Friday, December 29, 2017

Has Casino Game Protection Gone too Far? Or Should we just Change its Name?

Just Game Protection...ONLY!
I recently received an email from a reader of my blog criticizing me and others in the game protection industry for "just going way too far." He said that we are covering things that simply have nothing to do with casino game protection. He cited the October 1st Las Vegas massacre as a prime example.

The writer is someone who is not in the business but whom I know well for having made several worthy comments to me over the years. So I began to think about what he said and soon I found myself asking if his critique did indeed have merit.

Has casino game protection gone too far? 

We all know that the number-one horror story in Las Vegas, and in the entire United States for that matter, during the year 2017 was the terrible mass-shooting committed by Stephan Paddock. Fifty-nine people died and hundreds more were wounded in this unbelievable senseless act of terror.

The shooting also seemed to be the number-one story for casino game-protection-related websites and blogs, especially those operating from Las Vegas.

We all certainly appreciate the loss of life, destruction of lives and the terrible suffering that this tragic event caused, and I certainly appreciate the roles that casino surveillance and security must play in order to better prepare for these types of events and maybe even help stop them before they happen or at least minimize the devastation.

But what I am suddenly not so sure about is that terrorism and mass-murder, whether it be internationally inspired or the work of some madman (or in Paddock's case a seemingly sane guy seeking revenge for gambling losses), should be so directly related to all the topics and practices that fall under the umbrella of what you and I call "Casino Game Protection."

I have followed just about everything online about casino game-protection since I first got involved in it after a 25-year-career cheating casinos that culminated in my writing a book and finally becoming a casino game-protection trainer myself.

For the first few years during my transition from an interested person to an active participant in game protection, "game protection" simply meant protecting casino games from cheats, thieves, crooked employees and advantage players. It was nothing more than training casinos how to protect their table games and slot machines from those looking to take advantage of weak internal controls and other flaws to take money out of the casino cages.

But it surely began to evolve after 9/11.

I first noticed it when an Israeli anti-terrorism expert gave a gruesome presentation at the 2007 World Game Protection Conference at which I was the first speaker. Although I was a bit surprised by his very presence there, I certainly understood it. Of course there was the real threat of a terrorist attack at a Las Vegas or any other American casino.

Next came the computer hackers and high-tech fraud experts. I understood that as well. Hackers and fraudsters certainly had already invaded casinos' financial and information systems, so we did no wrong including these experts under the widening umbrella of casino game protection.

But then came astronauts and people whose areas of expertise I didn't even understand So maybe then I first had some inkling of doubt about the people getting involved in giving advice how to protect casinos, if not casino games. But I just shrugged it off and said to myself..."okay."

Finally, after that terrible event in Las Vegas, game protection did indeed do a major shift to where our experts (including myself) were now speaking out daily on matters that some may consider more apropos to SWAT teams and Navy SEALS.

The writer pointed out that we should not be voicing our opinions on how the Las Vegas Sheriff's Department and FBI were conducting their investigations and giving out information to the public.

That's where he said he drew the line.

He added that casino game protection people do not need to make public statements about mass killings and killers' backgrounds, nor do we need to be "criminal news agencies" transmitting photos of armed robberies, sexual assaults and murders even if they do happen in or near casinos.

Then he wrote, "Posting and Tweeting about Steve Wynn's alleged sex abuse under the heading of game protection devalues the integrity of what you do."

These comments got to me.

Upon serious thought, I can agree that those are not game-protection issues. They are issues that concern specific functions of casinos' security and surveillance staffs that have nothing to do with gaming. So maybe the guy's right. Maybe we should leave these issues to the very capable and dedicated casino security and surveillance professionals whose reality it is to deal with them.

There is one item coming off the massacre supported by game protection forums that does bother me. This is the promotion of software programs that inventors say can track degenerate gamblers' playing patterns and behavior at the tables to identify which ones are more likely to go back to their rooms and get their guns and grenades after taking a bad loss at blackjack.

Come on, gimme break!

This is just some innovator's way of profiting off the hysteria. There ain't never (pardon this double-negative onslaught) gonna be no software to tell us which degenerate gamblers are going to go on a casino rampage, no more than there's gonna be software to tell us which high school wacko-psychotic posting his love for killing online is gonna storm into his classroom with an AR 15.

Please don't buy that crap.

Although the school shootings have been very repetitive in nature, the Las Vegas-style massacre will probably never happen again. And if it does, there is not much we would have been able to do to prevent it...except maybe if by some miracle the gun laws change. (I don't want to get political here--because doing so is CERTAINLY NOT game protection! LOL).

So maybe game protection needs to stay more focused on what it is (or was)--simply protecting casino games and gaming operations. In my eleven years training casino and surveillance staffs in game protection, never once have I uttered these words during a seminar: terrorist; tracer bullets; automatic weapons; active shooter.

And not one attendee has ever asked me why not. 

Finally, my opinion is this: We should probably continue talking about these issues but not overdo it. Unless, of course, we want to change the name of what we do to something other than "casino game protection" if we're going to be so all-encompassing.

I expect you might have some diverse comments, so keep 'em coming!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Disgusting Casino Crime over $6: Man is Decapitated.

Casino Decapitation Victim
This casino crime is so horrible that I cannot paraphrase it, so I am posting the entire online KTVQ.com article. It really reads like a horror story. All because the robbers were pissed off that the victim decided to protect money he won at the casino by leaving it with the casino staff. Apparently he had a very bad omen about what was going to happen to him.
Court documents state Donald Ray Cherry, 31, and Jeffrey Glen Haverty, 33, met the victim, Myron Knight, 41, at a Montana Lil's Casino on Oct. 26. According to casino staff, Knight, a regular customer, left with the two men about 10 p.m. 
Staff also told detectives Knight asked them to hold onto his winnings, totaling $120, in case the men wanted to rob him. He also reportedly told staff "if he did not come back, the men he left with were responsible."
Cherry's girlfriend, identified in court documents as "Z.W.", told police she was with the three men at the campsite where Knight's body was found. She told investigators Cherry told her that Haverty had struck Knight in the head with a hammer, and the two men planned to further dismember the body and burn it in a fire pit to help dispose of evidence, which did not happen.
When asked why the two men committed the crime, Z.W. told investigators that Haverty killed Knight after he robbed him and became angry that Knight only had $6.
A state medical examiner said "it was more probable than not" Knight was alive when his head was cut off.
The woman also said Haverty and Cherry had been living out of a tent on the West End but denied being there when Knight was killed. She said she was with the three men at the campsite the night of the murder, but left to go to the Town Pump nearby on King Avenue.
Casino staff also identified the two men Knight was with as Cherry and Haverty, and told detectives Knight said he was going with the two men to look at their tent. They also identified two other individuals who were often seen with Cherry and Haverty, Haverty's girlfriend, referred to as "J.F", and Ronald Bauer.
Cherry confirmed to police that he met Knight while he was with Haverty at the casino and they all left together. He denied going to the campsite that night, or ever seeing Knight again.
Cherry's girlfriend told police she and Cherry were at the campsite with Haverty the night of Knight's death.
She said she returned to the site about 15-20 minutes later, and saw Knight lying on the ground with blood on his neck.  According to police, she said she then watched as Haverty and Cherry cut off Knight's head with a knife.
She told police that after Knight was killed, the three of them went to a casino and gambled.
According to documents, Knights body was found in a clearing in a secluded area on the West End near 32nd Street West and Gabel Road. Investigators found Knight's body covered in a carpet and leaves. He had been beheaded. 
Investigators on scene also found a tent with similar carpet, and other items including receipts and women's clothing. One of the receipts was generated from an ATM at the Montana Lil's Casino on King Avenue.
Both men are being held on $500,000 bond, their arraignments are scheduled for later this month. 
Haverty has a former conviction of criminal endangerment in Wheatland County.

