Ex-dealer's guilty plea reset in Vegas casino cheating case

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Posted: Oct 08, 2015 3:29 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge postponed until Tuesday an ex-dealer's guilty plea in an agreement that will have him testify against three co-defendants accused of cheating a Las Vegas Strip casino out of more than at $1 million in craps bets.

Former Bellagio dealer James Cooper Jr.'s defense attorney, Amy Chelini, sought the delay Thursday. Prosecutor Jay P. Raman didn't object.

Cooper is expected to plead guilty to theft and face one-to-five years in prison.

Bellagio employee Mark Branco has posted $160,000 bail to be freed pending trial. Branco's brother-in-law, Jeffrey Martin, has until Oct. 20 to raise $125,000 bail.

Co-defendant Anthony Granito is hospitalized after open heart surgery.

Cooper and Branco allegedly took bets from Martin and Granito after the dice roll was known, or paid whether their bets won or not.