Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Poker Dealer Caught With Ace up his Sleeve--Says he's Innocent

I came across this potential poker cheat incident today--and it's a good one!

The ol' ace-up-the-sleeve trick
Cleveland Horseshoe Casino dealer Robert D.Brown was suddenly missing a card when his shuffle machine told him so. Brown immediately notified his supervisor and the search was on. After twenty minutes no missing card was turned up--until it fell out of Brown's sleeve as he bended over to pick up a piece of trash on the floor away from the table.

Brown, who at the very least had to be somewhat mortified, claimed he was shocked and had no idea how the card got there. The casino thought otherwise and had him arrested and charged with a casino-cheaitng crime. A jury found him innocent and now he's back at work dealing poker at the Horseshoe.

Well, a judge apparently believed Mr. Brown.

Do you?

You know what--I do!


Because sometimes in life where people come up with the most ridiculous of stories to declare their innocence, they're actually telling the truth. It's just to stupid to be a lie!

This almost poker-cheating case reminds me of accused murderer Bladerunner Oscar Pistorius, who told the police that he thought a robber was in the bathroom when he shot his girlfriend who had gotten up from bed and entereed the bathroom. I actually believe Pistorius's story because it's just too stupid to make up.

Well, maybe I'm gullable after all.

Oh, by the way, it wasn't an ace after all...just a king.

Get caught cheating casinos here...get caught casino-cheating there...there IS a difference!

Brad Davis in Istanbul Prison
Remember the Tran Organization which ran that notorious false baccarat scam that rocked the casino world from 2003 until 2007?

I'm sure you do, but you may have forgetten that they cheated some 20 casinos across the US and Canada for up to $30 million, depending on which account was accurate, and, along the way, recruited and corrupted some 30 casino employees, who converted themselves in casino-cheat accomplices, including a mayor of Seattle's son.

The leader of that now infamous Tran Organization casino-cheating ring, Phuong Quoc Truong, who basically damaged as many as three-dozen lives, eventually plea-bargained to a sentence of 6 years and the forfeiture of a pair of houses and a Porsche.

I bet you DON'T remember Steve Roybal.

About the same time the Tran Organization was hopping from casino to casino corrupting dealers and training them to false-shuffle blackjack and baccarat cards, Roybal and his fellow slot-employee co-worker, LynnGallo, were falsifying slot jackpots at their Sandia Casino in New Mexico and writing up the winning tickets, which were exchanged for the cash jackpots at the casino cashier, and pocketing the cash instead of giving it to the bogus winners.

The pair did this an incredible 699 times!

I guess 700 was their unlucky number, but over the course of 15 months they pocketed $1.2 million in a small New Mexican tribal casino.

They were eventually caught when a suspicious employee alerted their sleepy security staff, who alerted their sleepy surveillance staff, who alerted their completely dead compliance department.

Lynn Gallo may have been the lucky one when she died before she could be charged. But Mr. Roybal got sentenced to--now get this!--54 years in state prison!

54 years!,

And all he did was rip off a casino for a million bucks. He didn't hurt anyone, corrupt anyone, put anyone in grave danger. He only took a little cash from a casino that had such poor internal controls you might think it deserved it.

So, yes, there are huge differences in how each casino jurisdiction deals with cheats.

For example, Las Vegas is generally harsh while Europe is generally lenient. Asia can be a real problem for casino and poker cheats while the Caribbean casinos generally chill out.

As for me back in the day--I fortunately knew that what could be a little slap in the hand in one place could be that same hand chopped off in another.

In fact, back in 1979, I was lying on a European beach with my partner in casino crime, Joe Classon, who was reading a newspaper article about a brand new Hilton casino about to open up in Istanbul, Turkey.

He said to me, "Hey Rich, let's fly over to Istanbul and check out the new Hilton! It should be a thrill!"

Well, what Joe didn't realize is the night before--and I mean THE night before--I saw the movie Midnight Express!

So I said, "Joe, that's one thrill I can live without right now!"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

More imfo on that Grand Casino Monaco Scam...and more unbelievable!

