Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Stop the Talk about Getting Rid of Surveillance People because of Artificial Intelligence in Surveillance Rooms!
|SOS...Save our Surveillance!|
Saturday, January 04, 2020
Monday, December 23, 2019
Thursday, November 07, 2019
|"Breaking" Electronic Roulette|
They simply forced open the lid over the wheel, removed the glass (or plastic) covering it, then reached inside to stop the ball and place it on the winning numbers they bet on.
Talk about electronic balls! I mean those forming the crotch!!!
They got caught and are believed to have performed the same brash scam in a number of Holland Casinos and in other areas of Europe as well.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Mass Poker Cheat Hysteria Over Mike Postle, Justin Kuraitis, RFID Cards, Streaming, Poker, Stones Gambling Hall and Lots More!
|Mike Postle...the new Russ Hamilton?|
A huge class-action type lawsuit, that goes as far as to claim violations of the US RICO statutes, accuses poker player Mike Postle of using his cell phone to receive information identifying his opponents' hole cards via the live streaming of those cards given to viewers through RFID implants in them. In short:
Postle’s phone, according to consensus, was used to receive either the RFID (card-identifying) data itself, a hijacked live stream, or text messages from collaborator(s) inside the Stones Live production team. Likewise, the alleged concealed listening device, possibly a bone-conducting headset, could have received direct voice communications from a collaborator monitoring each player’s hole cards in real time. A less likely scenario involves a text-to-voice conversion app running through Postle’s phone.
This case is so intricate and multi-woven (if such a word exists) that the most efficient way to report on it is to link you to the two central articles about it. Then when you're done reading them, perhaps you will have the same reaction I had...mainly THIS STUFF IS SCARY!
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Lone Wolf Card-Switcher Cheats Washington State casino 38 times in 40 days for 40K on High Card Flush Table
|Card Switch in Action|
The article appears on the herald.com website.
MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — To win at High Card Flush is easy. You want more cards in the same suit than the dealer. And to break a tie, you want a hand that would be a winner in a regular game of poker.
So if you’re dealt four suited high cards — say, a King, a Queen, a Jack and a Ten of Diamonds — you’ve got a very lucky hand.
If your luck seems a little too consistent to be true, the state gambling authorities may hear about it. That’s what happened when a Renton man kept returning to the Crazy Moose Casino in Mountlake Terrace to play High Card Flush, and kept winning.
The man, 51, was charged Friday with cheating the casino out of $38,335, through sleight of hand. He’s accused of first-degree theft and second-degree cheating at a gambling activity.
An investigation began in January, when the Crazy Moose and two other casinos in King County reported possible card-switching by the same gambler. He was a common sight in the card room at 22003 66th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace, making 38 trips in 40 days to the tables, court papers say.
A security manager watched footage of each visit. He’d always play three different hands at the same time at a single table. He’d check the strength of the middle hand, and then, in the opinion of gambling authorities, see if his other cards could improve the odds of winning for his main hand. If so, he’d secretly make a swap, according to the charges.
The Washington State Gambling Commission used a computer tracking program to review his wagers, how much he cashed out for, and his win-loss record. A spreadsheet of his moves suggested he’d rarely try to outwit the same dealer more than twice in a night.
He was first caught cheating to win an extra $1,415 in four bets on Dec. 9, 2018, the charges say.
The next night he returned and took home $2,530 on a single bet of $50. Charging papers say he cheated three times Dec. 11, three times Dec. 20, once Dec. 21, once Dec. 27, once Dec. 28, once Dec. 30, once Jan. 4 — and 11 times on Jan. 8.
At 12:30 a.m. that day, he won $3,315 on a straight flush. He ended the day at 10:50 p.m. with another win of $3,500 on another straight flush. He came back the following evening. Another straight flush. Another $3,250.
There’s a gap in the log for about a week, until he was supposedly caught cheating twice more on Jan. 15. According to investigators, he cheated eight times in front of six different dealers starting late Jan. 17, into the early morning hours.
Reports of cheating at other casinos were forwarded to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The amount of money at stake in those incidents isn’t recounted in the Mountlake Terrace charges.
The man has no felony record.
On Monday, a letter was mailed to his home, telling him he’s required to show up to Snohomish County Superior Court for an arraignment hearing Sept. 30.
