Mona Shield Payne/Special to the Sun
Monday, April 22, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.
Charges that Denver Broncos safety Quinton Carter cheated at a craps game in March at a locals casino were dismissed Monday, his attorney said.
Clark County prosecutors had charged Carter, a Cheyenne High School graduate who starred at Oklahoma in college, with three counts of commission of a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. The charges stemmed from incidents caught on surveillance camera March 9 at Texas Station. Videos captured Carter adding $5 to his wager after the outcome of the roll was established on three occasions, according to an arrest report.
Andrew Leavitt, Carter’s attorney, said the North Las Vegas Township Justice Court approved the dismissal, negotiated with prosecutors, during a hearing Monday morning.
“Anyone who has ever played craps would understand that he made a mistake,” Leavitt said.
As part of the agreement, the $1,000 Carter posted for bail was forfeited, Leavitt said.
Carter started 10 games in his rookie season for the Broncos but reinjured his left knee in Week 3 of the 2012 season and spent the remainder of the year on Denver’s injury reserve list. He earned consensus All-America honors and first-team All-Big 12 Conference recognition after his senior season at the University of Oklahoma in 2010.
Though Carter wanted to beat the charges at trial, Leavitt said the dismissal was key so that the safety could avoid distractions during training.
“He had never ever played craps before and I don’t think we need to worry about him ever playing again,” Leavitt said.
Texas Station, modeled after the Lone Star State, is a AAA Three-Diamond rated hotel with 200 rooms, a casino, restaurants, bars and lounges, an entertainment showroom, a movie theater and a bowling center about six miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
It features 91,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,775 slots, 27 table games, a non-smoking poker room, a 500-seat bingo hall and a race and sports book.
The hotel has several dining options, from quick eateries to restaurants, including Austin's Steakhouse and Texas Star Oyster Bar. Some family-friendly features include an 18-screen movie theater and a bowling center.
South Padre provides live music weekly. The Dallas Events Center seats up to 2,000 people for concerts and other live performances.