Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Barring Casino Employees From Gambling in Casinos....Is it Fair....and what's the Real Motive for Casinos doing so?

Is that an after-work bet?
Many casino jurisdictions have regulations that prohibit casino employees from gambling in the casinos they work at. Some jurisdictions also prohibit casino employees from gambling in nearby casinos. Others, to the best of my knowledge, have statewide or even countrywide restrictions on casino employees gambling in casinos.

And many of these prohibitions pertain to casino employees who do not work on the casino floor.

Presently in Macau, a huge gambling mecca that is strife with insider casino-employee scams that take millions of dollars out of the casinos there, we are hearing of proposed regulation that would bar all casino workers from entering any Macau casino outside of work hours and training hours. The bill would institute fines of up to more than US $1,000 to those workers caught illegally entering casinos.

Before talking about whether or not this is fair, let's examine casinos' motives for imposing this type of legislation.

And we're not just talking about Macau.

On the surface, there is always the claim that casinos are proposing employee-gambling-bans to prevent problem gambling among their employees. The rational is that people who work around gambling and then spend their time-off around gambling are perhaps more likely to develop a gambling addiction than those people whose work has nothing to do with casinos.

Is this true?

Well, I can draw an opinion from my own experiences as a casino dealer.

Yes, I was a casino dealer for one year back in the '70s in Las Vegas. I dealt in two Downtown casinos. I can tell you that I remember several dealers who could be constantly found in neighboring Downtown casinos blowing their tokes away. The problem seemed to be most prevalent with dealers working the swing shift. They would spend the early wee hours drinking and gambling at the tables rather than doing the same at bars and nightclubs. We mustn't forget that in Vegas and many gambling areas, casino workers are exposed to gambling via slot machines and other forms of electronic gaming in bars, Laundromats and food stores, so it might not be just the casinos causing the problem but the whole jurisdiction in and by itself.

One of these after-work-gambling dealers I knew ended up committing suicide, although I cannot say if problem gambling had anything to do with it.

All in all, I do believe that casino employees, especially those who work on the casino floor, are more susceptible to developing gambling problems if they are exposed to gambling and partake in it outside the casino workplace.

The more ulterior motive for casinos supporting these bans might be more to protect their bankrolls than out of genuine worry for their employees. They know all too well that dealers and floormen who gamble and develop gambling problems are very vulnerable to being coaxed into committing cheat scams against their casinos by other employees or by customers who get to know these gambling dealers and become aware of their degenerative gambling habits--and their gambling-induced financial problems.

This happens all the time around baccarat tables worldwide. I would say that a huge percentage of all baccarat dealers who've participated in inside baccarat scams with players at their games had already developed a serious gambling problem that propelled them to do it. Of course greed also plays a role but greed in itself is not usually enough to get honest dealers to fall over the edge.

So my opinion is that casinos cannot be faulted for wanting to protect their assets by restricting their employees' access to casino gambling.

That said, is that restriction fair?

Of course it's not fair!

It's no more fair than restricting bartenders' rights to drink in bars other than the ones they work at, in the objective to prevent their becoming alcoholics. I realize that analogy might not be perfect, so in spite of that, the casino-employee-gambling ban is unfair for other reasons.

The main reason it's unfair is because it's unconstitutional. The deprivation of rights to spend one's free time as one pleases is a violation of constitutional rights. All casino employees, just like everyone else who works for a living, should not have their employers impose restrictions as to how they spend their leisure time--and their money. All people working in casinos are adults and therefore capable of choosing whether or not they want to gamble, regardless of the negative and disruptive forces uncontrolled and reckless gambling can produce.

However, I will make one exception to my opinion: I think that casinos should have the right to bar their employees from gambling in the casinos they work at. But should that stretch to non-gaming-floor employees?

I'll let you decide.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Anyone know this "South African banned card counter?"

According to this article, this guy is the king of African card counters.

At least not in South Africa!
For five years, Robert (pseudonym) went to a casino every night to gamble with his employer’s money. Along with his fellow card-counting coworkers, Robert would hit the blackjack tables and walk out with at least double the money he went in with.
Then one night they got banned. They had pushed their luck too hard and the casino shut them down.

To this day, Robert said he can’t walk into a casino without being approached by men in suits who strongly suggest he should not attempt to play blackjack.

He added that it is very difficult to gamble professionally these days, however, as new shuffle machines and other techniques are used to frustrate card counters.

Table operators do get lazy and don’t immediately put cards into shuffling machines like they’re supposed to, though, and with a few basic tricks you can still make more money than most.

Just not nearly as much as before, he said.