Saturday, August 31, 2019
|Borgata Playing for Keeps, Phil|
And it still is not yet finalized, the last big factor yet to be determined is whether or not Ivey will escape with the $10 million the New Jersey courts say he owes the Borgata casino in Atlantic City, that being the amount he won there through the advantage play technique called edge sorting, which, in my opinion, turned into pure cheating when Ivey convinced Borgata table games officials to alter the deal of the game by using false pretenses.
In this Game Protection war, the latest battle has been won by the Borgata. A New Jersey judge ruled that the Borgata can garnish or seize all Ivey's future winnings in poker tournaments in the United States, and seize them is exactly what the Borgata has done for the year 2019. They just seized more than a hundred grand that Ivey won at the 2019 World Series of Poker.
Ivey, whose appearance at US poker tournaments has dwindled immensely the past few years, has reportedly removed all his liquid assets outside the US. He did have the Borgata send his edge sorting winnings to Mexican banks, so perhaps the trail to where all his cash now is begins there.
In any case, it will be interesting to see if Ivey can wait out all the Borgata's efforts to collect the ten million.
One thing for sure is that it is quite unlikely we'll see Ivey playing any more US tournaments in the near future--perhaps never. |
That's because Ivey would have to surrender his next $10 million in winnings to the Borgata!
Monday, August 19, 2019
|Macau Baccarat-Cheating Overrated?|
We all know as well the huge dominance that baccarat has over all table games in Asia.
We also know that there are "other" table games in Asian casinos. Are these games sometimes "under" game-protected because so much cheating attention is paid to high rolling VIP baccarat tables?
Although I am not a statistics guy, let's take a look at some statistics. I do not know what percent baccarat tables are of total table games in Macau. I have read as much as 88%, but since I have never been there I do not know if this is accurate. What I do know is that it seems cheating news coming out of Macau is at least 88% baccarat.
But don't be fooled by the numbers!
I happen to know one thing for sure, and you can take it to the bank no matter who tells you I am wrong. That is that roulette is by far the most cheated game in the world, EVEN in Macau!
Sounds ridiculous, right?
If you turn the tables on the numbers, like that twice mentioned 88%, you will find that even in Macau roulette is cheated more than baccarat as far as percentage is concerned. That is when you take total roulette cheating incidents per roulette table vs total baccarat cheating incidents per bacarat table. In fact, roulette wins by a large margin, even in Asia. Then add to that the fact that the percentage of roulette cheat moves that go undetected is by far greater than baccarat cheat moves that go undetected, ESPECIALLY in Macau.
How do I know this without ever having been inside a Macua casino? Because I cheated both games for 25 years and there are just too many ways to cheat at roulette.
If you have trouble believing this, ask the fine surveillance team at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. They have busted many big roulette cheating scams and they will tell you firsthand how prolific roulette cheating is there.
Of course the baccarat scams, especially the inside ones, take the huge chunks of money and publicity. But professional roulette-cheat teams read about this as well and take advantage to attack Asian roulette wheels.
From a personal point of view, I have trained several dozen casinos in a dozen different countries in all areas of game protection and have never seen a single casino properly protecting their wheels. When I say this I mean from a professional cheat's point of view. I imagine this is also the case in Macau.
As far as blackjack goes, I would guess that the overall Asian cheating rate would not be much different than it is in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and other US casinos. In Europe it is slightly less due to the difference of the European deal.
Finally, I am not at all saying that surveillance departments in Macau are paying less attention to the other games than they should be. I have no way of knowing that. I do not have any casino clients there nor do I have any real contacts there. I only know what I know from a thorough knowledge base of casino cheating and game protection that applies everywhere.
The real message here to surveillance and table games staffs here is simple: Don't forget or lessen Game Protection for the "other" games.
Monday, July 08, 2019
|Electronic Roulette Cheat Yujin Wu in Action|
Back in 2016, this high-tech 21 year-old electronics and software whiz-kid began a casino cheating/advantage play spree that could have resulted, in my opinion, in a $100 million dollar illicit profit which would have made Wu the biggest and most financially successful casino cheat of all time. He might have made Phil Ivey's edge-sorting $30 million baccarat scam look like chump change.
All he needed was just a few more years of plying his trade.
But like Ivey blew it by greed, looking to take too much too fast at Crockfords Casino in London, Yujin Wu blew it just the same returning to the same relatively small Charlevoix, Quebec casino a third time after cheating it out of more than fifty grand on electronic roulette during two previous occasions.
