Security staff at L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles had witnessed Thompson exchanging Golden Nugget chips for L’Auberge chips, and they promptly tipped off their counterparts at the Golden Nugget casino. Surveillance agents at the Golden Nugget kept a close eye on the blackjack dealer the next day as she went about her shift and they noticed her putting chips into her apron on several occasions.
Thompson was detained by security agents and troopers from the Louisiana State Police Gaming Enforcement Division were called. The blackjack dealer confessed to hiding chips on her person and showed the ones that she had tucked away, which were worth $1,000. It is not known how many chips the dealer had previously stolen.
The police arrested Thompson and charged her with felony theft, setting bail at $5,000. A full investigation will now be conducted, and we imagine that that will involve a review of surveillance footage at both the Golden Nugget and L’Auberge casinos. Whether or not investigators manage to figure out how much the blackjack dealer stole in total, and over what period of time, may largely depend on how fully she cooperates.
Golden Nugget Lake Charles is a sprawling casino resort which boasts its own 740-room hotel, 18-hole golf course and even a private beach. The venue was opened in December 2014.