Richard Marcus

Poker & Casino Cheating Tips From An Expert Cheat            

Find useful tips here on all facets of Cheating and Advantage-Play in Casinos and Poker Rooms as well as for Online Poker and Online Casinos

Does more casino cheating happen in the Zape District of Macau than on the peninsula's main strip?

March 25, 2019

I am not sure but my guess would be yes. Read about a big Zape insider-casino-cheat scam here.

Are Cruise-Line Casinos' Surveillance Departments as efficient as Land-Based Casinos'?

March 18, 2019

I can speak for two of the major ones: Carnival and Norwegian, and tell you that their surveillance departments are top notch! You can read an article I wrote on this topic here.

What makes a perfect Casino Game Protection Training Class?

March 4, 2019

The way I do it is mix knowledge, theory and practice...and some humor to lighten it all up a bit. I firmly believe that attendees at training seminars learn and retain more when they are having a good time and a lot of laughs.

Will Casino Table Games Ever be Chipless?

February 25, 2019

I sure hope not...but no everyone agrees with me. See the debate here.

Is Cheating Casinos illegal in all US states that have casinos?

February 18, 2019

Believe it or not, there is at least one state in which cheating casino table games in NOT illegal. That would be Maryland, whose casinos are certainly trying to do everything they can to get legislation to change that. Read all about it here.

Which cost casinos more...Assaults and Robberies or Cheating and Advantage Play?

February 11, 2019

Not an easy question to answer but this article tries.

Can we believe what these high-tech gadget writers tell us about casino-cheating?

February 4, 2019

We can believe what they write about the high-tech gadgets themselves, but the rest of what they write about its application we should take with a grain of salt. See what I mean here.

Are yesterday's poker and casino cheating devices still in use today?

January 28, 2019

Generally no but read more about that here.

Are there any other big-time edge-sorters out there besides Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun?

January 21, 2019

There may be. Read this post about it.

Can Online Gaming be Cheated or Advantage-Played?

January 14, 2019

Yes and here.

Can Hole-Carding Table Games ever be considered Cheating?

January 7, 2019

Lots of everlasting debate on the subject. My opinion is that hole-carding could only qualify as cheating if the hole-carder purposely does something that causes the dealer to flash his or her hole-card. This could be any type of physical or mental coercion.

What is the biggest night of the year for professional casino cheats?

December 31, 2018

You guessed it! And it's the biggest night by far! The biggest action, therefore the biggest cheat moves.

Want to meet a REALLY knowledgeable Surveillance Director...Listen to this guy!

December 24, 2018

Here is one of the brightest surveillance directors I have ever met...or I should say listened to...LISTEN

Who's the best casino cheat of all-time?

December 17, 2018

It is somebody nameless...that's because he or she was so good nobody ever heard of him or her...because he or she never got caught!...or went public with his or her exploits.

Does anyone not Chinese believe in Chinese Gambling Superstitions?

December 10, 2018

Even though there are a lot of them, I doubt anyone not Chinese believes in a single one of them...but I could be wrong!

Which non-Macau/Singapore casino has the most baccarat cheating incidents in the world?

December 3, 2018

The Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. It has had several insider baccarat scams over the past decade including probably the biggest one ever, that being an employee-assisted hacking scam that netted more than $30 million. Read about the latest Crown Casino baccarat scam here.

Is Thanksgiving a big cheat-holiday to work casinos for professional cheat-teams?

November 26,2018

No. Casino Cheats, at least American ones, tend to spend Thanksgiving eating turkey and watching football just like everyone else, and foreign cheats who know this, know the casinos, at least the American ones, are generally not busy, so they take the day off. As far as casinos in the rest of the world go, Thanksgiving is just like any other Thursday.

What do I think of the 2019 World Game Protection Conference Lineup of Speakers and Presenters?

November 19, 2019

Actually it's far better than last year's edition. Click here to read my opinion on each individual speaker/presenter and if I find them to be relevant, irrelevant or ridiculous! 

Is Craps becoming the favorite cheating venue for dishonest casino employees?

November 5, 2018

It may be. The game of baccarat in all its forms has long been the desired cheating-venue for dishonest dealers and floor personnel, but craps seems to be catching up. Beginning with the 2012-2014 Las Vegas Bellagio hop-bet scam that netted a crooked craps crew more than a $1.4 million, insider craps scams have gone on the rise, most recently by another extended one at the Mark Twain casino in Missouri. Read about that one here.

What is the best way to protect your casino from hole-carding?

October 29, 2018

Simply monitor your dealers and make sure they are not flashing their hole cards. This applies to all table games using cards.

Do Charity Poker Games Get Cheated?

October 22, 2018

Unfortunately, they do. Read about it here.

Who is the World's #1 Authority on Marked Cards?

October 8, 2018

Terry Roses, without a doubt! Read about him here.

How do I feel about Willy Allison and the World Game Protection Conference?

October 1, 2018

i'm not that hot on either. Read why here.

Which casino advantage play tactic is closest to cheating?

September 24, 2018

I would say edge-sorting--but only when the edge-sorters somehow alter the dealing of the game, which in that case would be cheating.

Did American-Style Roulette Tables always use a Dolly to mark the winning number?

September 17, 2018

Actually no. Read about the dolly's colorful history at the second part of this article.

Do casinos keep game protection secrets among themselves or is there a vast network of helpful communication between them?

September 10, 2018

In the old days of Las Vegas, casinos generally did not share information about cheats plying their crafts inside their casinos for various reasons, two of which may have been that they didn't want to be embarrassed by being a victim or kind of liked when other casinos were the victims. Today, however, that has completely changed. Casinos everywhere across the world communicate and update each other on organized cheating scams and exchange digital photos of the cheats and advantage players entering their properties.

Should Casinogoers taking advantage of slot machine glitches be illegal?

September 3, 2018

Interesting question. Read about it here.

Who invented Clocking Roulette Wheels?

August 27, 2018

That is somewhat in dispute. Read about it here.

Do Brick and Mortar Gambling Casinos Cheat their Players?

August 20, 2018

Believe it or not, some do. Here's how.

Is Poker Analyzer Cheating Equipment a Threat in Brick and Mortar Casinos and Poker Rooms?

August 13, 2018

Only in unlicensed and illegal games. Although there was a Poker Analyzer cheating incident in a supposedly aboveboard casino in Scotland, this is a very rare event.

Can Roulette Dealers Control Where the Ball Lands?

August 6, 2018

Yes they can! Read how here.

Do casinos that have ante requirements on non-poker Table Games have a built-in Game-Protection device?

July 30, 2018

They actually do. Read how here.

Will there be lots of Cheating in Japanese Casinos when they open?

July 23, 2018

Will Japanese Casino-Cheating rival that of Macau and Singapore casinos? Read about it here.

Is Collusion-Play Down at the WSOP

July 16, 2018

No doubt about it...Read why here.

What is the Number-2 major casino-crime in North America after Armed Robbery?

July 9, 2018

Money-Laundering. Read about it here.

What is the most common international casino-cheat first name?

July 2, 2018

Might be Marco.

What's Blackjack Card Counting Legend Tommy Hyland up to these Days?

June 25, 2018

He's playing blackjack, of course. But is he still counting cards? Read this.

Who are the two most important casino employees when it comes to protecting their table games from cheats and advantage players?

June 18, 2018

The Table Games Director and the Surveillance Director, of course!

Are there more casino robberies or cheating incidents these days?

June 11, 2018

Not quite sure...but either way the race seems to be tightening.

Can High-Tech Casino Cheating Tools be Used to Cheat Lotteries?

June 4, 2018

You bet! Read exactly how here.

Who's the most prolific Blackjack Card Counter of all-time?

May 28, 2018

Gotta be Tommy Hyland.

Why are there so many damned Casino Robberies in the US these days?

August 30, 2018

Because that's where the money is. More here.

Can Roulette Wheels in Online Live Dealer Casinos be Clocked?

April 23, 2018

Absolutely! But it depends on one thing? I bet you can guess it...whether or not the roulette wheel they're using in the actual online live dealer casino can be clocked. Makes sense, doesn't it?

Where do Australian casinos rank in Insider-Dealer Casino-Cheat Scams?

April 16, 2018

Right up there with the best of 'em! Read the latest Aussie insider cheat scam here.

Did you know that many casinos have Cheat Insurance?

April 9, 2018

I didn't. I just found out! Read about Casino Cheat Insurance here.

Should the Card Manufacturer in Phil Ivey's Edge-Sorting Cases be held Liable?

April 2, 2018

Two ways to look at it. See each one here.

Are the Russians the Most Dominant Slot Cheats Today?

March 26, 2018

Yes they are. They seem to be equally good at hacking into slot machines as they are at hacking into worldwide elections! But beware of the Bulgarian slot-cheat teams. They are very good as well.

What can we take out of the 2018 World Game Protection Conference?

March 19, 2018

That casinos in Las Vegas certainly need to do more in order to protect their patrons. Casino executives need to consider the people inside their casinos at least as important as the profit margins generated by their gaming operations. Note that I didn't say "more than." 

Heard any good Dice-Sliding Cheats lately?

March 12, 2018

How 'bout this one.

Does Casino Personnel Contribute to my Blog?

March 5, 2018

They do now! I have just opened up my poker and casino-cheating blog to guest posts from casino personnel who either work or have worked in the trenches of the casino green-felt jungle. I posted the first guest artilce today! It is a doozy! Read it here

How friendly should dealers and casino floor staffs be to their customers?

February 26, 2018

I think you all already know the delicate balance that is the response to that question. Read my detailed article about this here.

Is the Baccarat False Shuffle Scam Dead?

February 19, 2018

Well, it may be waning a bit in baccarat, but the ol' false-shuffle scam is certainly alive and well in poker! Read about it here.

Which is the Biggest Casino Marker/Credit Fraud in History?

February 5, 2018

Difficiult question because casinos tend to cover those scams up when they are the victims, but the biggest one I ever got wind of was the infamous Roselli Brothers scam during the late 1990s which may have taken American casinos for $40 million. To read about it, go to my Scam of the month page and scroll down to Casino Credit/Marker Scam.

Does casino software that supposedly predicts a dangerous person at the gaming tables really work?

January 29, 2018

Naturally there is a lot of hysteria in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting and casinos worldwide are conducting drills on how to better prepare for one. Now we are hearing of software that can help casino surveillance and security predict which people at the tables might turn violent and go on a rampage. Is this reality?

In a short answer: No

Just like the reality that no matter how hard we try to predict who might blow up a building or train station, we will never be able to predict who might shoot up a casino--no matter how angry or depressed that person may seem at a blackjack table losing their money.  

Does the recent rash of Las Vegas Casino Cashier Cage and Customer Robberies have anything to do with Casino-Cheating?

January 22, 2018

Absolutely not. They are two completely different mindsets.

Is the current Russian Slot-Machine/Cell Phone Scam the Best Ever?

January 15, 2018

Yes it is! Because it's still very active despite casinos worldwide having knowledge of exactly how the scam works. You can say it's somewhat like the Russians meddling in Western elections. We all know they're doing it (except maybe the American president) yet we can't stop them from doing it over and over again. Read more about the Russian Cell Phone Slot-Machine Scam here.

Which Game Dominated Casino-Cheating in 2017?

January 8, 2018

Why roulette of course! See how and why here.

Has Casino "Game Protection" Gone too Far?

January 1, 2018

I believe it has. To see why, please read my blog entry on the subject. 

Why are there so many casino robberies and casino-patron robberies late in the year?

December 25, 2017

People in poor financial situations tend to get depressed as Christmas time nears, especially if they have no money to buy their loved ones gifts. So some of these people who live near casinos rob them out of desperation. Some get away with it and end up having a merry Christmas while others end up throwing their entire lives away on what should be happy times.

Has Florida become Poker's New Black Cheating Hole?

December 18,2017

It certainly is making its fair claim! Poker rooms both in Southern Florida and in the Tampa/St. Petersberg have had their share of cheating incidents and scandals the past few years, some of which include Ponzi schemes and even tournaments where the prize money never even got distributed. Read about them here.

Is CoinPoker's Cryptocurrency Safe?

December 11, 2017

I do think so. Read more about Cryptocurrency here.

December 4, 2017

Why do Dice-Sliding Craps Scams Keep Working?

Beats me! They're so damn easy for casinos to stop. Read about the latest dice-sliding casino-cheat scam here.

Is playing abandoned slot-machine credits a casino crime?

November 27, 2017

You bet! However, some casinos just give warnings to offenders while others do this. Read it and you might not believe it!

Can I predict the next new Casino-Cheat Haven that might rival the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore?

November 20, 2017

I don't think any casino will ever quite rival Singapore's Marina Bay Sands as far as cheating goes, but I do think the new Wynn Boston Harbor Casino will be hit hard by casino cheats when it opens in 2019. It will be a giant casino with lots of action and high-rollers, just perfect for professional casino-cheat teams.

Any Cheating at 2017 WSOP?

November 13, 2017

I didn't hear of anything but that doesn't mean there wasn't any.

Beware of increasing online poker tournament collusion cheating rings!

November 6, 2017

It just happened at a Party Poker $109 buy-in high-stakes multi-table tournament. And it is happening elsewhere--in all types of online poker games. So keep your hand-tracking software going and be alert!

Are we finally done with the Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting Baccarat Cheat Scam?

October 30, 2017

Almost! The only thing left is waiting for the absolute FINAL decision with Ivey's Borgata case. The Atlantic City casino already successfully sued Ivey for the return of $10 million it paid him and his edge-sorting partner Cheung Yin Sun but now the case is in a complicated loop between appellate courts and may end up in US supreme court. Whatever court makes the final decision, it is very unlikely that Ivey and Sun will get to keep their baccarat-cheat winnings. 

When was the last time a Nevada casino was closed down for cheating its customers?

October 23, 2017

To the best of my knowledge, the last time a Nevada casino was actually closed down for cheating its clientel was in 1967. It was the Lake Tahoe Hotel-Casino on the North Shore of the lake. A dealer was found with five sets of mis-spotted dice tucked in his apron. In 1964, the Silver Slipper casino on the Las Vegas Strip was shut down on similar dice-cheating charges.

What is the SINGLE biggest reason that casinos are vulnerable to Cheating on its tables?

October 16, 2017

Dealers do not properly case their layouts...Believe it or not, I say that less than 1% of all casino dealers, regardless if they have one day or forty years of experience, do not know how to properly case their layouts--and that goes for all table games.

Is Singapore still the Inside-Dealer Cheat-Scam Hot Spot in Asia?

October 2, 2017

Yes, but Cambodia is catching up fast! Read about it here.

Is there a lot of casino cheating aboard cruise ship casinos?

September 25, 2017

Not surprisingly, no! And I bet you can figure out why. Back in the day, my casino-cheat partner Pat Mallory jumped off an Illinois riverboat after taking some heat on a blackjack cheat move, and he had to swim three miles against a rough current wearing a bulky suit and shoes! Fortunately he didn't drown and made it ashore. But imagine trying the same thing in the middle of an ocean?

Well, speaking of cheating cruise ship casinos, I did come across this very strange story, but I don't have the slightest idea if it is true. 

By the way, if you want to read the full hilarious story about Pat mallory jumping into the Des Moines River, get a copy of my book "American Roulette" or "The Great Casino Heist." 

Are there any good Casino-Cheating Novels out there?

September 18, 2017

There is one now! Check it out here.

Is Richard Marcus the world's #1 Advantage Play Expert?

September 11, 2017

Actually not! That title belongs to Eliot Jacobson. Read about him here.

Why is Dice-Sliding Craps Casino-Cheating so prevalent these days?

August 28, 2017

Because casino craps personnel practically invite the dice-sliders to their tables. They don't enforce the simple rule that both dice have to tumble and not slide, and both must hit the back wall and tumble back on the layout naturally. Nothing more to stopping it.

Should poker cheats be given another chance?

August 14, 2017

I don't know. Cheating fellow poker players, be it in brick and mortar poker rooms or online, is pretty downright low!

Do casinos lose more money to advantage-players or cheats?

August 7, 2017

Good question! There are so many more advantage players than cheats in today's casinos, but the cheats make much bigger scores than the advantage players, albeit with much less frequency of pay-days. Given the huge scams like Phil Ivey's edge-sorting the baccarat tables vs the constant winning grinds of blackjack and derivative games advantage players, it is really hard to say which group does more damage, so I am going to say that I just don't know....Sorry!

What is the difference between the baccarat False-Shuffle scam and Phil Ivey's baccarat Edge-Sorting scam?

July 31, 2017

Believe it or not, they are actually quite similar. Here is the full blog post on the baccarat edge-sorting/false shuffle comparison.

Any way UK Supreme Court will rule in Phil Ivey's favor?

July 24, 2017

Of course there's a way...just not many!

Do Casino Cheats know when to fold 'em?

July 17, 2017

Like everybody else who has an angle to make serious money, casino cheats sometimes go too far. They don't know when to quit or they don't know how to keep their edge under the radar. Phil Ivey, who perhaps took his edge-sorting baccarat cheat scam too far too quickly, might understand what I'm saying. See what I mean here.

Are Vladimir Putin and his Hackers attacking casinos?

July 10, 2017

Great question! Could be reality. Read how they might do it here.

Can we trust the casino cheat and advantage-play info we read on online casino blogs?

July 3, 2017

A lot of this online casino-cheat and advantage-play information is good and accurate. A lot of it is not. One major online casino-cheat and advantage-play blog that is highly questionable is the 888 blog. Read why here.

Which US State has the most casino-cheat scams per employee and patron?

June 26, 2017

Good question! I'd say it's Pennsylvania followed by Ohio, both in outside cheat scams and casino employee-engineered cheat scams.

What is the difference between Bet-Capping and Pastposting, and which is the more common casino-cheat method.

June 19, 2017

Bet-capping is adding chips to an already existing bet that has won or, according to the casino-cheat, has a high probability of winning, for example a hard-twenty against a 7 or 8 dealer up-card in blackjack. Pastposting is usually switching out chips for higher-denomination chips after a winning outcome, or simply placing a bet after the winning outcome. It can also occur before the bet is actually decided when the cheat determines he has the advantage.

Bet-capping is a far more common casino cheat-method, simply because it's much easier to do. 

Do counterfeit-chip scams still happen in casinos?

June 12, 2017

Not at casinos that use RFID chips, but they still happen in some of the vast majority of casinos that don't use RFID technology in their chips. In fact, just this week a 7-year prison sentence was handed down to the mastermind of what was perhaps the biggest counterfeit-chip scam ever. Read about it here.

What's with this rash of casino-cheat scams in Pennsylvania?

June 5, 2017

It's called growing pains. Like all new casino jurisdictions, Pennsylvania casinos and their staffs will go through the casino-cheat attacks and will eventually wise-up to how casino cheats operate.

Why are we seeing an increase in Insider-Dealer Craps-Cheat Scams?

May 29, 2017

Two reasons: One is that all the heat is on inside baccarat scams with dealers colluding with players on false-shuffle and other baccarat scams. Another is that craps is a very fast and crowded game when the dice are rolled, so sharp dishonest dealers can find room for quick cheat moves. And payoffs can be confusing, even for boxmen and floor personnel watching the action.

Are North Koreans Hacking Online Poker and Casino Sites?

May 22, 2017

They may be doing more than that! Read about it here.

Do all Chinese Casino-Cheat Baccarat Scams Rake Off Big Money?

