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Friday, October 17, 2014

England High Court Rules Poker Pro Phil Ivey a Casino Cheat!

You all know by now how Phil Ivey has raked in millions across the worlds´s casinos by using his edge-sorting card scam on the baccarat tables. The issue as to whether or not edge-sorting constitutes casino-cheating has been discussed around gaming circles all over the online and brick-and-mortar world, including this blog. I have always held that Ivy and his edge-sorting scam do indeed qualify as cheating since it is premeditated and alters the natural form of dealing the game.

The key word is "alter," which Ivy did by having dealers deal the baccarat games in a matter that was not correlating to official casino dealing and game-protection procedure.

Now an English high court agrees. Crockford´s casino in London, who refused to grant Ivy his $12 million in winnings, now does not have to legally do so, as the judge ruled that edge-sorting is cheating. Ivy, who victimized the Borgata casino in Atlantic City with the same scam is now being sued by that casino in an attempt to recover millions of dollars that had been paid to Ivy upon his cheating at their baccarat tables.

So Ivy, who lost his suit as the plaintiff against Crockfords, may now soon lose his next lawauit against the Borgata as the defendant.

My take: I think the Borgata may not have the same success legally in the US as Crockfords had in the UK, but I still think they are entitled to win the case as I consider Phil Ivey a casino cheat.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Will there ever be another Don Johnson Blackjack "Cheating" Incident in the history of casinos?

Johnson with a few extra benefits
Afraid not. 

First of all, Don Johnson, a longtime professional gambler did not actually cheat Atlantic City casinos out of $15 million back in 2008 and 2009. What he did is turn 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. 

I get asked this question a lot, especially after the Bloomberg channel airs their special about Johnson's massacre of Atlantic City`s casinos. For this to happen again, an almost impossible set of circumstances would have to reoccurr. First, we would need another economic disaster, and then some upper-level casino executives even stupider than those who granted Johnson's special rules and privileges. 

The first prerequisite might happen...but the second? Well, there are some idiots working in important positions for American casinos, but I doubt any of those would fall into this type of trap again.

All I can say is, hail to Don Johnson. He will go dwon in history as pulling off the greatest casino "scam" of all time...all with the casino`s own planning!  

Friday, September 19, 2014

Roland deWolfe and Josh Gould Les Ambassadeurs Poker-Collusion Cheating Case

For those of you who have read about the case, in which Dubai-based investment banker Iraj Parzivi is suing London´s Les Ambassadeurs Casino for 10 million pounds, or around $US 16 million, claiming the casino allowed him to be cheated by a poker-collusion cheating ring headed by professional poker players Roland deWolfe and Josh Gould, the only info I can give you now is that the case is in the UK court system, and hopefully the truth will come out, which I strongly believe is that deWolfe and Gould did infact cheat Mr.Parvizi by working a collusion scam against him.

I have seen the CCTV footage of every hand that occured over an eight-hour session, thus my findings are based solely on what I saw on the video. I cannot give you any specifics of how the poker collusion went down because the case has not been resolved in court.

One thing I will tell you, though, is that I am not the only witness who has testified in Mr. Parvizi´s favor. Another player in the same game has expressed his suspicions about the poker-collusion

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flushdraw Writer Haley Hintze Attacks Me Over Parvizi-Les Ambassadeurs Poker Collusion Cheating-Case

Ms. Hintze
Most of you know by know that Dubai-based international securities trader Iraj Parvizi is suing the ritzy London casino Les Ambassadeurs for US $16 million, claiming he was the victim of a poker-collusion cheating ring formed by well-known professional poker player and WSOP bracelet-winner Roland de Wolfe and another British pro named Josh Gould. And if you have been reading about the case, then you know that I have been involved in the case giving expert testimony.

 On Monday an article by Haley Hintze, writing for Flushdraw (read it here), takes dead-aim at me with the obvious intent of discrediting me as a witness. Her article is severe in its attack, and I cannot say what her motives are. If she is somehow involved with de Wolfe and Gould, or with Les Ambassadeurs Casino, I cannot say.

 But I certainly want to address her article. And I will start off by saying that some of her criticism of me is indeed warranted. She starts off by stating that I am a "self-promoter attempting to sell books."

