Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fun Casino Games for Your PC

Among many casino games played in both real casino and online, Poker remains to be the most popular. While there are still some players who play because they simply like the game because it is fun, most people can agree that the sole purpose and goal of power is to simply win the most money.

The bottom line is, poker is hell of a fun social game. You would be able to meet other people from different walks of life and you can always set the atmosphere to be friendly and competitive.

Playing poker on your computer still gives you the ability to mingle and interact with your co-gamers. Using the chat box, you may start a conversation and probably tell a joke or tell how your day went. The players you will be encountering are from different parts of the world. They can be Swiss, German, Filipino, or British. Nothing more is rewarding than finding a new friend of a different nationality.

Have we missed anything? Tell us more in the comments sections!

Images by TheAndrasBarta under Public Domain CC0

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Still Waiting for more on PokerStars Spin & Go Online Poker Scam

So what really happened?
The player account refunds started coming down three weeks ago, and some of them were quite hefty--in the thousands of dollars.

When that occurs, it usually means a very large cheating scam took place, one big enough to bring down the integrity and credibility of a major online poker site.

The PokerStars Game Integrity Team issued a site-wide message that was quite evasive on what cheating tactics were actually used and stuck with the very ordinary apologies to those whose PokerStars accounts were effected along with protestations to the continued integrity of online poker at PokerStars.

They called it "a situation involving a violation of our Terms of Service" and repeated its policy to confiscate funds from the accounts of players perpetrating scams and redistributing them to the accounts of players who are victims.

Okay, that's all well and good, but I, for one--probably among many--would like to know what the heck went on there with the Spin & Go PokerStars online tournaments!

So if someone out there can upsate me, please do!

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Ol' Sticky Palms Roulette Cheat Move

Remember Fred Biletnikoff?
It's a humdinger! It takes balls! And it gets the money--every time!

And here's how it works...or I should say worked because according to reports I'm getting out of France, one very sly gentleman (not sure if he's French) has been casino-hopping up and down the casino-happy French Riviera with some very sticky palms below his wrists.

Using his hands to spread his own roulette chips over the layout, those sticky palms lifted up other players' cash chips the way the soles of your shoes lift gum off the street. He started by sucking up $5 chips, then graduated to $25 chips, and really had a heck of a roulette scam going, one that only victimized other players at the table and not the casinos.

His hand movements were all completely natural as he did not have to bend his hands to get the chips.

But then, like almost all greedy casino cheats, he got greedy. He decided to apply the stick'em to black $100 cash chips being bet by a high roller who was keenly following his bets. When number 13 came in, as bad luck would have it for the stick´em cheat, the high roller was waiting for the $3,500 payout his winning $100 chip straight-up on the number would bring.

But the high roller got a rude surprise when he looked and there was no black chip on number 13.

He was sure he'd bet one there, and when he complained to the pit inspector, who called surveillance, the sticky-palm cheat was caught red-handed...or should I say sticky-handed?

My take: Another great casino cheat scam done in by greed. The guy should've stuck (pardon the pun) to $5 chips. People playing those are much looser and don't generally hawk their bets as much as high rollers do.

Even with $5 chips, I'd think the guy could've easily made a few hundred bucks a day if he moved around  a bit.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Casino Card-Counting Detection Software--Does it work?

Find out by reading this timely article on the casino.org blog.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Latest Dealer-Cheat Casino Scam nets seven-felony convictions at MotorCity Casino in Detroit

Bust Out Casino-Cheat Team
In another cheating-dealer/cohorts casino scam, seven people were convicted for a relatively small casino scam on an ultimate Texas hold’em table at the MotorCity casino in Detroit, Michigan. In a casino that sees tons of low-level amateurish casino-cheat scams, this one was no different.

Cheating dealer Darryl Green simply, and systematically, overpaid his six cheating accomplices’ winning bets and refrained from taking their losing bets. It´s not clear exactly how long the scam went on, but apparently in only netted a few thousand dollars, not a helluva lot for staining your record with a felony.

The scenario of cheating dealers working in collusion with their cohorts is becoming more and more prevalent as new casinos keep cropping up all over both in urban and rural parts of the United States.

