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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How can you get your name removed from Nevada's notorious Black Book?

Okay, you've had a run-in or two with the Nevada Gaming Commission and/or the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and your name is now on the Nevada Gaming Commission's List of Excluded Persons, more commonly known as the "Black Book." And now you're either repentent and want to clear your name, or your a recidivist cheat, or simply an ex-cheat who wants to get back into the business. Once you're on this list you are prohibited from entering a Nevada casino and subject to arrest if caught inside one, although it is only a misdemeanor offense.
So is there any off this list? I konw of only one. You can succeed getting your name removed at a 100% rate of success!
But there is one small "but."
Some of you may have by now guessed it: You're have to be dead. So unless you're a cat with nine lives, or at least two, getting off the NGC List of excluded persons won't do you much good....unless there are gaming casinos in heaven.
And for those of you wondering, Atlantic City and other US gaming jurisdictions have similar "black books" with similar requirements for getting your name off them.
And for those wondering if I am on that list and waiting to die to get off it, the answer is no. I have never been convicted of any gaming crime whatsoever and am clean as a whistle in any least as far as the law is concerned.
Below is a Nevada Review Journal article about a man who managed to get his name off the list...the hard way!  


Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to strike Bulgarino from the list after regulators determined in a routine update that he died in Phoenix a little more than a year ago.
Bulgarino was placed on the list Sept. 24, 2004, after he served nearly four years in prison. Identified by the state Gaming Control Board as an associate of Philadelphia’s Bruno crime family, Bulgarino had a criminal history dating back to 1955. In 1999, he pled guilty in federal court for participating in a multimillion-dollar slot machine cheating operation as one of four co-conspirators.
Bulgarino purchased slot machine parts that were used to fraudulently manipulate slot machines. In addition, he actively recruited persons to claim fraudulent jackpots. He admitted that from September 1996 through November 1997, he aided an illegal slot machine scheme in collecting 10 separate jackpots at various Las Vegas casinos totaling $6.1 million, including cheating the Excalibur out of $200,500 in 1996.
Bulgarino also has been on the New Jersey Attorney General’s Exclusion List since May 17, 2006, after he was convicted of conspiracy, interstate travel in aid of racketeering, interstate transportation of stolen property, money laundering and aiding and abetting.
The Pennsylvania Crime Commission identified him in 1980 as associating with the “Bruno La Cosa Nostra Family.” His criminal exploits were chronicled in a book, “Jackpot: The Story of Eugene Bulgarino,” by Tarvis El Alberty.
The List of Excluded Persons, which now has 31 men and one woman, identifies people who have been convicted of crimes against the casino industry and bans them from entering a gaming establishment.
A representative of the state Attorney General’s Office distributed copies of Bulgarino’s death certificate to commissioners at the meeting.
Thursday’s action prompted Commissioner Pat Mulroy to inquire whether there would be a way to streamline the removal process when the person dies.
Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said his office always verifies deaths of persons on the list before recommending their removal.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Smart Watch Casino Cheating

Well, we just heard about a chess grandmaster running into the toilet between moves of his championship match to consult with an app on his smart phone that was hidden inside a roll of toilet paper, and more of these "smart" cheating plots are sure to find their way into gambling casinos. I have been getting emails from people curious about this...or more than curious...and here´s one that is really intriguing:

The Apple Watch has what it calls a “taptic engine,” which alerts you to different digital notifications by silently tapping out one of several distinct patterns on your wrist. 

I would imagine that with a little programming, one could combine the ability to speak into one Apple watch, like Dick Tracy, with the taptic engine output received by another Apple watch user. All of that could be done using devices that would not inherently be for illegal purposes. The programming could itself could also serve legitimate purpose. I imagine a legitimate app that provides such a function will likely be offered soon.

I saw that you already blogged about other ways smart watches could be used in casino cheating.  I would imagine that offering those sorts of insight on applications of Apple watches to a mainstream media outlets could get some decent coverage at a time when Apple is in the midst of a big PR push for its watch. I might also indicate that you want to work with some programmers to develop such an app ... of course for legitimate purposes to allow discretely sending quiet messages. 

As an aside, I wonder, but don't know, if the taptic engine could be used in reverse, where you could input information by a pattern of flexing your wrist, or whether it is only a data output method. 


Thursday, April 02, 2015

April Fools' Casino Cheating Questions

No longer worth it?
Here we are into April, 2015, and I am still getting loads of ridiculous questions from would-be and wanna-be casino cheats and poker cheats. Leading the pack are those inquisitive novice casino cheaters who are still determined to steal their fortunes from brick and mortar casinos by way of using computers and scanners to beat the roulette wheels.