Young and hungry

As an avid gamer, Robert was recruited straight out of high school through his job at an Internet cafe. The owner offered to teach him how to make money from gambling, on condition that Robert worked for him. His boss could not be seen in a casino, but his protégés could visit each casino within reasonable driving range on a rotation and play on his behalf.

Keeping in mind that this was nearly 20 years ago, Robert was paid 500 rand per night – whether he won or lost – to play with 40,000 to 100,000 rand of his boss’s cash.

“The deal is that when we get to the casinos, we don’t know one another,” said Robert.

It would often happen that three of them would end up at the same table. They would even have signals for one another if a table was “hot” and ready to be taken advantage of. Their aim was not to individually beat the house, but to collectively walk out with double or more than what they entered with.

“Sometimes you lose, but you never do anything less than break even,” he said.

VIP

In a short time, the crew became VIPs at the casinos they frequented – including achieving platinum status on Sun’s MVG loyalty programme.

“We didn’t just play in Sun International casinos, but it was mostly their casinos we went to,” he said.

Robert said that when your winning streak starts getting too hot, the casino will offer you complimentary rooms and meals. The aim is to get you away from the tables, with the hope you will play again in the morning and give the house a chance to win its money back. When you ignore the signs that the casino doesn’t want you winning anymore, that’s when you get barred for life, he added.

“They tried twice to give us free rooms and we declined, because we were on a roll,” said Robert. “We were three at one table, two at the other. Eventually, they made up an excuse and closed the whole MVG lounge.”

Casinos aren’t allowed to just ban you, but according to Robert, they can make things uncomfortable.

“Guys in suits follow you around the casino,” he said. “If you do decide to play despite the warnings, just to irritate you they’ll bring you a new dealer every hour.”

According to Robert, all Sun International casinos have facial recognition systems linked together on a network. Regardless of which casino he goes into, a man in a suit will appear at his side and ask him not to try and play blackjack.

Disputed

Sun International disputed Robert’s claim, however, and told MyBroadband it does not use facial recognition technology to identify people barred from its casinos.

“If a player wins legitimately at a casino, we will pay the player his winnings. The casino may review the play to ensure that no cheating activity takes place,” chief operating officer for Sun International, Thabo Mosololi, told MyBroadband.

Mosololi said casinos operate in a regulated environment, and the games offered are in accordance with their licences, the requirements of the provincial gambling boards, and the rules of the game.

“A player who breaches these, depending on the specific circumstances, will be considered cheating,” he said. “Examples of cheating may be placing bets on a roulette number after No More Bets has been called and the resultant number is known, or trying to change bets placed after the outcome of the game is known.”

He said the only instances where a casino will ban someone is if they are purposely cheating, or steal from other patrons or the casino. In certain cases, people may be banned for unruly behaviour, said Mosololi.

My take: Sounds like the African version of the cat and mouse game played by card counters and casinos. As far as what, if any, facial-recognition technology Sun International Casinos use, I doubt it makes much difference, as I have never been a fan of it anyway.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Gambler Says he was Banned by UK Casino for Playing a Winning Roulette System to Tune of $80,000 Profit

Did he buy the house with Roulette Profits?
There are many articles about claiming to have winning betting systems, be it roulette, craps or baccarat, but this one is interesting because the casino that  has barred the player  refuses to comment on why it did so.

Article:

My take: Well, as interesting as this winning-betting-system story may seem, it's got to be bullshit. There is no winning system possible that is based on mathematics. Not in roulette, craps or baccarat. So whatever the guy is doing, it's gotta be playing a biased wheel or something else connected to cheating.

And obviously, the Rainbow casino in Birmingham doesn't want anyone to know what it was.

Friday, June 08, 2018

How to Spot a Rogue Online Poker or Casino

Scope out Online Poker and Casino Sites
I found an article for those of you who´d like to check out a new or unheralded online poker room or casino. I think it's pretty good.

Article:

