Cheat Law and Legal Definition

Cheat means to defraud or to practice deception. It is a deceitful practice of a public nature, in defrauding another of a known right by some artful device contrary to the plain rules of common honesty.

Following is an example of a state statute {California[Cal Pen Code § 337t(c)] defining the term “cheat” with reference to gaming:

"Cheat" means to alter the normal elements of chance, method of selection, or criteria, excluding those alterations to the game generally done by the casino to provide variety to games and that are known, or should be known, by the wagering players, which determine any of the following:

(1) The result of a gambling game.

(2) The amount or frequency of payment in a gambling game.

(3) The value of a wagering instrument.

(4) The value of a wagering credit.