I have been saying for some time now that the window on roulette computer-cheating has been diminishing with an accelerating rate. This means that the old scanner-devices are no longer effective and that the new devices that are effective are very costly and accessible to a select few, who, unless they are more casino-skilled that just having their equipment, will run into the old casino-cheat-nemesis law known as casino-cheats' attrition. This means that even with the best roulette-ball reading devices, the casimos will catch up to you in a matter of time, usually quite quicker than is worth the investment.

So with this in mind, you no longer need to send me your roulette computer-cheatng queries, or anything else that has been clearly answered repeatedly in my blog.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Newest High-Tech Casino Cheat Device...You Guessed It!

Time to Cheat!
Of course you did! It is nothign other than the smart watch, the next increment after (you guessed it again!) the smart phone.

So how is it being done...or how will it be done?

Well, let´s start with what these smart watches have, realizing that all these components are neatly tucked into a smaller device than the smart phone any other communication devices and computers that have been used before to cheat casinos.

For starters, there is, of course, the camera. Next comes the accelerometer, thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, chronograph, calculator, cell phone, touch screen, GPS navingation system, map display, graphical display, speaker, scheduler, SD cards recognized as mass storage devices by computers, rechargeable battery, and, of course again, the watch.

Add to that the reality that the smart watch can communicate with a wireless headset, heads-up display, insulin pump, microphone, modem and other devices that lots of you (including me) probably never heard of.

So...need I say more?

Well, I guess I have to in order to complete this article.

Just thing about a game like roulette where you want to calculate the speed of the spinning ball and the rotation of the spinning wheel. Does that ring a bell? Now you can throw out that old, grimy roulette computer and get to work tracking the ball on your smart watch.

What about height? I did mention the smart watch´s altimeter, right? Can that help with the roulette ball´s jumps in and out of  the wheel´s number-pockets? You bet (but don´t ask me how!).

What about the thermometer? Well, I don´t know about that one, but maybe you can take a nervous pit-boss´s temperature.

And finally a word or two about the compass and camera. The compass can surely help you with your own logistics inside the casino, especially if you have to escape or hide, and the camera, as all you cheats and casino personnel know, will always be of great use in cheating casinos and poker rooms. Photos and videos will always be an integral part of the casino cheat´s arsenal.

One last question you might ask: Does the $10,000 solid-gold smart watch help the casino or poker cheat more than an ordinary smart watch?

No! In fact it´s a hindrance. It weighs too damn much!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Inside-Dealer Baccarat Cheating Scams Continue to Proliferate

When will it all end? frustrated casino executives are asking.

I have said it before and I´ll say it again: NEVER!

The game of baccarat is just too tailor-made for dealer-agent casino-cheating partnerships, and despite the heavy criminal penalties for interstate and international casino-cheating operations, the Asian casino-cheat games keep on going. They recruit they´re dealers (sometimes not Asian), then send in their players to take the money off the high-stakes baccarat tables. This has been going on long before the infamous Tran Organization false-shuffle scam broke nearly a decade ago, and it will continue for decades to come.

The casino most hit by these inside baccarat scams is Foxwoods in Connecticut. I have been saying for years that this is the easiest casino in the world to cheat, despite their investing thousands of dollars in game protection from casino consultant Bill Zender and others, who are obviously not enough to win Foxwoods´ war against the casino cheats.

The most recent insider cheat-ring to sting Foxwoods was just last December where a dealer was arrested for dumping a cool half-million on a group of his fellow Asian players. And don´t forget, this is only the last major case we know about. I am sure there have been others going on there that remain undetected.

A month before that in November, three Chinese nationals were denied more than a million in winnings after being accused of a Phil-Ivey-type edge-sorting scam at the baccarat table. There was no mention of inside dealer help in that case, but I firmly believe it was there, The three Chinese gamblers are currently suing Foxwoods for $3 million, which will never be awarded to them.

These scams are also continuing to flourish in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and I see no end to this tidal wave of baccarat cheating.

Talk About STUPID with a capital S!