Just for the record, theoretically, anybody in possession of about spare $1000 could set up their own online poker room without licensing and long validation processes. In case your funds count a little larger sum, hiring web-development specialists to clone an already existing gambling resource is also an option to embark on a business trip across entrepreneurship. Fair enough that the gambling segment is gradually getting penetrated by amateur enthusiasts upside down, that’s why the number of dishonest online venues now poses a serious threat to players’ wallets if they decide to get into depositing and wagering at all. Obviously, scams are everywhere we go, but places with considerable virtual cash flow are more inclined towards greater cheating on customers. The problem is that the internet represents a globally anonymous pool spawning with tons of suspicious spots which cannot be easily authenticated.
That’s why keeping yourself safe and sound presides over every item on the list when it comes to playing in an online mode. To deal with remote places could be difficult especially if a newcomer doesn’t understand some essential points about casino organization. The thing you should remember right now about gambling sites is hidden behind ‘client turnover’ notion –  a reputable venue, in any case, wants their customers to always come back and be loyal. A rouge place couldn’t care less about your hesitation because their main mission is to make you deposit money which, by the way, would never return to you. The rest is nuances. But what if in reality, it’s an easy task to find out whether a casino plays dirty with you? You still don’t know canonic red flags marking vicious places? Well, it’s high time to hop aboard and learn a bit more about spotting corrupted casinos.
#1: Become a little detective armed with review-portals
Unless a gambling venue has literally just arrived at the online shop, there must be present customers who have already tested gambling production out and hopefully posted an opinion comment. You as a potential client should always scroll through reviews written in a place and sometimes read between the lines. When reports are way too positive and burst with torrents of sweetness, it has to be a warning sign for you – even Apple have negative reviews. That’s how you’d better act in case a new place becomes an interesting option to try: find a review-portal (there are reviews on reviewers, bear this in mind) and look up the desired casino. For example, you work with Slot Mine web-portal and you want to dismantle, say,  PLAY OJO Casino Review. Carefully go through the information all the way down to support services closing hours and make sure the place is worth your attention.
A respectable casino site shall have mixed review ranging from ‘extremely atrocious’ to ‘have never ever seen anything like that in my entire life’. Yet, on the whole, the average score must be respectively optimistic. Besides, an authentic user-review includes various details and intricate, small things – do not trust general points like ‘fast withdrawals’ and ‘great welcome offerings’, search for petite descriptions filled with specific clauses. As a result, before delving into gambling, you would be equipped with precious information which will surely help you make right choices.
#2: Watch out for contact methods
Quality of support services plays an integral part in your casino experience because this is going to be your only third-party to resolve delicate matters. Always try out customer support even if you have deposited a single zero to your user account. First of all, a good casino should have at least several phone lines (of course, toll-free) for different countries and languages, and if it’s a really good casino, this phoning service has to work in a schedule – it demonstrates that support agents aren’t artificial people, but well-trained specialists operating efficiently during their working hours. Though one line is to be available 24/7 as international venues face various time zones and everyone might run into a problems at night or at daytime. Responsiveness through chatting is also up to point adding credibility and weight.  
#3: Verification, licenses, papers
Note that there are dozens of sub-organizations regulating gambling business for the latter to run in a most legal direction. A rogue has nothing to displace – just void icons in the bottom of their website leading to no other website. To begin with, a good venue holds an active license issued by some floating gambling commission like UKGC or Malta GC depending on the audience the reviewed casino aiming at. Also, additional certificates stipulating fair and transparent gameplay must be displayed in the track record, so that you could personally witness audit reports on RTP percentages. When a casino hides game status, well, this shall drive you skeptical. Stick to big names like eCOGRA to ensure your gaming session is genuinely random and not biased.
#4: Software matters a lot
Overall casino reputation, undoubtedly, has initial importance, but so does a software company. Respectable and well-known developers will never mess with even slightly dodgy venues because providers also think of their own reputation in the first place. Therefore, looking through software reviews might be another helpful step on your way to evaluating a casino. Best casinos collaborate with best developers like Microgaming, NetEnt, IGT, Playtech, Betsoft which are the most trustworthy companies nowadays, so seeing them enlisted may be a nice sign. Become an informed player knowledgeable in moments like big software developers’ names.  
Finally




Wrapping up, the number of honest operators is actually a way greater than the number of deceitful rouges. In truth, you will be able to fully avoid bad places by following these four pieces of advice and nobody would drag you into working with obviously bad casinos. As the saying goes, information is power.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Incredible Lottery Scam!

Incredible Story!
I don't usually blog on stuff not directly related to casinos, but this scam is truly incredible and does have the same ingredients of many high-tech casino scams, both in brick and mortar casinos and online. This is using malicious computer codes to screw with the random number generators.

You just got to read it to believe it!

Lottery Scam.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Famed Blackjack Card Counter Tommy Hyland still out there.

Counting Legend Hyland
I have been hearing his name a lot lately as I visit US casinos on a game-protection training tour.

It certainly appears Hyland and his latest blackjack card-counting team are currently in full swing, and casino surveillance departments from coast to coast are talking about it.

I have heard differing accounts of Hyland's latest exploits. One has him playing at high stakes, often making $500 bets off the tops of new shoes. Seems rather high to me and does not seem like normal card-counting. It smacks more like some serious high form of advantage play.

I don't want to speculate what he may be doing but I'd bet it's something profitable.

Another account of Hyland's resurgence has him using himself as a decoy and purposely getting spotted in casinos so that his unknown cohorts can count down and play hot shoes while casino surveillance teams busy themselves following Tommy around the casino.