She is certainly right about that! I mean, what author does not want to sell his books? And what professional casino game-protection consultant does not want to self-promote his skills to casinos? That is what I do. I protect both casinos and personal victims from any kind of poker and casino cheating. So if Haley finds something wrong with promoting that, I am guilty. However, she should know that all my books have been out of print for years and nothing about my involvement in the Parvizi case is going to resucitate book-sales.

 Her next jab is that "Marcus, who has proclaimed himself somewhere (perhaps in the court documents) as the world’s “best professional poker cheat,” has to be evaluated as well; he’s a veteran huckster at the periphery of the gambling world, and his claims of being an expert in certain areas relevant to this case are, in this writer’s opinion, suspect."

 Yes, I have often said I was probably the best professional casino-cheat of all time, and that is indeed more self-promotion. But what Haley is not taking into account is that I have been called the best casino cheat of all-time by many of the industry´s top game-protection people such as Willy Allison, George Joseph, Bill Zender and Andy Anderson. Their statements on me are all on video on the Internet if Haley wants to view them.

Her next shot is how I stole her articles for my blog. This may or may not be true. I do not recall using her articles but I definitely was guilty of posting articles written by others without an embedded link. This happened several years ago, and when I was notified of the fault I immediately added the links or deleted the articles. I still use informative articles written by others with links to their original postings.

 Then she says that my statements, in which I attest that the collusion against Parvizi did indeed take place, "did not specify the exact means by which Gould and de Wolfe allegedly colluded."

Well, of course, they didn´t! My "statements" are in the form of a long and thorough report that was prepared after viewing several hundred hands of this poker game via CCTV footage. What she read in whatever articles she used for her own is only what other writers wrote about the case. Furthermore, I would not give out any details of how the collusion took place until after the case is resolved in court. But what Haley needs to take into account, is that I have seen the video and my statements are made based on what I saw. She has not seen the video and is only making assumptions that Parvizi was not the victim of any poker-collusion scam because he was a bad player and was indicted in another case that has nothing to do with this one.

After all, Haley, if Adolf Hitler was the victim of a poker-cheating scam, he would still be a victim in that case, right? Parvizi´s indictment is as immaterial to the case as were my past blog articles. What matters here is simply and only what is on that tape, and that will come out in court.

By the way, Haley, one thing I will tell you that I saw on the tape was an attempt by Roland de Wolfe to steal a £5,000 chip from a pot. He got caught and had to give it back.

Haley then goes on to attack my website entries (notably the Poker Cheating Tips Page), accusing my posts of being coincidental to the Parvizi case.

Well, Haley, you´re right! Of course they are directly related to the case. One of the posts asks "Is is profitable to poker-collude against billionaires?" Well, Haley, if you don´t believe Mr. Parvizi, maybe you believe the Cirque du Soleil billionaire Guy LaLiberte who claims he lost $26 million to collusders in live Las Vegas poker games. So between he and Parvizi a cool $42 million was ammassed by professional poker-colluders who more than not are also big-name WSOP tournament players.

Let´s not forget that two of the biggest names in alleged giant poker-cheating and baccarat scams are Phil Ivey and Russ Hamilton, both of whom were or are big-time tournament players like Roland de Wolfe. So I do admit that all my entries you page-shot to your article were written because of the Parvizi case.

 After this, Haley relates her own suppositions about what Gould and de Wolfe might have or not have done at that Les Ambassadeurs table.

Again, it´s speculative crap. What matters is what they DID do, and that is evidenced on the video. Who I am or who Parvizi is has no bearing. Only what the video shows matters!

And finally, Hayle says she thinks I began preparing myself as a witness even before I saw the tapes. 

LOL and LOL again! Hayle, without the tapes there is no case and there is no witness. Furthermore, before I was contacted by Parvizi´s lawyers, I had never even heard of Parvizi, nor had I heard anything about Les Ambassadeurs Casino in over 20 years--when I was at one of its roulette wheels doing a humdinger of a cheat move myself!

Finally, Hayley, please note that I have properly linked to your Flushdraw article in this article!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why Online Casinos Are So Appealing? Believe it or not, it´s Safety!