Drove away with millions!
Seems I've been writing on lots of ridiculous casino scams lately that make millions of dollars in spite of their ridiculousness. Well, one of them, the recent $4.2 roulette scam at the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, just got more ridiculous.

In my original post on this roulette cheat scam, which I thought might be some type of chip-counterfeiting scam, I admitted I was confused and didn't understand exactly how this multi-million-dollar cheat move went down over the course of an entire year.

I reached out to my blog-readers for whatever information someone might have on it.

Yesterday I got a response from a casino executive in Montreal who is well versed in what goes on in casinos in France and Monaco. He steered me to French newspaper articles which all described the scam as what we call here in the US "The Ohio Roulette Scam," which got its name because it was very successfully pulled off in several casinos in that baby-casino state.

By "baby" I mean newness and lack of operating experience, no offense indended.

The scam is very simple, almost to the point of being amateurish.

It happens when one member of a cheat team buys-in for a roulette color of minimum-denomination chips, plays for a while and then cashes out--but holds out several of these chips.

Then another member of the roulette cheat team buys the same color chips at another roulette table and assigns a much higer denomination to them. Then he sneaks in the same-colored chips with the ones he just bought and cashes them all out together.

In Ohio, this scam took place with roulette cheats buying the chips for $1 apiece and coloring them out on the other table for $25 apiece.

In the Grand Casino of Monaco, the cheats apparently did the same move--but they bought $10 chips and cashed them out as $1,000 chips!

Did you get that!

$10 chips for $1,000 chips!

Now, I know that the illustrious casino in Monaco attracts tremendous action from nobles, princes and sheiks who come from all over the world, but come on!...how in the world can this type of low-level scam take it for millions?

And don't forget that in virtually every casino in the world, roulette chips have a letter embedded in them that represents which table they're from, which should more or less prevent this scam from happening one day--let alone an entire year.

I still really don't believe it...unless half the casino staff was in on it.

I would suggest that Prince Albert get down to the royal casino and kick some butt!!!

Unless he's in on it too!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Talking about hard-to-believe casino sucker cheating scams!

Casino Cheats Hall of  Fame conman?
You've all heard the line, "There's one born every minute."

Referring to suckers, of course, especially in the gambling world...especially in the casino gambling world.

Well, one guy really appreciates this truism. His name is Mark Thomas Georgantas--and he's also known as "Mr. Smooth"...

Which he must have been!

Mr. Georgantas's con was to show himself off as a high roller in Las Vegas casinos and attract a crowd around him while he gambled, especially on hopping craps games. When he got on a lucky roll he would chum up to people and tell them he was an ultra-successful gambler, so good that a documentary film was being made about his casino exploits, and then a reality TV show after that! He even said that actors Matt Damon and George Clooney were so interested in his winning ways that they invested chunks of money in his winning system and became "clients" of his winning casino enterprise, which he called Monster Gaming, Inc.

He boasted that his company could make millions, even hundreds of millions in the long haul. Mr. Clooney and Mr.Damon, he bragged, called him "Pure Cash."

The guy's gift of gab was obviously pretty good!

So good in fact, that after convincing a pair of victims that he was an ex-CIA agent working in the danger zones of Iraq, each invested more than three hundred grand in his craps system!

Then when it came time to hit the craps tables, Mr. Smooth was gone, vanished like a pair of flying dice.

Mark Thomas Georgantas was arrested and charged last month while attemting to fleece some wealthy gamblers at the Hard Rock Casino.

My take: Like I said, there is a sucker born every minute. In Vegas maybe it's two. What is really unbelievable about this is that Georgantas actually had his victims sign a contract to make their gambling deal seem more credible and professional.

In fact, this giant sucker scam reminds me of a small one where the conman says, "Give me four bucks and I'll show you how to make a million." The victim gives him the four bucks, and then the conman says, "You see?"

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Confusing Counterfeit Chip Cheat Scam at the Grand Casino in Monaco

Looks like a palace, right?
I am a little late on this one, but the reason I'm blogging it now is because I'm confused, and I would like someone to shed some light on it...if at all possible!