How will the Bitcoin Crash affect Online Poker and Online Casinos?

Only Bitcoin Bits Left
Bitcoin investors are currently getting a stern lesson in the laws of financial gravity as Bitcoin crashed and took the whole cybercurrency market down with it. In fact, Bitcoin has lost a quarter of its value in the last week. As online poker and casinos are expanding into the use of cybercurrency to drive their sites, online casino and poker players are wondering, "Is it safe?"

Well, just a little before I wrote this article about CoinPoker's cryptocurrency and how its reps were saying that the cryptocurrency would help protect against online poker cheating and customer account deposit theft. My initial take on CoinPoker's advent measures was that it all sounded good and probably safe.

Now, as the Bitcoin falls into little pieces in cyberspace, I am surely having my doubts!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Cambodian Casino Dealer Robs his own Casino!

Thai Casino Dealer/Cowboy
Casino cheating and dealer-cheat scams have been on the rapid rise in Poipet City on the Cambodian/Thai border.

This time 26-year-old Thai dealer Thirak Phath Tichakhun of the Paramex Casino robbed his employer by simply removing the money from a cashier desk when no one was looking.

Well, I don't know what that means, but a least a video surveillance caught the theft on tape. There was no money to confiscate, however, because Tichhakun quickly wired the ill-gotten proceeds to his Thai friends in Bangkok.

My take: Seems like Poipet City is becoming somewhat of Wild wild East, something like the Old Wild Wild West versions of Carson City and Sioux City.

Lots of Year-End Casino-Cheating Scams, Robberies and Online Cryptocuurrency Problems

Bellagio Poker-Cage Robber
Lets start of with the late-November robbery of the Bellagio Poker cage in mid-afternoon. The Bellagio, which was victimized by the Motorcycle Casino Bandit back in 2010, is now stranger to casino robberies.

This time the bandit, wearing a wig and big sunglasses, and prepared with a big-money bag into which he put the loot, walked right up to the poker cage, pointed his gun at the teller and demanded the cash. The teller immediately gave him an unspecified amount, though I think it would be in the neighborhood of 50K.

And he did it so calmly as is seen on the video. Very few people noticed.

Actor James Woods, who played a banker that Axel Freed (James Caan) nearly strangled to death with a telephone cord, just happened to be there when the robbery went down. He said, "The Bellagio staff were fantastic. They surrendered the money quietly, so no customers would get hurt. Nobody even realized it was happening. Excellent staff, cool under pressure."

The "cool" casino-cage robber then jogged out a nearby exit, hopped into a suburban vehicle and simply drove away.

My take: Let's see if this guy is a little smarter than the casino bandit, who put an ad in the Vegas newspaper offering discounted rates for the high-denomination chips he stole.

Friday, December 15, 2017

False-Shuffling Florida Poker Dealer Goes Down in 30K Poker-Cheat Scam

Racino Race to Poker-Cheating
Thirty-year-old Tishun Butler performed a series of false shuffles at the St. Petersberg Derby Lane Racino by which his yet unidentified cohort walked away from the poker game with thirty grand in profit.

According to reports, surveillance at the casino/greyhound track had quality videotape of Butler false-shuffling the cards on several occasions. The winning player also was an ex-poker dealer at the casino. He has not yet  been charged with a crime but probably will be soon.

This is not the first smudge on poker-play in the Tampa/St. Petersberg area. Twenty miles from the Derby Lane Casino is the Silks poker room at Tampa Bay Downs where several cheating incidents and good old-fashioned ripoffs occurred in poker tournaments. In December, 2016 the Pompano Beach Poker Tour collapsed in disgraced after it was revealed that several winning players from its Aruba main event who were due more than $300,000 had never been paid, including the tournament winner Stephen Deutsch who was supposed to receive more than $133,000.

As well, Tampa Bay Downs is involved in a lawsuit in which a Ponzi scheme bilked several poker players out of large sums of money. And if that were not enough, pro poker player Mark Klang accused fellow South Florida pros Justin Zaki, Paul Dlugozima, Fillip Khavin and WSOP bracelet-winner John Racener of not paying nearly $500,000 in debts tied to games they played at the Derby Lane.

My take: Well, it seems to me like Tampa is to crooked poker what Steubenville, Ohio was once to crooked casinos!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Vegas Mass Murderer Paddock's Motive Appears to be Related to Gambling Losses

Back on October 16, I wrote an article about what I thought was Stephen Paddock´s motive for mass-murdering 58 innocent people and wounding hundreds more in Las Vegas on October 1st. As deranged as he had to be to commit such a heinous act, the reason appeared quite obvious to me once it was reported that Paddock had no terrorism connection and had left no communication explaining his act.

And what really made the case for me was that he had been losing heavily playing Las Vegas video poker machines. He was also losing some of his high-living comps at the casinos, which must have aggravated him greatly.

So I wrote that his motive had to be an attack on the Las Vegas establishment itself, not on the people who were killed and injured. In other words, Paddock was pissed off about losing his money and decided to make Las Vegas pay for it.

Those of you who read my post may have been surprised by my summation but recently this article appeared in the Las Vegas Review Journal. It supports my theory, and unless or until some other viable theory comes to light, it is a fact that Stephen Paddock murdered and wounded all those people simply because he was enraged about his massive gambling losses.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Does CoinPoker's Cryptocurrency Poker Room Help Safequard its Clients Against Online Poker Cheating and Account Deposit Theft?

Online-Poker-Cheat Sleuth reps CoinPoker
According to online-poker-cheating pundit Michael Josem, who is a Hall of Fame Cheatcatcher responsible for breaking up several online poker-cheating scams including Absolute Poker and UltimateBet, it does indeed.

Cryptocurrency will operate with CHP tokens and blockchain technology against unfair games and cheating.

According to CoinPoker rep and professional poker player Isabelle Mercier, "CoinPoker's mission is to provide safe, transparent and trustworthy poker games." She added that "Blockchain opens so much more opportunities for the community even in those regions where fans of the game have constant payment problems, like Asia and Latin America. Players around the world can be confident that their funds will be secure, their cards will be random, and their games will be fair.

