Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Handheld Blackjack Switch Game! A Casino Cheat's Delight!!

Blackjack Switch Cheat Bait?
Have you all heard about the new casino game Blackjack Switch?

It's the game where you're dealt two hands and you can switch one card from each hand into the other. It is dealt both in brick and mortar casinos and online.

So, bearing in mind how successful brick and mortar poker switch cheats have been over the years, imagine how successful blackjack switch-switch cheats can be? (Note that the double switch-switch is not a writing mistake but rather an emphasis to switching cards in an already switch game LOL)

Imagine switching cards with your blackjack cheat partner while all that switching is already legitimately going on!

Talk about taking candy from a baby!

Ooops! I forgot to mention one thing: You see, this is all a pipe dream--the game is obviously not dealt from the hand anywhere. It is dealt from a card shoe just like the majority of brick and mortar blackjack games, where the players cannot touch the cards. When you want to switch cards in your hands, you tell the dealer, who does the switching for you.

Well, it was nice fantasizing for awhile, right? LOL

The "Madbotter" online poker cheat comes clean on poker forum--Do you and I believe it?

themadbotter
An online poker player calling himself “themadbotter” recently admitted on the Two plus Two poker forum that he’s been successfully bot-cheating online poker for the past six months and has racked up more than &30,000 in profits in that time.

He has also stated that he is retiring from what he calls his lucrative online poker cheating endeavor because he has found some other lucrative career and he no longer wants to put his time into the online poker cheating (which he doesn’t really consider cheating).

So—do you believe him?

I understand that lots of you are skeptics. After all, why would a guy who’s been successfully cheating for that much time without taking heat in the poker forums admit to this? Especially in light of the fact that his new endeavor might fail, which could propel his re-entry into poker bot cheating?

Well, I was asked the same question when I went public with my huge brick and mortar casino cheating career. I openly admitted and described my ultra-casino cheating move (the Savannah) even though I knew I could have gone on doing it for years if not forever.

Not many people believed me at first either. In fact, until casino security and surveillance insiders backed up my claims, I was generally considered a fiction writer when it came to casino cheating.

So yes, I do believe the guy (or girl—you never know).

He also stated that lots of work and tune-ups were necessary to keep his bot functioning properly and to make sure he stayed under the radar. I understand that statement very well, as I had to do tons of work preparing my brick and mortar cheat moves and at the same time doing my own security work to make sure I didn’t end up in jail.

Casino cheating in any form, online or off, is very difficult and takes tons of work.

So far the reactions across the online poker world vary. Some people believe it and want to hear more. Others believe it and condemn the guy for his online poker cheating and then bragging about it.

Still others are doubtful about the veracity of the claims.

One guy on the forum says he thinks he knows who themadbotter might be and is even launching his own investigation to come up with more.

Well, good luck to him and I hope you all continue to stay abreast of this very interesting online poker cheating situation.

And one more thing: If you, Mr. or Ms. themadbotter, read this article, you are welcome to write on my blog any time! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

The Ol' Purple Bra Casino Cheat Scam at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA!

Not too pretty but she's got a purple bra!
Well, I've heard it before and I'll hear it again!

This time the ol' purple bra cheat scam occurred at the cheat-plagued Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.

For those of you who don't know what the purple-bra scam is, it's simply when a female employee of the casino stuffs purple $500 chips into her bra and whisks them off the casino floor and into her pocket when she gets the chance.

Brandy Micheli Cheatham (GET A GANDER AT HER LAST NAME: "CHEAT 'EM"!...LOL), a forty-four year-old Sands casino supervisor, stuffed six of the $500 purple chips into her bra but clumsily dropped them as she was getting into an elevator--and was caught by the surveillance camera.

I imagine the surveillance operators upstairs watching had a good chuckle or two over this one!

In any case, the $3,000 attempted theft is surely gonna knock Ms.Cheatham ("Cheatham") out of the casino business for life and maybe six months of it in the county jail.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Card-Counting Cheating Wars Erupting in Maryland Casinos

Don't tell Maryland!
Ever since the US state of Maryland got its first legal gambling casino in 2010, blackjack card-counting has been a major combative issue, and it seems that the state's casino authorities at least secretly consider card-counting as cheating at blackjack.

Statistically, this makes sense.

I am getting more reports of blackjack players suspected of card-counting in Maryland being shown the door than from anywhere else in the world. And in some cases these "86ings" of suspected card-counters have been getting a bit rough--with at least three current law suits against Maryland casinos for illegal detention and battery on patrons currently running through Maryland's courts.

