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Woman cleared of cheating at Cleveland casino

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge has cleared a woman who was accused of cheating at a four-card poker game at the Cleveland casino.

The Plain Dealer newspaper reports that Jessica Encarnacion was the first person accused of cheating at the casino to go to trial. Others who have been accused pleaded guilty.

Hearing the case without a jury, Judge Carolyn Friedland ruled that prosecutors failed to prove Encarnacion knowingly cheated at a card table in August.

The 23-year-old woman told authorities it was her first trip the casino and she didn't know she was doing wrong when she swapped cards with another person, who is also charged with cheating.

The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened in May, the first of four voter-approved casinos in the state.