"live casino at william hill Well, first off, forget the obvious reasons. We all know that the convenience of online casinos for those who are far away from any brick and mortar casino is the best of all. I mean, to be able to retire to your lair, turn on your computer, connect to the Internet and find your in-home casino gives you the ultimate in privacy while engaging in your favorite poker or casino game. Many of us prefer to play in private and not have anyone minding our business at the tables, right?

But apart from those obvious reasons, what is the next most important allure to online casinos. Well, believe it or not, and despite the spate of cheating scandals we´ve heard about occuring online, especially in poker, it is indeed safety and lack of cheating. That´s right! I said LACK of cheating.

The early online casino pioneer in the UK such as the live casino at William Hill and Ladbrokes have really made cheating-free online gaming their priority. As most online cheating scandals have been the result of hackers or insiders breaking into sites´ security program codes to fix the outcomes of games, new and sophisticated technology has been steadily evolving to make this almost impossible to do. Whereas in a brick and mortar casino it takes only one crooked dealer manipulating cards or dice to cheat you, in today´s state-of-the-art online casino, it would take a group of the world´s highest paid computer-tech experts working in collusion to pull of a modern online-casino scam.

And notice I said "highest paid." This is further protection for online casinogoers because when people creating the online casino software are honest, there is much less reason for them to ever think about being dishonest.

So put away whatever doubts you have and visit your online casino--even if the brick and mortar one is right down the road.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Poker Cheat Gets 3 Years in Prison!

German player of Turkish origins Ali Tekintamgac has just been handed a three years and five months prison sentence after pleading guilty to being the mastermind behind a poker cheating ring. The Augsburg District Court in Germany made its decision based on allegations of repeated cheating by Tekintamgac at poker tournaments across the globe, as well as other live poker table.
Ali Tekintamgac first came under the poker community’s gaze in 2010, when he won the Spanish championship for $343,000). At the time Tekintamgac said he had only played in a handful of major live tournaments, but was now looking forward to showcasing his skills at the World Series of Poker Main Event.
Unfortunately those skills involved reading the signals sent to him by fake live bloggers at the events, who would then relay information to him on the other players’ hole cards.
However, Tekintamgac’s cheating ways eventually caught up with him at the €8,500 Partouche Poker Tour Cannes, where he made it all the way to the final table with a €1.3m ($1,823,430) top prize awaiting the ultimate winner. Tekintamgac even progressed to fourth in chips before video footage was produced showing his cheating, and leading to his being disqualified from the event.
Incredibly, while awaiting his court case, the Turkish/German poker cheat had the gall to use the free ticket he earned from his WPT Spanish Championship “victory” to enter the $25,000 buy-in WPT Championship. Not surprisingly, his being in the tournament caused an uproar amongst the other players, with Daniel Negreanu confronting Tekintamgac at one stage. Negreanu later tweeted:
“Ali Tekimtamgac who was caught cheating in Partouche is in #WPTChamp I called him out, and floor told ME I can’t do that! When will we learn.”
During his recent court trial, the Augsburg District Court learned Tekintamgac’s cheating ring included a large number of accomplices, including several casino employees. One of those cheats, known as “Andy”, fortunately provided enough information to avoid jail time and ensure Ali Tekintamgac received his just desserts.

My take:

Just another scheming poker cheat exposed. Will these tournament and online poker-cheat scams ever diminish? Absolutely not!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Bob Dancer Article on My Book American Roulette

February 25th
A Look at American Roulette

Bob Dancer
On the January 23, 2014 Gambling with an Edge radio show, Anthony Curtis and Richard Munchkin both said good things about American Roulette, a book by Richard Marcus. So I went to the library and checked it out. (Understandably it's a title that's easy to find in a Las Vegas library but perhaps not so easy if you live in Peoria.)
Here is what I found (and the book's subtitle says it all): How I Turned the Odds Upside Down --- My Wild Twenty-Five-Year Ride Ripping Off the World's Casinos. Simply put, it's an autobiography by a casino cheat.
The primary tool used by Marcus and his teammates to cheat the casinos is called "pastposting." Pastposting is where you make a bet AFTER the result has already been determined. For example, if you could get a bet NOW that the Seattle Seahawks would beat the Denver Broncos by 35 points in the 2014 Super Bowl, that would be pastposting (and you could make a fortune).

