stack the cards

stack the cards (UK) and stack the deck (US) (unfairly (secretly and dishonestly) arrange things for or against sb so that a person has an unfair advantage or disadvantage) — подтасовывать карты, менять расклад

Example: The manager stacked the deck in Joe's favor so he got the promotion.

stack the cards/the deck/the odds against sb/ in sb's favor - менять расклад (не) в чью-либо пользу (usu passive)

Example: the cards / the deck/odds are stacked against sb / in sb's favor

Example: A tall basketball player has the cards stacked in his favor. (СА)

See also
[play with a stacked deck]

[tamper with evidence]
[cook the books]
to doctor sth (records, books, etc)