Monday, November 28, 2016

Interesting New Home Poker Games Cheating Device

Poker Home Games Cheat Kit
A Google researher claims he has found a sophisticated cheating method by which poker cheats can see your hole cards by using a specially adapted mobile phone and deck of cards. The Google employee reportedly paid $1,300 for the equipment he bought on a Chinese website. It's a mobile phone equipped with a high-density digital camera and LED lights which allow the device to read line-codes inked to the back of specially doctored cards that look like any normal pack of cards to the naked eye.

If the phone is set within scanning range of the deck, the device will tell you what cards your opponents are holding via earphones. The researcher claims it has a better than 95% accuracy rate, and if you are playing where cell phones are not allowed on the table, you can purchase the same equipment in the form of  a set of car keys with the deciphering discs inside them.

However, using this type of equipment would be dangerous in modern casino cardrooms, where the device could be detected, but in simple home games they can be used to really clean house.

My take. This is yet another form of high-tech card-marking that comes with both rewards and risks. The most important thing to remember is that if you are caught with such a device in most casino jurisdictions, you will end up with serious felony charges against you and probably prison time.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

So Who is Casino Cheat-Catcher B.C. and What does he Have to Say about Richard Marcus?

Was this guy the best?
Veteran casino journalist and ace writer for Cigar Aficionado Magazine Michael Kaplan has recently written a feature entitled "Cheater Catcher," in which he profiles some bad-ass casino security/surveillance detective who is putting some serious casino cheats and casino cheating teams out of business and behind bars.

In the article, B.C., which is an acronym for "Beating Cheaters," describes how he gets his thrills catching and helping to prosecute big-time cheats as well as how he picks up on them and their moves. He talks about several notorious cheats, but gives biggest mention to you-know-who...yours truly.

 I have linked to the article above and you can read it and form your own opinion. What he says about me is very complimentary, and he has high praise for my famous Savannah move. The only problem is that either B.C. or the writer Michael Kaplan screwed up because the move described in the article is not my Savannah move but rather my "ten-oh-five" blackjack move, and even it is far from accurately depicted.

 But in spite of the mistakes, I will take prideful pleasure in being considered by B.C. as perhaps the greatest casino cheat in history! But I take offense in his saying he caught me (or maybe that is Kaplan's mistake). No one ever caught me...SO LET THAT RECORD BE CLEAR!

 Now, who is B.C. really? I don't know but if I had to guess, it's a guy named James Hartley, whom I met at the 2007 World Game Protection Conference where I was the keynote speaker. Hartley showed me his files on me and my moves, and he certainly had the "lock 'em up" appearance and attitude.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Australian Woman Sues Crown Casino for Casino Cheating! Well, not Really.

Dolphin Treasure Slot Machine
However, it is a suit that can be interpreted as casino cheating by a casnio.

The woman, Shonica Guy, is suing both Crown Casino and the slot-machine maker Aristocrat Leisure LTD, claiming both the casino and the slot machine in question are misinforming players about their chances of winning. The machine, called Dolphin Treasure, is located at Crown's flagship casino in Melbourne, Australia,

Ms. Guy claims that the advertising around the machine says it has five reels with the same number of characters, but one column had more, which according to the plainfiff lowers the chances of winning, thus giving the player a false expected value of what the rate of return would be on monies bet.

Lawyers for both Crown Casino and Aristocrat Leisure have declined comment.

Whatever the outcome, this is the first known case of a player suing a casino over the design and advertising of any casnio device.

My take: Well,this is another problem among mounting problems concerning the image and integrity of Crown Casino, which is already known for the largest insider cheat scam in history where dishonest employees ripped off baccarat tables for more than $40 million. Recently 18 Crown Casino employees were arrested in China for illegally promoting gambling junkets to their casino.

As far as the suit itself goes, Ms. Guy will not receive any damages, and she is not asking for any. So I imagine that the casino and slot company will correct the advertising and promotion surrounding the Dolphin Treasure slot machine very quickly.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Who are the New Wave Casino and Poker Cheats?

Ugly but good!

The Turks.

Yes, it's no longer the Russians and the Chinese. The Turks are scamming casinos worldwide at a startling pace, and these Turkish cheats are good!

Uglier and even better!
Their main casino-cheating ground is Europe, mainly the UK, France and Monaco, where they duped several Monte Carlo casinos out of millions by simple roulette chip-color-up scams. They have also hit UK casinos with many bold roulette scams, including one where they actually grabbed the spinning roulette ball and placed it on their own winning number...with lots of distractions, of course.

Most of these Turkish casino cheats have adopted the UK as their second home and become naturalized citizens. Doing so makes it much easier for them to gain entry to European casinos that require membership in order to enter.

They have also preyed on Singapore's casinos, which is more or less a requirement for any international casino-cheat team.

As far as Turkish casino-cheat and poker-cheat activity in US casinos goes, it is on the rise but not yet as significant as the damage they're doing in European casinos.

The Turk casino cheats are also major players in online poker cheating as well.

Canada's Casino Rama Newest Canadian Casino Hack Victim

Nice place to get your data hacked
It's now happened twice in one year to a Canadian casino. First it was the River Cree Casino earlier in the year. Now Casino Rama.