STUPID casino cheat 
Now there are lots of brazen casino cheats and poker cheats out there. Some of them are smart, so of them are not so smart, and some of them are downright STUPID! Read the following article about a long-time Las Vegas based blackjack and roulette-pastposting cheat and you´ll get what I mean. 
Convicted casino cheater Jubreal Chahine may have been slick enough to elude Las Vegas police, who have lodged seven arrest warrants against him for casino-related crimes in the Silver State.
But the 40-year-old Nevada resident wasn't smart enough to fool security at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem this week. Maybe he wasn't on his game.
Despite being listed on the Nevada Gaming Control Board's "Most Wanted" list, Chahine applied for a player's card using his correct name and birth date.
Sands casino officials quickly determined that he was wanted and alerted the Pennsylvania state troopers stationed at the casino. Officers approached Chahine on the casino floor Saturday afternoon and arrested him.
"Sands subscribes to various industry databases, through which they were able to see who he was," state police Sgt. Robert Caprari said. "The trooper confirmed his identity and found that he was also wanted on charges from two other Pennsylvania casinos."
Chahine was arrested without incident, Caprari said.

Las Vegas officials say that Chahine is one of the worst cheaters to stroll the strip.
Court records show he's been arrested 14 times since 1999, in gambling halls all over Las Vegas and Reno. Casino security officers have caught him slipping more chips on roulette tables after the wheel was spun, and surreptitiously upping his blackjack bet after seeing his hand.
There are seven active warrants out for Chahine, for allegedly failing to show up for trial in Nevada for casino-related offenses.
"He's a repeat offender," said Karl Bennison, chief of enforcement for the Nevada Gaming Control Board. "Guys like him, they get caught, and they just come back. He's gone to prison for this, but he keeps doing it."
Chahine was charged in Bethlehem with being a fugitive from justice and jailed in Northampton County Prison under $150,000 bail.
Bennison, who spent part of his childhood in Easton, said he was pleased to hear that Chahine was caught. Although Chahine is well known in Vegas casinos, he's been slick enough to get away with the same crimes over and over.
"Our casinos are pretty open, so it's not hard for people like this to get in," he said. "In some overseas casinos, players go through a turnstile, but we have multiple entrances. And it can get very crowded."
Dealers are trained to thwart scammers like Chahine, Bennison said, but sometimes they get distracted.
"That's why we have the eye in the sky," Bennison said, referring to the numerous security cameras in modern casinos.
Chahine is wanted on seven counts of attempting fraudulent acts in a gaming establishment, a felony. Court records say he uses numerous aliases, including Alexander Allen, Allen Gabriel, Gabriell Allen, Gabriel Alexander and Allen Allen.
If convicted in Nevada, he could face more than a year in prison for each crime, as well as fines exceeding $10,000.
While the casinos are the alleged victims in Chahine's case, Bennison said scammers often don't stop at stealing from the establishments — they target other players.
"They'll take your chips when you're not looking, or reach over and print out your winnings at a slot machine while you're distracted," he said. "Casinos do a lot to protect their guests, but you should definitely be aware of your surroundings and take precautions."

Monday, December 29, 2014

Casinos on the Lookout For New Year`s Eve Casino and Poker Cheats!

I have mentioned many times over the years that New Year`s Eve is the biggest night of the year for casino cheats as well as poker cheats, mainly for professionals. And the most important gambling area in the world for them on this night is clearly Las Vegas, where I have made HUGE scores during my days as the World`s most prolific casino cheat.

Casino surveillance and investigative agencies know this as well, thus they will be out in numbers patrolling casino floors and poker rooms, and they will be passing along info to all their client casinos upon spotting known professional cheats.

But does this mean they will be effective stopping the hordes of casino cheats New Year`s Eve?

Not really. They might make an arrest or two, but with the huge crowds and party atmosphere flowing up and down the Strip and along Fremont Street, the casino cheats and the poker cheats will make more than enough cash cheating to pay for their expensive champagne during their celebratory parites after cashing out their chips!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

And that goes for all you poker cheats and casino cheats as well as all of you in the casino game protection business trying to stop all those poker cheats and casino cheats!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Online Poker Cheating Continues to Proliferate