Crytocurrency will reduce the time transactions take from days to just seconds, anywhere in the world, allowing players to take solid control of their funds and accounts. To guarantee total transparency, CoinPoker is putting their random number generator on blockchain.

My take: It does sound good....and safe!

Friday, December 01, 2017

Is there Fake News in the Media Covering Casino and Poker Cheating?

Source of Card-Marking Materials???
I never considered this...until I heard this: "German Police Arrest Woman on Suspicion of Marking Cards used in Casino Table Games with radioactive iodine."

According to various online news accounts, a 41-year-old woman, who--oddly--was not identified, Berlin police raided a restaurant after pieces of radioactive playing cards were found at a waste treatment plant and traced back to the restaurant. At the restaurant, thirteen playing cards with traces of radioactive iodine-125, which is a nuclide found in certain medicines. Shortly afterward, a night club, karaoke bar, an apartment and some office spaces were searched by the same police department.

It is not clear if any of these places, including the restaurant, was home to some sort of illicit poker game or casino.

According to the reports, the woman had a partner who had a radioactive detection device that would enable him or her to identify the cards that had the iodine on them. No German casinos were named in this report, so it is possible that this radioactive card-marking scam took place or was taking place in some kind of private, non-state-sanctioned game.

The police also noted that there was no health risk to anyone coming into contact with the radioactive cards as the dose was small and had all but disappeared when the cards were found.

The woman faces from one to five years in prison.

My take: Is this real? Or is this some kind of fake news? Well, I really don't know. Maybe we will learn later that it was all part of some kind of terrorism plot--that would be really scary!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Russian Backgammon Cheat Busted in Las Vegas for Dice-Sliding at Craps

Sliding Dice
Well, this should not be surprising as backgammon and craps have one very important thing in common: that of course being the usage of dice. But what is surprising as hell, at least to me, is that dice-sliding actually works.

It is so damn easy to stop!

But 44-year-old Badri Tsertsvadze, who hails from the republic of Georgia, has managed to get away with dice-sliding for quite a long time in the world's casinos including Las Vegas. He was, however, busted this month for the same at the Flamingo casino on the Vegas strip.

He was charged with 18 counts of cheating at gambling (I imagine each count is for a dice-slide) and booked into jail with a $90,000 bail, which is certainly high for a casino-cheating  crime.

Tsertsvadze obviously has loads of international gambling-cheat experience. Back in 2008 he was arrested for using loaded dice in a Normandy, France backgammon tournament. He is also suspected of doing the same in two other European backgammon tournaments he won.

I don't have any info on how much Tsertsvadze dice-slid the Flamingo for but I imagine it is a significant amount given the high bail.

Back in September of this year, two Bulgarians were arrested after allegedly dice-sliding their way to more than a million dollars on a Caribbean cruise ship. There have also been major dice-sliding casino-cheating incidents in Louisiana and other US casinos.

It just amazes me that this scam repeatedly works when it is so damn easy to stop!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Colorado Casino Prosecutes Man for Playing $2 Abandoned Slot Machine Credit!

Wow, talk about draconian casino measures....or talk about just plain ridiculousness! But this actually happened.

Dan's bill for paying a $2 abandoned slot credit 
A man referring to himself as "Dan" in order to protect his identity entered Johnny Z's Casino in Central City, Colorado back in February. He sat down at a slot machine and there was a $2 credit on it. He innocently--OK, he knew it was a freebee--or at least without malice--played the credit. Next thing he knew he was grabbed up by security, who had traced him through his players card, and hauled to the backroom of the casino, then arresrted and charged with misdemeanor casino fraud. He then found himself in jail.

All this over two lousy dollars.

Dan, who has a state professional license to practice some sort of profession or business, now has a criminal record and his whole career is in jeopardy. He stated that it was not his intent to steal from anyone, even less the casino, and he pointed out that it was not the casino's two dollars in the first place. He said he simply saw the credit, figured no harm no foul, and played it. After all, he felt it was quite unlikely the player would come back looking for the two-dollar credit.

And, believe it or not, Dan's case is not at all unique in Colorado casinos. In the last five years, 80 people have been jailed for misdemeanor casino fraud concerning slot machines. These "offenses" included playing other people's credits, Dan's crime, as well as finding slot vouchers on the floor and cashing them out and finding casino chips on the floor or left abandoned on gaming tables.

In Dan's case, after pleading guilty and paying $250 in various fees and fines to avoid a bigger problem, the state of Colorado offered him the chance to expunge his record so that his $2 crime would not smear the rest of his life. But he still had to do 24 hours of community service and now must stay out of casinos.

My take: This is really hard to take! I think a little warning to any casinogoer who happens to play an abandoned credit would suffice.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

6 Steps Casino Surveillance Practices to Weed Out Casino and Poker Cheats

They see you coming!
Today's casinos do everything they can to stop the cheat and advantage-players, including steps that take place before cheats and APs even enter the casino. Six of them are listed below.   

1)  License Plate Recognition Technology: Casinos take digital photos of all vehicle license plates as they enter the property. So if you're a known casino cheat or poker cheat and you arrive at the casino with a vehicle registered in your own name, you're sure as hell giving the casino a head start!

2) Biometric Face Recognition: It's the same thing as the license plate recognition except it's your face that's being recognized by the cameras. Then the photo is compared to the photos in the casino's database, and if you're a match, you're again giving the casino a head start.

3) Angel Eye Technology: This is not about your car or your face; it's a sensor embedded in card shoes that track the cards as they're dealt and relay the info to a computer. So if the results of the hand at the table don't agree with results showing up on the computer screen, you're in trouble if you're the one causing the deviation.

4) RFID Technology: These radio frequency identification chips are embedded in the casino chips and allow the casinos to follow their chips on and off the tables, wherever they go inside the casino's range. So if you're claiming you bet more than you bet or less than you bet, all the casino has to do is check the monitor and see how much you actually did bet.

5) TableEye21: An overhead video camera records the action and then with special software that analyzes the data in conjunction with the RFID technology, it matches the video feed with real-time information of the cards being dealt and the chips being wagered. This paints a pretty good picture of what happens on the tables that is very difficult to alter after the fact.

6) NORA Technology: Another high-tech software package that allows suspicious casino bosses to connect members of casino-cheating teams or advantage-play teams who are trying to make them think they are not playing or cheating together and don't even know each other. It makes a non-obvious relationship awareness very obvious when the casino bosses learn that two or more people winning big at the table while seemingly not knowing each other are actually neighbors and went to the same high-school.

My take: Well, not all casinos have all of these weapons but most have at least some of them. While the gaming-table technology seems really effective, I am less convinced by the face-recognition technology, especially if the cheats and APs go through the bother of disguising themselves.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Casino Cheating Apps for Sale near Macau!

