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Convicted slot cheat nominated for Nevada’s 'Black Book'

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Mugshots of Roderick Dee. (Nevada State Gaming Control Board) Mugshots of Roderick Dee. (Nevada State Gaming Control Board)
An old Nevada 'Black Book.' (Courtesy: The Mob Museum) An old Nevada 'Black Book.' (Courtesy: The Mob Museum)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

For the first time since 2009, the Nevada State Gaming Control Board nominated convicted slot machine cheat Roderick Dee for the state's list of persons who are to be excluded or ejected from licensed gaming establishments, better known as the Black Book.

Roderick Dee is a name many in the casino security industry agree belongs in the book.

"Oh yeah, he's a lock. He should definitely be in there," said casino security expert with Game Pro Limited, James Hartley.

Hartley said Dee has been using slot machine cheating devices, such as a "kickstand," for years and has scammed millions from casinos across the state.

"They'll get a machine, and then they'll take it apart and they look for the weakness, and then they create something to exploit any weakness that we may have left," Hartley said.

But not just any casino cheat makes Nevada's Black Book.

Dee would only be the 34th person entered.

While other states have hundreds of names on their casino ban list, Nevada has always had an exclusive list.

"We look at whether the individual is a significant threat to the gaming industry as opposed to everyone who commits a gaming crime (like what's done in other states)," said Jerry Markling, chief of enforcement division of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Markling said candidates must meet at least one of four different criteria: a criminal history, an unsavory reputation, an association with other known cheats and placement on another state's casino ban list.

"Those are some of the requirements, and Mr. Dee met all (four) of those requirements," Markling said.

Dee has four felony convictions involving tampering with slot machines, including two in Nevada casinos and a third inside a Las Vegas convenience store.

Dee himself was not at his nomination hearing, which was held at the Grant Sawyer Building near downtown Las Vegas.

Dee's nomination will now go to the five-member Gaming Commission, and he has the right to appeal his nomination before his name enters the Black Book.

FOX5 tried to contact Dee in preparation of this story, but was unsuccessful by time of publication.

If Dee is placed in the Black Book or not, Hartley said it likely won't stop him from trying to cheat again.

"I don't care if you put him in the book, this is what he's done his whole life - he's suddenly going to change? Hartley asked.

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