May 15, 2017

Most of them do, but not all. Read about this low-level baccarat scam perpetrated by Chinese Baccarat Cheats.

Which is the best high-tech anti-casino-cheat system currently being used by casinos?

May 8, 2017

A lot of casino people are liking the recently-developed BrainChip technology.

What is the difference between Advantage-Play and Cheating inside Casinos?

May 1, 2017

Everything and nothing, depending on who you ask. With the Phil Ivey Edge-Sorting cases, you can get a dozen completely different arguments supporting that it is either advantage-play or cheating.

Will Phil Ivey and Cheung Yin Sun ever win one of their Edge-Sorting Baccarat Cheat Lawsuits?

April 24, 2017

Highly doubt it. Whatever Ivey, Sun and their backers say, judges in two US jurisdictions and in the UK feel that Edge-Sorting is cheating--no matter how you sort it.

Do big-time criminals use casinos to launder their ill-gotten gains?

April 10, 2017

All the time. What better place to launder cash than inside casinos? The latest known case of a major money-laundering operation inside a casino apparently happened at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California, which was raided yesterday by federal authorities investigating such criminal activity inside the casino.


Who was the Best Fictional Poker Cheat in History?

April 3, 2017

Read all about him here.

Is is safe for casino-cheat pastposters to do more than one pastpost on the same table?

March 27, 2017

Generally this is not a good idea.To read more about it, please read my article here

Who's the most notorious Casino Cheat of all-time?

March 20, 2017

I don't know, but this guy's got his WANTED mug on post office walls all over Las Vegas!

What percentage of casino and poker-cheating cases go to trial?

March 13, 2017

Very few. Perhaps one or two percent. To read about an interesting one in the courts now, go here.

Are Casinos not using Boxmen on Craps tables asking for trouble?

March 6, 2017

I certainly think so. First off, boxmenless craps tables will see dealers who make mistakes on payoffs not get corrected. Also, dealers who want to partner-up with agents to cheat the casino will have a much easier time doing so. A crooked craps dealer passing off chips to an agent, overpaying and not taking losers can easily get away with all three without a boxman's eyes on his side of the layout. Cheat scams from the outside would also be easier to pull off.

In light of the BetOnline Live Online Blackjack Cheating Incident, can we expect to see more of the same with Live Online Casinos?

February 27, 2017

Unlikely. These cheat moves are too easily seen due to lack of player-activity on the physical tables.

Are Casino Game Protection People Overstating Baccarat Cheat Scams?

February 20, 2017

Well, I guess they have to in order to get casinos to enlist their services.

Is the Russian Smart Phone Slot Machine Scam Still Active?

February 13, 2017

You bet it is, although casinos are getting more hip to it. What started in Singapore has developed into perhaps the most organized international slot machine cheat scam in casino history. Hundreds, if not thousands, of casinos have been hit in the US and many others have been hit in Europe and Asia. Read more about it here.

Is dice-sliding considered cheating?

February 6, 2017

Is most US casino jurcisdictions it certainly is. In fact, there was a recent casino-cheating conviction at the Horseshoe casino in Cleveland, Ohio, where two cheats were ordered to make $39,000 in restitution to the casino and serve six months probation.

Outside the US, the legality or illegality of dice-sliding is less clear.

Is Invisible Card-marking Ink always Invisible?

January 23, 2017

Not always! Read this.

Was Bob Griffin the Casino-Cheat Enemy-Number-One?

January 16, 2017

The recently deceased Robert "Bob" Griffin certainly was the number-one casino-cheat-catcher in his day, and he certainly was a royal pain in my ass! Read more about Griffin and his all-too-well-known Griffin Investigations here.

More High-Tech Casino Cheat Scams Coming?

January 9, 2017

You betcha! The high-tech war between casino cheats and surveillance departments inside land-based casinos will continue just as the cyberwar between the US and Russia and China will. But remember that the bulk of effective casino cheating will always be carried out by professional low-tech casino cheats.

How Big is New Year's Eve for Casino Cheats?

January 2, 2017

It's the Super Bowl of casino cheaters! I would estimate that nearly 3% of all monies cheated out of casinos per year happen on that single night.

Is the new MGM casino in Maryland especially vulnerable to casino cheats?

December 12, 2016

Like all new major casinos in young jurisdictions, the MGM Grand in National Harbor, Maryland is quite vulnerable to professional and amateur casino cheating, but I have heard they are taking pretty good countermeasures to minimize it.

Are online slots more cheat-free than land-based casino slots?

December 5, 2016

Slot cheating against players by operators, either online or land-based, is virtually nonexistant. The only complaints I have heard about slot integrity are related to false advertising concerning payoff return percentage or bonuses. This happens infrequently both online and in real casinos.

Any new Home Poker-Game Cheat News?

November 28, 2016

Home poker-game cheating evolves just like public cardroom poker-game cheating. And home-game cheating is always attractive to cheats because there usually is no criminal risk to the cheats. Most of the home-games scams are elementary but from time to time they get sophisticated. Read about the latest high-tech home poker-game scan here.

Will we see more Edge-Sorting card scams?

November 14, 2016

I highly doubt it. After all the publicity surrounding Phil Ivey's edge-sorting cases involving tens of millions of dollars taken from casinos worldwide, I think casinos have certainly wised-up to this one!

Casino Cheat to Pickpocket and Vice-Versa?

November 7, 2016

Interesting career change! Read about it here.

Can you make a decent living employing advantage play tactics against casinos?

October 10, 2016

Absolutely! But you have to put in the work reading, studying and practicing whatever advantage play tactics you're going to use against the casinos.

Which street card scam is the most popular among card cheats in the US?

October 3, 2016

It's still 3-card monte as foreign tourists keep falling for the same old con. And some Americans fall for it as well!

How important is counting speed in Blackjack Card Counting?

September 26, 2016

Not as important as accuracy! In fact, you don't have to be that fast when counting the cards. There is plenty of time even when the dealer is speedy.

Are all those "Top 5, 8 and 10" Lists of How to This and That in Casinos and Poker Rooms Helpful?

September 19, 2016

More and more, practically all casino blogs and information sites are using "Top 5, Top 8 and Top 10" as headers for their list-form entries and articles on how to and how not to do everything in casinos and poker rooms, inclding cheating and being cheated. Of course this is simply the new wave of grabbing visits to websites in accordance with Google search engines.

But are these lists any good? Are they really informative?

The simple answer is yes...but they are also quite repetitive.

Do Casino Cheats take advantage of Casino Comps and Bonus Programs?

September 12, 2016

You bet they do! They are able to do this when claiming their cheat moves and during their bet-back procedures as they sell the casinos to the sham that they are legitimate high rollers whom the casinos want to see come back to the tables.

Have Continuous Shuffling Machines Defeated Blackjack Card-Counting on tables that use them?

September 5, 2016

Just about but read more on my blog.

Why does Sorel Mizzi Keep Cheating Online Poker?

August 29, 2016

Because he keeps getting away with it. Every time he gets caught he gets a temporary ban from the site, but he eventually comes back for more. What he needs is a harsh penalty, something like forteiting funds in the misrepresented accounts he uses, to finally teach him a lesson.

Why would a casino store pre-shuffled card shoes right inside its baccarat room?

August 22, 2016

This is common practice in Asian casinos, and it has led to several scams, one of which had an Asian cheat team pilfering a pre-shuffled shoe, recording the order of the cards, replacing the shoe, and then cleaning out the casino for a million bucks at the baccarat table.

So is this practice of storing cards right in the baccarat room a bit careless?

No. It's absolutely stupid!

Are casinos still vulnerable to edge-sorting scams?

August 15, 2016

Yes, in casinos with weak internal controls on examining their playing cards before they are brought to the gaming tables. Read more about edge-sorting here

Are counterfeit chips still used by players in poker tournaments?

August 8, 2016

Yes. Back in 2014, a major counterfeit poker-chip scam was busted at the Atlantic City Borgata Winter Open Poker Tournament. The poker cheat mastermind who engineered the cheat scam, Christian Lusardi, is now serving five years in prison. Read about it here

Which casinos are the most cheated worldwide?

August 1, 2016

That is a difficult question as the newer ones tend to be at the top of that list, and every month there are new casino-openings. But I have compiled this list of current casinos that have been getting victimized by poker and casino cheat scams.

What are casino employees' favorite methods for stealing casino chips?

July 25, 2016

There are lots of them but I think you'll really enjoy this one!

Which area of casinos is most vulnerable to high-tech cheat attacks?

July 18, 2016

For a long while it has been baccarat with all the digital camera scams tracking the shuffles and deals, but as more and more of these scams hit the baccarat tables, casinos are reacting in their efforts to curb them. The result is that more high-tech scams are now aimed at slot machines. For more on this, read here.

Which casino jurisdiction has the sharpest floor employees?

July 11, 2016

London, England NO DOUBT. I always found that there floorpeople were sharp and lots of them were skilled in detecting casino and poker cheats. In fact, back in the day, I considered it a challenge to do my best casino cheat moves in London's casinos. I had a lot of success but it was always hard work!

How much brain power goes into casino cheating?

July 4, 2016

Lots and lots! Read about it here.

Does Donald Trump know anything about casino and poker cheating?

June 27, 2016

I don't think he knows anything about the inner workings of cheating casinos, but he is surely aware of it as he reportedly warned all his casino properties to be aware of renowned blackjack player Don Johnson, who, without actually cheating Atlantic City casinos, did manipulate them out of millions.

Do all casinos benefit from my Casino Game Protection Seminars and Training?

June 20, 2016

Most do but some don't. Read why.

Why are roulette chip-color manipulation cheat scams so easy to pull on casinos?

June 13, 2016

The frequency of this rinky-dink roulette scam, which is simply one person buying roulette chips for the minimum denomination and then passing some of them off to a partner who later buys the same color roulette chips for a much higher denomination and cashes out the ones bought at the minimum for the same higher amount, even blows my mind!

Casinos are victimized by this time and again, perhaps a thousand time per day across the world, and they just overlook the simple controls necessary to avoid these scams.

Read about the latest one here

Is card-marking in casino poker games on the decline?

June 6, 2016

Absolutely not! In fact, card-marking poker cheats are as popular as ever. Today's card-makrers have generally gone high-tech and use invisible or disappearing ink and infrared lenses to see the markings. But old-fashioned card-marking methods such as daub and sandpaper are still being used.

What is "picking up sleepers?"

May 30, 2016

This is the aciton of a casino chip thief surreptitiously lifting other players' chips off gaming table layouts before the outcome of the play that decides the fate of those chips. The players who lose chips to the chip thief ares unaware, mainly because they are not skilleld at the game being played and therefore cannot follow all the chips they place on gaming layouts.

Picking up sleepers occurs most often on roulette and craps layouts.

What does it take to get inducted into the RMB Poker Cheats and Casino Cheats Hall of Fame?

May 23, 2016

A long and prosperous cheating career or one huge scam that earns millions, like Phil Ivey's baccarat edge-sorting scam.

How do top-notch poker cheats and casino cheats train themselves mentally?

May 2, 2016

Mostly the way legitimate professional poker players do: by doing mental exercises that enhances their acuity, discipline and practice of everything they do inside casinos and poker rooms. I used to meditate to prepare myself for a casino bombardment!

Does punishment vary much for casino-cheat crimes by jurisdiction?

April 25, 2016

A BIG difference! Read about it here.

Are Chip-Counterfeiting Scams still prevalent in casinos?

April 18, 2016

Only in online casinos...I'm joking!

They are quite rare these days but supposedly one happened during the entire year 2015 at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, Monaco to the tune of $4.2 million. The reason I say "supposedly" is because the press reports on it are just not clear. Read more about this on my blog.

Can an experienced Roulette Dealer drop the ball into Number-Zones on the Wheel?

April 11, 2016

Not only have I been getting lots of emails asking me this, I have been getting a bunch promoting it...people actually saying that they know--or are--dealers who have mastered this art. What do I think? Read my blog entry on it.

Does Casino Surveillance communicate well with Casino Floor Personnel?

March 28, 2016

No! Read this.

Do Cheating Live Casino Dealers Fear State of the Art Surveillance Systems?

March14, 2016

The sharp ones do not. They know how to stay below the radar. See how here.

What is the most popular form of cheating in brick and mortar casinos and poker rooms?

February 1, 2016

By far it's poker collusion at poker and hole-carding at blackjack. Why? Because both are virtually risk-free. Even though casinos and poker rooms consider both methods to be cheating, the courts do not.

December 31, 2015

Not a chance! Read more about this here.

Where will the best pro casino cheats be working during the holidays?

December 28, 2015

The vast majority of professional poker cheats and casino cheats take Christmas Day off but return to work for the biggest cheat-night of the year, which is, of course, New Year´s Eve. This is due to the large crowds and huge action that can be seen throughout the casino world and especially in Las Vegas.

Are Blackjack Card-counting and Hole-Carding considered Casino-Cheating?

December 14, 2015

No...and yes. Read all the details here.

Are the majority of speakers at the World Game Protection Conference Actually Helpful in Protecting Casino Games?

December 1, 2015

In fact, very few of Willy Allison's WGPC speakers have anything to do with Casino Game Protection. This year´s conference features an astronaut! Now you tell me what connection an astronaut could possibly have to protecting blackjack and roulette tables...unless, of course, these tables are in a casino floating around in space!

The sad reality is that Allison somehow convinces hundreds of people to pay nearly $1,000 (not including travel and hotel expenses) to attend this so called "game protection conference."

Can the famous Savannah Roulette Cheat-Move Still Be Done in Casinos?

November 2, 2015

I do not want to encourage anyone, but the answer is yes. The Savannah move is so powerful and almost impossible to defend against.

Any good TV Casino-Cheat Shows Coming?

October 19, 2015

Check out National Geographic´s Underworld Inc. "Las Vegas Hustle" episode on Wednesday night at 10 pm October 21. They tell me it's great stuff!

Can a Las Vegas Chip Cup Scam still work?

August 17, 2015

I bet it could! To read about what it entails, go to my Casino Scams of the Month page.

Why Casino Cheating is becoming easier despite the continually improving casino surveillance technology

August 10, 2015

Simply because casinos are depending on it too much. Problem is that more the cameras know less the surveillance staff knows. 

Any shot of a major Online Poker Cheat incident before the end of the year?

July 20, 2015

That´s the title of an email I just received....Answer is: Depends what you consider the answer is probably yes!

Should Phil Ivey be in the Poker Cheats and Casino Cheats Hall of Fame?

June 29, 2015

I kinda have mixed feelings about this issue, about which people have been writing me. His accomplishments as an edge-sorting baccarat cheat are certain worthy of Poker and Casino Cheats Hall of Fame consideration, but in spite of that, he has not spent all that much time as a casino cheat or a poker cheat--at least as much as we know. Read more about this issue on my blog entry.

Are poker cheating and casino cheating properly portrayed on TV shows?

June 22, 2015

The truth is that the descriptions of poker cheat and casino cheat moves given on TV documentaries is pretty good, but sometimes the actual film depicting the moves are not. To read more about this, see my relevant blog entry.

Any way to get your name removed from the Nevada Gaming Commission Black Book?

May 25, 2015

Yes! Find out how on my blog

Do Casino and Poker Cheats Celebrate International Workers Day on May 1?

May 1, 2015

Actually they going out to work!

Does Chess App Cheating Bode Well for Casino Cheating?

April 20, 2015

You bet! If chess grandmasters can run into the bathroom during tournaments and dig out their hidden smart phones from toilet paper dispensers (like Pacino dug out his hidden gun in the Godfather), we may soon see casino cheats running into casino bathrooms to do the same...but wait...inside casinos, the sharp cheats won't have to run anywhere!

Any more baccarat edge-sorting scams?

April 13, 2015

Not expecting any more soon.

Still Cheating Land-Based Casinos with Roulette Computers?

April 6, 2015

Not unless you've got some pretty darn good equipment and some brains to go with it. The window on this type of casino-cheating is evaporating, and it is becoming less and less worthy of the cash.investment, time and risk associated with it. Plus in most major casino-areas it is a felony. You can read more about this in my blog. 

Cheating Casinos With Smart Watches?

March 16, 2015

Well, the jury is out on this one, but they will soon be in! The one thing I can tell you now is that cheating casinos and poker rooms with smart watches will be easier than doing it with smart phones. Stay tuned to my blog for upcoming articles on this very very interesting subject! 

Can Casinos Beat Your Smart Phones and Google Glasses?

February 9, 2015

No...but they can stop you from using them!

When will the Baccarat Cheat-Scams Stop?

January 26, 2015

No time in the near future.Why? They´re just too easy and even more profitable. Read more about it in my blog

New SuperType Google Glass to Cheat Casinos?

January 19, 2015

Several are already in development. When I get more info on this, I will pass it along.

What is the second biggest day for poker cheats and casino cheats?

January 5, 2015

It´s coming soon! And it´s not a´s an entire weekend! Yep, you guessed it..Super Bowl Weekend! The three days together from Friday thru Sunday are almost as big as New Year´s Eve.

What is the Biggest Night for Casino and Poker Cheats?

December 29, 2014

You guessed it! New Year`s Eve...especially in Las Vegas.

Have any professional athletes been involved in casino or poker cheating?

December 22, 2014

There have been some cases of NFL players trying to cheat in casinos, most while drunk, but on a more serious note, some high-level Russian tennis players have been suspected of being part of poker-collusion cheating rings both in brick and mortar poker rooms and in high-stakes online games.

Can We depend on PokerStars Security programs to Combat online poker cheating?

December 15, 2014

Yes, we can...but even they cannot make online poker completely safe. The problem is the online poker cheats are just as smart and savvy as the experts working for PokerStars security.

Any poker-cheating dealers still active in Brick-and-Mortar Cardrooms?

December 8, 2014

Haven´t heard of any in years, but that doesn´t mean they´re no longer out there. It only means that those who have the talent to deal seconds and make other cheat-moves have not been at their craft recently. But overall it would be rare.

Have the Collusion Partnerships decreased in the WSOP?

November 24, 2014

Actually, they have. The reason for this is due to the sheer huge numbers of participants in the events, especially the main-event championship. Back in the day when there were only a few hundred, or even a few thousand in the main event, it paid off for the poker-colluding tournament cheat-syndicates to team up against the rest of the field. This was extremely prevalent during the `90s when many of the same players were ending up at far too many final tables to be believed naturally. But today, even with perfect colluding, it is very difficult to get a player to a final table, no matter how many chip-dumps his colluding-team can manage.

Is Griffin Investigations still operating in Las Vegas?

November 10, 2014

Yes, but there function is much more supplying its client casinos with information than actively patrolling casinos looking for cheats like they used to.

Do Halloween Casino Cheats have success?

October 31, 2014

Of course they do! You can figure out why, right? Yes, because they can do their cheat moves wearing their masks, and when they take heat, all they got to do is take off their masks and thus be hidden from casino security personnel looking for them. The percentage of casino cheats working who are arrested on Halloween is very low indeed.

I am not joking!

How do Casino Cheats Use Psychology to Control Casino Personnel?

October 27, 2014

Heck! I could write a book just on that...but the simple explanation is they do whatever it takes to make casino dealers and supervisors believe what they want them to believe, mainly by setting them up with betting schemes that make them look like legitimate high rollers.

Is it still possible to "cheat" the casinos the way professional gambler Don Johnson did a few years back?