High-Tech Cheating Equipment Hub
Unfortunately for casinos this is true. And it has been going on for a few years now--right in the open!

Just one hour away from Macau is Guangzhou, a Chinese city long known as being a hub for high-tech electronic products. But now it has become known as a place where both amateurs and professional casino cheats can buy the latest electronic equipment that has a special app--cheating casinos.

And they're sold right out in the open, operating like your normal retail electronics outlet. Just walk in and tell the salespeople what your casino-cheating specialty is and they will supply you with the latest in tiny video cameras, computer analyzers for reading invisibly marked cards through cell phone cameras, advanced marking cards systems, optical character recognition technology, and just about anything else that exists out there for electronically and digitally cheating casinos.

Of course this should be of no surprise coming from China, but what is so surprising about it is the lack of effort by Asian casino authorities to get some control over it. The situation kind of reminds me of the old European Needle Parks where heroine was sold out in the open to addicts.

But remember one thing, which is why you really should not get involved in buying or using any of this high-tech cheating stuff: if you get caught inside a casino with it, you will have a serious problem!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Collusion@PartyPoker.com!!!

Collusion Rings Galore!
Yep, that's the address for emails you want to send reporting suspicious and potentially collusive play at partypoker.

And the email address is there for a reason!

Back on October 21, a TwoPlusTwo poker forum member named "FarseerFinland" alerted the poker community with this post: "Huge collusion ring at high-stakes MTTs at partyPoker."

PartyPoker, which has been striving to overtake PokerStars as the #1 online poker site, took this post very seriously and immediately responded to it.

The original poster to this thread has been playing online games at PartyPoker for more than a decade and now plays under the name "DukeOfSuffolk".

Two very suspicious plays were detailed in a complaint to PartyPoker, both in $109-and-up buy-in poker tournaments. PartyPoker investigated the claims and quickly confirmed them. Its investigation led to bans from the site as well as repayments to those who were victimized by the collusion ring.

Prior to his posting and prior to PartyPoker's investigation, "DukeOfSuffolk" launched his own very thorough investigation, citing several hands and identifying groups of players he determined were involved in the collusion ring. He went on to add several more players to the ring as his investigation progressed, providing links to their hand-histories and details of their finishes in these suspected tournaments.

Then on October 22, "FarseerFinland" posted that "Poker_Rep"informed him that all the accounts mentioned by "DukeOfSuffolk" were suspended and placed under investigation. Two days later, on October 24, "Party_Rep" posted that all the information was being investigated by the relevant teams and that the collusion allegations were being taken very seriously

And finally PartyPoker managing director Tom Waters confirmed that "a group of accounts were found to be playing in teams in order to collude against other players."

My take: Well, I guess the email address collusion@partypoker says it all.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Cheat-Detecting Dealer Chip-Tray?

Cheat-Detecting Chip Rack?
According to a 3-D animation firm CEO named Darrell Ratliff, casino cheating can be detected simply by the casino chips coming out of the dealer's chip tray via cheating itself.

Sound curious?

Well, that's what Ratlff says. He has received a patent for a device he calls "The Smart Chip Tray." It is a casino chip rack that uses lasers to track the chip-movement in each of the rack's slots. So by tracking chips disappearing out of the racks to quickly, casinos can catch on to cheating scams.

What do I think of this casino-cheat-detecting chip rack?

I would rack it up to another worthless prevent-casino-cheating claim. I mean, after all, what about all those legitimate players who get on a lucky streak and wipe out the chip racks during a string of winning hands?

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Rape is Raped by Alabama Tribal Casino!

Are Tribal casinos getting too fair treatment?
Trouble understanding the title of this article?

Well, you'll get it in a minute.

Back in 2011, a man named Jerry Rape put $5 into an electronic slot machine. Lo and behold, it spit out a $1.4 million jackpot!

Well, that was quite temporary because the casino, the Wind Creek casino in Montgomery that is owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, told Mr. Rape that the machine that yielded the jackpot had malfunctioned.

Rape was not only not paid but taken to the back security room of the casino, held for 24 hours and repeatedly threatened as he was told he would not be receiving any money from Wind Creek casino.

So Rape sued the Tribe and the casino, but it didn't even matter how strong his case was. That's because the Tribe claimed it had tribal immunity within the federal law, and the Alabama Supreme Court agreed.

So, now you see how Mr. Rape was raped.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Casino Cheat Phil Ivey Finally Shit Outta Luck!

Did he sort those cards too?
It now appears that poker and casino cheating legend Phil Ivey has finally lost, WITH finality, his bid to recoup the $10 million he cheated out of Crockfords Casino in London. He and his female casino-cheat partner, Cheung Yin Sun, used a technique known as edge-sorting to cheat Crockfords as well as the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City and several others.World-wide they may have earned as much as $40 million.

The Borgata is currently suing Ivey and Sun to recoup the $12 million they paid the pair.

I, for one, am pleased that the decision went against Ivey. I do not appreciate his claim that was he did was not only not cheating, it was not dishonest. He claimed that since he never touched the cards in play, he did not cheat. But what he never mentioned is how he manipulated the dealers to turn the cards for him so that Sun could read the deformed edges in order to identify their values.

He claimed he was superstitious and the cards had to be in a certain position to allay his fears of losing. And he used his celebrity to get the casino to comply

This is clearly a form of casino-cheating as the procedure of the game is changed to accommodate a player advantage. Had Ivey simply taken advantage of the defective cards and not influenced the dealers to help him gain the advantage, than I agree he would have had a case for not-cheating.

So to all you bleeding-heart advantage-play enthusiasts out there who bought Ivey´s bullshit, I say to you, "Take it down the road, jerkoffs!"

Friday, October 20, 2017

Is Austalia's Giant Crown Casino Cheating to get back at the Cheats?

Is the Crown cheatng its players?
A few years back, the Crown Casino in Melbourne was the victim of a giant insider-casino-scam to the tune of some $40 million. Several employees including surveillance inspectors rigged camera locations to film playing cards to be used at baccarat tables.

The scam hurt the Crown and was also a huge embarrassment.

Well, now the Crown casino itself has been accused of turning the tables on the cheats, that is the poker-machine tables. Whistleblowers in the country's federal parliament claim that Crown executives ordered the tampering of poker machines to increase the amount of money the players lot.

Of course casino authorities deny these very serious allegations, but if they are proven to be true, he harm to the Crown casino Melbourne and all its other worldwide casino properties could be devastating.

Very Interesting article on Cyber Cheating Slot Machines

Can he stop the high-tech casino cheats?
Remember the mysterious Russian math whiz and cyber-gang casino-cheat leader known as Alex who figured out how slot machines manufactured by Australian gaming company Aristocrat Leisure generate the pseudo-random numbers that determine when the machines odds shift in favor of the player?