It is my opinion that casinos need to educate their dealers and floor staffs via game protection training that this type of behavior is both wrong and extremely injurious to both people’s professional and personal lives.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another Double Whammy Casino Cheat Bust in Singapore!

Singapore Casino-Cheat Candy Store
It never ceases to amaze me how much cheatng is going on in Singapore's two big casinos. They've been at it six years now, but it seems that Singapore is still the haven of the world for poker cheats and casino cheats, both pros and amateurs alike.

Last week there were two major casino cheating busts, but don't forget that for each bust you hear about, there are several successful casino scams that have been paid and forgotten about.

The first casino-cheating bust occured at the Marina Bay Sands casino, where another cheating dealer was overpaying his four cohorts on several different table games over a long period of time--to the tune of $118,000. These simple and amateurish overpaying-winning-bets scams are getting more and more popular, not only in Singapore but worldwide, including Las Vegas.

It blows my mind that these types of scams can go on for so long. Several times over the past year the total take from this scam has exceeded a million dollars. This shows how weak in general casinos across the world are in the area of table game protection.

When I conduct undercover surveillance for casinos, I always find evidence of the same things--lack of proper dealing procedure and basic ignorance of casino game protection.

The second Singapore bust also occured at the Marina Bay Sands. This one appeared a bit more professional but also probably involved corrupt casino employees (it seems Singapore's casinos have hordes of 'em).

This time it was three men and three females, otherwise four Russians, a Filipino and a czech (quite a strange mix of a casino-cheat team), who used electronic devices to beat the casino's slot machines. I don't have details as to exactly what devices they used or how they beat the slot machines, but all six were arrested while a laptop, sixteen cell phones and $125,000 cash were seized.

So it must have been a pretty big and maybe even professional operation.

In any case, I think it's fair to say that Singapore has become the number-one candy store for worldwide casino cheats, surpassing even Foxwoods casino in Connecticut.

I spoke at the Aces Casino Summit in Singapore just two years before the country's two casinos opened in 2009.

I urged them to get proper game protection training for their employees--obviously they still haven't listened.

I have never been contacted by either Singapore casiono to help them out.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Should Convicted Online Poker Cheat Darren Woods be Inducted into the RMB Poker and Casino Cheats Hall of Fame?

Poker Cheats Hall of Fame Material?

Professional poker player Darren Woods, who won a bracelet at the 2011 World Series of Poker, really took online multiple-hands poker-play to new heights when he set up multiple fake identities on different private online networks to conceal his domination of countless online poker tables during at least a six-year period from 2006 to 2012.

He created some 60 different accounts, which gave him a huge advantage against honest players playing alone. In fact, he had a sizeable advantage against even normal online poker collusion syndicates.  

Woods’ main online poker room for his scams was 888.com, the site that once hired and trusted him as one of their sponsored players to represent the brand. He was eventually caught by other online poker players who grew suspicious of his exorbitant win-rates. He was then tried in court in the UK, and became one of the few persons ever sentenced to prison for online gambling cheating, be it poker or casino games.

No one knows for sure how much Woods earned with his huge online poker cheat-scam, although some estimates put it at more than $ 15 million. The presiding judge at his trial sentenced him to 15 months in the slammer and a fine of $ 1.25 million, with a threat of six years’ more prison-time if he didn’t make good on it.

At the end, after several denials of his online poker crimes, Woods admitted he’d done it—but with a huge mitigating circumstance: other players had cheated online for huge sums of money and never got prosecuted.

Talk about lame excuses!

So, is Darren Woods a good candidate for the RMB Poker and Casino Cheats Hall of Fame?

I would think so.

Another former successful WSOP player who went on to mastermind a major online poker scam is already in the Poker and Casino Cheats Hall of Fame. Of course I’m talking about Russ Hamilton, the famous 1994 WSOP Main Event champ and infamous mastermind of the huge $30 million UltimateBet online poker scandal in the early 2000s.

And recently inducted to the cheating Hall is Phil Ivey, another WSOP bracelet winner, although his poker cheating occurred in brick and mortar casinos.

I think we will eventually see Darren Woods in the Cheats Hall of Fame—just a matter of time.

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!!!