Missouri Professor Pleads Not Guilty to Casino Cheating

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ A Southeast Missouri State University
professor pleaded not guilty to charges that he cheated at Cape
Girardeau’s casino.
Sixty-six-year-old Roger C. Arpin, a longtime literature
professor, entered the plea Monday. He was arrested Friday at the
Isle Casino Cape Girardeau.
He is charged with “capping” his bets at a blackjack table,
meaning he allegedly added to a bet after the cards were dealt.
The Southeast Missourian reports (http://bit.ly/R3gmFN ) Arpin
is the first person arrested for cheating at the Cape Girardeau
casino since it opened Oct. 30. State gaming officials say 44
others were charged with cheating-related offenses in Missouri so
far this year.
The charge carries a possible punishment of up to four years in
prison. Anyone convicted of cheating is banned for life from the
state’s 13 casinos.

Information from: Southeast Missourian,