NFL Player Arrested for Allegedly Cheating at Casino

Under arrest
NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones is under arrest for allegedly cheating while playing a table game at an Indiana casino.

30-second summary:

  • NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones is alleged to have cheated at a casino in Indiana
  • Casino claimed he cheated during a table game
  • Jones was subsequently put under arrest
  • He has a long history of brushes with the law and he is currently without a team

The casino cheating details

NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones has had a number of run-ins with the law in recent years and his arrest for allegedly cheating at a casino is just the latest.

He was arrested on February 27 at the Rising Sun Casino in Indiana. Officials there claimed that he had possibly cheated while playing a table game. They made a complaint to the police, who subsequently arrested Jones and jailed him.

The Indiana Gaming Commission issued a statement on the incident. It said Jones had been sent to Dearborn County Jail following his arrest at 3am at the casino, which is in the area of Cincinnati. When Jones noticed the gaming agents who were investigating the alleged cheating, he “immediately became verbally combative and disorderly.”

The 35-year-old was put under arrest for resisting arrest, intimidation, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The booking is supposedly for one count of suspicion of disorderly conduct. He will remain in jail for 24 hours with no bail. He will then appear in front of a judge in Ohio County.

Jones is currently a free agent. He was initially drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2005 before going on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals and the Denver Broncos. In 2014 he was a first-team All-Pro selection.

He has been without a team since November following seven appearances for the Denver Broncos.

Previous brushes with the law

Jones has had numerous brushes with the law during his football career. Shortly after his selection by the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 NFL draft, he was arrested on charges of vandalism and assault. These charges were subsequently dropped.

He was arrested twice during 2006. This led to the Titans suspending him for a single game in the 2006 season.

Jones was allegedly involved in a serious incident in 2007 that occurred at a Las Vegas strip club. Three people were shot. One of the victims, a security guard, died and ex-pro wrestler Tommy Urbanski was left paralyzed from the waist down. 

For his part in the melee, Jones entered a plea deal, for which he received a suspended sentence and a year on probation. As part of a civil suit, Jones has to pay $1.3m to Aaron Cudworth and $11m to Urbanski.

The NFL suspended him for a year. He then went to play in the Canadian Football League during 2009. The following season he joined the Bengals.

He was further arrested in 2011, 2013 and 2017.

Famous casino cheaters

Over the years, there have been a number of high profile cheating incidents at casinos. Many of these instances have brought the cheaters much notoriety.

The MIT blackjack team came up with their own strategy in the 1990s, which brought card counting to another level. They counted cards as a team and their casino cheating exploits were made into a movie called 21, which starred a number of high-profile actors.

Richard Marcus was homeless in Las Vegas after struggling to survive through legal gambling. After taking a job as a baccarat and blackjack dealer, he saw a different side of casinos.

He began to use a sleight of hand trick when playing to scam casinos out of money. His trick was to place two red $5 chips on the top of a $500 brown chip. This made it look like three $5 chips.

However, if his bet was successful, he would point out the true bet size and earn more than $1,000 for the hand. If it was a loser, he would wait for the dealer to look the other way and would change the $500 chip with a $5 chip.

He made millions over his lifetime playing this way, until he was eventually banned from all casinos.

Others have successfully figured out the spin of roulette wheels, controlled techniques for accurate dice rolling, and interfered with slot machines using external devices.