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Cheating won't get you anywhere. Or, at the very least, it can lead to shunning and embarrassment - as a unprecedented event at this year's

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National SCRABBLE Championship Tournament Marred by Cheating Scandal

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Cheating won't get you anywhere. Or, at the very least, it can lead to shunning and embarrassment - as a unprecedented event at this year's National SCRABBLE Championship Tournament in Orlando proved.

According to CNN, one of the top youth SCRABBLE players in the country was kicked out of the prestigious five-day tournament Wednesday after it was discovered he was hiding blank tiles for his future use in the competition.

As CNN reports:

It seems the player, who officials have not named, was hoping to get a little extra help but was foiled.

The player had won a game and took two blanks as the tiles were gathered and put in the grab bag.

When his next competitor stepped in to play, the opponent asked that the tiles be counted. Two were missing.

"It was discovered that two blanks were not put into the tile bag as they should have been when the board was cleared off to start the game," according to the SCRABBLE tournament's website. "The player was questioned and admitted to taking them."

The story notes that a disciplinary hearing will be held to determine what the sanctions will be against the unnamed cheater.

Meanwhile, Nigel Richards emerged as the 2012 National SCRABBLE Champion -- his fourth SCRABBLE title, according to the tournament's official website, and his third consecutive one.

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