Make no mistake about it, pastposting is cheating. No doubt about it. Casinos and states have rules against this and if caught and convicted, you're going to pay a penalty. Do you like being in jail?

I'm not personally interested in cheating the casinos. I have enough trouble maintaining my welcome when I'm doing everything legally! But I AM interested in knowing how cheating moves are done by others. Part of this is akin to wanting to know how a magician does a particular trick. I find this fascinating! And part of it is simply being aware of what's going on around me in casinos. 

Some of the moves practiced by Marcus and his team ripped off other players rather than just the casinos. I definitely want to know about those so as to better protect myself and my assets.

"Standard" pastposting involves changing chips after the player has won the bet. For example, playing blackjack, assume you bet two $5 red chips. If the bet loses you've lost $10. But if it wins, when you go to pick up your winnings, you smoothly replace the two $5 chips with one $100 black chip underneath one $5 red chip and then you call out to the dealer, "Hey! I was betting black and you only paid me red!" On essentially a 50-50 bet, the cheater loses $10 half the time and wins $105 the other half, so the profits mount up fast.
The move must be done when the dealer is paying off other players at the table and not concentrating on what you're doing. The move must also be made when it is normal for players to be reaching for their chips. It must be done quickly and smoothly. 

A pastposter must have a sense of when to press his claim and when to get out of the casino quickly.

Of course the chips can also be larger denominations. Near the end of his career, Marcus' teammate was betting three $100 black chips and replacing them with two $5,000 brown chips under the single black chip. This made it $10,100 when they won almost half the time and $300 when they lost.
Although the blackjack move could be done solo, Marcus's team found it better if there were one or two teammates. One teammate could ask a question at just the moment of the switch, so as to draw attention to himself and away from the pastposter. A second teammate could hang around the casino to see what the level of casino discomfort was after the move. If there was too much heat, the team would lay off that casino or that town for several months until the heat died down.

Another version of pastposting doesn't involve changing the chips at all. At roulette, they would bet one of the three column bets at the end of the table (furthest away from the dealer) using big chips --- but with the biggest chips hidden below smaller chips. If the bet wins, the player gets paid off as usual. If the bet loses, the dealer is distracted while the pastposter removes the chips from the layout and leaves the casino. Using a brown chip underneath a black chip, on a bet that pays 2-to-1, the team wins $10,200 almost one third of the time and loses nothing the other two-thirds of the time.

There was also a technique described as "railing," which amounts to stealing chips from another player at a craps table. When a big player (the "mark") is winning (say betting multiple black chips) and drinking, often he is careless with respect to keeping track of his chips, which are typically stored in built-in racks along the top of the craps table. The cheat stands next to the mark, befriends the mark, and over time swipes black chips from the mark's rows of chips along the rail. The cheat passes the black chips to a confederate standing behind him. If the cheat is accused of stealing, he can indignantly allow himself to be searched and sure enough he will have no black chips anywhere on his body.

There were several trips to Europe, Africa, and South America where the team had varying amounts of success. I found it interesting how different countries dealt with the pastposters.

Just as Jean Valjean had his nemesis Javert in Les Miserables, Marcus had Steven DeVisser, who worked for the "Hanson Agency." I assume that was a thinly- disguised depiction of the Griffin Investigation Agency. DeVisser was determined and devious, even setting up a honey trap to catch Marcus. I'll let you read the book to find out just how successful DeVisser was.
The book was well-written, educational, and enjoyable. I sure would like to get Marcus to be a guest on the radio show. We're going to try!

