The first man busted for cheating at Cleveland's new downtown casino has been sentenced to probation.
Russell Heidenreich had been busted in June for adding to a bet at a card table while a hand was in play. He called it an innocent mistake since he'd had too much to drink.
Thursday morning at a sentencing hearing, he apologized to the court and to the casino. Earlier, he had plead guilty to a felony gambling charge.
Defense attorney R. Paul Cushion told the court, Heidenreich travels for his job and is a "Diamond Club" member at a few casinos, a sign he's honest and just made a mistake here.
Judge Joseph Russo gave Heidenreich probation, and he had to pay a $1000 fine.
Oddly, Heidenreich had been winning big at the time of his arrest. The casino gave him back $32,500 he had won earlier on that day.