of Justice's Bureau of Gambling Control, and the San Diego County district attorney's office were all involved in the Barona incident investigation.

"Karas has been a threat to the gaming industry in many jurisdictions," said the board's enforcement chief Karl Bennison.

PokerWorks has compiled a small piece of the history of Artchie Karas' life in gambling for your reading pleasure as we ponder how a score of $8,000 could have any value to ‘the world’s greatest gambler.’

The longest-casino-winning-streak video blurb doesn't exactly have all the facts right, but it's close.

More of of Archie's history can be found in the following: Where are they now - Archie Karas and Archie Karas, The Greatest Gambler on record, plus Table Tango has a few blog posts on him but the most in depth information about Archie was done by Tom Sexton. Start here for a read that will knock your socks off; keep in mind this is only Part 1 of 10. Find all the articles here.

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