Well, if you don't, Alex sent an army of cyber casino-cheats to invade casino slot machines worldwide armed with this knowledge--and they won/cheated tens of millions from major casinos on several continents.

Well, now Blaine Graboyes, a gambling-machine guru and current CEO GameCo, Inc., a manufacturer of video-game gambling machines, says he has the answer to combat this type of cyber casino-thievery.

Read all about it in this very interesting article.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Could the recent Las Vegas Massacre have had anything to do with Casino Gambling or Cheating?

Normally I do not stray off course when writing articles for this blog, mainly sticking to topics that are directly related to casino cheating or casino advantage play. But sometimes I do, and this will be one of those times.

We are all interested in what could have propelled Stephen Paddock to commit such a horrific crime and take the lives of so many people and injure hundreds more. We have not heard of any connections to white supremacist groups or international terrorist organizations, or anything else that could have driven him to take revenge against someone or something.

However, we have heard that some big-time gambling and big-time gambling losses have played a significant part in Paddock's confusing past. In fact, it has been reported in the media that Paddock has claimed that he'd lost in excess of a million dollars gambling in casinos in a single year.

It has also been established that Paddock unsuccessfully sued the Cosmopolitan casino for $100,000 in damages after he fell and injured himself in a casino. The casino was able to prove that scores of other people did not fall where Paddock had. Perhaps Paddock hatched this scheme to get back some of the money he lost gambling?

So could any of this have played a part in his motive?

Well, I have heard about gamblers losing lots of money, in some cases everything: meaning their homes, savings and family. Some of these people do flip out and do crazy things. Some of them blame the casinos, falsely accusing them of luring them to gamble away their life savings at their tables--as if they had a gun to his head.

And some of them take a twisted form of revenge, going as far as to say the casinos cheated them out of their money, which is altogether ridiculous

And perhaps Paddock had another gripe to pick with casinos for not being found legally responsible for  his fall.

I sure hope this has nothing to do with Paddock's motive; I'm sure the Las Vegas casinos hope so as well, as this type of revelation would be severely damaging to their public relations.

And even though I doubt at the end that this is somehow behind Paddock's motive, unfortunately it is entirely possible--given the fact that no clear motive has been established or released by any investigative authority.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Cambodian Casinos quickly becoming Casino Cheat Action-Spot for Crooked Dealers

Cambodian/Chinese Dealer Cheat Gang
Don't get me wrong! Singapore's casinos with the Marina Bay Sands at the helm still remains the Asian hot-spot for Dealer-Insider Cheat-Scams, but the relatively small casino industry in Cambodia is quickly catching up.

Over the past few years I have posted several times about Cambodian casino dealers, both Cambodian nationals and Chinese, teaming up with agents to rip off their casinos.

The most recent Cambodian dealer-cheat scam occurred at the Vimean Khsarch Sar casino in Preah Sihanouk Province and resulted in a $20,000 loss to the casino, which seems to me quite a substantial sum coming out of a Cambodian casino.

Yao Fengyu, the 42-year-old Chinese manager of the casino's online games, along with 23-year-old Phan Bros and 19-year-old Neak Vichheka, both Cambodian card dealers, were all charged with fraud for cheating the casino. Apparently Fengyu operated a cheat scam with the casino's online games while the two Cambodian card dealers worked a scam on the brick and mortar gaming tables.

No other details of the scams were released.

My take: Well, Vimean Khsarch Sar is about the weirdest and most difficult casino name I've had to pronounce in 14 years of blog-writing...and the accused's names don't make things much easier.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Bizarre Tail of Casino-Cheating-Robbery aboard Cruise Ship while docked in Greece.

Cruise Casino-Cheat Lawyer? 
The online news account posted by a maritime lawyer reports that two Bulgarian men aboard an unnamed cruise ship won over a million dollars in the ship's casino and were later robbed of much of that money by two cruise ship officers, who then said that the Bulgarians cheated to gain the money and they were simply recovering the ill-gotten gains for the cruise line, which is not identified either.

Sounds like a bad movie, right?

Local Greek police supposedly arrested the two cruise ship officers, who claimed they committed no crime.

My first question is: Did this really happen?

My second is: Why is this being reported by Jim Walker, a partner in the maritime law firm Walker and O'neill based in Miami? Perhaps it is just a ploy to gain some business.

But what I am really wondering is whether or not this happened?

If it really did, it is a major story...and I would sure love to know how two guys cheated a cruise ship casino out of more than a million bucks! Cruise ships are not generally known for even legitimate action that could result in such winnings, besides maybe slot jackpots.

So if anyone out there can enlighten me about this story, please do!

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Novel Lauches Casino-Cheat Main Plot!

New Casino-Cheat Novel
I have always thought that casino-cheating would be a good backdrop if not a main plot for literary thrillers, and now one has finally hit the bookstores.

It is called "His Just Desserts" and the author is John Raymond Williams, whom I imagine has an intricate knowledge of both casino-cheating and casino surveillance.

I wonder if he has ever participated in cheating casinos himself? Ummm....

In any case, go here to read the plot. For me it is a must-read!

Want to Convert Forgery Proceeds into Cash via Casino Chips?....

Found way for Marina Bay Sands to help
Just go to Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore.

As just about any casino and non-casino fraud in Singapore somehow ends up at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore, why not use it to convert your illicit fraudulent gains into cash via that casino's gaming chips?

Apparently it has already been done.

Mr.Reichie Chng Teck Kian, a 51 year-old former grassroots volunteer from his congressional constituency in Singapore and now a cabdriver, allegedly pulled off a fraudulent investment scheme against twelve people by using WhatsApp and screenshots to create a false electronic history of his dealings with well-to-do business people throughout Asia. He then convinced his victims to invest with him in various business and property schemes.

The total amount of his fraud was in excess of a million dollars.

So when he had the problem of washing the proceeds, he turned to the criminal haven known as the Marina Bay Sands casino. I don't know why but he turned his criminal proceeds into casino chips and then probably back into cash.

According to court documents, Kian has made more than $50,000 in restitution, but still faces up to 10 years in prison.

My take: Well, if you can't figure out a way to casino-cheat the Marina Bay Sands, it is always there to help you launder your money from whatever criminal enterprise.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Can we believe any of these "Advantage Play Experts" out there?

The short answer is yes...but that answer is very short, because as far as I'm concerned, there is only one real Advantage Play expert out there, and his name is Eliot Jacobson.

The real AP expert!
This self-professed ex-mediocre advantage player is quite more than mediocre when it comes to analyzing advantage play methods and techniques, both for prospective players and casinos looking for advice on how to make their gaming tables less vulnerable to advantage play. Jacobson has for many years thoroughly examined everything advantage play from simple card-counting to Phil Ivey's monster edge-sorting baccarat scam.

He has written it all in a superb book called "Advanced Advantage Play."