This does not seem probable to me, though you never know what someone as sharp as Tommy Hyland may be up to. In spite of that, no one loves counting down and playing hot blackjack shoes as much as he does.

In any event, Hyland, who's been active on the professional blackjack card-counting scene for some 40 years, is one of the most prolific counters ever and is a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Will Japan Follow its Asian Casino Neighbors as a Casino-Cheating Hub?

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Japanese Casinos!
Soon we'll be seeing legal gambling casinos in Japan. They're already playing poker there, in a country that has scoffed at legalized gambling for decades.

So now the big question is: Will Japan's new casinos follow in the crooked footsteps of it Asian casino neighbors...mainly Singapore and Macau?

I don't think it will, although I'm not sure why. I guess it has something to do with Japan's centuries-old honor code, called Bushido. Japanese people just don't tolerate thieves and criminals the way other Asian peoples do.

And I imagine Japanese lawmakers will legislate severe penalties against those casino and poker cheats unlucky enough to be caught plying their trade in the land of the Rising Sun.

Do I think this would deter the hordes of casino and poker cheats that invariably invade new gambling meccas?

Absolutely not! Build casinos and the cheats will come...

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Origins of Casino Cheating...Dates Back 600 Years!...To Norway of all places!

World's first crooked die?
Well, I, for one, was always interested in the answer to the questions: Who was the first casino cheat and in which casino did the first actual cheat move take place?

We might never know the answer to who was the first casino cheat, but we just go an idea as to which casino that original cheat cheated in.

Apparently it happened in Norway on a craps table...

Well, sort of. Of course there were no craps tables 600 years ago, and there was probably no craps either.

But there were crooked dice.

That said, I'm gonna send you to this article on the discovery of perhaps the world's oldest crooked die...fascinating stuff!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Is Simply Armed-Robbing Casinos Easier Than Cheating Them?

"Because that's where the money is."
Starting to seem that way, ain't it!

 It seems that hardly a day goes by that we don't hear of an armed robbery of some casino somewhere or some way-out-of-the-way card room.

It seems just the same that in Las Vegas there's an armed casino robbery every week.

What the hell's happening?

What's happened to good ol' casino cheating?

Okay, I'm just being facetious, but I'd really like to know why US gambling casinos have become the US banks of the '30s...albeit, judging from the surveillance photos of these casino bandits, they ain't exactly Bonnie and Clyde!

Notice that I said "US" casinos. That's because this type of dangerous casino assault doesn't occur anywhere else...or at least hardly.

So if anyone can explain why this is happening in our US casinos, please do...but don't give me that famous Willie Sutton chirp, "Because that's where the money is..."


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

More Ridiculous But Profitable Insider-Dealer Casino Scams

This Scam was a gas!
Two made headlines this week.

The first was carried out by 36-year-old London roulette dealer Stuart Shipp at the Grosvenor casino in Kensington. Apparently Mr. Shipp had a cocaine habit and needed to fund it. Thus he signalled his cohort over to the table by a tug on his hair, and the cohort placed several bets straight-up on the numbers. The cohort stood in a "strategic" position to block out the view of the roulette table's inspector. Then, as the coast was clear, Shipp just placed the roulette dolly on one of his cohort's numbers, regardless of which number came in.

The pair managed $10,000 in profits over several occasions before they got caught by surveillance.

My take: I read an article about this in which the writer used the word "mastermind" to describe dealer Shipp's role in the roulette scam. (GOL...grunt out loud) I would have used the word "minormind." I mean, come on, just paying losing bets is about the most idiotic scam on any casino game....

BUT IT WORKED!

So what does that say for the inspectors at Grosvenor casino?...Imagine if the surveillance crew was a bad as the inspectors on the floor!!!

The second scam occurred on (of course) the baccarat tables at the Crown casino in Melbourne, Australia, where the crooked baccarat dealer and his three cohorts took down over $400,000 during 58 hours of playing time spaced over 5 weeks.

The scam was simply that the dealer peeked at several of the cards at the top of each new shoe and then signalled his three female cohorts (who may have been wearing surgical masks during the play) how much to bet and on which side, Player or Banker.

They finally got caught by surveillance video.

My take: Did you READ what I wrote above about the details of this baccarat scam???!!!

FIFTY-EIGHT hours over five months getting away with this rinky-dink scam!

Wow!

What does that say about the inspectors in this pit?! And no kudos to surveillance either. Not after 58 hours of the cheats getting away with this one.

And they got away, more or less, in court as well. Sentences ranged from a forced $500 donation to charity to community service to diversion programs that expunged the arrests and convictions if the guilty parties stayed clean for a year.

I think Australia may be way down under when it comes to dealing with casino cheats!

And if they were indeed wearing surgical masks (their photos appeared that way), what were they for?...to choke off their laughs?