October 13, 2014

Afraid not. Johnson turned the casinos`desperation for business during the downward economic spiral of 2008 and 2009 against them. They offered him extremely foolish rebates on his losses as well as other casino-detrimental incentives. Johnson took full advantage and added a perfect blackjack count-strategy to walk away with $15 million, mostly in Atlantic City. For this to happen again, an almost impossible set of circumstances would have to reoccurr. They won`t! 

October 6, 2014

Please stop asking me this!! You are asking for trouble!

Do you have any recourse if you are banned from a brick and mortar poker room without being accused of cheating?

September 22, 2014

You can always file a complaint with the gaming commission that governs the particular casino or poker room, however, in most cases they simply back the casino or poker room. Best is really to just find another place to play and hope you don´t get banned again! I have had some poker players write me claiming they were banned and weren´t cheating or colluding. Do I believe them? Actually I least some of them.

September 15, 2014

Well, all you cheat teams, you´ve got lots of time to prepare for either. As far as which date is better, that´s a tough one. It used to be without a doubt New Year´s Eve, but that has been changing over the past 20 years. Since Super Bowl weekend lasts all weekend and New Year´s Eve, even if it falls on a weekend, still is only one night.

Bottom line: Neither one ain´t too shabby!!! 

Are Online Casinos Getting Safer?

September 1, 2014

Yes, they are. The only real problem online casinos ever had with cheating were those that fled the Internet with clients´ deposits. I have not heard about a case of that in years!

Does poor casino lighting help casino and poker cheats?

August 11, 2014

It can, especially when it creates shadows that make it hard for surveillance inspectors to see clearly what they´re viewing on casino video. Heavy shadows can make it impossible to discern chip values and even card values, both of which can hamper casino and poker-cheating investigations. I have seen this shadow-problem most with poker tables. The overhead camera is often shadowed-out by the low table-lighting above the poker table.

So, now I believe I have been the victim of a poker-collusion ring. What is the first thing I should do?

August 4, 2014

If it´s in a brick and mortar poker room, complain to the staff and ask them to hold the surveillance video of the game. If it´s online, complain to the site´s security and let them take it from there. I will have much more on this upcoming on my blog page.

Do Victims of Poker Collusion in Brick and Mortar Poker Rooms Have any Legal Recourse?

July 28, 2014

In fact they do! Even though poker collusion is very difficult to prove, enough circumstantial evidence can convince a judge or jury that collusion did indeed take place. The key is to obtain surveillance video of the game in question, which would be the equivalent of tracing hand histories in online games. 

Who is the Best Brick and Mortar Poker Cheat of All-time?

July 21, 2014

Well, I can´t give you a straight answer because doing so would be me in a vulnerable position to be sued, but I can tell you two things: one; it´s not Phil Ivey, who probably doesn´t cheat much in poker, and two; it is somebody that is most well-known for poker tournament success, and definitely at the World Series of Poker and other major events. 

Who is the Best Online Poker Cheat of All-Time?

July 14, 2014

If it´s not Russ Hamilton, then it´s someone we´ve never heard of who is out there stealing millions from online poker players.

Any way a poker cheat can know the value of your hole-cards if they are not marked?

July 7, 2014

As long as you´re not flashing them, and the cards have no defects that compromise them when they´re face down, no.

Should there be a World Cup of Casino Cheating?

June 30, 2014

Well, let`s see...I won it in 1976. 1980. 1984, 1988. 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012...kinda like Nadal in Paris, no? So I think we will put that one to bed! LOL

Is High-Tech slot-machine cheating still going on?

June 23, 2014

We have been hearing about lots of high-tech cheating scams in blackjack, roulette and baccarat these days, but what about with slots-cheating, where all the high-tech cheating techniques began? Does it still go on?

The answer is probably very little. It's been a few years now since we´ve heard about any major slot-cheat activity, and since all of it would be high-tech, I think it´s  safe bet to say high-tech slot-machine cheating is a dying art. The security on these machines is getting far too good.

Should you bring your own poker chips to the World Series of Poker?

June 16, 2014

Somebody actually wrote me to ask that question!!! LOL

What kinds of cheating will we see at 2014 World Series of Poker?

June 9, 2014

Probably not much in the poker tournament area, but player beware in the side cash games! Lots of big time poker collusion will go on.  

Does it Pay to Poker Collude against Billionaires?

May 26, 2014

YOU must be an IDIOT for asking that question!! Wait a minute, I asked it, didn´t I! Well, the answer is simple-stupid. You must have heard about the Cirque du Soliel billionaire Guy Laliberte´s claims of losing tens of millions to poker colluders. That kind of answers the question, right?? 

Who is the one person you should never play poker against...Phil Ivey?

May 26, 2014

Even though your chances of beating Phil Ivey at poker, given his skills as both a top-notch poker player and cheat, he is still not the person I would least want to go up against. That person is none other than Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots. Why? Remember his spying-on-other-teams scandal a few years back? He had high-powered cameras zoomed in on the other teams`sidelines, so just imagine what he could do to you from across a little poker table, let alone a great big football field!

Can Poker Collusion Play in Brick and Mortar Casinos be Proven in Court?

May 19, 2014

Actually, it could be. If you can convince a jury by explaining how the collusion happened with accompanying visual backup, you can win that case!

What does the future hold for edge-sorting card scams?

April 21. 2014

Probably not much. With the publicity generated by the multiple edge-sorting cheat-attempts (some successful for several million bucks) by famous poker pro Phil Ivey, you can bet casino playing-card manufacturers are going to clean up their act and start putting out cards whose edges cannot be sorted.

Can Phil Ivey possibly be convicted of a casino-cheating crime for his London Edge-Sorting scam?

April 14, 2007

Now that Ivey has more baccarat-cheat troubles with a an Atlantic City Borgata lawsuit against him to recover $10 million it says Ivey won via edge-sorting on its baccarat tables, people are wondering if the Crockfords casino in London may revert to criminal prosecution to recover the $13 million Ivey is accused of having edge-sorted to win there.

Even though Phil Ivey is clearly guilty of cheating, (this because he successfully enticed the dealers to alter the way they dealt their baccarat game so that he could read the defective edges of the playing cards), he will never be convicted of anything...but he will never receive the $13 million or so he earned doing it, as Crockfords has refused to pay.

Video Keno Scams...The New Scourge of Casino Cheating?

April 7, 2014

Not just yet. True, we did hear of a big video-keno high-tech cheat team beating some midwestern casinos out of large sums of money, especially the Harah`s in Joliet, Illinois out of a half million, but such high tech scams can hit any type of slot or video machine at any time. Expect a lot of these high-tech scams in the coming years, mostly in mid-size casino areas outside of Vegas and Atlantic City. 

Can Blackjack Continuous Card Shufflers be Beat?

March 31, 2014

I have heard so, though I am not too confident about putting my money into a card-counting operation against CSMs. I will be blogging on the subject shortly.

What are the 3 Main Ingredients for a Successful Casino-Cheat?

March 24, 2014

1) Brains 2) Balls 3) Lack of Greed...not necessarily in this order. All 3 are absolutely required. Over the years, I found many people who had 2 of the 3 prerequisites but rarely ALL 3. What most lacked is the lack of greed. The most important thing after getting the money via a casino-cheat operation is knowing when to stop!

Did you ever hear the saying "Going to the blackjack table one time too many?"

How important are nimble hands for making cheat moves with cards, chips and dice?

March 10, 2014

Very important! But without perfect timing, the good hands and agility does not mean much.

What is the Best Form of Casino Game Protection Training and Seminars?

March 3, 2014

KISS...Yes, keep it simple stupid. Too many casinos are constantly training their staffs to combat high-tech scams that in reality happen rarely and in only certain type-select casinos. While doing that, they omit training their staffs on the basics of game protection and cheating. Remember: more than 99% of all casino cheat scams are done the old-fashioned way: no cameras, computers or gadgets of any kind.     

Do Most Casino Employees think about cheating their casino?

February 24, 2014

Of course they do! They´re only human...But only very very few actually do it.

Any Truth to New Undetectable Loaded Dice?

February 17, 2014

I have heard two reports of undetectable loaded dice having been used in Detroit casinos. Although I am quite skeptical about this being a reality, I am actively investigating it. My findings will be published in an upcoming article on my blog page.

Where Does Super Bowl Weekend Rank For Casino and Poker Cheats?

February 10, 2014

It is the second most important cheating event for both professional poker cheats and professional casino cheats. Only New Year´s Eve brings out more professional cheats, probably because casinos in general are more relaxed and less attentive, and the crowds are even bigger than during Super Bowl Weekend, especially in Las Vegas. And of course, there is more cheating by amateurs on New Year´s Eve because so many people are drunk and decide to take a shot.

Is the Next Huge High-Tech Baccarat Scam coming soon?

January 20, 2014

Check your local listings!...No, really, I don´t think so. We will see high-tech scams in other games such as roulette.

Should Casino Surveillance Be More on Guard Against Low-Tech Casino Cheating these Days?

January 6, 2014

If they want to protect their bottom line! Look for low-check casino and poker cheating to be on the rise in light of the recent spate of huge high-tech poker cheat and casino cheat scams. Casinos are slowly but surely forgetting about skilled low-tech cheats who are beginning to take advantage of their lack of notoriety. Read more about this on my blog.

Online Poker Cheating Collusion Percentage?

December 9, 2013

If you´re wondering what percentage of all online poker players are playing in cohoots against you, it depends on the stakes. In low stakes games it is virtually zero, the only collusion action being the cheats practicing for the bigger games. Once you hit the mid-range level, say 10-20 to 20-40, you have about 7% of all players involved in collusion play. Any games above 20-40, including all pot-limit and no-limit games, can have as much as 15%, even 20%, collusion activity. And at these levels, the collusion pokoer cheats get the money!

Is Edge Sorting play in baccarat cheating?

December 2, 2013

Generally no, but when you try to alter the deal of the game to allow yourself the chance to appy edge-sorting, then it is cheating. So in the case of Phil Ivy, who edge.sorted his way to $12 million in profits at London's Crockfords Casino, it was a terrific casino-cheat scam. Read about it here.

Which casino table-game is most vulnerable to dealer/player collusion scams?

November 25, 203

This is something that changes, but for the past few years it has clearly been baccarat. The latest version of dealer/player baccarat scams has dealers marking key cards for the players' advantage. Before this we were seeing more false-shuffle scams perfromed by dealers on baccarat tables.

Do casinos catch on to "Off-Set Comp" scams?

November 11, 2013

If you don't know what I'm referring to, an off-set comp scam is when people try to show fake big action in order to get room and food comps from the casino. This is done on games where two or more players can off-set each other's bets, such as craps and baccarat. For example, one player bets $100 on the Pass Line and his co-conspirator bets $100 on the Don't Pass Line. These bets wash unless double-sixes come out on the come-out roll. Same thing in baccarat with the player and the bank bets...Casinos will not catch on to this trick when it's done skillfully and not too long at any given table. Also, make sure there is plenty of action on the table if you do this at. Baccarat is best for this duplicitous action as there is usually close to a 50/50 split of player and baccarat bets. This offset fashion is how my team used to obtain the chips we needed for our cheating moves. The key: don't be obvious. Don't always make your opposing bets match exactly.

Can you still make money taking advantage of casino special table-games offers?

November 4, 2013

Yes, but it's getting tougher and tougher since Don Johnson beat several Atlantic City casinos out of millions by taking advantage of their blackjack offers to high-rollers. It`s kind of like trying to make it as a blackjack card-counter now.

What is the best casino-cheating scam ever depicted in a fiction movie or TV show?

October 28, 2013

That's a tough one, considering those shown on "CSI" and "Vegas," but the actual best one I ever saw was in the 1981 French film "Les Tricheurs," which means "The Cheats." It was based on the true story of a French casino-cheat team that performed the infamous French Cigarette Roulette Scam in the Deauville casino back in 1973. You can read about it on my scam of the month page.

What's the Best Way to Get Casino and Poker Advantage-Play and Cheat Knowledge?

October 14, 2013

Just spend a little time on this website! It covers just about everything in both brick & morar and online poker and casino cheating as well as advantage play. And if you can't find info on what you're looking for, just send me an email. Note as well that if you want to search something on my blog page, it is better to go to Google and search it with what you are looking for in conjunction with For example, if you want to read about roulette cheating, search Google for: roulette cheating

Are Brick & Mortar Poker Rooms Harder to Cheat These Days?

October 7, 2013

Somewhat. it really depends on which poker rooms and who the players and supervisors are. Overall, collusion between poker players is best defended against by legitimate players in the game who pick up on the collusion cheats. Scams such as card-marking, card-switching and card-mucking are as hard to detect as ever when the poker cheats pulling them off are skilled. Don't be fooled by the poker cheat busts you read about because you don't read about the ones that go on unscathed.

Are Casinos Harder to Cheat These Days?

September 30, 2013

I answer that here.

How active is Slot Machine Cheating today?

September 23, 2013

Due to the tremendous advances in slot and electronic technology, both the numbers of professional slot cheats and slot scams have decreased dramatically the past decade. However, the few scams that do still happen are major and usually pulled off with help from casino employees.

Now that the NFL season is here, will it increase casino cheating?

September 16, 2013

You bet! And I mean bet. Like all other gamblers, casino cheats and advantage players who bet sports do it more during the NFL season, which means that during Super Bowl weekend there is more cheating in casinos than during any other time. The casino and poker cheats who bet the losing team on Super Sunday will be looking to get their money back from the casino any way they can. 

Are all new casinos especially vulerable to casino cheats and advantage players?

September 9, 2013

Absolutely. This is because they are generally too preoccupied with following procedure and avoiding mistakes that they overlook the obvious cheating. Also, many employees at new casinos are afraid to offend customers that they think are high-rollers but are actually cheats and advantage players. Therefore, when they suspect someone of possibly cheating in the casino, they overlook it or maybe say to themselves, "Well, if he's a cheat, he'll do it again, and then I will report it." 

Could Angel-Eye Surveillance Technology Be the Key to the $33 Million Crown Casino Cheat Scam?

September 2, 2013

I don't think so. Read why here.

Was the Australian Crown Casino $33 Million Hacking Scam Really a Coverup For a Huge Employee Theft Operation?

August 26, 2013

It's surely a possibility. One thing I do know is that hacking surveillance cameras serves absolutely no purpose to cheaters. Why? Because what they would see has nothing to do with FUTURE outcomes. What's the difference between seeing the hands played out live or seeing them played out on video tape? There is none.

What is the biggest non-table non-slot-machine scam going on in casinos today?

August 19, 2013

Probably the theft and abuse of player bonus points, both from thieves on the outside and crooked casino personnel abusing the system to give unearned bonus points to cohort-players for a percentage of the bonus booty. 

August 12, 2013

Exposing the bottom cards of the hands as they raise them over the lip for delivery to the players. Some sloppy dealers flash as many one bottom card per player at the table, which is enough to give advantage players playing this edge on ALL poker derivative carnival games.

Which casino employee is potentially most dangerous to the casino?

July 22, 2013

a) a floor supervisor

b) a surveillance inspector

c) a dealer

d) a casino cage supervisor

Stay tuned for the correct answer...but have a go at it yourself!

Can any legitimate betting system under the sun actually turn a profit in casinos?

July 15, 2013

Well, let's say you walk into a casino with a billion dollars in cash. Let's also say that the casino has a billion-dollar betting-limit on all their tables. Now you bet the $5 minimum on red or black on a roulette table. If it wins, you repeat the $5 bet on the nest spin. If it loses, you bet $10 on the next spin. If it loses again, you bet $20 on the next spin, and keep doubling-up your bet until you win. So each time you win, your total profit for that betting series is $5. Since it is so highly improbable that you could lose as many in a row as it would take to lose your billion-dollar stake, you could go on earning $5 a pop indefinitely, right?

Well, I guess I forgot two things: one; you don't have a billion dollars...two; the casino wouldn't let you bet it if you did.

Get the message?


Are poker cheats and casino cheats generally untrustworthy people?

July 8, 2013

Possibly to your surprise, probably not, at least not any more than the general population. More accurately, I can only speak for myself: Although I have performed thousads of casino cheat moves, all of which are highly illegal, I have never stolen a cent from either a friend, family member or enemy...nor have I welched on any debt. But that doesn't mean that all or most of casino and poker cheats are generally honest people either.

Can casino cheats hack into casino surveillance cameras?

July 1, 2013

You've seen the basic ideas in the movies. If it wasn't one of the "Ocean" movies, it was some super-smart criminals hacking into or disabling bank cameras inside the vault while they clean it out. Well, how about casino and poker cheats hacking into casinos' and poker rooms' surveillance cameras while they rig the games through all their ingenious methods, especially those that use highly sensitive and illegal equipment.

Could this be done? You bet, but it is highly sophisticated and possible for only the best of the best. Stay tuned to my blog as I will be writing about this shortly.

What is the latest on Casino RFID Technology?

June 24, 2013

Its use in the worldwide casino industry has increased during the past five years, but it is still in use in only a small minority of casinos, especially where keeping track of casino chips is concerned. From a game protection perspective, it is effective against some kinds of casino cheating, mainly pastposting on table layouts, but advanced casino cheats are able to bypass it.

Are roulette computers still effective in brick and mortar casinos?

June 17, 2013

Only in casinos that are not hip to them, which is becoming less and less. In the UK, the casinos are the sharpest against them. In the US, casinos  focus on them less...but remember, in the US if you get caught using one of them it is considered a major don't put yourself at risk! 

should we believe anything Russ Hamilton or UltimateBet say about their infamous online poker scam?

June 10, 2013

Well, I'd believe Russ Hamilton a hell of a lot less than what has to say...however, that doesn't mean that I`d believe much of what they have to say either. To me, all on the recent incriminating audio tape you can take with a grain of salt.

Transition from Poker Cheat to Casino Cheat and vice-versa

June 3, 2013

So which way does it usually go? Don't get misled by the Phil Ivey Casino Cheating case. Usually casino cheats, and other cheats from other walks of llife, figure out that cheating poker games (including home poker games) is a lot easier than cheating casino table games and slot machines. It is also much less riskier. So we will continue to see more poker cheats out there than casino cheats, however, the huge $ cheat scams will hit the casino tables games harder than the poker tables.

Online? That's a different story as far as big-money scams go. They might come from anywhere and attack any form of online gambling or gaming. 

Is Edge Sorting Cards the New Baccarat Cheat Craze?

May 27, 2013

I wouldn't say so. True, everyone is up in arms over the recent Phil Ivey baccarat edge-sorting cheat scam that almost clipped a glitzy London casino for a cool $12 million, but the truth of the matter is that practically all casinos across the world have enough built-in defense procedures to thwart the edge-sorting scam. Besides the Ivey scam, I've only heard of a few big edge-sorting cards scams in casinos that netted decent money. 

Has Phil Ivey, despite his enormous fame and wealth, become a casino cheat?

May 20, 2013

Read this, and then you tell me!

Can I save any money when buying online poker protection for sale online?

May 13, 2013

Yes...but you can save the same money if you read the tons of free stuff online that explains how to best defend yourself against online poker scams and online poker cheats syndicates. There's no need to buy what you can read and learn for free.

Can any gambling system or cheating device for sale online make anyone any money?

May 6, 2013

Sure...the person selling it.