According to various press reports, three British nationals, Sajid Rashid, Qamar Hussain and Zahidul Haque Kahn, bilked the Monaco Grand Casino out of $4.2 million by switching fake chips they bought for 10 euros each for real 1,000-euro chips--continuously for a full year while the casino paid for their posh hotel rooms and their gourmet meals with Dom Perignon champagne.

The scam finally came apaart--God knows how--and the judge sentenced the trio to 18 months to three years in a pretty Monte Carlo prison overlooking all those gorgeous yachts in the Mediterranean. And to boot, he said the convicted casino cheats only have to make $1 million restitution to the famed casino.

First thing I don't get is: what the hell did these classy casino cheats do...just go to the cage and change their fake $10 chips for genuine $1,000 chips--to the tune of $4.2 million?

Or did they go to the gaming tables and exchange their phonies for the beauties there?

Or did they do a type of pastpost-switch move with real $1,000 chips and real $10 chips?

Whatever the heck they did, some supposed French gaming sleuth named Christian Ollier said, "These gentlemen were very good."

Now what the hell does that mean?

If someone knows what happened there in what happened to have been one of my favorite casinos to cheat in when I was active, please let me know!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Online Cheat Collusion Between Live Games Dealers and Online Players

I have been blogging recently about online cheating and the possibility of advantage play and cheating live online games by the online players logging in to play. I've spoken about the feasibility of card-counting and other advantage play methods for live blackjack and wheel clocking possibilities for live roulette.

But what about collusion between live online blackjack and live online roulette dealers with online players?

Is it possible?


It's already happening!

I have heard several cases of live casino online games being cheated by the live online dealers in both blackjack and roulette. The majority of the cases occur at the beginning of shifts when live dealers know that casino personnel in the real live casinos are coming and going and NOT watching the games, especially the live casino online games.

One live-games casino operating in England had a live roulette dealer just placing the ball in a number slot that corresponded to what his cheat partner bet online as the wheel did its revolutions. Obviously, they worked out the betting number and the exact time of this live roulette cheat move.

In live blackjack, I've gotten reports of dealers manipulating and flashing cards with online cheat partners. Again, this happens mainly during shift changes, especially when the cheating dealers know that live casino surveillance operators are coming and going.

What makes live casino online collusion-cheating more possible is the fact that generally there are no live supervisors on the live blackjack and live roulette tables.

So it's only live casino surveillance that the live cheating dealers have to worry about.

And if they're out of the picture...let the live casino online collusion cheating begin!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Las Vegas Craps Dealer and Agents Go Down for Million-Dollar "Hop Bet" Scam!

I have heard of casinos falling for ridiculous amateur cheat scams and for huge money, but this one is REALLY ridiculous!
This cheating dealer don't exactly look honest!

The Bellagio Casino of Las Vegas fell victim to a hop-bet scam on its craps table that lasted two years and netted two Bellagio craps dealers, Mark Branco and James R. Cooper, and their accomplices more than a million bucks. A hops bet scam is nothing more than a call bet made on the craps table for a specific-combination outcome of the two dice just before they're rolled.

It pays off at high odds.

The player must immediately put his money on the table as he "hops" the bet.

In this casino-cheat hopping case, the two players would throw their money on the table and mumble out "hopping..."
How 'bout this one?
but what numbers they were hopping were purposefully mumble-jumbled so that no one could really hear it, and since both dealers working either side of table were in on the scam, they just paid the hop bets as if the dice landed in the exact combination their cohorts had mumbled out.

The scam came apart when another "clean" dealer got suspicious of the two dirty ones and alerted casino authorities.

As is the norm in Vegas, there was probably no boxman sitting at the table between the two dealers to nullify the inaudible bets. So you can see how a pair of cheating dealers could get away with this for so long. They and their cheating cohorts were winning these hop bets at payoffs of 15 and 30 to 1.

Branco got four years in prison. Cooper, who is cooperating with the investigation and has testified against Branco and their associates, will most likely receive a lighter sentence.

It is almost inconceivable to me that this rinky-dink scam could go on in a major Las Vegas Strip casino for two years and net a million bucks.

Talk about a casino needing some lessons in table game protection!

A big lesson here for the casinos is that they need to go back to putting boxmen on their craps tables!