Also on the rise, faster than in any other US state, are casinos' conversion to continuous automatic card shufflers on their blackjack tables. Casino authorities state that they are using these shuffling machines, which shuffle played cards into the existing deck every few hands and render card-counting and other forms of advantge play nearly impossible, more to speed up the deal of blackjack games than to deter the card counters and shuffle trackers.

But whatever the truth really is, casinos neither in Maryland nor in the rest of the world will ever be able to convert to using the continuous shufflers on all their tables. That's because lots of high rollers and preferred customers simply don't like them,

Not because they're counting cards but rather for a general distaste of constantly seeing played cards invade the unplayed decks.

My take: Let the wars go on! The casinos will win most of 'em--but not all of 'em.

Monday, July 18, 2016

How the Pro Roulette Cheats Feast on Casino Roulette Wheels

Lots of ways to cheat the wheel
First, there are no betting systems or strategies to beat roulette.

But there are five proven ways to do it and they’re all called cheating. 
·        
      Pastposting
·         Bet-switching
·         Wheel-clocking
·         Chip-color manipulation
·         Dealer ball-control

Pastposting is the art of making a bet after the roulette ball has already landed on the winning number.

In roulette it’s usually done with a team of at least two cheats, one of whom distracts the dealer while the other makes a lightning-quick bet a split-second after the spinning ball drops into a number on the rotating wheel.

The key for success is that the distraction be subtle, not something stupid like spilling a drink on the layout.

One that works extremely well is an angry man making a fuss in front of the table at the crucial moment. All it takes is getting the dealer’s eyes off the layout for the fraction of a second needed to make the late bet.

Bet-switching is a stronger form of pastposting that increases the amount of a legitimate bet made before the ball was spun.

After the winning number is determined, the bet-switcher picks up the original bet off the layout and replaces it with a new, usually much bigger bet. The move is far more complicated than a simple pastpost and is carried out by very professional teams using a series of ingredients.
·         The Set-up
·         The Psychology
·         The Switch
·         The Claim
·         The Bet-back
·         The Disappearing Act

Say an original $10 bet straight-up on a number is to be switched to a $100 after that number wins. 

The person who eventually “claims” the switched-in bet makes a legitimate set-up bet of $100 straight-up on a number. Win or lose, he leaves the table but remains close by.

The psychology comes into play when the claimer returns to the same table a bit later to claim the bogus $100 bet and $3500 payoff. The dealer and supervisor will remember that they’d already seen him make an identical bet.

The switch goes down with the aid of logistical distractions caused by bet-patterns other team members make that control the dealer’s movements, enabling the window necessary for the “mechanic” to switch out the two $5 chips he´d bet and replace them with a $100 chip covered by a $5 chip. 

The “claimer” returns to the table as soon as the mechanic has made the switch, claiming the $100 chip now lying beneath the $5 chip on the winning number. He is paid $3500.

He now “bets-back” $100 on the same winning number, further enhancing the psychological element of the move. Had the claimer left immediately after being paid $3500 for a $100 bet nobody had seen placed, the casino is more likely to get suspicious.

Win or lose the bet-back, the claimer does his “disappearing act,” immediately leaving the casino. The mechanic and the rest of the team soon follow suit.

Wheel-clocking is the art of identifying biased wheels, those that by defect or wear-and-tear produce an uneven distribution of winning numbers in the long-run.

The “clockers” back in the day actually entered casinos with pad and pencil and charted thousands of spins hoping to find biased numbers that came out more than once every thirty-seven or thirty-eight spins, depending on zero and double-zero wheels.

Today’s wheels are constructed with better materials and tested and re-tested to eliminate any bias, and maintained like sensitive military equipment to make sure they stay that way.

The High-Tech Clockers

They are armed to the teeth with everything from Google Glasses to roulette computers to digital cameras to smart phones to laser scanners. All this high-tech equipment is programmed to clock revolutions of the ball and the speed of the spinning wheel to calculate quadrants into which the ball will land.

We first heard of this in 2004 when an Eastern European team beat a pair of casinos in Budapest for a cool million. Then came similar high-tech roulette attacks in popular London casinos. Again the digital and laser booty was in the millions.