How to Combat Cheating Poker Dealers in Public cardrooms

April 29,2013

Unless the cheating poker dealer is making his extra pay stealing chips, he is dumping off both good cards and chips to a confederate playing in your poker game. The dealer usually does this by holding key cards at the top of the deck and dealing seconds until his confederate needs those cards. The only thing you can do to protect yourself if you are suspicious is to listen closely for that slight raspy sound second cards being dealt always make...Or I should say almost make. So if you get caught in a game with a crooked dealer working with his agent, you are really up against it!

So, you're running bad at poker and you know some cheat tricks...should you use them?

April 22, 2013

Naah! Hang in there and try to beat your games on the square. It will probably turn around unless you're just a bad player. And if you're a bad player, you'd probably be a bad cheat as well!

As a casino boss, should you go to table games workshops?

April 15, 2013

Depends who's offering them. I don't want to mention any names, but there is one guy out there bombarding everyone with his table games workshops, which, in my opinion, are highly repetitive and exaggerated. You should be very selective in spending your casino's money on game protection seminars, table games workshops, etc.

What is the newest cheating at poker fad?

April 8, 2013

According to reports I`m getting, it seems to be the Mississippi Stud Poker tables. The means is marking the cards rather than the more-often seen switching cards.

Does Card Counting Really Affect a Casino's Bottom Line?

April 1, 2013

Usually not, but in some cases yes. Read more here.

Can advantage players take advantage of casinos' legitimate high-roller promotions to beat casinos at their own game?

March 25, 2013

Everyone seems to want to know the answer to this, as many have heard about Don Johnson, the blackjack card-sharpie who beat Atlantic City casinos out of several million by taking advantage of their high-roller promotions, most noteably their percentage of losses rebate or refund policy afforded to super high rollers. However, the casinos have since wised up to this huge fault and now are getting much more conservative in their promotional offers to lure high rollers. Still, there are some chinks in the armor and if you look hard enough, you can find some ways to tilt the odds slightly in your favor. Note: I said slightly. That means that you probably will only find break-even deals that you might be able to shift in your favor by adhering to conventional advantage-play techniques.

Do professional poker cheats and casino cheats catch Spring Fever?

March 18, 2013

Ha ha...that's a good one! But the answer is: only when they're running good. Casinos and poker rooms are always ripe for the plucking, but in spring they do not behave like the lovely young ladies you find inside them! In other words, NO, casino and poker cheats do not operate with any more passion in spring than they do in winter.

Poker Tips For St. Patrick's Day!

March 7, 2013

This tip comes from my longtime cheating parter Pat Mallery, who is, of course, as Irish as they come! He says: When playing poker on St. Paddy's day make sure you're not so sloshed to the point where you can't see your cards AND to the point where you can't see Fitzpatrick making a quick switch of cards with Fitzroy or Fitzgerald. In other words, according to Pat, maybe you should just get drunk and skip the poker game tonight! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

Do casinos really track their chips around the casino?

March 4, 2013

The ones that use RFD technology surely do, especially their big denominations chips, say $500 and up. This gives them an idea of who's got what as far as the big action chips go, and does at times aid in detecting cheating scams and advantage play throughout the casino. However, in order to make good use of RFID technology, the casino personnel on the floor has to be sharp. They cannot depend on RFID technology alone, just like they cannot depend on surveillance cameras.

Is it true that casinos on cruise ships are easier to cheat than land-based casinos and riverboats?

February 25, 2013

Absolutely true! But you might have to get on line behind the cruise ships´proper staffs. What do I mean by that? Well, people working on cruise ships are not always doing it for the fun and excitement of roaming oceans and seeing new places. Lots are into it for ripping off their employers, and that is quite easy to do on cruise ship casinos because security and surveillance is so lax.

Will Russ Hamilton or any other major online poker cheat ever be brough to justice?

February 18, 2013

I would say yes--but it will only happen when and if there is some kind of US legalization and regulation of online poker and online gaming. Besides the US Justice Department, I can't see any other authoritative body anywhere in the world going after online poker and gaming cheats. 

Any truth to poker cheats using dogs to help them cheat at home poker games?

February 11, 2013

About the same amount of truth as poker cheats using dolphins to help them cheat in home floating-games? LOL

Do pastposters ever use European chips on European roulette wheels?

February 4, 2013

Yes. Any pastpost on a European roulette layout that does not involve switching chips can be done with the same ease as using American chips on American layouts, but you probably won't see pastposting casino cheats using the high-denomination European brick-like chips. Pastposters who switch out lower denomination chips for higher denomination chips would find using European chips burdensome because of the size difference with each denomination of chips. 

Criminal deposits to online gaming accounts.

January 28, 2013

Do not screw around with credit-card and identity-theft scams with online gaming deposits! It is dangerous and you WILL get screwed. International police and investigative agencies are paying more and more attention to money laundering and other financial crimes cloaked inside online gaming accounts.

What should you do if Lance Armstrong sits down at your poker table?

January 21, 2013

Same thing you should do if you see Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds at your poker table: GET UP AND LEAVE! That is the best way to pay Lance Armstrong the disrespect he deserves...and that´s even before taking into account he might CHEAT AT POKER as well!!!

Will Casino cheating and Poker Cheating Rise in 2013?

January 14, 2013

Well, I would say so...Why? Well, the economy is still bad and there are more casinos and poker rooms in 2013 than there were in 2012...So just do the math. Bad economy + more casinos+ more poker tables= MORE CHEATING!

However, I will say that the increase percentage-wise will be more felt at the poker tables. This is because poker collusion remains the fastest growing form of all poker-room and casino-cheating tactics as well as it remains the least risky as far as punishment when getting caught is concerned.

Is the casino game of Baccalette beatable by card-counting and other means?

January 7, 2013

Well, if you can still find it in its original form, it is. At least that's what blackjack card-counting expert James Grosjean said when the game hit the casinos a few years back. However, I haven't heard much about baccalette lately and wonder whether it can still be found in gambling casinos.

First of all, what is it, a cross between baccarat and roulette? Well, it's really quite a simple game, and according to James Grosjean of blackjack card counting fame, not only is it beatable, it's killable! And not only can you count the cards to get an advantage but you can also rig up your computers, digital equipment and whatever else you have to peek at cards and lots more! To read about beating baccalette go here. 

Should Casino Cheats Work on New Year's Eve?

December 31, 2012

Are you kidding me! That is the dumbest question of all-time! My casino cheat team once made 35% of our profits for an entire year on New Year's Eve alone. Get the picture? It is by far the best night to work the casinos. With all the crowds and action, you can do the biggest cheat moves and just think how easy it is to disappear into the crowd if you have a problem and have to get out quick.

Now I am not encouraging cheating but if you have to do it, December 31st into the wee hours of January 1st is always the best time to make your moves!

Should Casino Cheats Work on Christmas Eve?

December 24, 2012

Not if they don't want to incur Santa´s wrath!!!

Is it still possible to rig jackpots on today's modern computerized slot machines?

December 17, 2012

The best way to answer that question is to invoke the old adage "Nothing is foolproof and can't be cracked." However, cheating slot machines and rigging jackpots is getting more and more difficult. In ranking that difficulty, I would put it just below cracking source codes and hacking one's way into online poker sites to see players' hole cards. It's the same theory.

Is Poker Cheating and Casino Cheating in the Blood?

December 10, 2012

Of course not! No one is predestined to become a poker or casino cheat. And no one grows up dreaming of cheating poker and casino games. Nearly all professional and amateur card, dice and slot cheats get involved in cheat scams because of events in life that eventually led there. In poker and casino cheating, it usually starts by losing lots of money gambling and then trying to get it back. Besides the high-tech and computer cheats who turn to casino and poker cheating without passion and look at it solely as a business, people who become cheats usually start on the path leading there at an early age. But this does not mean it is in the blood or predestined.

Are Dragon 7 and Panda 8 EZ Baccarat Side Bets Beatable or Cheatable?

December 3, 2012

Both! Beatable by card-counting and cheatable by various methods, most of which require dealer cooperation but some of which is as simple as casino cheaters pastposting the side bets. In some casino areas, notably in Canada, the dealing of EZ baccarat has gotten confusing to the point of being out of hand. Cheaters and advantage EZ baccarat players are indeed making their paydays there.

Is there any way to beat slot machines without cheating?

November 26, 2012

All things being equal, I have always been inclined to say no, it's impossible.  But I have been receiving e-mails from a very educated guy who says he has developed a way (I call it a "way" because I don't know if it is a system) to win money from slot machines legitimately. He says he will soon publish material about this on his website. I have to admit I was intrigued by the guy as he sounded very intelligent and knowledgeable about gambling and slot machine play in his e-mails.

One thing I forgot to mention: He served six years in Nevada state prison for slot cheating!

Any Truth To Those Blackjack Lasers Supposedly Used To Scan Blackjack Shuffles?

November 19, 2012

I could be wrong, but as far as I know there is no such device that allows you to scan the order of blackjack cards coming out of a legitimate shuffle. I've heard stuff about this, but until I see it I don't believe it.

Are Reservation Poker Rooms and Casinos easier to cheat than Las Vegas and Atlantic City?

November 12, 2012

Not the ones I consult for! LOL...Really, besides Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun, Native American casinos and poker rooms are actually harder to cheat because their staffs pay extra attention to game and asset protection. So if you're a poker or casino cheat living far from Connecticut, my advice is to go to Vegas or Atlantic City to do your moves. I am NOT encouraging anyone to cheat here! Only giving advice to those who are going to cheat anyway.

Are online poker sites you find through paid links more likely to be host to online poker cheating or scams?

November 5, 2012

Definitely not! Online poker sites that pay to advertise on Google or on other websites have the cash to do so, and they are usually more successful and cheat- and scam-free than online poker sites that don't buy links on Google and other sites. So thr stuff online that says online poker sites you find with paid links are more likely to have cheating going on are full of it.

Poker and Casino Cheat Scams Inside and Out...The More Cheats Involved the Better?

October 29, 2012

Hell Nooooooooooooooooooo! The fewer people involved in a cheat scam the better. All these big casino scams that happen with inside help and a bunch of participants always come apart. Just look at what happened in the recent inside craps scam at Foxwoods in Connecticut. There were at least 12 dealers involved! Both dealers on the inside and cheats on the outside have big mouths, drug and gambling addicitions and other problems that lead to getting busted, and that's when the copping out and ratting begin. Remember, any crime planned, casino related or not, is a conspiracy if more than one person is involved. This is why so many poker and casino cheats are quick to rat out their partners in order to stay out of jail. Inside scams are very dangerous for this reason. A dealer caught cheating will give up everyone in the scam. I used to like to say, "The only inside casino or poker scam I'm getting involved in is the one where I'm the dealer!"

High Tech Poker Cheating Near You?

October 22, 2012

If your computer is anywhere near you and you´re playing online poker, then the answer is unequivocally yes. On the brick and mortar side of poker it is much less frequent, although you may run into a poker cheat team using digital cameras relaying images to computers relaying audible messages to cheats at the table. However, don't worry about this so much. What you may have to worry about in the not too distant future is poker cheats marking cards with lasers.

Could World Famous Poker Pro Phil Ivey Really Be a Professional Baccarat Casino Cheat?

October 15, 2012

According to officials at the ritzy Crockfords Casino in London, there is a distinct possibility of this. Ivey, in the company of a beautiful Asian woman who has been banned from at least one London casino for unknown reasons, and who I think I know from other casino cheating incidents, beat Crockfords Casino out of more than $10,000,000! That's right...TEN MILLION BUCKS. And if you haven't heard, Crockfords Casino has held up paying Ivey his winnings while it launches an investigation into Ivey's incredible and seemingly impossible win streak. They have concluded that Ivey must have somehow cheated even though he never touched the baccarat cards in play.

What do I think? well, I am awfully suspicious. Why would Ivey risk a penny playing anything other than poker when he has such a keen edge at that game? That alone makes me think he was somehow cheating...but I have no evidence to back that up.

Did Phil Hellmuth have anything to do with the UltimateBet Online Poker Cheating Scandal?

October 8, 2012

In spite of Todd Witteles' cracks at Hellmuth during the 2009 WSOP Main Event that suggested he was, there is no evidence to support Hellmuth was involved with Russ Hamilton or anyone else allegedly involved in the giant online poker scam.

What is the difference between dice setting and dice control?

October 1, 2012

According to those who push dice control as a viable method of beating craps, dice setting is simply putting the dice into certain positions before throwing them which allows you to control (to a certain extent) the outcome of the throws. In other words, dice setting is a step in the practice of dice control. Does any of this matter? Probably not, as I don't believe anyone can beat the casino by controlling the dice no matter how they set them before throwing them.

Which are the safest cheat-free online poker rooms and casinos?

Sept 24, 2012

The answer is that the safest online poker and casino sites are constantly changing. This is why I keep track of them with information from multiple reliable sources. To see today's online poker rooms and casinos with the least amount of cheating going on, go to Richard Marcus's online poker and casino cheat-free safety rankings. They are updated every day!

Are casinos closing in on roulette computer cheats?

Sept 17, 2012

This is certainly one area where casinos can effectively fight the cheats. They now have detection equipment that is effective with most roulette computers. It is also fairly easy for them to spot consistent roulette winners. However, there are some laser scanners and other types of ball-tracking devices that continue to operate successfully inside casinos, but those using them still have to be very careful to avoid exposing their operation at the manual level.

Is another big Online Poker Cheating Scam like UltimateBet likely to happen again?

Sept 10, 2012

Probably. Why? Because Russ Hamilton and anyone else ever accused of having engineered an online poker cheating scandal have never been prosecuted. So it remains a fact that present and latent online poker cheats really have nothing to fear when getting caught...except their reputations. To read more on my thoughts about this click here.

Has Online Poker Cheating by Bots lessened recently?

Sept 3, 2012

Not on your ass! In fact it has increased. You're just hearing less about it because all the cheating news in the online poker world has been recently dominated by the big inside hole-card-reading scams at UltimateBet, Absolute Poker and elsewhere. Stick will be hearing more about improvements to bot cheating.

Does Magic and Sleight of Hand Have Much to do With Casino and Poker Cheating?

August 20, 2012

In fact, very little. Sleight of Hand is used in street scams such as 3-card monte and envelope switches, and also in home poker games by card mechanics, but in casinos and public cardrooms it is practically useless. So do not believe Sal Piacente, Darwin Ortiz or any of the magicians and card tricksters out there who tell you that sleight of hand is a tool of the professional casino cheat. Cheating is about timing, not about the hand is quicker than the eye.

Are Blackjack and Baccarat Side Bets Vulnerable to Cheating?

August 13, 2012

Actually casino side bets are almost always less vulnerable to cheating, simply because they are usually based on initial-deals that do not take into play the total action of the hand. That means that there is less time to do any cheating move. A lot of these side bets, especially Lucky Lucky in blackjack and Dragon 7 in baccarat are very vulnerable to card counting. Read more about that here.    

Does any Online Poker Cheating software to see your opponents' hole cards for sale online actually work?

August 6, 2012

Do you really think that for a hundred bucks or so this kind of software would be available? The answer is a flat NO! All this online poker cheat software for sale online is a BIG SCAM! Don't fall for it!

Is Poker Cheating by collusion more rampant in online poker or brick and mortar poker?

July 30, 2012

Believe it or not, I'm stumped by that one! But I'll tell you this: it's rampant in both. Watch for the telltale signs of poker collusion cheats both online and off. if you don't know what they are, search my blog.

Should you worry about Intabill and other online payment processing companies?

July 23, 2012

Don't panic! Although Intabill and Smart Banking Systems, two heavyweights in the online poker and casino payment processing world, have at times had problems getting money to gaming websites, this will not be a recurring problem.The online gambling industry is just too huge to be bogged down for any length of time, not only by payment processing companies but by ANYTHING! So don´t worry about your accounts or about opening up new ones in online poker rooms and casinos.

Are WSOP ring games seeing a lot of cheating?

July 16, 2012

I wouldn't say it is a lot in proporition to the amount of cash games taking place, but where it is happening it is very significant, and if you find yourself at one of the tables hit by skilled poker cheats you can get hurt. To read more about the specifics of WSOP Cheating click here.

What is your best move to protect yourself from cheating in home poker games?

July 9, 2012

It's twofold: 

1) Make sure you see the cards are cut honestly and correctly before the deal.

2) Keep your eyes on the deck even after the cut to make sure no one switches in another deck.

Do Poker Cheat card swappers use a third person to distract the dealer or players at the table?

July 2, 2012

Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't. The key person that they need to guard against is the dealer, so if you notice someone at your poker table seated next to the dealer on either side who is talking too much to him, check the opposite side for possible card-swapping cheats in action.

You're a Big-Time Casino or Poker-Cheat Team...Should You Run to Macau and Singapore to Get Rich Quick?

June 25, 2012

Well, not necessarily. There have been hoards of casino and poker cheating teams, both professional and wanna-be's, flooding the Asian Peninsulas to hit the casinos in Macau and Singapore, but this could mean both good and bad. Good: There is obviously tons of action and money pouring through these casinos and there is more than enough to go around for everybody. Bad: When there are lots of cheating teams operating in a specific gaming and poker area, you might have the misfortune of falling into somebody's heat, especially if that heat has something to do with the type of cheating team you are. For example, if your specialty is pastposting roulette wheels and you arrive in Macau just after the casinos got wind of another past-posting team in town, your trip might end up very short...or worse! Sometimes it's better to work out of the way and lesser known casinos that don't get the "candy store" reputation. Note that I said "SOMETIMES."  

You find a big denomination chip in the casino, should you try to cash it out?

June 18, 2012

Say you're strolling thru a casino and at your feet a $1,000 or $5,000 chip from that casino is suddenly staring up at you. This does happen! So you pick up the what? Should you run right to the cage and cash it out? NEVER! First go to a gaming table and break it down into smaller denomination chips, say $100s and $25s. Then play a few hands, spins or rolls of the dice, THEN go cash out. At the cage they might ask you if you have any markers and/or where you were playing. Just answer those questions truthfully, but don't tell them you found the original chip!

iPhone Card Counting--Worth It?

June 4, 2012

Don't think so. As fast as iPhone blackjack card counting came, it is going to go. That's because casinos are getting hip to it fast, and it is pretty difficult to use your iPhone without casino personnel picking up on you doing it. Soon iPhone counters are going to find themselves skulking around blackjack tables just to enter the count. And besides, counting cards at blackjack with an iPhone is soon going to be considered felony cheating in most areas of the US because using any gadget to help you beat casinos is a crime! So my advice to you iPhone users is to have fun with them and chat away, but do the card counting in your head.

Is US Justice Department going to cheat you out of online poker?

May 28, 2012

It's sure as hell trying but I do not think it will succeed. But stay tuned as the battle wages!

Should I worry about the integrity of Shuffle Master's automatic card-shuffling machines?

May 21, 2012

They are everywhere these days, aren't they!

Although there have been some cases of dealers and floor supervisors in cahoots to cheat blackjack and baccarat tables by disabling the Shuffle Master machines, they have all been aimed at cheating their own casinos and not innocent players. They happened when dealers wanted to protect their false shuffles and then dump winning fixed hands on their cohorts playing at the tables.

If you want to read more on Shuffle Master cheating, click here.

Can high-tech poker cheats mark cards with lasers?

May 14, 2012

Not yet but they're working rapidly on it. To read more about this fascinating poker cheating subject, click on my magazine page and read the article entitled "New card-marking threats". 

Which Major American Casino is most vulnerable to Cheating?