And to think that Vegas casinos used to sit two boxmen on busy craps tables.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Can Experienced Roulette Dealers actually drop the ball into Number-Zones on their Wheels?

Can he do it?
We all know about the armies of wheel-clockers out there looking to gauge the revolutions and speed of the spinning ball in order to get a good idea of which 6-number-zone the ball will drop and land in.

But what about this from roulette dealers' point of view? Can a dealer help out, either knowingly or unknowingly?

I just got an email from a guy who swears he's onto a cheat scam going on in England with a roulette dealer and his agents, whereby the dealer is aiming at quadrants of numbers on the roulette wheel--and is hitting them with a surprising degree of accuracy. He says that when working with quadrants of 6 numbers, the dealer is hitting that quadrant consistently one in four spins, sometimes one in three.

Suffice it to say, that's pretty damn good--IF it's indeed true.

Normally, I dismiss these claims and get back to my ball game. I even wrote to the guy who told me about this dealer, "Why are you telling me this? If you're on to something that strong, you should be playing that dealer's wheel! Regardless whether he's on to you playing it or not!"

But strangely enough, I have been getting lots of emails on this subject lately, some from roulette dealers themselves testifying that they can beat their own wheels by steering the ball's drop into a number-quadrant.

Well, I am changing my attitude a bit on this. I had long been stubbornly opposed to claims of dealers controlling roulette balls as I had been to craps-shooters controlling rolls of the dice. But times are changing, and with all the high-tech apps out there, who scan say that roulette dealers and wheel-clockers from the outside cannot configure a way to control ball-drops--at least to some point.

Well, I still remain somwhat skeptical but as well equally curious,

And that's where you come in!

So if you hear or have first-hand knowledge about the subject, please pass it on to me.


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Worldwide Baccarat Cheating Wave Continues

Another foxy baccarat cheat
It seems that each time we hear of a major casino baccarat cheating scam, a few more pop up on its heels. And besides them, there are the mid-level and low-level baccarat scams, the high-tech and the low-tech baccarat scams...or just plain and simple: BACCARAT SCAMS!

No doubt that the popular game and its classy ambience, long the casino favorite of two of the world's most dashing gamblers, James Bond and Omar Sharif, is just irresistable to all classes of casino cheats...from Singapore to Canada and beyond.

I get wind of all the baccarat scams and write about the ones I find either most interesting or most ridiculous.

Of course the multi-million-dollar baccarat edge-sorting scam carried out by World Series of Poker champion and recent Casino Cheats Hall of Fame inductee Phil Ivey is one of the interesting ones.

One of the more ridiculous ones was carried out last February at the River Rock Casino in Vancouver, Canada, by Thi Lien Chu, a very attractive 44-year-old Asian woman who uses her hands a lot as a professional esthetician.

And she was using her hands a lot at Richmond's River Rock Casino as well!

Believe it or not, her scam was simply sliding her bets from the losing side to the winning side after the hands played out. When she bet "player" and "banker" won, she switched her chips from player to banker--and repeatedly did the same when her losing  bet was on banker...all right in front of the dealer whom she managed to distract (I don't know how!).

Though this move if reminiscent of the classic roulette slide-move done by generations of Italian roulette casino cheats, I doubt Ms. Chu's skills in any way matched theirs.

But she did get away with it and earned several thousand dollars before her "casino-beauty" luck ran out.

Ms. Chu told the judge that she was desperate because her esthetics business was failing (despite that she'd been implicated in some other petty casino scams), and the judge must have been impressed by either her excuse or her esthetics--he gave her a year of community service.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

New Online Casino and Online Poker-Cheat Bulletins Page Coming to Richard Marcus Books!

Very shortly I will be introducing a new web page dealing exclusively with online poker cheat scandals and scams as well as online casino scams and scandals.

This feature will be reporting not only on documented and proven online poker and casino cheating but as well suspicions being voiced by online players who are more than not the first source in uncovering online cheating in poker and in online casinos.

I will be monitoring online poker and online casino chat rooms as well as other relevant blogs to gather all the cheating information you need to find the safest online poker rooms and online casinos.