How they do it
·         Expensive laser scanners often bought from the dark side of the Internet.
·         Clocking teams practice in workshops with real roulette wheels.
·         Wardrobes that house and hide their equipment are tailor-made.
·         Team enters casino and legitimately plays other games besides roulette to hide true motive.
·         It hits the wheel, one member clocking and signaling the high-roller, who places big wagers in the proper quadrants.
·         Often a third member stands outside the table with jamming equipment so surveillance doesn’t pick up electronic signals. 
·         They cash out and leave after short periods of play to avoid detection.

In today’s casino wars, the high-tech roulette cheats battle constantly with casino surveillance departments, each upgrading its electronic equipment in response to what the other has implemented.
The huge risk to wheel-clocking cheats is that in nearly all casino jurisdictions, anyone cheating in casinos with the help of equipment is charged with a major felony.

In fact, in some jurisdictions like Nevada, it’s a felony to even possess roulette devices inside casinos—even if they’re turned off!

Chip-color manipulation

This is one of the easiest scams in roulette, and it’s a favorite of women casino hustlers who love playing.

The scam follows these simple steps.
·         Woman #1 plays at a roulette table and buys $100’ worth of pink $1 roulette chips.  
·         She plays for several spins and then cashes out all but five of her $1 chips.
·         She leaves the table and passes off the five $1 chips to Woman #2.
·         Woman #2 goes to another roulette table and buys $100’ worth of pink $10 roulette chips.
·         She covertly adds to her pink stack the five $1 pink roulette chips Woman #1 had given her.
·         She plays for a several spins and then cashes out all her pink chips, including the five $1 pink chips from Woman #1.
·         The dealer is duped into thinking that those five $1 chips were part of the stack of $10 chips she bought at the table, since all the chips are identically pink.
·         Woman #2 is paid $50 for five roulette chips that Woman #1 had bought for $5 at the first roulette table, making a $45 profit.

It may seem surprising that this rinky-dink scam works so often, but it does. Even though all roulette chips are marked with a letter designating to which table they belong, there’s always confusion with these chips as many disappear off the table, mostly as tips given to cocktail waitresses who later redeem them for their original value at the table.

Dealer ball-control

Can roulette dealers actually affect where the ball will land on the spinning wheel?
Most people are quite skeptical, but like in craps where some dice-throwers can control the outcome of their rolls to a certain degree, some roulette dealers have similar talents dealing their roulette wheels.

How it’s done
·         Dealer gets to know the inner grooves of his wheel and begins timing his spins.
·         He gets familiar with certain dead spots on the wooden plates that affect the initial and subsequent bounces.
·         He hooks up with a partner who comes to his wheel to play.
·         If the partner was not told beforehand how and where to bet, the dealer inconspicuously signals him at the table.
·         Just a minimum of accuracy by the dealer will result in handsome profits over the long haul.
          

The Best of ’em all

Ball control by roulette dealers has been very popular for decades, especially in Europe.
In 1973, one innovative French roulette dealer took roulette ball-control to the hilt. He sculpted his own roulette ball and embedded an electronic receiver inside it. He snuck the ball into play, and his beautiful female cohort placed large bets as she held a pack of Marlboro cigarettes.

Unbeknownst to the casino, the Marlboro pack contained a transmitter. When the foxy lady gambler subtly pressed it, the spinning roulette ball went into a controlled dive and landed in the specified six-number quadrant more times than not.  


They earned $5 million but finally got caught when the casino owner began wondering why foxy lady never lit up a cigarette.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Game Protection Post--How Bad Ass Casino Dealers Cheat Your Ass

Watch out!
Most casino gamblers believe that casinos do not need to cheat the customers because their profits are huge enough on the square.

What they overlook is that the vast majority of cheating in brick and mortar casinos is done by dealers in business for themselves who keep their casino bosses in the dark.

Suspicious gamblers, especially losing ones, will say that all dealers cheat at one time or another, and often bend their own bad-beat stories into horrific tales of being the victims of cheating dealers.

So what’s the truth?

It’s simply that casino cheating scams engineered by dealers or other casino employees are of a small proportion, but since there are so many casinos with so many tables, there are several episodes of dealer-cheating in all major casinos across the world—every day.

How do they do it?

They cheat in two basic formats.

One is to partner up with an “agent” to cheat their own casinos for individual profit. The other is to cheat legitimate players at their tables in order to replace the chips missing from their dealer chip racks.

That’s to say if Dealer-Peter is cheating the casino and dumping off those chips to his Partner-in-Cheating-Paul, he then has to cheat Poor-Innocent Mary out of her chips to balance out his chip rack and avoid suspicion.