My take: I did end up doing three shows on Dancer´s program, one about American Roulette, one about my poker-cheating expose "Dirty Poker," and one about general poker and casino-cheating scams going on today such as the Phil Ivey baccarat edge-sorting scam and the Guy Laliberte poker-collusion scam. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fake Chip-Scandal in Atlantic City Poker Tournament Thrown out of Court

After the 2014 Borgata Winter Poker Open was ruined by counterfeit poker chips, a few players involved in the event decided to file a lawsuit. Just one month ago, six men who competed in the Borgata Winter Poker Open filed a lawsuit against the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, claiming the casino was negligent in the operation of the tournament. This lawsuit has now been dismissed in state court.
According to the Press of Atlantic City newspaper, the lawsuit accused the Borgata of not running video surveillance properly during the event as well as not acting accordingly with the reports from players of the chips appearing to be a different color. The suit also states that the Borgata did not inventory the chips that were in play properly. The six men believed that they are owed $33,000 each since they were among the top 27 players in the event.
27 players were the remaining players in the event when the Borgata suspended game play due to the counterfeit chips. The fake chips had been allegedly introduced into the tournament by Christian Lusardi as employees of the casino traced back the chips via the plumbing system to Lusardi. A clogged system was the downfall of the player as the chips were traced back to his hotel room.
The lawsuit was dismissed by Judge James Isman, of the Atlantic County Superior Court. Isman ruled the case should be dismissed as the Division of Gaming Enforcement of New Jersey had already reviewed the tournament. Isman ruled that the Borgata had complied with the regulations under the Casino Control Act based on the jurisdiction of the DGE.
Maurice VerStandig is the attorney for the plantiffs in this case stated that he is considering an appeal and believes there are problems with the DGE given original jurisdiction during cheating events instead of allowing affected players the opportunity to bring a case to court with the jury system. VerStandig stated: “The DGE is not equipped to provide the sort of due process that is the hallmark of civil litigation in the state of New Jersey. There’s no jury box in the DGE, to the best of my knowledge.”
My take: This is obvious! The Borgata, already mired in a lot of hot-shit scandals with the Phil Ivey cheating scam among others, has enough power to squash a few cheat cases in court!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Jersey Getting Tough on Casino Cheats

When Derek Bethea recently got sentened to 17 years in prison for a pastposting conviction, I had to look twice to make sure there was nothing more to it. But there wasn´t: nothing more than a pastposted $1100 bet on a craps table at an Atlantic City casino. He did have two previous casino-cheating convictions, and both were relatively minor pastposts on craps tables, $2,400 and $250.

Okay, I understand the third-strike rule, but come on!...we´re talking about littly rinky-dink casino-cheat moves. In the whole entire Tran Organization Scam that corrupted dozens of casino employees in the US and Canada over a five-year period and netted $20 million, no one convicted in that case got more than 5 years in prison.

So what´s this hard-nut-gig New Jersey´s got for casino cheats? I don´t know, but I advise you cheats out there to really think twice before plying your trade on the Boardwalk. And if you have to do it, you´d better be careful!    

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Another Inside Blackjack Casino Scam...Cheating Dealer on the Lam!

NEW ORLEANS -- A former Harrah's Casino blackjack dealer is wanted by State Police for allegedly swindling the casino out of thousands of dollars.
Breana Lewis, 24, of New Orleans, is wanted for two counts of conspiracy to commit cheating and swindling, and two counts of cheating and swindling for the amount of $32,022.50, according to State Police spokesperson Trooper Melissa Matey. 
In May, State Police detectives began investigating Lewis after officials from the casino suspected that cheating and swindling was occurring at the blackjack tables.
In two instances, detectives saw Lewis “awarding bets to four different casino patrons who appeared to personally know Lewis. The bets awarded were not winners and cost Harrah’s Casino a total of $32,022.50,” Matey said.
Also wanted are Cornelius Wells, 34, of New Orleans; Jeffery Sheridan Jr., 25, of Angie; Clifford Earl Carter, 31, of New Orleans; and Annette Davis, 43, of Gretna.
My take: This one must have been blatant as hell!!

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My book, AMERICAN ROULETTE (St. Martin's Press), tells the true story of my twenty-five years as a professional casino cheater. Upon arriving in Las Vegas, in my early twenties, I supported myself solely through legitimate gambling. However, I soon found myself broke and homeless, living under a highway overpass. I eventually sought gainful employment in the only industry I had knowledge of, becoming a Blackjack and Baccarat dealer. Armed with experience on both sides of the tables, my mentor to be, Joe Classon taught the ways of a professional casino cheater. Although retired, I keep up on the various cons and scams that law enforcement is largely unable to adequately police.


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