May 7, 2012

No doubt it's Foxwoods in Connecticut. I was there last weekend and within three hours I saw four different cheating incidents from the outside, all of which were successful. Two were blackjack bet-capping incidents where players added chips to their bets after they made hands of twenty and twenty-one, one was a roulette pastpost where a player slipped his $25 chip onto a winning number after the ball dropped, and the last was a skilled craps cheat team moving their bets from the pass line to the don't pass bar after the come out roll. And all this, of course, is on the heels of the big craps cheat scandal in which a dozen Foxwoods craps dealers cheated the casino out of $70,000.

Hard to believe that after 20 years in business, the world's most profitable casino is stll a haven for casino cheats! I did not get the chance to check out the poker room for cheats but would be surprised if they weren't there. 

What was I doing at Foxwoods? No, I was not cheating myself! I was simply driving through the area and decided to check out the new MGM facility there, inside of which I did not see anything cheatworthy go down.

How can I Protect Myself From Being the Victim of a Reverse Casino or Poker Scam?

April 23, 2012

Okay, so you read my powerful reverse baccarat scam performed in casinos. So how can you protect yourself from falling prey to that or a similar reverse casino or poker scam? Well, first off don't be greedy! The vast majority of victims of reverse casino and poker scams are greedy and DESERVE to be victims. Don't believe anyone's story about how you and he are going to scam some potential victims, even if those victims are poker rooms or casinos. This is especially true if you just met the person proposing the scam and potential victim to you, or you don't know him well. Remember, the person that is the proposed victim is more times than not the partner of the proposer, and they are going to team up to rip YOU off! 

You think the casino is cheating you, what should you do?

April 16, 2012

Find another casino! Even though you are probably wrong, and probably losing to either bad luck or better skill if you're playing poker in the casino's poker room, but it is unlikely you are a victim to poker cheats and casino cheats. But even if you really believe you are, there is nothing to do about it except leave the poker room or casino and find somewhere else to play. Complaining to gaming commissions or other authorities is not going to get you anywhere, except maybe filling out lots of forms. So if you think you are being cheated at poker or any casino game, just take a hike or take a break!

Are there 100% Online Cheating Poker Sites?

April 9, 2012

Yes. These would be the online poker cheat sites that are set up by cheats looking to rob you blind through credit card fraud, identity theft or just not paying out money to winners. These sites are quite numerous but equally are basically unknown. Avoid playing on sites that you find inadvertently and have never heard of, or at least investigate them thoroughly before opening an account and giving up your credit card and personal info. Don't get hooked by the fly-by-nighter online poker cheat sites.

So, is online poker rigged?

April 2, 2012

If rigged means there is cheating on online poker, then the answer is yes. If rigged means that the online poker sites themselves are systematically cheating players, the answer is no. Remember that these huge online poker cheat scams we hear about are only isolated instances of online poker cheating, no matter how big any individual online poker cheat scam may be. In the long haul, the online poker sites are generally safe from any serious cheat scams, although collusion and bot play by online players are commonplace.

Online poker cheat good is their info?

March 26, 2012

Most of them are just trying to get you to buy their tracking and cheating software, however, some of them to provide useful information on cheating poker online. For a more in-depth look into this subject, read this richardmarcusbooks blog entry.

March 19, 2012

Approach him?...Maybe, but maybe only to see if he's fatter now than when he won the Main Event in 1994.

Confront him?...Probably not because he's not gonna talk about his alleged involvement in the scam, of course on the advice of his lawyer.

Ignore him?...Probably the best bet here, and probably what most people, victims and non-victims alike, will do.

Is there an advantage sitting at first-base at a blackjack table?

March 12, 2012

Only if you're involved in certain blackjack cheat scams. First base is the position to the immediate left of the dealer. The player occupying it is the first to receive each card of the two-card deal. Some blackjack scams that utilize first base are the "peek and deal" scam and the "cut and steer" scam. The peek and deal cheat is when the dealer, working a handheld blackjack game, peeks at the top card and signals his cohort at first base when it's an Ace or 10-value card. Since the player has an advantage over the house when knowing in advance that his first card will be an Ace or 10-value card, he will be more.

The cut and steer scam is when a blackjack cheat or advantage player tracks Aces and then strategically places the cut card in the pack of cards after the new shuffle, which steers an Ace to his hand right off the top deal. First base is the best position for obtaining the most accuracy to get the Ace into your hand. As far as card counting and other legitimate play go, there is no advantage to sitting at first base on a blackjack table.

March 5, 2012

Not unless you´re gonna make enough cash for the rest of your life and you have a jet sitting outside your casino ready to fly you to Brazil! Seriously, cheating your casino from the inside just doesn't work. You may get away with it for awhile, but then the problem becomes, when do you stop? The greed factor is a huge destroyer, and lots of times, even before you get too greedy and scam from the inside for too long, surveillance will catch on to you. Every week I hear about another inside poker or casino cheat scam getting busted. In the end, it is just not worth it. Keep your dealing job and keep dealing honestly.

Why Do Repetitive Online Poker Cheats Like JJ Prodigy (Josh Field) Continue To Cheat Online After Being Exposed At Least Twice?

February 27, 2012

The answer to this one is rather simple: Because no matter how many times they get caught, they have nothing really to worry about besides a tarnished reputation. There is no risk of jail time or fines, at least for the time being. Heck, I might be surprised if even the greatest alleged online poker cheat of all-time, Russ Hamilton, who is the accused UltimateBet scandal mastermind, ever does any time or pays a fine.

Roulette Cheating With Computers--Yes or No?

February 20, 2012

Yes AND No. In the United States it is a definite No because any use of equipment to gain an edge on the casinos is considered a felony! In the UK, it is still unclear whether a roulette computer is considered a cheat device, and how serious a problem it is if you get caught using one depends on who you talk to. In other areas of the world, there are no laws against using roulette computers, so do some research to verify which ones if you have a computer or are thinking of purchasing one.

Casino Counterfeit Chip Scams...Worth it???

February 13, 2012

Depends on how long you get away with it for and how much money you make. I will tell you this, though, if you get caught, it is a very serious offense...almost as serious as getting caught counterfeiting money, at least in the US. Go to today's blog entry to read about the latest couonterfeit chip scam.

Does a blackjack cheat generally make a good craps cheat? Does a poker cheat genreally make a good casino cheat?

February 6, 2012

A blackjack cheat does generally make a good craps cheat. Even though the mechanics of moves are different on casino blackjack and craps tables, the basic fundamentals are the same, and a person with the skills to cheat one casino table game will usually be able to shift those skills to cheat all table games. But cheating slot machines is a completely different animal, and slot cheats usually have no serious table-game cheat experience.

Poker cheats generally do not make good casino cheats, but casino cheats can convert their skills to poker tables. The reason that poker cheaters do not shift over to casino cheating is that poker cheating usually entails collusion play and marking cards, not chip manipulation and control of dealers. And, casino cheating takes lots more balls than poker cheating! 

How can you guarantee that your case-money poker or casino bet will win?

January 30, 2012

edit TipTextTry this: If your bet on...say...a blackjack table loses, grab your losing chips off the layout before the dealer can get to them and run out of the casino! Well, of course I am only kidding, but I did do this several times, and had a heck of a lot of fun doing it! But really, if you lose your case-money bet, which I know hurts, you just gotta let the casino or poker table have the money and come back and try your luck or skill the next day. If you do want to read about some of my thrills running out of casinos with losing bets, click here.

When playing baccarat legitimately, why should you follow the shoe when it streaks on one side?

January 23, 2012

Because you just might be the beneficiary of a cheat scam you know nothing about! "What is he talking about?" you're probably asking. Well, false-shuffle baccarat scams have been proliferating the past few years, and the cheat groups that perpetrate them with dealers fixing the order of the cards to come out of the shoe usually have the dealers arrange several winning hands in a row on the same side, either Player or Banker. My first cheating experience was as a dealer at the Four Queens Casino in Las Vegas, where I fixed a shoe to deal six consecutive winning hands to the Player. So you never know, you might one day stumble onto an inside casino scam where you can make a few bucks following the shoe!

Remember not to confuse this with the false shuffle scam where cheats keep track of the cards dealt from one shoe and then have the dealers false shuffle in order not to change the order of the cards. In this scam, streaks are not pre-arranged.

Can cards be marked in face-up shoe games?

January 16, 2012

It's difficult but can be done. One way I've seen it is when a player touches his face-up cards with a chip that he then gives the dealer as a tip. While doing so he'll say something like, "Keep the good cards coming," which is a psychological ploy to remove the dealer's attention to the fact that he touched a card. The result is that a tiny nick is left on the card that the player can see when the card is later in top position inside the shoe ready to be dealt.

Can you become a successful poker or casino cheat by watching You Tube cheat videos?

January 9, 2012

More and more these days, poker and casino cheat videos are appearing on You Tube--and some of them are darn good! There are even videos of my famed "Savannah" move. Does this mean that you can watch them umpteen times, learn the moves and then go out to the casinos and do them? Well, the basic moves are all there, but like I´ve said countless times on my blog and in response to e-mails from hopeful and would-be poker and casino cheats, there is so much more to cheating in poker rooms and casinos than the moves themselves. So the answer to the question is really NO!

Watch out for those sober poker cheats tonight!

December 31, 2011/January 1, 2012

They may be pretending to be drunk at your home poker game, but they're not! Happy New Year!

Don't drink and dri...connive!

December 30, 2011

Well, don't drink and drive either, as we all want to stay safe on New Years Eve. But I just couldn't resist the "don't drink and connive" line! While I'm at it, don't drink and be snide either!

Happy New Year to you all!

If you're looking for an honest cardroom poker game, Christmas Eve is the best night to find it.

December 24, 2011

If you want to know why, read this post in my blog!

Do not cheat on Christmas!

December 23, 2011

Do not dare cheat the casinos or anyone else on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you do, you might have to answer to someone a bit more revered than casino surveillance or a gaming commission...Get what I mean?

Do any casinos actually embed bugs in table games to listen to gamblers' (or cheaters') conversations?

December 19, 2011

edit TipTextIf you're asking yourself why they would do that, the answer is simply to catch people talking about scams and how they're going to rip off the casino, with or without the dealer's help. In my 25 years of cheating casinos, I never actually spotted anything on a table I thought was a bug, but I have heard rumors that casinos in London employed the practice. I never heard about this in any other gambling venue. So, don't worry much about bugs in casinos, but don't make it obvious your scheming in them either!

Should you automatically voice your suspicions in a poker game when you think someone is cheating?

November 28, 2011

No! When you're playing in a legal public cardroom, then you certainly should complain to the supervisors if you suspect someone is cheating. But in other venues where you are not protected by a security force, you must be very careful about who you accuse of cheating, whether or not they are guilty. In home games, accusing someone of cheating can be very dangerous, especially if you don't know whom you are dealing with. Things in this fashion can get out of hand and become violent, as it recently did in a home game in the Philippines when poker cheating accusations turned very bad and led to murder. Read about that ugly incident on my blog.

Is Piggyback Poker and Casino Cheating Possible?

November 21, 2011

What does this mean? It means what it says: piggybacking onto somebody else's poker or casino cheat operation. Can it be done? Well, yes, but not easily. To read more on casino cheat piggybacking, click here.

As a Casino Table Games Director, Should You Bring In Outside Trainers to Teach Your Staff Table Game Protection?

November 14, 2011

Yes...but only if the game protection consultant is really an expert in casino and poker cheating. The vast majority of them are BS artists who are really no more than magicians or people that read about scams and watch casino videos of scams taking place. They then just simply pass off that info at their game protection seminars. Objectively speaking, I am one of maybe three REAL casino and poker cheating specialists alive in the world today, and the other two are certainly NOT American.

Is There Any Reason to Worry About the Integrity of Automatic Card-Shuffling Machines?

November 7, 2011

As a player, no. I have not heard any reports of casinos rigging automatic card-shufflers in any way to rip of the players. The only scams involving the shuffling machines I know about have been done by casino and poker cheats slipping microcameras inside them to film and record the cards to their advantage. Anyone sitting at the table who is not involved in the scam would suffer no disadvantage because they would be playing an honest game with no beforehand knowledge of the card-sequence. 

In Short, Safer Playing Poker Online or Off?

November 1, 2011

You know what?...My answer is gonna be short!...In fact, with all the poker cheat scams out there, over there and in there, I'm not sure anymore.

Which casino venues are the safest and most dangerous for professional cheating teams?

October 24, 2011

I bet you think Las Vegas is the riskiest place for cheaters to cheat and that the "green" Indian Reservation casinos are the easiest, right? WRONG! In fact, it's the opposite. Vegas surveillance people think they know everything and they really don't. I have always made more money with the least problems in Vegas than anywhere else. People who work at the Reservation casinos are much more conscious about their jobs and do them better. So if you're a new cheating team starting out, why not start out in Vegas?

How good is intercasino surveillance communication between casinos in the same gambling city?

October 17, 2011

Depends on the city. Many people think Las Vegas has the best intercasino surveillance and that if a cheating team hits one casino, the rest of the casinos on the Strip will know about it within minutes. Not true! In fact, Las Vegas lags behind most of the world's casino areas not only in intercasino surveillance communication but in basic surveillance efficiency as well. I have seen much better surveillance operations in Reservation casinos than in Las Vegas. But the absolute best intercasino surveillance communication is in London. The Brits running casino surveillance over there alert all the city's casinos so fast when something goes down it will make your head spin!  They're also the best at most surveillance operations.

What is the Double-Sixes dice scam?

October 10, 2011

It's when someone says to you, "I bet you even-money that I can roll double sixes (box cars) at least once in 25 rolls." Most people automatically think that you need 36 rolls to do this because 6x6 is 36, and others think you need 30 rolls because that's what a casino will pay you for one roll. Therefore, they take the bet thinking the person proposing the bet is a sucker. But when the proposition is over the course of multiple rolls, cumulative probability takes over, and the break-even point for rolling double sixes is around 23 rolls. So if you take the bet, you're the sucker!

Do professional casino cheating teams ever do major cheating moves more than once on the same table?

October 3, 2011

Yes, but only moves that do not get dealers or floor personnel involved. For example, my classic blackjack move where I bet a small amount, then switched in larger chips after getting paid and claiming the dealer paid me wrong, could not be repeated at the same table simply because you can't claim the dealer made the same mistake a second time on paying the same person. But moves where bet sizes are altered before the payoff or where bets are moved from a losing number to a winning number at roulette before the dealer marks the winning number can be repeated until they take heat.

Do automatic shufflers prevent all kinds of false shuffle and cold deck cheating by dealers?

September 26, 2011

Yes, unless the dealer's in on it!...No, I'm not kidding. Crooked dealers can shut off, disable or not properly use the shufflers, although it very rarely happens.

UPDATE!!! Or unless the cheats somehow sneak into play rigged automatic card shufflers. Yes, this has recently happened on a very big scale in Macau. Read about it here

Watch out for the guy at your poker table touching his arms too much.

September 19, 2011

If you ever notice someone in your poker game constantly rubbing or feeling his arms, especially when wearing a long sleeve shirt or jacket, it may not be an itch he's tending to but rather an adustment to his holdout device. Although rare in public cardrooms, cheaters often employ holdout devices in their sleeves in which they hide a card they'd earlier removed from play and then snatch it back out when they need it. Often cheaters wearing these devices have to adjust the fit, or are just unconsciously touching it due to nervousness.

What is the Cheat's Most Important Logistic Inside a Casino or Poker Room?

September 12, 2011

The exit doors, man! In the event you gotta get out fast, know IN ADVANCE where your escape route lies, especially through which door leading out of the casino or poker room. You wouldn't believe how many casino and poker cheats get caught because they didn't know the quickest route out of the casino when security was coming to grab them up.

KNOW your doors!

Is there any truth to the statement that poker and casino cheaters should dress in a certain way to reduce the chances of picking up heat?

September 5, 2011

Absolutely. Just like in any other field, legit or illegit, what you wear has an immediate effect on those observing you. For instance, when I cheated casinos I never wore leather, not just black leather, ANY leather. Why? Because even though quality leather is classy, it is often perceived as slick. You don't want pit bosses observing you and thinking you're slick. Now on the other hand, provocative dress can often help your cheating cause. Especially if you're decking out a hot babe who's part of your cheating team for the purpose of creating a distraction. Get what I mean? But most of the time, the credo "low key is low risk" is a good one to follow.

Can you hear the sound of a cheating dealer dealing "seconds"?

August 29, 2011

Not unless he's a bad one! Cheating dealers who are good at dealing second cards will not leave you a telling sound as he slides that card out of the deck. So those who say "you can always hear a faint rasping or snapping sound when a second card is pulled out of the deck" are only pulling  your leg. In fact, the best way to catch on to a "second-carder" is to watch his eyes when he peeks at the top card. Honest dealers have no reason to look at the deck as dealing is a robotical function, so if you see a dealer's eyes repeatedly going to the deck just before the deal, watch out! Also, a dealer wearing sunglasses that shade his eyes is another sign of a cheater.

Can anyone beat 3 Card Monte?

August 22, 2011

Only people who know how to do the trick. But the problem is that when the con man running the game spots a potential winner, he will immediately close up shop to prevent him from betting. "All of a sudden," the cops will be coming down the street and he's got to go.

You can be half like Roger Clemens but not Full.

August 15, 2011

What I mean is of course you can keep lying away while playing poker, but you can't take any drugs to enhance your play. LOL!

When pastposting or switching chips in a bet, do the colors of the chips matter?

August 8, 2011

Nearly everyone thinks that if you are betting one color or denomination chip and then you press your bet or switch it for another bet when knowing the outcome but before being paid, you cannot do it with differnet denomination chips because of different colors. That is completely false. I used to bet three red $5 chips and then switch them out, replacing them with two purple $500 chips and one red $5 chip on top. The key was that $5 chip on top, which was the same color and denomination as the chip on top of the original bet. By keeping that conformity, I was able to psychologically outwit the dealer. Over the years, I did the same with yellow $1,000 chips and chocolate $5,000 chips.

Can roulette dealers in any way control the spin of the roulette ball?

August 1, 2011

Absolutely! But that's not the real question. The important one is "can they predetermine with accuracy a group of numbers or a certain section on the inner wheel where the ball will land?" Unless the equipment, meaning any working part of the wheel or the ball, is tampered with, roulette dealers looking to fleece the casino by way of spinning-ball control would have about as much success as craps shooters beating the casino by way of dice-control, which is not much.

Do Brick and Mortar Casinos Ever Remote-Control Where Roulette Balls Land Inside the Spinning Wheel?

July 25, 2011

Although I receive hundreds of e-mails from losing roulette players testifying to the lack of their numbers coming-in defying reality, to the point that their numbers come in as soon as they leave the table, I cannot believe legitimate casinos playing with a 5.28 built-in house advantage at Double-0 roulette would bother doing this--even if it is technologically possible, which it is. For those of you thinking you may have been victimized by casino roulette-ball-control, I suggest you chalk it up to extremely bad luck...EVEN if is has happened to you repeatedly in the same or different casinos.

Can you somehow count cards playing blackjack online?

July 18, 2011

edit TipTextOf course you can...but it's not going to help you, so don't bother.

Are electronic poker tables safe?

July 13, 2011

They are the safest game in town! Collusion play is less than at conventional tables, there are no marked cards, no online bots, no crooked dealers and no hacking into the system...well, about the hacking I'm not a thousand percent sure but it's a safe bet.

If you think horse and dog races are fixed, does that mean you should never bet them if you don't know which horse or dog is fixed to win the race?