Although I have some differences of opinion with him, one of such being Jacobson's assertion that Phil Ivey's edge-sorting tactics amount to advantage play and not cheating (for me edge-sorting is as much cheating as any other cheat move if the dealers' procedural methods are altered in any way by the player to gain an edge), I have the utmost respect for Eliot Jacobson for his truly in-depth and accurate analysis of anything advantage-play related that comes across his desk--even if his videos are interrupted by an occasional invited guest--mainly his dog!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Woman Casino Cheat gets a year in jail for colluding with Blackjack Dealer in Chip-dumping scheme

More Casino Cheating
It happened at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, a hotbed of all forms of casino cheating, some with the help of crooked dealers, others by casino cheats acting by themselves. This one included a crooked dealer, who simply dumped excess chips on his female cohort's winning hands.

They worked the blackjack scam on several occasions--and made a hefty $78,000 profit from the casino. It is not surprising that such a low-level and amateurish scam could make so much money at the Mohegan Sun. Scams like this have been successfully pulled off there time and again.

Thirty-eight year-old Marlene Rivera, who suffered from substance abuse, allegedly convinced her dealer friend Roy Mariano to perpetrate the blackjack cheating episodes. Mariano told investigators that he agreed to participate because he was upset that his working hours at the casino had been reduced. However, he has pleaded not guilty to the crime and is awaiting trial.

Rivera, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to first degree larceny and could have been sentenced to three years in prison. She told the court that she has been undergoing counseling to help with her substance abuse problems.

My take: It amazes me that it doesn't amaze me how these ridiculous scams net so much money before being caught.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trio of Dice-Sliders Cheat Louisiana Casino for $56,000. One arrested, Two on the lam.

One die doesn't tumble or hit the back wall
Dice-Sliding Casino Cheat Scams are getting more and more popular these days, and I have trouble understanding why casinos are having so much trouble stopping them.

A trio of Filipinos, Allan Arana, Lim R. Tan and Jaime Iglesias, hit the Baton Rouge casino on August 9th. Thirty-five year old Arana was the dice-slider while his two partners were the big betters. After hitting the Louisiana casino, Arana was arrested in a Natchez, Mississippi casino after being caught dice-sliding again. He was shortly released by Mississippi gaming authorities and then headed directly to the New Orleans airport, probably to get the first plane back to the Philippines.

It is not clear if Tan and Iglesias were with Arana at the Mississippi casino. Arrest warrants have been
issued for both.

Dice-Sliding is simply sliding the dice instead of rolling them. In that fashion they don't tumble so the shooter sets up one or both dice in order to attain the winning numbers on various bets. Usually one or more craps players create lively conversation with the dealers and other diversions to get their attention away from the dice-slider, who then slides at least one of the dice instead of rolling it.  A good slider can imitate a legitimate tumble of the dice but the one thing he cannot do is "imitate" both dice from hitting the back wall and tumbling, which all but nullifies the set-up position of one or two dice.

And that's all casinos have to do to stamp out dice-sliding. Just make sure the dice tumble and hit the back wall!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Genting Casino Scotland investigating $250,000 Baccarat Cheat Scam

Another Genting Baccarat Cheat Scam
Funny thing, Genting Group which operates several casinos in the UK and Asia, has again been victimized by what its senior executives say is another baccarat cheat scam. The funny thing is that Genting Group is the owner of Crockford's casino in London, the gaming establishment that brought the whole Phil Ivey baccarat edge-sorting cheat scam to light back in 2012. Ivey was accused of cheating Crockfords out of $12 million.

In this latest case, Genting Group says that a cheating gang hit its Glasgow casino's baccarat tables several times over a four month period and beat them for a cool quarter million. Now details of how the alleged scam was carried out, but it appears to involve distracting tactics and maybe even inside dealer-collusion enabling the cheats to identify the value of the cards before they were dealt.

No mention of edge-sorting has been made. When I get more info on this I will pass it along.

Does demanding to see called poker hands at showdown give unfair advantage to some poker players?

Secrets in the muck?
All poker players have been annoyed at one time or another when other players demand to see their hands after a call when they are thrown into the muck. The accepted explanation for this is that it helps to identify collusion at the table.

But does it? And does it somehow favor certain players over others?

Here's a pretty good article on the subject.

My North Korean Poker-Hacking Claims Backed up by other News Articles

Online Poker Hacking for Nukes?
Back in mid-May I wrote an article about my suspicions that Kim Jong Un, the nuclear-bluffing North Korean dictator, may not at all be a bluffer when it comes to hacking online poker sites. My reasoning, of course, was that hacking online poker games was another profitable source of income to finance the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

Now serveral other news articles about Kim's poker-hacking program, as I shall call it, are surfacing online. And I highly doubt that any of these articles contain fake news. They're coming from official South Korean security agencies.

Here's one article about Kim Jong Un hacking online poker. Have a read and let me know what you think.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Guy REALLY gets cheated out of $100,000 casino slot machine jackpot!

Sugar Daddy got screwed...
Imagine this situation: You're with your girlfriend/boyfriend having a great time at a casino playing a slot machine with a progressive jackpot. You're the one gambling because the money being pumped into the machine at fifty bucks a pop is coming off your casino slot player's card. So while the machine is registering the monies off your card, you're smooching with your companion and you say to him/her, "You go ahead and press the button to bring me good luck." He/she presses the button and...WHAM! Bells start ringing and the slot machine screen goes berserk!
by this Russian hottie

YOU WON! A HUNDRED GRAND!

You got back all the money you lost at slot machines your entire life and then some!

Then suddenly your companion goes running off to alert casino personnel to the your win, crying hysterically out loud,"I won! I won!"

At first you don't think much of the fact that he/she said "I won!" and not "We won!" You think that he/she was simply overwhelmed by the moment, and of course you, not he/she/, would be receiving the big hundred-grand check from the casino.

WRONG!

He/she gets the check because he/she is the person who actually pressed the button on the machine. Casino law states that the person who presses the button or pulls the arm of a slot machine is the rightful winner of the jackpot, regardless of who puts the money in the machine before the button is pressed or the arm is pulled.

So if you have a bitch/asshole companion who is a greedy son of a bitch/asshole who doesn't want to give you the jackpot or at least split it with you, you're shit out of luck.

Imagine that!

Well, you might have guessed that since I'm writing this, the event depicted here actually did happen.

Yes, it did.

In April of this year at the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 66-year-old Jan Flato was sitting at the slot machine with his hot young Russian girlfriend, Marina Medvedeva (who is married to a guy whose last name is Navarro), when he inserted his player's card into the machine and told her to press the button for good luck.

She did, and the reels came up $100,000!

She claimed the jackpot, gave him jack shit, after which he appeared to threaten her in text messages and she played the nice innocent little girl, as if she wasn't out hustling the guy in the first place.

Well, what would you do if this happened to you?