Many claims of online poker cheating are marring the integrity of the online poker world, and it appears to be getting worse. PokerStars, one online poker site that has been committed to combat online poker cheats, has released a video explaining what it is doing to help prevent cheating. The site itself, like most others, has been the victim of several online cheat scams, the most recent occurring in October, 2013, which resulted in PokerStars refunding $50,000 to victims of that poker fraud.
PokerStars explains how it combats cheating in its newest Inside PokerStars video.                    
Director of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser introduces the video in a blog post, explaining that “the vast majority of poker players are fundamentally honest. But when you have more than 67 million registered players, with as many as 400,000 playing at a single time, there are going to be some who don’t play fair.”                                                                                                   
Two members of the team devoted to detecting and preventing cheating explain that evenattempts to cheat are surprisingly rare. They analyze all player reports which point to potential cheating, the most common allegation being collusion—where two or more players are sharing information and acting together.                                                                                                                                                
The reported incidents are analyzed by expert players, along with the players’ playing history to detect any “abnormal playing patterns.” Technical analysts check whether the alleged colluders are operating from the same physical location, using the same hardware and software etc. The Game Integrity Team that carries out this work consists of over 50 poker playing specialists.
Hollreiser states that a full 20% of PokerStars employees work in the areas of “protecting the integrity of the games and ensuring compliance with regulators.”                                             
No technical information that could help potential cheaters is given out in the short video, but PokerStars explains that cheating by using “bots”—software that automates poker decisions—is countered by systems that look for “non-human behavior patterns.”                                                     
My take: PokerStars has clearly taken the responsible positon at being on the front lines in the war on online poker cheating, but this war is almost like the war against ISIS and other terrorist groups in the real world. There is only so much they can do, and the online poker cheats are as smart or even smarter than those security experts working for PokerStars and the other sites. So the bottom line is: all online poker players are always at some risk while playing poker online.  

Big Online Poker Cheating Ring Operating out of Denmark

Against many critics, I have been continuously warning the public about online poker cheating and fraud. It will continue to grow at the same rate as the industry itself grows. And one thing that remains constant through all this is that no one ever gets prosecuted. Although we are hearing about a current investigation into online poker cheats in Denmark, I still doubt anyone will actually face criminal charges on this.
This article details the latest mega-online poker cheat scandal.
A Danish online poker player has been accused of online fraud by Denmark’sEconomic Crime Department.
Local authorities believe that the professional player may have cheated in a number of online high stakes games and accumulated millions of dollars in illegal profits.
On Dec. 9, Denmark’s reported that Copenhagen police Commissioner Torben Koldbrog confirmed that an investigation was underway.
According to what Koldborg said to the local media, "A 32-year old player, who is part of the Danish poker elite" is currently under investigation and was officially notified about it in October.
Police also explained that, to date, the man has not been formally charged with a crime.
PNN also reports that investigators believe that the high stakes pro perpetrated the fraud by installing trojans on a number of computers he got access to. These programs would have allowed him to play online poker while seeing the hole cards of his opponents.
While the Danish media announced that an official statement on the issue may become available later today or during the early hours of Dec. 11, talks immediately heated up on the international poker forums.
Two Plus Two member 'sunino' was the first one to try to connect the dots and link the declarations that came from Koldborg with a thread opened in August 2013 to discuss some alleged cheating against Viktor “Isildur1” Blom.
At that time, in the fourth part (now offline) of a series of articles titled The Making of Viktor Blom published on HighStakesDB, Blom moved some serious allegations against 2007 European Poker Tour Warsaw champion Peter 'Zupp' Jepsen and Sweden’s Robert 'Gulkines' Flink.
According to Blom, Jeosen allowed Flink to play against Blom from his account, causing him losses of $800,000 on Bet365 Poker. 
"I was contacted by Bet365," Jepsen explained at that time. "They came to me and claimed that they had evidence that I had let someone else use my account against Blom. I admitted it, and explained to them that my Swedish friend had lost his own bankroll and was desperate to continue playing. I don’t think what happened next, has ever happened before or since."
The issue, however, was settled without any major legal consequences, as the poker room allowed the players to transfer the money back to Blom and officially close the issue.
"Bet365 returned to me with a decision,” Jepsen said. “They decided that I had to pay Blom the full amount: $800,000. In the meantime Gulkines had continued playing on the account and unfortunately lost $300,000.
"This meant that there was now only $650,000 in the account instead of $950,000 as had been the case right after the match vs. Blom. Bet365 insisted that I deposited $150,000 so that they could transfer the full figure to Blom. If I did not agree, they said they would drag me to court and make sure that I never played online poker again…anywhere!"
The episode in 2013 is not the only one that involves Jepsen in a case of cheating. Back in 2009, PokerNews UK editor Matthew Pitt reported that the Danish pro discovered that he had been one of many targets of a scam ring.
At that time, Jepsen explained that, upon suggestion of a friend, he visited what appeared to be a legitimate poker site - where he was prompted with the request to install a “new” version of Flash.
Knowing that he already had the latest version available at the time, Jepsen decided to investigate on the issue and ask a friend from the police IT department to have a look at the site.
After a thorough analysis of the web page, the police official found out that the site contained a backdoor trojan, which would likely install a key-logger that would make it possible to record the victim's login details and data, and send them back to the originator.
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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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