July 4, 2011

Of course not! If you don't know which horse or dog is fixed to win the race, then in effect the race isn't fixed. At least not as far as your bet is concerned.

Professional cheaters in casinos are very careful cashing out their chips.

June 27, 2011

Casinos often look to catch cheaters they missed at the tables cashing out at the casino cage, but smart cheaters know how to skirt that. For instance, if they cheated the casino by using $1,000 chips and the casino cage is put on alert to call security if anyone cashes out those $1,000 chips, the cheaters will go to various tables and change those chips to smaller denominations, and then cash out those, perhaps on a later shift or the next day.

Using Roulette Computers

June 20, 2011

Smart roulette computer teams will know how to camouflage their advantage play and therefore get more action before casinos eventually pick up on them. What they do is first play blackjack, baccarat (punto banco) or craps to establish themselves as legitimate high rollers before moving in for their kills at roulette. I basically did the same when setting up casinos for my moves.

Be careful playing poker in house games while watching sporting events on TV.

June 13, 2011

Big football games on TV are prime working conditions for home game cheaters. While the honest players are busy watching and cheering at the screen, the cheaters are busy fixing, marking and doing anything else with the cards they need to in order to fleece you. So if you're gonna play at home while watching sporting events on TV, watch the game you're in as well! And this goes for European football, cricket and rugby as well.

Watch out for shoulder surfers!

June 6, 2011

When you're gambling and losing and running to ATMs to fetch more cash, you're usually in a hurry to get back to the action and thus often careless. Many people after they get their cash simply leave the machine without punching the answer to the final question "Do you want to make another transaction?" If one of the many shoulder surfers who hang out by casino ATMs is standing behind you, and he or someone working with him happens to have already noted  your PIN when you punched it in either this visit to the ATM or last visit, the shoulder surfer will step up to the ATM and answer "yes" to that last question and make a withdrawal against your account. The term shoulder surfer comes from the act of looking over someone's shoulder to peek at the info on the ATM screen.

Their big giveaway is that they're often on their cell phone while standing behind you to give the impression they're busied and not looking at the screen to steal your PIN. To avoid becoming a victim, just make sure to be patient and properly close out your ATM transactions. 

Beware of duplicate accounts with online casinos.

May 30, 2011

I am hearing more and more stories about online casino players who are running into problems getting paid their winnings because of the casinos finding out that they have duplicate accounts. Most players complaining about this claim they didn't know about their previous existing account or simply forgot about it, but whatever the case, this is not a game you want to get involved in. They won't care about taking your money when you lose having duplicate accounts; I've only heard about the issue with players having difficulty withdrawing their winnings. So just avoid having duplicate accounts.

Can casino surveillance cameras really read the date off a dime?

May 25, 2011

The answer is yes, but only when one is trying to. Remember, standard casino cameras are never zoomed in that close without a specific reason, for instance when trying to detect card-marking scams or tiny electronic devices. One thing their cameras could never detect, though, was the color of the bottom chip sticking out slightly in my Savannah moves.

What is the most important part of a cheating move?

May 16, 2011

Is it the set-up? Is it the actual move itself, switching, pressing or pinching chips? Is it the psychology cheaters use to convince the bosses they're legitimate high rollers? Or is it the cover plays made after the cheating move to stave off the heat?

Answer: none of the above. It's the escape! Just like when robbing a bank, the robbers have to get out of the bank with the cash. So do the cheaters out of the casino after their moves.

Do craps systems or dice control work?

May 9, 2011

Did you know that an ad in the Las Vegas Review Journal personals that read "Guaranteed winning craps system, $10,000 profits a month" ran every day for more than 20 years? It also ran in the Los Angeles Times. So obviously tons of people were paying first $500 (when the ad initially came out), then $1,000 (after two years) and even $1,500 and $2,500 over the last fifteen years. But did this famous craps system work, or did all those people get ripped off by cheating hucksters? They got ripped off. Ain't no craps system that works...And as far as that dice control stuff goes, those guys called the "dice dominator, terminator and regulator" and anything else that ends in "or" are all full of shit, and I wouldn't trust 'em as far as I could throw 'em...or their dice.

Do any land based casinos cheat players?

May 2, 2011

Have you ever heard this statement: Casinos make too much money on the square and therefore would never risk purposely cheating their players...?  I mean on an organized basis, not  just a rogue dealer or two working a scam. So then is the aforementioned statement true? Not entirely. Virtually all casinos in North America, most of Western Europe and Macau are totally safe and free from organized casino cheating by casinos against the players. The last incidents of this type of casino cheating in these "safe zones" were in the Caribbean in the 1970s. However, as casino gambling has sprung up in far-flung places all over the world, don't think for a second that the word "casino" in a public place means you can gamble without the slightest fear of being cheated by the house. In some Asian and Eastern European casinos, I am not so sure. Crooked casinos are rare but they do exist--even today.

What can you do about account-selling in online poker tournaments?

April 25, 2011

There's no real way to police this latest online poker cheating phenomenon although it can be traced to logging in/out of the site. The best thing to do is simply be aware that it happens, and when you note drastic playing-style changes of a player you're up against, it's very likely that it's not the same player, so you might have to adjust your style--without selling your account!

Learn the third-card rule in Baccarat.

April 18, 2011

If you're a baccarat or mini-baccarat player, learn the third-card rule and pay attention while you're playing to make sure the dealer doesn't make mistakes when following it. Unless, of course, a mistake is in your favor.  As baccarat, especially mini-baccarat, becomes more popular in casinos, more inexperienced dealers are thrown behind the tables, and they often make mistakes applying the rule, because it is a bit complicated. I would say that one mistake per 50 hands is a reasonable estimate even for experienced dealers. So if you fancy the game, learn the rules!

When playing roulette, keep your eyes on your bets.

April 11, 2011

Many roulette players feverishly spread their bets over the layout as if in a race against time, which is sometimes the case when you're making loads of bets and the dealer wants to spin the ball. Can you remember every bet you made? Probably not. There are chip thieves posing as regular roulette players who know that you cannot , and they go out there and scoop up some of your chips while laying down some of their own. You might think, "Well, what good would my non-redeemable roulette chips be to them?" Think again. There are many scams that casino cheaters and chip thieves do with other players' roulette chips, so watch out for yours!

Watch out for that shiny jewelry and soda cans in your home poker games.

April 4, 2011

Most people dealing the cards in home games, even those playing in big stakes home games, are not very experienced in dealing the cards, at least not in the professional sense where the cards must never leave the surface while being shuffled and not be held too high while being dealt. This reality leads to a vulnerability that allows the top cards coming to the players to be "peeked at" before they hit the felt. It's not easy to do, but with the help of shiny jewelry on hands resting low on the table and soda cans, cheaters will definitely get good reflective peeks some if not most of the time.  Make sure home dealers follow procedure and beware of excessive shiny jewelry and soda cans that just look too shiny.

Watch out for bogus decks in home poker games.

March 28, 2011

A marked box of playing cards would surely make a bad Christmas gift, especially if you're the one receiving it! Here's a guideline how to acoid falling prey to such a scam:

Examine the cards and the box:
If you play for money you should always insist that a new deck be used. Before and after the box is opened every player should have the right to examine the cellophane wrapper, the box, and the cards. Keep in mind that if the box has been tampered with you will most likely not discover any traces of tampering on the security seal. Boxes are usually opened from behind, or from the side where the flaps are glued together without being secured with a seal. If the bow was tampered with you may be able to discover some traces there. The cellophane wrapper is as important. Usually tampered boxes are glued back with Krazy Glue® or Epoxy®. This doesn't look quite the same as a factory sealed cellophane wrapper. Upon close examination it is possible to discover the inconsistencies. So don't just throw the wrapper away. Keep it, and if you lost too much money have another look at it.

Never fall for player chip scams.

March 21, 2011

Say someone approaches you in or outside a casino with $500 chips from that casino and says to you, "Look, I'm  in a hurry and I don't want my wife to know I've been gambling, so can you do me a favor and cash these for me? Tell you what, I'll let you buy them for four hundred bucks each." Sounds tempting, right? Maybe you're suspicious but you're also sure the chips are real. You've been in that casino many times and played with $500 chips. Should you buy them off the guy? Never! That's because those $500 chips may have been used in a scam that the casino caught on to. Since large denomination chips don't circulate as much as lesser ones, it's possible the casino has put a hold on all $500 chips and instructed the casino cashier to hold up anyone presenting the $500 chips for payment to be interrogated by security about that scam. See what I mean? You could find yourself in hot water, and when asked where you got the chips, you better hope the casino believes your answer that "I bought them off somebody." Even so, they might confiscate them and hold them as evidence and you'd be shit outta luck! So don't do any buying of casino chips unless the seller is the casino. 

Why Don't Casinos Have Clocks?

March 14, 2011

Because they don't want you to know what time it is. Sounds stupid, with everyone having watches and cell phones, but from time to time a gambler in the middle of a bad losing streak's watch goes dead and he forgot to carry his cell phone, and is too frustrated to ask someone else at the table what time it is. And if there were clocks in casinos, people would invariably notice what time it is, which would naturally trigger some of them to leave the tables and slot machines and head elsewhere, which they might not have done had they not noticed the time from a clock on the wall.

Any Truth to Online Blackjack Cheating Claims?

March 7, 2011

Thus far there a two distinct claims for how players can cheat online casinos at blackjack. The first is via blackjack bots, which are the same as poker bots, keeping track of the cards already played and aiding with hand-strategy deciisions. The second online blackjack cheat method is using specialized software that can compromise an online casino's random number generator, thus allowing you to know what cards are going to come out on the deal.

Both these methods, and all others I have heard of, are bogus. Blackjack bots can be effective keeping track of cards and making strategy decisions, but the problem is the cards in online blackjack are shuffled after every hand, rendering blackjack card-counting online useless. As for compromising online casinos' random number generators--FORGET IT!

What should you do if you suspect your online poker foe is a bot?

March 1, 2011

If you think you are playing against a bot, a quick and easy way to ease your mind is to chat with the suspected bot. Say hello, ask (him, her or it) where they're from, ask if they saw the football game last night. Heck, how 'bout posing them this question: Are you a doggarn bot? If they get offended and cuss you out, at least you know they are not a doggarn bot. But if they don't get offended, and worse say nothing at all, they might just be a bot, doggarned one or not! Of course if someone doesn't respond doesn't mean that they are a bot; they might have either turned off the chat box or got really offended and chose to ignore you. If they don't respond to your first question or comment, keep trying. If they continue  to not respond, and you're losing, try another table.

Are Casinos Worldwide Really Being Threatened By All These Baccarat Scams?

February 21, 2011

Absolutely not! Although there have been several baccarat scams across the world since the huge Tran Organization False-Shuffle scam, the baccarat-scam hysteria that exists in casino surveillance departments today is merely the result of a creation by Willy Allison of the World Game Protection Conference and Gaming Consultant Bill Zender. They are hyping up the baccarat scams and hugely exaggerating the amounts of money they take out of casinos solely to enhance their own businesses, which is getting casinos to pay them to teach them how to combat these scams. The latest exaggeration by Zender, the baccarat "cutter scam" is outright fraudulent. I have proved that it cannot be done the way Zender claimed to casinos and media outlets.

Watch out for cold-deck ringers in your home games!

February 14, 2011

The biggest scams in your home poker games are marked cards and cold decks. A cold deck ringer is someone who, when no one is looking, switches in a deck with the cards prearranged to give either himself or his partner at the table a huge winning hand, usually fixing up the pot's eventual losers with full houses getting beat by higher full houses, four of a kind or a straight flush. Ringers efficient at this won't even care if you're looking because they can make the switch right under your eyes. And of course the backs of the switched-in deck of cards are identical to the backs of the one switched out.

If you get burned by an incredible bad beat, you may have been cold-decked.

Does it Ever Pay to Rob a Casino of its Gaming Chips?

February 7, 2011

No. Simply because you would have tons of problems cashing out stolen chips of denominations higher than $100. The reward-verses-risk ratio is horrible. Any robbery even without a weapon risks serious prison time. So you would be risking years in prison for a grand or two at most, that being the low-denomination stolen chips you could have somebody else cash out for you.

Make sure your computer is equipped with anti-virus programs and anti-spyware

February 1, 2011

Like anything else in life, online software can come with its fair share of glitches. Internet connection delays can be detrimental when it happens in the middle of a hand. When you are frozen out, your opponents are not. By the time you are back on track the hand is over. Your chance of winning it is gone. Most of the time these glitches are caused by PC viruses. So be sure to protect yourself with anti-virus programs and anti-spyware.

Should You Be Concerned if You Notice that the Player Sitting Next to You at the Brick and Mortar Poker Table is None Other Than Russ Hamilton!

January 24, 2011

Not unless he's got a laptop on the table!...only kidding. If you notice Russ Hamilton sitting next to you at the poker table, or at any seat at the poker table, or even simply inside the brick and mortar poker room, there is no need to worry. Hamilton may have also been a brick and mortar poker cheat before his infamy as an online poker cheat at, but he is hardly going to cheat anyone now in the public cardrooms. Hamilton already has millions stashed away from his Ultimate Bet booty. He plays poker in cardrooms now strictly because he loves poker and has nothing else to do.

I should point out that if you do actually see Hamilton at your poker game, do not get abusive with him! This can lead to YOUR expulsion from the table and poker room, so it is simply not worth it. If you have to jeer Hamilton or take a verbal shot at him, do it OUTSIDE the poker room. 

Read about Hamilton's latest confrontation in a Florida brick and mortar poker room here

When you're in a private poker game and you don't know who the sucker is, it's you!

January 17, 2011

No, I am not joking! The truth is, more than half of all home games have some kind of cheating happening in them, and the cheater or cheaters may be the person or persons you would least expect. Therefore, if you are suspicious that something is going on and you're not sure by whom, be sure that you are the victim! Which doesn't mean you're the only victim. If you'd like to learn about some common and not so common home-game poker scams, check out that chapter in my book "Dirty Poker."

What Is The Most Lucrative Form of Brick and Mortar Casino Cheating Today?

January 8, 2011

Slot Machine Cheating, which nowadays is either all high-tech or casino-employee driven.  Cheating today's state of the art high-tech slot machines without inside help is very difficult to do, but there are still some select master slot cheats out thee manipulating million-dollar jackpots. The major negative with slot cheating is that if you get caught you will face much harsher penalties than cheating other casino games. This is because casinos are scared shitless of slot cheats and want to put them out of business whenever they get the chance.

Should You Be Concerned About Poker Dealers Stealing Chips From the Pot?

January 1, 2011

Actually you should be. Poker dealers cheating you by stealing chips from pots happens a lot more than you think and is very hard for casino surveillance to detect, especially if a cheating poker dealer has good moves to rake off chips. Some of the most colorful poker cheats in history, dating back to America's riverboat gambling and Wild West poker saloon days, made their living as crooked poker dealers cheating pots. More recently, however, a Pennsyvania poker dealer got caught cheating his casino and its players by stealing chips from table pots. The only way you can protect yourself from a cheating poker dealer is by watching him or her as closely as you can. But if you don't know much about cheating moves you won't spot the action of a cheating dealer ripping off the pot. So my advice would be to learn the basics...if you're concerned. 

Look to your right, look to your left

December 20, 2010

No, I'm not talking about being careful when crossing the street. Had I been doing that, I would've had to add "Look to your left, look to your right" to satisfy pedestrians on both sides of the Pond. However, when sitting at a poker table or standing at a craps table, it is not a bad idea. In poker, you want to be aware of who's sitting on either side of you, as they could be colluders, peekers or even chip-sweepers, meaning you could get sandwiched between a hot babe distracting you and her parter lifting some chips off your stack--I've seen it happen. But more dangerous with this kind of move is at craps tables where the babe distracts you and her partner reaches into your chip rack and pecks away at your horizontal-lying chips. That's why the move on a craps table is known as rail-birding. And believe me, it goes on all the time. I've done it myself. Once, my partner (who wasn't even a babe!) and I scored three grand rail-birding a winning high-rolling craps shooter in Vegas. At one point during his hot roll, he looked down on his rack of chips and exclaimed, "Geez, I thought I was winning more than that!" So be aware when your chip bank is swelling or it will swell at a much less swellier rate!

Watch out for your "sleepers" at the craps table.

December 13, 2010

While playing craps, you might be unwittingly losing money not to the casino but to fellow opportunistic players at the table. As craps is by far the most complicated table game in casinos, with all its lay, take and proposition bets, it's very easy to get confused and not realize when your bets actually win. The most glaring example of this in when the come bet wins when the dice "seven out." In this case, many people often leave the table in disgust when they hear the stickman's vaunted call of "seven out!" and see the dealer sweep away the losing chips they had on the pass line. What they forget is that the come bets they had just made before the roll have won.  These winning bets left on the layout by players leaving the table are called "sleepers" because they are left their to sleep until someone picks them up. That someone is usually a professional casino cheater working the crap tables for that exact occasion. It is very low risk for them becuase casino bosses do not watch to see who picks up which winning bets.

So beware. Remember, a come bet is the exact same bet as a pass line bet. The only difference is it's made after the come-out roll when a point has been established, and can be made any time between the come-out roll and the eventual seven-out. The come-out roll is the roll after a pass line winner or loser.

Before leaving the craps table, make sure you've left no winning chips on the layout!

You're a Casino Executive Looking For Game Protection Training Seminars or Casino Staff Security and Surveillance Evaluation...Should You Hire Bill Zender?

December 6, 2010


Bill is as full of the wind as they come. To see why click here

Cheating Camouflage is Part of the Game.

November 29, 2010

Remember that all good cheaters and cheating teams will disguise their cheating moves the same way any good military operation uses camouflage to hide themselves and their real objectives. For instance, when my cheating teams hit casinos to do roulette moves, we showed them a lot of phony big action in order to camouflage ourselves and make the bosses believe we were legitimate high rollers. Often we enhanced the camouflage by showing this fake action on craps tables and baccarat tables, to hide the fact that our true attack destination was roulette.

Which Shift is the Best For Cheating Brick and Mortar Casinos?

November 24, 2010

You might simply assume that the best shift to cheat live casinos is the swing shift because that's simply the busiest shift for casinos. While that is indeed true it doesn't always mean that professional casino cheat teams prefer to work the swing shift as a priority. Although it is usually best for cheat teams to work busy casinos simply to blend in better and camouflage their cheat moves, sometimes the busy casinos prove burdensome for organized cheat teams, especially when they consist of three or four members working to do the moves. They may find it nearly impossible to secure their places at the tables. This is especially true of roulette wheels where three or four cheats are needed to work well-orchestrated moves. Other slower times such as the graveyard shift offer cheat teams a more relaxed atmosphere where pit personnel and dealers are friendlier and less on-guard for cheating. When moves are very strong and don't require more than one or two team members to pull them off, the graveyard can be the ideal shift.

So really there is no specified "best time" to cheat casinos if you are a good cheat working alone or with a team. It depends on many factors including move-difficulty and room required at the target table. If you are not such a good cheat it is probably better to work the crowded casinos in as much as you can disappear quickly into the throng if you have a problem and need to get away from the pit personnel's view.

One negative about empty casinos for ALL cheats regardless of number and skill: If you have to get the hell out of "Dodge" on the quick and bolt across the casino, you are going to stick out like a sore thumb and have a heck of a time getting away!