Despite Wu's incredible skills and knowledge, he lacked (as lots of geniuses do) basic common or street sense, and didn't know how to protect his cheating enterprise. Simply put, he did not know when enough was enough and should never have gone into that Charlevoix casino the third time after beating them for that fifty grand. The third time he showed up, Charlevoix surveillance, who were already suspicious and waiting for him, were able to watch his movements on the electronic roulette console and realize what he was doing.
What he was doing was combining a metronome and a roulette prediction app that he simply found online, and with the use of two cell phones was able to program a system for predicting with stunning accuracy in which quadrants the ball would land. It was Wu's tapping the cell phones with his finger that led to the discovery.
Wu started out in Australia, then moved on to the UK, then to several other areas including Greece, Turkey and Cyprus, all that while getting ready for his biggest act of all...the US and Las Vegas.
He said verbatim on a video I have of him speaking of his rampage, "It was like printing money!"
Wu had not the slightest problem as he jaunted from place to place, from casino to casino, from electronic roulette table to electronic roulette table.
But then he finally had a scare in Cyprus after a few months of cheating. He won a large amount of money and the casino managers were suspicious. Having no idea what Wu was doing, they asked Wu if they could search him. Wu, naive to the fact he could have simply refused and walked out of the casino, complied. They searched him, found the two cell phones with the apps, but incredibly took it no further and let him go without barring him or anythiing else. Apparently they had no idea what they had been up against.
So Wu continued on, getting real close to the US with a running profit of nearly a million bucks, when he got busted in Quebec.
So, you might be wondering: how do I know Yujin Wu?
Well, the day after he got busted, I read about it online. I was immediately interested in it because I knew how dangerous this was to casinos, more dangerous than anything yet. So I blogged about it. The very next day I get an email out of the blue from guess who...
From Yujin Wu.
He asked if I would take down the blog post as, according to him, it could negatively influence his criminal court case. I refused, telling him that news of his arrest and alleged cheating activities at Casino Charlevoix was already all over the Internet and that my blog, maybe read by a few thousand people at best, was not going to have any effect on his case.
I then heard from Mr. Wu three months later. He was interested in having me testify on his behalf that his method of cheating, known as Visual Ballistics, was not cheating after all.
It turnes out that Mr. Wu was right! In most jurisdictions, including the UK and many other important gambling venues, there are no laws prohibiting people from using devices to gain advantage at casino games while in the US it is a serious felony meriting, in some cases, years of hard prison time.
But the key point was that in Canada the use of any equipment to turn the odds in a player's favor is indeed illegal, thus I could not testify that it wasn't cheating even if I'd wanted to because Canadian law says it's cheating, therefore Mr. Wu was clearly cheating and whatever he got away with in the UK and Cyprus was completely immaterial to Quebec statutes on cheating at gambling.
Mr Wu then told me how this criminal case was going to ruin his entire professional career. Not as a casino cheat but rather the high-level jobs he already had lined up with Google and Microsoft. He said he would never be hired by any of these companies just for having a criminal arrest.
I gave him the best advice I could: Why don't you do what I do? With the knowledge you have you could certainly serve the casino industry well by showing them how to protect themselves and reduce the vulnerability of electronic games and slot machines.
As I was preparing for my open game protection training seminar in Las Vegas in March, 2019, I told Wu to make me a demo of his Visual Ballistics method with all the programs and apps that he could explain while showing us. I told him it would be a great way to introduce him to casinos which might be interested in hiring him down the road for electronic game protection.
Heck, it's exactly what I did! I was a serious casino cheat too, and today I am consulting to casinos in the area of game protection all over the world.
Wu accepted an made a video. I presented it at my Las Vegas seminar on March 7, 2019. Attendees were clearly impressed, and some of the things Wu mentioned were alarming as hell, such as how he could modify the same programs for all electonic casino games and even for live roulette.
However, at the end,Yujin Wu decided he didn't want to get involved in casino game protection consulting. Well, I can honestly say, too bad for casinos. This whiz-kid is the most dangerous person to casinos I have ever encountered or read about it. Let's just hope he puts this behind him and stays out of casinos...and maybe one day decides to get into consulting for casinos.
And now you can see that jurisdiction has everything to do with it!
At least as far as cheating casinos goes.