5 ways Dealer-Peter cheats his casino and gets the chips to Partner-Paul
      
P    Paul plays at Peter’s mini-baccarat table. On a baccarat score card provided by the casino, he charts the exact order of the cards dealt from the first hand out of the shoe until the last hand.

Peter then performs a false shuffle of the six decks of cards and puts them into the shoe. Paul, knowing the exact order that the cards will come out of the new shoe, bets accordingly and kicks the casino’s ass.

Peter and Paul divvy up the money outside the casino after Peter’s shift.

      Paul next sits at Peter’s roulette table and buys in for chips. Peter, who has mastered the craft of roulette “section shooting,” by which he can control the ball so that it drops into a certain six-number quadrant on the spinning roulette wheel a fair percentage of the time, carefully monitors both the speed of the wheel’s revolutions and the speed with which he lances the roulette ball, and hits the desired quadrant more than probability would dictate.

Once again, Peter and Paul divvy up the cash over a cold one at the neighborhood tavern and play some live video poker.

3       Paul now strolls up to Peter’s blackjack table and takes a seat. He knows Peter will help him along in various ways.
        
a) Peter will “push” or even pay Paul’s losing hands.
b) Peter will overpay Paul when his hands do win.
      c) Peter will help Paul steer tens and aces to his hands off the top of the shoe through a method of controlled-shuffling whereby he protects the order of certain cards or clumps of cards.

      d) When dealing handheld blackjack games, Peter will take a surreptitious glance at the top card of the deck that Paul would receive on a hit, double-down or split. He will signal Paul how to proceed.

This time when the party’s over, they split up the booty in Peter’s apartment, which happens to have a blackjack table in the dining room so that Peter can practice his dealer-cheat moves.  

     
4        Paul takes a long walk to the other side of the behemoth live casino. Lo and behold, his buddy Peter is dealing a lively craps game, which is flowing along at an impressive pace. He hunkers in between two players along the human wall surrounding the craps table.

As is common with today’s craps tables, there is no supervising boxman seated at the middle of the table between Peter and the other dealer at the opposite end of the craps table.

a)      Paul makes a $50 bet on the Don’t Pass Line.
b)      The shooter rolls the dice and they come out 5-5 for a total of ten.
c)       Paul lays $100 double-odds against the shooter rolling another ten before he rolls a seven-out
d)      The shooter does roll the winner-ten and Paul’s bets lose.
e)      Paul quickly swipes his $100 double-odds bet off the layout before Peter can collect it for the house.
f)       Peter sees Paul do this but purposely ignores it.
g)      Paul loses only the original $50 Don’t Pass bet.
h)      The shooter rolls the dice and they come out 3-1 for a total of four.
i)        Paul lays $100 double-odds against the shooter rolling another four before he rolls a seven out.
j)        The shooter rolls the seven-out.
k)      Paul leaves both his winning bets on the layout.
l)        Peter pays them both.
m)    Paul wins $50 on each bet for a total profit of $100.

Paul continues swiping his losing odds bets off the layout in the dark, but leaves them intact when they win. Peter, knowing there is no one supervising him, just keeps paying Paul’s winners and ignoring the losers that Paul swipes off the layout.

This time the casino-cheating pair split up the profits at Paul’s house.
             
5       Finally Paul finds the brick and mortar poker room where Peter is dealing a $10-20 hold’em game. He sits down and immediately plays a hand. He receives his two cards face down and is delighted to see a pair of black aces. He tucks his cards underneath his chips in a predetermined way which signals the value of his hand to Peter, who immediately peeks at the top card to be burned before the flop.

By golly, he notes it’s a pretty red ace!

Instead of burning it, Peter holds it atop the deck and peels off the second card and burns it. Then he turns over the flop which contains the red ace. Paul goes on to make an aces full house and win the hand.

Paul continues playing with the artful dealer’s help and cleans up the poker game.

This final time, the happy boys cut up their ill-gotten gains at their girlfriends’ house (they’re sisters.)
  
Did we forget about Poor-Innocent Mary, the victim whom Peter has to cheat to hide the cheating-profits he made with Paul?

We did not!

So how does Peter cheat Mary?

The same way he cheated the casino with Paul, but in reverse.

When Mary sits at Peter’s blackjack table, he shortchanges her on winning hands, sweeps her bet on push hands, and just takes her losing chips when her hands lose.