When playing poker, make sure that all the players at the table speak only the native language of whatever country the poker room happens to be in, unless, of course, everyone is in agreement to speak English (or some other common language), which is often the case in many European countries including Scandinavia

November 22, 2010

The reason for this is that players speaking a foreign language at the table, especially a very foreign language like Farsi, Pashto or Dari, may be exchanging information crucial to the game, such as what cards they have in the hole. I am in no way accusing any native speakers of these languages of being more likely to collude than anyone else, just using the uncommon languages as an example of conversation that would rarely be understood by non-native speakers of them. The curious thing about minority players (in terms of being foreigners at the game) speaking their native tongues at the poker table is that often they fall into playing collusion without even realizing it, just having a laugh and innocently telling their comrades what "a lousy hand I have," or "finally I have a pair of bullets!" I'd even say that much more than not, that verbal form of collusion is completely innocent, but it still has a negative effect on your earnings...or losses. So if you find yourself in that situation, gently ask the floorman to inform the foreign-language speakers, "English only please!" These scenarios happen very often in the UK, and a sly professional cheating team can take advantage of it.

You Are a Professional Casino Cheating Team Specializing in Pastposting and Pinching Bets...Should You Avoid Casinos Using RFID Technology in Their Chips?

November 15, 2010

Unless you are top-shelf casino team that can figure out a way to make casinos disbelieve what their RFID monitors on the tables are telling them, you best avoid working these casinos. However, if you are ingenious enough to accomplish what I just said, then you can kick their asses...RFID or no RFID. How do you do that? You've got to use psychology to set them up. Well, how do you do that? That, my friends, is VERY valuable information!

Search my blog for more information on casino cheating involving RFID chips 

While Shooting Craps and Winning, Beware Of That Sexy Woman Who's Snuggling Up Beside You and Rooting For You To Roll Another Winner

November 8, 2010

She's not flirting with you because she likes you. She's rubbing her body up against yours to get your attention away from your expanding rack of chips. On the other side of you is her partner, undoubtedly the guy she's sleeping with, who is nibbling away at your chips while your attention is garnered by the babe. Watch out and keep your eyes on your chips...or at least your hands over them if your eyes have to wander.

While Playing Blackjack, Make Sure You Watch Your Winning Bet And Corresponding Hand Until It Is Paid

November 1, 2010

Dealers take winners for pushes more often than you might think. It happens on average 1.5 % of the time, and believe it or not, more with experienced dealers than those who are new to the game. Conversely, they make mistakes in your favor less frequent, so be vigilant at the blackjack tables. Doing so will save you a betting-unit every hundred hands.

If You Play Online Poker, Make Sure You Have A Tracking Program At Your Side

October 25, 2010

Programs like Poker Tracker are able to monitor hand histories on the poker sites with a great amount of detail. What they do is create databases of games that occur on the site. Then they run through them to look for statistical inconsistencies. They search for unusual deviations in deck shuffles, draws and other details picked up by their trackers. By using them you not only can analyze your own play and improve on it, you can also analyze the play of your opponents, and by doing so, pick up on various cheating scams going on in the games, especially online collusion.

Top Professional Card Counting Teams No Longer Use Only The Counter/Big Player Method

October 18, 2010

Ken Uston and the MIT Blackjack Team just about finished off this decades-old method of beating blackjack games. What do good teams do now? All their members sit at the table and play as ONE person. Of course they all bet, but when the count goes up they mix up their increased increments; for example, one guy betting two units, another three units, and a third only one unit. Then the next hand at the same count they switch around their bets, keeping the same total. Then if the count goes up higher, one player might actually decrease his bet while others at the table bet threefold or even more. This type of betting effectively disguises the card-counting team because if each individual is tracked by the casino, none will be exposed as a counter. This method even fools casinos' card-counting detection software!

Try To Avoid Poker Tournaments That Have Open Seating

October 11, 2010

This opens avenues of cheating, mainly collusion, softplay and chip dumping. Most brick and mortar poker rooms have the policy of assigned seating for their tournaments, but many still don't. If you happen to live near poker rooms that only offer open-seating tournaments, just be a little more aware of collusion groups in your tournaments. Watch for the telltale signs of collusion--lots of re-raising, and chips placed in different positions on hole cards by the same player or players. For more on collusion sign languages, see my book "Dirty Poker" or refer to my "Collusionspeak" article in Bluff Magazine's October edition (Bluff Europe as well).

October 4, 2010

Although cheating by blackjack dealers in casinos is rare, it does occasionally happen. When it does, ninety-nine percent of the time it's in handheld games, where the dealer can peek at the top card and deal seconds. Usually this involves a dealer helping his partner playing on the game win, and in order to conceal this, he must help other players lose. So if you're not counting cards you have nothing to gain by playing the single and double-deck blackjack games. Just go find yourself tables using card shoes and automatic shufflers.

September 27, 2010

This means that there are lots of crooked players in home games, some of whom you may work with or even be friends with, so always be on the lookout. When the games are at their houses, they have more opportunities to cheat you, i.e. use marked cards, hidden mirrors or even cameras to see your cards. But when they come to your house, they can't really insist on using their cards, can they?

September 20, 2010

By adopting this practice in public cardrooms, you will cut down on opportunities for others to cheat you. Most professionals won't look at their hole cards until it's their turn to act. There are intelligent reasons for this, and it's definitely something you should do yourself. Why? Because there's simply no upside to looking at your hole cards before it's your turn to act. You shouldn't need much time to decide whether you want to play the hand, especially if you're seasoned. But more important than this, if anyone's out to snatch up your hole card information, they will have more time to do so. With the advent of hidden micro cameras, this high-tech cheating is now a reality.

Most poker players like to believe they have faces of stone. They think they're incapable of revealing any physical tells. This is not true. Everyone has tells, even professionals, and if you watch players at the table carefully, you'll eventually spot them. The same thing applies to you. Pros, or even good amateurs, will catch on to your tells, so in effect, by allowing this to happen you are cheating yourself.

Track Your Online Poker Hands!

September 13, 2010

When playing poker online, track your hands and determine if you are losing more pots on the river to either of two or three players, regardless which one of them wins the pots. Then examine hands that you folded on the turn after a raise or reraise. If the last raisers in these pots are the same two or three players more often than normal, you may be getting chopped up in a collusion game.

Can Surveillance Cameras See the Marks on Marked Cards?

September 6, 2010

The answer to this question really resides in how much surveillance operators are looking for marked cards and which methods cheaters are using to mark the cards.  Most sophisticated card-marking operations will go undetected by surveillance cameras unless they are suspected and the cameras are zoomed in from multiple angles.  But don't forget that surveillance operators can pick up on many forms of card marking without seeing the marks on the cards. It's the actions and movements of the card markers that give most of them away.

Are lefthanders better casino and poker cheats than righthanders?

August 30, 2010

Although there is no viable difference or advantage in cheating skills between left and righthanders, the percentage of cheats who are indeed lefthanded is far greater than their overall population. Left handed people make up less than 10% of the world's population, but they make up more than 20% of the world's poker and casino cheats. How do I know this? I will only tell you that I am lefthanded! Now what about online poker and casino cheats? Are the lefties better cheats than the righties? Well, that depends...On what?...Come on, you know that...on how fast they can click with both hands. The faster they can click the more online poker tables they can cheat simultaneously.

Home Games Poker Cheat Hands

August 23, 2010

If you're playing in a home game and you lose a pot with a monster hand, say four of a kind with no wild cards, should you be suspicious that you've been cheated? Well, maybe...If you lose two pots in a night with a monster hand, should you be suspicious?...Yes, very!  If you lose two monster pots with hands of four of a kind or better, you were more likely the victim of a switched-in cooler than bad luck! A switched-in cooler is a prearranged deck of cards that is switched into the game. And it is stacked against you!

Cheating Yourself With Roulette Betting Systems?

August 16, 2010

We have all heard of the countless betting systems out there, for everything from backgammon to horse racing to even poker. That's right, I have heard of people using variants of the Martingale and Double Martingale betting systems in calling and raising poker pots. As incredible as that may seem, the greatest use of betting systems still occurs in roulette, where people throughout gambling history have come up with systems to tell them in advance whether the ball will land on a red or black number, or on an even or odd number. So, let me say this: NO betting system will work in the long run; believing one will is only cheating yourself.

When Do Honest Winning Online Poker Players Become Cheats?

August 9, 2010

There are two answers to this question: 1) When they're losing. 2) When they're not winning enough. If you didn't know, the vast majority of online poker cheats have no problem beating the games on the square, but sometimes they go on tilt and lose and then decide to resort to cheating to get back ahead of the game.

A Tip For Casino Surveillance Personnel

August 2, 2010

Hey you guys up in the sky...Ever hear the saying, "If you want to be a good lawyer, think like a juror"? Well, how 'bout this one for you: "If you want to be a good casino cheatcatcher, think like a cheat." What do I mean? It's simple. Think like a cheat, catch a cheat. Alright, how do you think like a cheat? Well, that's the catch. For starters begin reading the designs of some of the best casino cheat moves and learn their psychology. That should give you an idea.

Capping Craps Bets

July 26, 2010

There are many ways to press or "cap" bets on craps tables. The most effective move is when the bet presser uses the camouflage of legitimately adding to or subtracting from his odds bets. Casinos allow you to incease or decrease your odds bets at any time, so they are not bothered by players' hands on the layout. Skilled bet pressers will take advantage of this from the don't pass bar and illegally press their don't pass bar bets while they are legitimately increasing their odds bets against the shooter making his "point." The same "pinching" move occurs on the pass line when players legitimately changing their odds bets on the shooter making the point pinch a chip or two from their original pass line bet, which is now at a disadvantage.

Odds of Surveillance Randomly Catching Cheats

July 19, 2010

With all their state of the art surveillance technology and its 24/7 coverage of every square inch of casino space, have you ever wondered what the chances are that a casino surveillance department would catch you cheating redhanded? I mean actually see you cheating? Well, the answer  depends on how much exposure your cheating moves take. If you're the type of cheater that I was where your moves are split-second boom-boom, they would NEVER catch you. In 25 years as a professional casino cheat, no surveillance operator anywhere in the world ever caught me in the act. They only saw some of my moves after replaying video footage after I was long gone. But, however, if you run an elongated cheating operation such as hole carding or card marking where you're at the table cheating repetitively over a period of time, their chances of catching you in the act increase dramatically. Hard to pin a percentage on it, but I'd say this: the shorter the duration of your actual cheating moves, the less chance you have of getting caught!

Speed Count vs Hi-Lo Count

July 12, 2010

Lots of people have been asking me about the Blackjack Card Counting method known as speed counting. Is it easier to learn? Is it more effective? The answers are that it is easier to learn but less effective. My advice to card counters is to stick with the Hi-Lo counts if they are serious about maximizing their edge against casinos. Plain and simple, it's easy enough to master ANY card counting system, therefore, why not take the time to master the best?

Don't Split Tens!

July 5, 2010

Never split tens at blackjack! Why? Because by doing so, you're either dumb or stupid. A smart player (probably a card counter) doing so would be stupid. That's because splitting tens would tell the pit that he's a counter, so gaining that extra percentage edge on the hand would cut down playing time due to exposure, a stupid move. A dumb player splitting tens would just be plain dumb, because splitting tens without knowing the count favors splitting tens is just plain dumb...So you see, it's a Catch 21!  Not at Catch 22...pardon the pun!

Camouflage Your Card Counting Play

June 28, 2010

Remember that when running a card counting operation, one of the most important facets of it occurs in the casino but away from the blackjack tables. If your operation does not entail this, then it is not running at an optimum level. You must camouflage your card counting play by camouflaging it with action at other table games, giving casino bosses the impression that you're an all-around casino high roller and not just a blackjack big player. For more on this follow my blog in the coming days.

Alternate Card Counting Strategies

June 21, 2010

Do you know what it means in football when the quarterback calls an "automatic?" That's when the team comes up to the line of scrimmage ready to snap the ball and the quarterback yells signals to his team to change the play that had just been called in their huddle. The same ability to change strategy in card counting can be very effective for a professional card counting team.  We all know the Counter/Big Player method of card counting. So do the casinos. But what if the casinos were looking for this type of operation while you were at the blackjack table doing it? Wouldn't it be great if you could change to another form of card counting in mid-deal that the casinos wouldn't recognize? One that would even fool their card counting software? Well, this can be done. To read more about it, go to my card counting page and click on the "Beat the Heat" article I wrote on this subject.

Online Poker Colluding Cheat Bots

July 14, 2010

Beware of online poker bots and colluding bots in low-limit games! That's right, it is a fallacy that good poker bots are used only in upper-limit games. The reason bots are a threat is because it’s not too hard to code a bot that will beat the small games, both limit and no limit. Small games are the lifeblood of the poker economy and the $100 losses at $2-$4 are ultimately what feed the $1,000-$2,000 games at the top. In a normal small stakes game, incompetent players fill most of the seats, and the few good players win consistently there. However, most of these good players do not have the patience for low-limit games--but programmed bots have all the patience in the world.

Roulette Ball Control

June 7, 2010

Can certain roulette dealers performing legitimate spins of the ball actually influence where the ball will land? Unlike dice control at craps, which is basically a falsehood, some talented and well practiced dealers can control where the ball will land--but to a minimal point. As they work day in and day out in their casinos, they become aware of certain tendencies or defects in some or all of the wheels they deal on. By utilizing that "secret" knowledge they can sometimes steer the ball to certain sections of the wheel, perhaps within two or three quadrants or about half or three quarters of the numbers, which is a huge advantage bettingwise. However, they won't be able to do this on a majority of spins but perhaps on just enough where they and their partners betting selected sections on the wheel will make out like roulette bandits! As far as a dealer actually hitting a number straight would have to be a trick wheel, trick ball or April Fools Day!

Can You Really Score Big With Roulette Computers?

May 31, 2010

Most roulette computers selling online actually do work. They give you a measurable edge and in a perfect casinoworld you would clean up with them. However, as I constantly stress to those who inquire, the computer itself is just a small element of the formula to be successful at roulette computer play. There are numerous issues integral to a profitable operation, such as set-up (not your equipment but setting up the casino), camouflage, betting procedures, your own internal security and cashing out chips. To learn more about this, peruse my blog. There are several informative posts on the subject

What is the First No-No After You've Done a Poker or Casino-Cheating Move Involving the Chips?

May 25, 2010

GET YOUR HANDS AWAY FROM YOUR CHIPS ON THE LAYOUT. YOU DON'T WANT TO LOOK LIKE THIS WITH YOUR HANDS NEAR THE CHIPS! Your hands should be completely off the layout. Remember, camouflaging the cheat-move is as important immediately after the move as when the move itself is actually being done.

Roulette Computers Better Against Electronic Roulette Tables?

May 24, 2010

In many areas of the world, casinos have installed electronic roulette tables that are directly linked to the real tables inside the casino, which gives people a chance to play live roulette when the actual tables are too crowded. So for those players using computers and scanners to determine where the ball might land, is it just as advantageous to play at the electronic roulette stations? All things being equal, the answer is yes, though don't assume you will take less heat because there are no pit bosses or inspectors watching you. Remember: the eye in the sky IS watching you, and alone at an electronic roulette table, anything you do out of the ordinary will stand out more...So be cool!

Poker Cheats and Sunglasses

May 17, 2010

Can wearing sunglasses help a poker cheat? Well, if you ask Daniel Negreanu, he'll tell you that poker players wearing sunglasses is outright cheating. But does wearing sunglasses really help a poker cheat? You bet, especially if he is part of a collusion team. However, since all players are permitted to wear sunglasses, I don't see this as poker cheating. See my blog entry for more about this.

Oh...Can wearing sunglasses help an online poker cheat? LOL!!!

Poker Phishing Scams

May 14, 2010

Protect yourself against these scams where you get seemingly legitimate emails from a popular online company, such as eBay, PayPal or Neteller, that ask you to follow a link and enter your account information.  There are a wide variety of excuses used in these false emails to get you to click the links within them.  However, these links will bring you to a false website which looks just like the real one. And once you give them your personal information, they will wipe out your accounts!

Remember that true professional sites like eBay and PayPal will never request information in this manner. If you ever receive an email from one of these "companies," simply forward the email to the real company that supposedly sent it, expressing your concerns and hopes that they will investigate it. NEVER click on the link as it may also contain a virus!

Blackjack Hole Carding

May 10, 2010

Hole Carding, which is trying to get a gander at the dealer's hole card at blackjack, may be a dying breed but it is certainly not yet dead. Although the vast majority of today's blackjack tables use card shoes, which greatly prevents dealers from exposing their hole cards, and card readers, which eliminates dealers' need to peek for blackjacks, there are still a lot of hand-held games where dealers hold the decks in their hands instead of dealing the cards from a shoe, mostly in Nevada. These are the only games that you can get an edge by hole carding. This method of play might be considered a form of cheating in some jurisdictions, so when doing this take precautions that you lessen your chances of being caught. Wearing baseball caps is good camouflage but don't make idiotic attempts at concealment by pulling the cap's bill way down over your eyes, or anything else that makes you look like a freak!

To Cheat or not to Cheat

May 3, 2010

Is this a mantra or a question? I guess it could be both. As a mantra it could signify many things, but in the poker and casino world only one: should I cheat or not? Well, poker and casino cheats not only have to know how to cheat but also WHEN to cheat. Just because they have the cheating skills doesn't mean they have to always apply them. In 25 years as one of the world's top casino cheats, I actually cheated a very small percentage of the time. The vast majority of time was spent on move-preparation, practice, camouflage, setting up casinos and storing and cashing out chips. So I guess the mantra part of that phrase for cheaters should be "To Cheat or not to cheat...some of the time."

Dice Control in Craps

April 26, 2010

You may have read articles promoting its effectiveness. You may have seen Frank Scobolete and others demonstrating it on TV. But should you invest in learning one of the so-called dice control methods that claim to give you enough control over the dice when you throw them to gain a statistical edge in craps? Not unless you enjoy throwing your money out with the dice. Plain and simple: dice control does not work!

Best Poker Tip Saying For Home Games

April 23, 2010

"Play in your own backyard." What does this mean? Simply that like any sports team playing at home, you have the advantage. In poker's case, your home field advantage is that you're less likely to get cheated, especially as far as equipment such as marked cards and hidden cameras are concerned.

You find a $5,000 chip on the floor of the casino, should you cash it out?

April 19, 2010

The first thing you're thinking is how ridiculously hypothetical this question is. But, believe it or not, I was witness to a gentleman finding a $5,000 chip on the floor of the Las Vegas MGM Grand in 1994. Naturally, that chip belonged to me (it's a long story), and the gentleman did give it back, but what should you do if you ever stumble upon a $5,000 chip, $1,000 chip or $500 chip that doesn't belong to you? Should you go directly to the casino cashier and cash it out? Absolutely not! You're subjecting yourself to lots of questions upon cashing out big chips like that, such as "Do you have any markers to pay?" or "Where were you playing in the casino?" So the way to turn your lucky finding into cash is to go to a blackjack or craps table and break the large chip down into smaller denomination chips so that you don't go to the cashier with any chips higher than $100. This way they will cash you out without any questions...And make sure you don't end up blowing all those chips BEFORE you get to the cashier!