I know what I would do!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Two more Blackjack Cheats come clean in New Year's Eve $10,000 Casino Scam at Dakota Sioux Casino in south Dakota

Dakota Sioux Casino
It was New Year's Eve 2015, a prime night of activity for casino cheats, but this time the cheats hooked up with dealers and floorpeople and scammed this tribal casino out of ten grand. The latest pair to fall in the casino caper were a pit boss and a dealer.

Lito Banbilla Bolocon, the pit boss, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft in a gaming establishment on tribal lands. Now he faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Although he probably will receive lots less prison time and a much smaller fine, he has blown his entire career for what was probably a few thousand bucks.

Same for blackjack dealer Fern Fraya Gill, who helped Bolocon devise a plan to bring in three player/agents to whom they could dump off the money at the blackjack table. She pleaded guilty to the same charge and faces the same punishment and the same ending to her casino career.

Jeremy Kris Brown, another blackjack dealer in on the scam, pleaded guilty last May, and Jordon Anthony Rondell, the "big player,"...you guessed it....also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

I don't have the details of exactly how the dealers passed the money off to their cohort players, but I imagine it was something simple such as not taking losers, paying pushes and overpaying winners.

Bolocon's job was surely to try to protect the scam, making sure no other casino employees caught on to it.

Well, somebody did, and the bottom line is a lot of people went down big-time for such a little amount of money.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Wynn Macau drops $10 Million on its Baccarat tables in one month. Suspicions of Cheating or Casino Impropriety?

Kosher or not Kosher $10 million loss?
Back in April, Steve Wynn's multi-billion dollar prized possession casino Wynn Macau claimed it lost $10 million on its baccarat tables. Wynn himself claimed it was the "most unique statistical anomaly in my fifty years doing this."

Even so, when it comes to the equation containing Asians plus Macau plus baccarat, eyebrows have to get raised--especially mine--and those of several emailers asking me what I think of the situation.

Well, Wynn claims that gambling junkets run by Suncity Group, one of the Pacific Rim's biggest junket operators, are what lowered the boom on Wynn's casino during the entire month of April. He said that swings in baccarat, both the good and ugly--and even insane--can be just that. And they can be.

But for an entire month and such a huge loss, that's something else.

Wynn told the press that "the bottom fell out and all the players won millions of dollars."

But what he didn't mention is that there are hundreds of super-high-rolling Asian baccarat players who can win or lose hundreds of thousands if not millions on any given night inside his casino playing baccarat EVERY night.

Which is what makes this $10 million loss so hard to swallow if it's real and unbelievable if it's not.

Robert Hannum, a professor of risk and gaming at the University of Denver, said, "The odds (of such a loss) are astronomically high," and added, "Of course black swans do occur and some might say anything can happen in the casino business."

One reason for skepticism is that this loss contributed to a significant decrease in the stock value of Wynn Resorts. In fact, shares lost 8% over a two-day period.

That is big!

My take: Well, this kind of stuff is outside my bailiwick, but I will go back to a modified version of that equation I spoke of earlier: Asians plus Macau plus baccarat=something not Kosher somewhere.

Friday, July 28, 2017

I agree with Willy Allison on the Phil Ivey/Cheung Yin Sun Edge-Sorting Case

You're right, Willy!
Over the past few years, I have gotten no less than 100 emails asking me if I view the now famous and infamous Phil Ivey/Cheung Yin (Kelly) Sun baccarat edge-sorting case as cheating or legitimate advantage play.

I have steadfastly and never changed my opinion that is in indeed cheating.

Very surprisingly, however, at least to me, is that practically every casino game-protection expert, casino surveillance director and casino-cheating expert disagrees with me. They all say that Ivey's Edge-Sorting baccarat play was honest advantage-play and Ivey and Sun did absolutely not cheat.

Well respected gaming authorities Anthony Curtis, Elliot Jacobson and Bill Zender have all stated that Ivey and Sun did nothing that constitutes cheating and that the casinos, by allowing the pair to dictate the procedure for the deal of the game, set themselves up to be victimized. So they argue that it was the casinos' own fault.

There is, thankfully, one casino game-protection expert who agrees with me. That is Willy Allison of the World Game Protection Conference. Willy and I have had our differences during the decade that has passed since my 2007 keynote speech at his conference, but this time I am solidly on Willy Allison's side.

He has stated several times emphatically that there is no doubt in his mind that Ivey and Sun cheated the casinos they victimized with the edge-sorting scam. 

With Allison now on my side, I will offer this final explanation as to why Edge-Sorting, as far as Ivey's and Sun's use of it is concerned, is indeed cheating.

If you look at the false shuffle baccarat scam, what is the difference between that and Ivey's edge-sorting?

The only difference is that the dealers in the edge-sorting did not know what they were doing while those in the false shuffle scam did.

But the key is that Ivey knew what he was doing. He was manipulating (the key word) the game without touching the cards. 

Anthony Curtis told me that since Ivey and Sun did not touch the cards, they did not  cheat.

But for Willy Allison and me, the fact that they did not touch the cards does not at all mean they did not cheat or manipulate the game. They ALTERED the casinos' dealing rules and procedures in order to gain an unfair advantage over the casino.

The false shuffle does the same thing. It gives the players involved an unfair advantage over the house. They do not touch the cards either. Only the dealer does, but the players, just like in edge-sorting, know that the game is being manipulated to their favor.

Cheating by definition is any attempt to ALTER the dealing and mechanics of a game to get an unfair advantage. For instance, if a player hypnotized a dealer to get the dealer to reveal his hole card to the player, even though the dealer has no awareness as to what's happening, it is cheating by the player. So Ivey getting the dealers to unknowingly give him an advantage by turning the cards a certain way against procedure is cheating because Ivey got them to do it by illicit means, claiming it was for good luck, etc.

All legitimate advantage-play techniques DO NOT get the dealer to willingly change their dealing habits, whether or not the dealer understands that doing so gives an unfair edge to the player.

Thus PHIL IVEY and CHEUNG YIN (KELLY) SUN are CASINO CHEATS!

Thanks again, Willy

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cheating Casino Dealer on the run in Louisiana

Scene of Casino-Cheat Crime
LaCharle LeWayne Scott, a dealer at the Eldorado casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, was peeking at the top card of her deck (I am not sure which game it was but due to the amount I assume it was blackjack), and either giving or not giving that card to her two casino-cheating cohorts, identified as brothers Hilton and Deaudra Hart. I am not sure of the sex of the dealer, but he or she has been charged of repeating this offense at least 25 times for a total cheating profit to the Hart Brothers of $23,000.

So this was quite a sizeable casino scam for a Shreveport, Louisiana casino.

Peeking at the top card by a dealers reeks of a poker scam or blackjack scam, where the dealer evaluates whether or not that top card will help or hurt her partners.

Warrants were issued for all three participants, and the Hart Brothers duly turned themselves in, with bail being set for $5,000 each.

The dealer, however, is on the run...and I'm betting she'll be caught soon...most likely in another casino gambling with her illicit casino gains.

