Police nab poker cheats using invisible ink at Cannes casino

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Police in the French resort city of Cannes have arrested three Italians and a Frenchman using invisible ink to cheat at poker in a local casino, law enforcement sources said on Thursday.

The four were detained on Tuesday at the Les Princes casino after pocketing 30,000 euros ($41,200) in winnings, the sources said.

The Frenchman, a casino employee, made sure the three Italian players were dealt hands from a deck marked in invisible ink, which the players could see by wearing special contact lenses, police said.

Investigators said they suspected other casinos on the French Riviera may have fallen victim to the scam, which is well known in casinos in the United States but new to France.

© 2011 AFP

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