Of course Mary might catch on and claim that Peter shortchanged her or took her chips on a push hand, to which Peter will apologize, make the correction--and then wait for the next “Mary” to hit his table.


The same vicious cycle continues on all the other games that Bad-Ass Peter deals in the casino.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Are Casinos Worldwide Under High-Tech Slot Machine Attacks?

High-tech slot attacks
Ever since a Russian high-tech slot machine cheat scam using smart phones recently came to light in Singapore (The FBI says this same plot has hit various US and Canadian casinos), casino operators are wondering how prevalent this problem is becoming with their machines.

They have good reason to be concerned.

The first thing that makes slot machines so appealing to high-tech cheats using equipment is that they do not really have to deal with the human element on the casino floor. Although slot machines are scrutinized by surveillance cameras and are somewhat patrolled on the floor, they do not receive the same human attention that table games do. This is because table games theoretically need supervison for every deal of the cards or roll of the dice while slot machines only need attention for jackpots and some other situations like malfunctions.

With that fact in mind, it is far less likely that a casino employee on the floor will catch on to a slot cheat using a smart phone or some other high-tech gadget at a bank of slot machines than at a casino table game. And it would also take casino surveillance longer to unravel a slot scam from video evidence than it would a blackjack or baccarat scam.

That said, in conjunction with the contined improvements in high-tech equipment that can be used to cheat or gain an edge in casinos, I do expect to see an increase in the commission of high-tech attacks on casino slot machines.

How can casinos fight this?

Firstly, by stepped-up patrols of their slot-machine banks and more routine reviews of surveillance video of slot-machine action, especially where big wins and jackpot wins have taken place.

Secondly, get floor staffs and surveillance staffs more educated as to how high-tech scams work.

Casino Cheat Couple use myChoice Card to Swipe $320,000 from Missouri Casino

Right Choice?
Daniel and Eileen Sheldon stumbled across quite a glitch in 
the River City Casino computer system while tracking their casino rewards via their myChoice card. They figured out that they could download unearned winnings and then simply withdraw the ill-gotten cash from their account.

During a three month period late in 2014, the pair allegedly downloaded false winnings from their myChoice card more than four thousand times!

That is a big number!

The total take was some $320,000.

The wife told police that she discovered the glitch in the River City Casino computer system quite by accident. Then she told her hubby and the pair decided to have a big myChoice party at the St. Louis casino. How exactly they were discovered has not been revealed, though there was sufficient evidence to charge both with crimes, each with significant bail bonds of $100,000.

My take: Although this type of computer-glitch-discovery-turned-into-illicit- profits is quite common across the financial world, it seems to occur more often in casinos than in banks or other institutions that deal with cash.

Why?


Your guess is as good as mine.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Check Out Some of My Original Blackjack Articles--Both Cheating and Advantage Play

As many of you must know by now, my biggest passion since retiring from active casino cheating several years ago is writing. I have now been writing for this blog more than a decade.

I have also written five books about gambling and cheating and many magazine articles.

I am now beginning to write online blackjack, baccarat and roulette articles as well.

You can read some of them on this very informative site.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Why Poker Collusion Cheating is so popular

Who's telling who?
The vast popularity of Poker Collusion Cheating is growing every day. It may just be the most common form of cheating in brick and mortar casinos today. And note I said "casinos" and not "poker rooms". That's because poker collusion might be even more prevalent than bet-capping at roulette and blackjack.

Colluding at the brick-and-mortar poker tables is by far the most popular form of casino or poker cheating out there. And if you add online poker-collusion to the mix, you are talking about a staggering number of cheats, many of whom are professional. 

The art of two players covertly sharing information on their hole-cards and then using it to bet, raise and re-raise to induce opposing players to either call or fold is just too easy to do. It entails nothing more than perfecting a silent but visual language usual involving chip and card-formations on the table. In big-action cash-games in Vegas, top-notch collusion pros hustle high-rolling tourists out of tens of millions annually.

And even more than blackjack hole-carding, poker collusion is extremely safe inasmuch that no one can ever be prosecuted for it. In fact, only in the most obvious situations is a poker-colluder ever approached by poker room employees and asked to leave.

Online poker games are a little tougher because of all the anti-collusion programs that can go back and analyze every hand, card by card. Collusion patterns can be detected, but the most skilled of cheats will reduce their colluding and manage to stay under the anti-collusion radar for the most part.