In both casino-cheat hacking cases, malware was used to gain access through casino advertisements.  The results were that hundreds of casino customer's personal records were exposed, mainly credit cards, pin numbers and passwords, all of which can cost these victims at lot more money and aggravation than what they might experience at the casinos' gaming tables.

The first big fallout from all this is a $50 million class-action lawsuit against Casino Rama. Lawyers for the casino will try to claim immunity since the casino is owned by the Chippewa Frist Nation and not a regular Canadian corporation.

To read the full details of this case, go here.

Talk About Audacious Roulette Cheat Scams!

Place the ball yourself and win!
I have heard about quite a few of these, everything from throwing water at the dealer's face in order to distract for a pastposted bet to trying to tilt the roulette table like an old pinball machine to get the ball to drop in a preferred winning number, but this latest one takes the cake!

How 'bout a roulette cheat going right to the spinning ball and placing it himself on the number he'd bet on. Sounds impossible, right?

Wrong!

Two British casino cheats figured out just how to do it and quickly beat a UK casino for more than fifteen grand in just four spins.

And they almost got away with it. The only problem was that they didn't sufficiently block out the overhead casino cameras that filmed it all.

Read all the details of this entertaining roulette cheat scam here.

Friday, November 11, 2016

And now the Borgata Wants its Monoey Back!

Borgata to sue Ivey
With the decision in the Phil Ivey baccarat edge-sorting trial in from London, Ivey's main US victim, the Atlantic City Borgata, wants its money back!

That would mean about fifteen million bucks plus damages!

The damages, they say, are a quarter million in casino comps, to which one Borgata official said Ivey and his female cheat partner, Cheung Yin Sun, drank bathtub-loads of their most expensive champagne.

They also claim that had Ivey played without the cheat tactic, he would have lost $5.5 million according to probability analysis.

So, we go from one Ivey edge-sorting trial to perhaps another. Read an article about it here.

Poker Champ Phil Ivey loses baccarat-cheating case appeal against Crockfords

Cheat loses appeal
We've all been hearing several accounts about this story since 2014, but now it is finally over. Phil Ivey and his female partner Cheung Yin Sun, who has had prior problems with casinos, used a cheating tactic known as edge-sorting to beat Crockfords for more than $10 million back in 2014. This tactic was taking advantage of defects in the cards which allowed them to partially know the value of the cards before they were turned face-up. Ivey and Sun also manipulated the dealers to change their dealing procedures so they could better determine the cards' values before placing their bets.

The UK casino Crockfords refused to pay Ivey his winnings once they discovered his tactic. Ivey sued and lost back in 2015, and now his appeal has also come up loser, so the case is finally over.

Ivey had this comment about the judge's decision: "The trial judge said that I was not dishonest and the three appeal judges agreed, but somehow the decision has gone against me. Can someone tell me how you can have honest cheating?

The pair also made tens of millions using the same cheat scam in various casinos across the world, most notably the Borgata in Atlantic City.

My take: Come on, Phil, give us a break! What has never come out is exactly how Ivey came to know about these card defects. It is my theory that his foxy little Korean cheat partner, Sun, got the information and passed it along to Ivey, who then used his celebrity to dupe Crockfords and the Borgata into dealing their baccarat game outside of correct and normal procedure, which is a form of altering casino dealing, and that constitues cheating at gambling.

And let's not forget that Ivey had premeditated plans to do exactly what he did.

Bottom line: Phil Ivey is a casino cheat and is even in the Casino Cheats Hall of Fame!

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Casino Cheat to World's Best Pickpocket?

Casino Cheat to Pickpocket?
I recently received an email from a reader of this blog who linked me to this very interesting article in the New Yorker magazine. It relates the story of a man, Apollo Robbins, who is considered the world's best pickpocket and his early beginnings as a casino cheat. The blog reader told me that the article reminded him of me, that he noted certain similarities between my life as a casino cheat and Mr. Robbins' as a pickpocket, both of us using advanced psychology.

I found the article quite interesting, though I must concede that the talents of Mr. Robbins' far exceed those of my own. Much more sleight of hand and deceptive tactics are needed to successfully get into people's pockets than into casinos' cages...Well, I'm not so sure about that!

Let me know what you think.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hotel Room Poker Scandal Takes Place in China

The Marker
A favovite of conspiring poker cheats who do not like risking their asses by cheating inside casinos and public cardrooms is to set up their poker cheat scams and victims inside hotel rooms. This tactic, made infamous by the 2007 Atlantic City Borgota Hotel Room Scam, which implicated ex-anti casino-cheat game protection consultant Steve Forte, has surfaced once again in the Chinese city of Dali.

I do not know if this Dali poker-cheat scam was as artistically drawn up as a tableau by the famous painter of the same name, but it did hook a sucker for around ten grand!

Read the full article here.

My take: Well, setting up a poker scam in a hotel room that is not on a casino property should be a lot less riskier for the poker cheats involved, but these cheats were pretty damn stupid in as much as they hung out in the hotel room after the scam was done, and when the victim reported his suspicions and brought the police to the scene of the scam, they found boxes of marked cards as well as the special contact lenses used to see the markings on the cards.