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Broncos player pleads guilty to cheating casino

Brisbane Broncos player Joe Ofahengaue during a training session at Red Hill.
Brisbane Broncos player Joe Ofahengaue during a training session at Red Hill. DAVE HUNT

BRONCOS player Joe Ofahengaue has been caught cheating after casino security reviewed footage of him winning a hand of poker and noticed him slip a $100 chip underneath the $15 he already had on the table.

The details of the bizarre incident were aired in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday morning, after Ofahengaue pleaded guilty in writing to one charge of cheating by fraudulent act or scheme.

Police prosecutor Sen Const Wade Domagala said Ofahengaue was at the Treasury Casino about 5.45am on April 8 when he won the hand of poker and slipped "a $100 chip under the $15 chip".

He said the dealer did not see the sleight of hand, but when security reviewed the footage the ruse was apparent.

"The defendant returned the money after being challenged by security and left the area," Sen Const Domagala said.

The court was told Ofahengaue returned later in the day and gave security his name and address.

On April 12, he made admissions to police and was charged.

Ofahengaue did not give a reason why he could not appear personally to face the charge, as his written plea simply said he was "unable to attend court on the day mentioned".

Magistrate John McGrath read the written plea of guilty to the court and said there was "no further information".

Mr McGrath said the offence was a "calculated act", but to Ofahengaue's credit he returned the money and left when challenged.

He fined the Broncos player $400 and did not record a conviction.

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