Online Poker Strategy Scams

April 15, 2010

I'm sure most of you at one time or another have googled "Online Poker Strategy" and landed on sites asking for money for its "guaranteed" winning online poker strategies. Well, some of these sites do offer good information that can help you while others are just scams. In order to weed out the legitimate ones, do a search of each individual site you fall on and add the word "scam" to the search text. For example, if the site you are looking at is called (now I don't offer any online poker playing strategies! lol!), simply search " scam." Also repeat the search using the quotations marks. By doing this you will fall upon reviews of people who have visited these sites and who have probably paid for their systems. If you see lots of disappointed reviewers, you are probably dealing with a site that is not legitimate. If, however, more than half the comments are positive, there's a good chance the site is a good one.

Online Poker Scam: Money Laundering

April 12, 2010

Did you ever get a chat box message like this?..."I need a favor, I'll send you $1,000 to online poker site A if you send me $750 to online poker site B."

Accepting this favor for the $250 profit can get you in a lot more trouble then you think. It starts out with a player asking you to do a favor and trade money with him from one site to another. He’ll even offer to send first and give you extra money for your trouble. You decide to help out and the transaction goes smoothly… until your account and funds are suspended for being involved in money laundering!!! Yes, the money you received was most likely stolen from another player's poker account who wasn’t very careful with his password. Since transfers between accounts usually aren’t monitored, scammers trade stolen money on one site for legit money on another with unsuspecting players. The innocent player who now has the laundered money in their account is left in a mess of trouble, while the crook simply cashes out of the other site.

Online Poker Cheating: Identity Theft

April 8, 2010

Watch out who you're considering loaning money to among your fellow online high-stakes players. The player asking you for the loan may not be the trusted player you think he is. I mean he may not BE who you think he is! Some hackers are able to get high-limit players' passwords and then use their screen names to complete the perfect online poker identity theft. Then they proceed to different tables asking high-limit players who know the screen names to borrow significant amounts of money as there is mutual trust among these well-established players. Not long ago, one skilled hacker/player garnered more than a hundred grand in profits before the high-stakes player/victims caught on.

Online Poker Cheating: Ponzi Scheme

April 5, 2010

“Send me $20 and I’ll pay you back $40 tomorrow”

In this scam, the scammer is after a lot more than $20. By sending that first $20, you’re getting lured you into a Ponzi scheme. The scammer starts with a small amount and gets dozens of people involved. He'll gain your trust by sending the promised money back promptly the next day, chatting with you, and becoming buddies. But once he has many people involved, he starts asking for a little more cash while still promising high returns. He’ll pay the money back, but with other "investors" money. Then after he's your chat buddy he’ll make up some story, like having money tied up somewhere and needing $1,000 for a business venture. He’ll of course promise you a high return and you won’t have any reason not to trust him, because he’s always kept his word to you...Then you can kiss that grand goodbye! Beware of the old Ponzi scam.

Online Poker Cheating: Betting on the Side Scam

March 29, 2010

Players often hover around sit-and-go tables offering to make private side-bets on the outcomes. For example, a scammer registers for a $100 sit-and-go and offers his opponent a $200 side-bet that he’ll win. If the opponent agrees and loses, he would pay the scammer $200. If the opponent wins, the scammer would just ignore the side-bet as though it never occurred. Sounds stupid but it happens often enough!

Why is Multi-Accounting Such a Serious Online Poker Cheat Scam?

March 24, 2010

More than anything else, Multi-Accounting is an insidious online poker cheat scam. Not only is it breaking all online poker sites’ terms & conditions, it also gives the multi-accounting player an unfair edge over his opponents because he already knows the ins and outs and strategies of the game or tournament and its players, while he himself adopts a new-found anonymity. Used most effectively in online poker tournaments, this cheat strategy can be as strong as collusion in some cases. When it is used in CONJUNCTION with collusion, the honest players going against it are really in for an uphill battle.

Online Poker Cheating: Chat Box Scams

March 22, 2010

Many trusting and honest online players fall prey to various scams launched via chat boxes. In one scam, someone not currently seated at the table, known as a railbird, types a tempting message into the chat box that hypes a generous giveaway to the first one or two players at the table who visit a website whose URL will contain the name of an established online poker room to lend it credibility and authenticity, perhaps even with an "administrator's" name at the end of the message to make it more believable. DO NOT go to that web page. If you do, you will be notified that you are a winner and asked for your login name and password. The password is what the scammers are looking for. Once they have it, they gain access to your online poker account, login and remove your funds. 

Blackjack Card-Steering

March 15, 2010

Profitable? You bet--if you find enough multi-deck blackjack tables NOT using automatic card shufflers. The key is to spot a clump of ten-value cards and aces during the shffle and then bringing that clump to the top of the deck via your placement of the cut-card so that this clump will come out on the first hand of the new shoe. You are really looking for an ace. So if you know that one is coming out within the first three or four cards after whatever amount of cards are burned, you spread to four or five hands off the top of the new shoe. This way you know that one of your hands will receive that ace. Even better if you spot two aces next to each other. But be careful, if you mis-read the card positons, the dealer might end up with an ace in the hole (no insurance) and wipe out all your hands!

Are Poker Pros any better at spotting poker cheats in brick and mortar games than the rest of us?

March 11, 2010

In some cases yes, in others no. For instance, in scams like collusion, shortchanging pots and some forms of card-marking, the pros and hardcore veteran players will notice what's happening quicker than those players lacking the experience. But when it comes to high-tech scams using digital cameras or laser card-marking cheats, the pros will be just as lost as anyone else. One thing to note, however, is that the novice or occasional player will NEVER notice any scam better than the pros!

Poker Cheating in Live Tournaments.

March 8, 2010

There are many forms of poker cheating in tournaments. However, one that is quite unknown to many players is the use of counterfeit chips at key times in a tournament. Many players think that since tournament chips have no redeemable value, there would be no reason to use counterfeits. But the 2005 WSOP at the Rio Suites in Vegas proved differently. If counterfeit chips are hidden in table stacks during changeover breaks when tournament officials replace those chips for chips with higher denominations as the betting levels increase, and the staff is not cautious, mis-counts can occur, giving counterfeit chips real value once the new tournament chips hit the table.

Using Bots to Cheat Online Casinos out of Bonuses.

February 22, 2010

Do these claims that you can use perfectly programmed bots to cheat online casinos out of bonuses really work? I have done a study on this and found that in one isolated instance, by programming a blackjack bot to play 8,000 hands in a short period of time, the person behind the bot could make a small profit after netting out the downswing of losses from the sign-up bonus. However, that one particular casino will surely realize this if it finds players abusing that chink in its system. Overall, forget it! You're not going to make any real money scamming bonuses from online casinos.

Moving Bets from Winners to Losers.

February 12, 2010

Do any professional casino cheating teams specialize in moving losing bets to winners once the outcome is known? Yes. I have seen very skilled roulette cheating teams, mostly from Italy, actually move stacks of chips bet straight up on a losing number to a neighboring winning number BEFORE the dealer could mark that winning number with the dolly. Naturally, some distraction tactics were involved, but they were extremely professional. I will be blogging about that move in the coming days. Other effective forms of moving losing bets to winning bets occur in craps, but usually this is done before the actual outcome is decided. For instance, I've seen players bet on the pass line, then when the shooter rolls a point, that pass line bet becomes the underdog. At that point, the cheater subtly slides his bet from the pass line to the don't pass bar, and now that bet becomes the favorite. What makes that move opportunistic is that the bet-switcher has lots of time to make the move, as there are often many rolls between the come-out roll and the final disposition of the bet, either a winner or a seven-out.

Is there a "Cheaters Super Sunday?"

February 7, 2010

Only if that Sunday falls on New Year's Day. That's because New Year's Eve is by far the biggest night of the year for casino-cheating teams and most of the cheating action happens after midnight. But I did make a few big scores during casino day-shifts on Super Bowl Sunday before the game started, but that was only because I felt pumped up...So as far as this Super Sunday goes, go Saints!

How do you train your face not to reveal you're cheating the poker game or casino?

February 3, 2010

Well, more than training your face to reveal nothing, avoid eye contact with people whom you're trying to deceive, as your eyes are the biggest giveaway. But when you have to look 'em in the eye, best is to exaggerate the look. By this I mean stare at the person direct and hard, to the point that he or she ends up breaking the eye contact first. This look on your face and in your eyes lends to credibility and trustowrthyness while you're pulling down their pants!

Which live casino game is the absolute safest as far as cheating is concerned?

February 1, 2010

It is very rare that you will be cheated in a legitimate gambling casino, but it does happen when crooked dealers go into business for themselves without the knowledge of their casino bosses. However, there is one table game where it would be very hard for them to cheat you at. That would be baccarat because the cheating dealer or dealers could not know in advance which side you will bet, whereas in blackjack you can only bet against the dealer. In baccarat, you can bet on the player or on the banker, which is the house.

Are Poker Chips Going South Cheating?

January 22, 2010

Ever notice those players, not really professionals, who seem to be winning at brick and mortar poker tables much more than their stacks of chips would indicate? These could be the guys or girls who have the annoying tendency to make some of their chips disappear, sometimes to the point where they're all-in in pots while actually significantly ahead at the table. Is this cheating? Absolutely! Any player moves that create deception outside the art of bluffing or other playing strategies related to hands are indeed a form of cheating. If you see someone going south with chips, you should make a comment to that person or the poker room's staff. And on the other hand, beware of players "going north" with chips. That's when they bring hidden chips back into play that were not on the table BEFORE they received pocket aces!

Trouble Logging on to Your Favorite Online Gambling Site?

January 17, 2010

Should you worry? Not really. Just be patient. These problems and delays might be to "denial of service" attacks launched against online poker and casino websites. To read more on this, go to my blog post on the subject.

Bet Capping Verus Pastposting

January 11, 2010

What's the difference between these two cheating methods and which one is more effective? Bet-capping is adding chips to your bet once you know you're a heavy favorite, for example, when you have a blackjack hand of hard of twenty and the dealer has a seven showing. Pastposting, in my terms and cheating moves, is when you switch your bet for higher denomination chips AFTER you've already won the hand and been paid and THEN claim the dealer paid you wrong. Bet-capping is normally repetitive action where the cheater keeps doing it over the course of several hands. Pastposting is done ONLY ONCE at a table and for a large amount. No question that pastposting is the way to go if you have to cheat! Exposure is less and payoff is more.

Are Home Poker Games Getting Dangerous?

January 1, 2010

They can be. Last year there was a triple murder at a Florida home poker game. The best advice I can give on this subject is to make sure you know with whom you're playing. The real danger lies when you find yourself in a game with hardcore criminals, especially drug dealers, which in places like Florida is more common than say in the Heartland. So, be careful, and if you feel uncomfortable with certain types in a home game, get up and leave--and go HOME!

How To Cheat at Online Poker!

November 26, 2009

Ever seen this type of promise on a Google tag line? Is it  true? Can you really make serious money cheating at online poker? Well, you certainly can, but NOT from anything you're gonna get from these bogus sites. They're all full of crap, so don't get hooked! 

How to cheat slot machines.

November 18, 2009

DON'T! Any attempts at cheating today's ultra-sophisticated slot machines should be discarded immediately. Not only because of the high-tech random number generator contained in machines' software but more because if you get caught trying to tamper with slot machines, you go to prison! Slot cheating and corruption of casino employees are the two greatest casino crimes as far as gaming regulators are concerned. So those of you with the intelligence and know-how for this type of cheating would be that much more intelligent and knowledgable to ply those skills elsewhere.

Poker Cheating Russians are coming?

November 11, 2009

Is there any truth that Russians are dominating the poker cheating world?  Well, I wouldn't say there's any truth to that in brick and mortar poker rooms, in spite of the rumors circulating about ex-Russian tennis players, but in the online cheating world I have heard that a lot of those conniving players behind bots and collusion rings do indeed come from Russia or the former Soviet Bloc, although I have no direct evidence of it.

Watch your roulette chips.

November 1, 2009

While playing roulette in casinos, did you ever ask yourself if other players at the table might try to pilfer some of your roulette chips as you're spreading them all over the layout? If you did, you probably dismissed the idea thinking that since roulette chips have no redeemable value and are assigned solely to you, they would have no value to anyone else. Well, that's wrong. Believe it or not, there are many scams involving these "valueless" roulette chips and thieves at your table might be on the make to snatch some of yours. So keep track of your chips as you're betting them.

Can Blackjack card shoes be rigged?

October 22, 2009

Absolutely. Don't think for a second that whenever you see blackjack being dealt from a card shoe you're in a legit game. Although finding a cheater's shoe in a legitimate casino is extremely rare, I have seen them on blackjack tables in many "semi" legitimate casinos.  Be careful when playing at so called "casino nights" or other chartiable events. Sometimes the people running these games are more in business for themselves than donating your losses to charity. Gaffed shoes allow the dealer to perform many tricks, including holding out the top card and dealing seconds just as skilled card mechanics do from handheld decks.

Poker Cheating on riverboats

October 12, 2009

You will find the numbers of poker and casino cheats on docked riverboats to be about the same as in regular land-based casinos. However, the numbers of poker and casino cheats working sailing riverboats will be significantly less. Wondering why? Well, the reason is obvious: if cheaters get caught plying their trade while the boat is cruising, they have two choices: face the music or...jump overboard!

Poker Cheating Forums---I mean poker cheating ON poker forums!

October 8, 2009

Beware of getting conned out of your money by a new scam thought up by some clever scam artists. Anyone offering you help with cashing out, avoiding the loss of bonus points or transferring funds from one online poker account to another may be looking to rip you off, all the while protecting himself in the anonymity in forumcyberworld. For more on this read my blog entries on the French Poker Forum scams.

Are Poker sites using bots to cheat me?

September 25, 2009

This is a question of interpretation. Poker sites that use bots are not using them to cheat you in terms of manipulating the outcomes of particualr hands. What they are using them for is to create the appearance of popularity on the site when the site is in fact lacking players. The bots are represented as real human players, but as far as I know, those sites suspected of using bots are not using the super artificial intelligence type that would beat decent players. But at the end of the day, this can still be regarded as cheating. It is certainly deception.

Poker Cheating body language?

September 23, 2009

Do those cheating at poker expose what they're doing through body language? Well, if you watched Roger Clemens testify on Capitol Hill yesterday, you might have noticed that some of his body language was a tell for lying, but as far as good poker cheaters go...forget it! Their body language at the table won't differ from other players at the table, whether its uptight, nervous, cool or calm.

Poker Cheating Chips

September 21, 2009

What are they? In three words "counterfeit tournament chips." Remember the scandal at the 2005 World Series of Poker where there were two incidents of players being found with counterfeit chips in their stacks? Well, despite what poker tournament officials say, this happens more than you might think. Even a single counterfeit chip can, at the right time, pave a crooked player's road to the final table. So when you're playing in tournaments, big and small alike, make sure that the chip inventories and counts are well-performed during the breaks and when chip-denomination exchanges are made.

Is the action we see on GSN's High Stakes Poker real?

September 16, 2009

Yes and no. The actual action is of course real, as we see hands played and piles of chips and cash being pushed across the table. But is this play for keeps? Do Negreanu and the rest of them actually risk losing hundreds of thousands on the air, or is this really "Indian Giving" poker where everyone gets their money back at the end? I'll leave that up to you, but you know what I think.

Are headphones and cell phones a cheating problem in public poker rooms?

September 14, 2009

Obviously, the main concern is that these devices could be used to transmit illegal information to and from players at the tables. One scenario would be someone stationed in a strategic position in a poker room to see players' hole cards and then use a cell phone or transmitter to relay that info to a cohort player at the table. Yes, this does happen, but not very often. The vast majority of players use headphones to listen to music, sporting events and relaxation melodies. However, some poker rooms have banned both headphones and cell phones.

Online connectivity or cheating?

September 10, 2009

Due to the nature of tournaments being online, it is allowed for one person to take over for another player in the middle of the tournament when one person’s connection goes down. But the contradiction is that there is really no way for the online poker sites to know if someone bought an account or if the person is taking over because of connectivity issues. When well-known online player Sorel Mizzi was banned from Full Tilt Poker for purchasing an account, he really only got caught because he tried to cover it up. The original winner, Chris Vaughn, took full credit for the win, but if he had from the beginning said his connection went down and then called Mizzi, who took over for him while relaying information over the phone, he probably would never have been banned. This is a difficult problem to solve.

Do magicians make good casino and poker cheats?

September 7, 2009

Only in relatively few cases. Casino cheating has very little to do with magic. Many people assume that I am a magician or sleight of hand artist, but that is simply not the case. The actual physical execution of my casino moves is quite easy and can be done by any child. What casino cheating moves are about is timing, not magic. However, magicians' sleight of hand skill is somewhat valuable in poker games as they can perform distractions while switching cards with other players or holding out cards and bringing them back into play.

Poker Cheating: Off-suit flushing.

September 3, 2009

What is it? It's when someone claims a flush and actually only has four to the suit. This happens a lot in home games, especially when potential victims had a bit too much to drink and sometimes even in public cardrooms. And which combination of cards is the easiest to fool people into thinking you have a flush when you don't? Is is 4 hearts and a diamond, four diamonds and a heart, four spades and a club, or four clubs and a spade? Heck, my guess is as good as yours! Just make sure you check those flushes to see that they're really flushes.

Should Pitbull Poker Be Avoided At All Costs?

August 27, 2009

It seems pretty certain that a superuser hole card scam has been going on at Pitbull Poker, and they have been very slow and evasive in responding to cheat scam allegations posted on the poker forums. I would recommend avoiding playing at Pitbull Poker until this is resolved. Remember, this is not a total ban suggestion. Just like Absolute Poker and UltimateBet are bouncing back from their huge poker scams, Pitbull Poker will bounce back as well...unless it folds.

Should you be cheat-wary if Jose Canseco shows up in your casino poker game?

August 3, 2009

Probably not. Although the admitted baseball steroid cheat has taken a keen interest in poker lately, I don't think he's a cheat threat in brick and mortar poker games. But online? That's a different story. He might be one of those guys using the drugs Provigil and Nuvigil to enhance their ability playing online poker several tables at a time, and there, Canseco might make the transition from using drugs to bulk up his muscle to using drugs to bulk up his brain. So if you suspect Canseco playing in your online poker game, get someone to pinch-hit for you immediately! LOL   

Does Phil Ivy's Presence at 2009 WSOP Championship Final Table Reduce Chances of Cheating Between Now and November 7th?

July 20, 2009

Probably by about 11%. That of course suggests that Ivy himself will not get involved in any poker cheating or collusion scams between now and November 7th, when action at the final table begins. But the other 89% of the players at the final table have loads of time to discuss any arrangements they might want to make. I am not saying that they will make any collusion deals, but I am saying that it is hard not to. When you have a difference of more than $7 million between first and ninth place, it's awfully appetizing to split up the giant cake in a way that satisfies everyone's hunger. I truly think the long layoff is horrible for the integrity of the WSOP, and if it continues, a major scandal will eventually come to light. 

Sleep it off!

January 1 and January 2, 2009

Stay in bed and sleep it off. If you gamble today, you're probably too hung over to pay attention or catch cheaters, so there's no point in my giving you a Tip of the Day today!

Do not cheat on Christmas!

December 23, 2008

Do not dare cheat the casinos or anyone else on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you do, you might have to answer to someone a bit more revered than casino surveillance...New Year's Eve though, that's another story. Take your best shot!

Watch Breaking Vegas Tonight!

March 31, 2008

If you're in the United States, watch the story of my 25-year casino cheat career tonight on the Biography Channel. If you're not, take the night off! Details for the TV show are on today's blog post.

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