This is another example of the huge increase in dealer-participation casino-cheat scams that have gripped US casinos the past few years.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Phil Ivey Baccarat Edge-Sorting Scam Update! Supreme Court Lawyer Calls Ivey "Robinhood."

Is that Phil Ivey?
Phil Ivey's attorneys two days ago were in the United Kingdom's supreme court to make their last effort arguing that London's Crockfords Casino must pay Ivey and his casino-cheating companion Cheung Yin Sun the 7.7 million pounds the pair won back in 2012 by edge-sorting the baccarat cards.

Apparently the arguments were both interesting and entertaining. At one point, Crockfords' attorneys likened Ivey's testimony to the Robin Hood tale, claiming that Ivey's claim that he was just taking advantage of a flaw in the casino's dealing procedure was no better than Robin Hood's reason to steal from the rich to feed the poor.

I found a good article on the proceedings here that is worth a read.

Electronic Roulette Cheating in Quebec Casino Charlevoix

Pretty Place!
Yujin Wu, an Australian national of Asian descent, arrived at the Charlevoix casino, near Quebec City, on or around June 9th of this year. He played electronic roulette and very coolly and quickly beat the game for some five grand.

Mr. Wu cashed out his winnings, seemingly without incident, then returned to the casino on or around June 22nd.

This time Mr. Wu barely got to place a bet!

Whatever plans and strategies he had to beat the casino's electronic roulette table again were quickly dashed in the form of casino security agents and police arresting him.

Allegedly, Mr. Wu arrived at the casino furnished with his own electronic gear to interfere with and beat the casino's electronic roulette system. Details are sketchy at best, but evidently an internal casino investigation into Mr. Wu's initial $5,000 win allegedly produced evidence of his tampering with the game and the casino was put on high alert for his return.

Sure enough Mr Wu did return as he must have figured he had a good thing going. But there is yet any proof that he did anything wrong or illegal.

Well, now he is in an electronic mess! Possibly a felony one...but only if the casino proves his guilt.

I am somewhat skeptical.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Did Phil Ivey and Sun Overplay their Baccarat hand during Cheat Scandal?

Could they have been more careful?
We all know the story of how poker great Phil Ivey and his feline gambling partner Cheng Yin Sun edge-sorted their way to tens of millions of dollars that are currently tied up in legal hassles across the globe between Ivey and Sun and victimized casinos.

There has long been a debate between casino-cheat whizzes and experts as to whether or not Ivey and Sun's edge-sorting technique is actually casino cheating. I, as one of those whizzes and experts, believe that edge-sorting does constitute cheating, not because Ivey and Sun manipulated the cards but rather because they manipulated the deal of the game by getting dealers to deal and turn cards that breach casino dealing and game protection rules.

But that aside, could Ivey and Sun behaved differently and avoided detection of their scam? Could they have carried it out in a better fashion?

Probably so.

You've all heard the famous saying of doom about going to the well too many times, but in Ivey and Sun's case, perhaps they went to the wells with too-big buckets. By that I mean maybe they should have been content to win a million or a half million a shot instead of going as far as ten million in a single baccarat session. Maybe the casinos would have been more convinced that theirs was legitimate baccarat play by high rollers and not so suspicious.

Well I, for one, certainly know how hard it can be to put the reigns on something so good that seems invincible and undetectable. Back when I created my famous Savannah move, my teammates and I often debated about how hard we should hit the casinos with it. We knew we would eventually take heat even though the move was virtually flawless and undetectable.

That's because sheer winning alone eventually takes heat.

So we went for the gusto just like Ivey and Sun did.

In the end, I would have to say that Ivey and Sun probably should have gone after the casinos with a little less ferocity, but I would also have to say that it would have been nearly impossible for them to make that determination. They would probably have been thinking that even if their scam got discovered, as it did, they would never end up in court, where as it now stands they have to refund their winnings.

After all, they especially could never have imagined that the courts would rule that their scam was NOT cheating but that they still had to return their winnings to the casinos.

All in all, this baccarat edge-sorting case is without a doubt is the most interesting casino-cheating case (or pseudo casino-cheating case) in the history of casinos.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Are Putin's Hackers into Cheating Casinos?

Putin Casino Hacking Center?
Interesting question, isn't it?

We've all heard the accusations against Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering his team of ace hackers to infiltrate the 2016 US presidential election, but as Putin is known to be hoarding billions of dollars in money he's taken in one way or another from Russian businesses and businessmen, is it far-fetched to believe that he's also ordered his hackers to infiltrate gambling casinos?

Nor just US casinos but casinos anywhere in the world.

I don't have a definitive answer for this intriguing question, but I certainly do have an opinion. And it's based on facts that link Russian hackers to casino scams in the past.

Most recently, a team of Russian hackers beat Australian casinos' pokies out of millions. They did this by using smart phones, sophisticated apps and even more sophisticated mathematical minds behind the whole thing.

This same hackers beat American casinos' poker machines out of millions back in 2014. It was noted that American poker machines were paying a lot more money to Russian players than they were taking in--even though there were no large payouts or jackpots.

It was also noted that these Russian players would always have one of their hands in a pocket or in a bag while playing small amounts of money and then seemingly winning every time they made a significantly larger bet.

In Australia they were known to be entering the pokie screen displays into their sophisticated apps.

So, was Putin giving the orders for these illicit poker-machine scams as well?

Well, your guess is as good as mine, but I will tell you this: NEVER put anything beyond Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

New Bahamian Casino hit by major Roulette Chip-Color Scam

How much is each stack worth?
I am a bit late in reporting this as it happened two months ago in the end of April, but it is a significant piece of news in the casino-cheating world.

Two American casino cheats from Florida hit the new Baha Mar casino with the already infamous roulette chip-color scam, a scam scene quite often in the continental US but not seen before in the Caribbean as far as I know. That's to say I've read no reports about it until now.

The scam is simply to obtain a color of non-redeemable roulette chips at one roulette table and then bring them to a second roulette chip where those chips are put into play where the same color chips at the second table have a higher established value than they did at the first. It is always done with at least two cheats partnering up and in some cases a whole team.

At the Baha Mar in Nassau, one unnamed roulette chips bought in and played at the first table and then handed them off a stack of those chips to a second unnamed roulette cheat who played them at a much higher denomination than for what the first cheat had paid for. Details are sketchy, but according to Bahamian police the pair made off with $6,000 in profits due to the difference in chip denominations.

Their scam came apart when a casino employee noticed the first cheat subtly pocketing roulette chips on several occasions and then heading off to the bathroom, where he must have given them to his cohort.

The $6,000 scam proved to be quite expensive for the pair of Floridian casino cheats. A Bahamian chief magistrate listened to the two tell her that they were pressured from a third man to participate in the scam before she sentenced them to two years in prison each.

My take: Definitely a heavy sentence for a low-level/low tech casino scam. I guess sometimes even the Bahamians are not so mellow!