Saturday, January 05, 2008

Storm Continues at T6 / Breaking Vegas! / Kahnawake Report on Hold

BREAKING VEGAS ULTIMATE CHEAT (my life story) airs on Sunday, January 6th on the Biography Channel at 5 p.m. EST, 4 p.m CST, 3 p.m. MST and 2 p.m PST. If you're watching football, TiVo it and catch it later. Here's a link to the preview.


T6 getting lots of negative publicity

The controversy surrounding Torben Hübertz, the 31 year old Danish entrepreneur behind the recently launched online poker site T6, is heating up. The young Dane is making waves in the industry with his multi-level marketing approach to promotional funding. There are also questions about his past enterprises and a software switch made just weeks after launching In Beta on December 2.

Hübertz has a lot to live up to, having promised in a Poker News interview: "We have 3 million euros in guaranteed tournaments every month, including our six-handed PLO Omaha tournament every Sunday, which carries a 50,000 euro guarantee with a buy-in of only 55 euros. We also have a 250 000 euro guaranteed tournament every Sunday night. This is a no-limit hold'em tournament with a 165 euro buy-in. We also will have 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 euro guaranteed tournaments daily, all with a 55 euro buy-in."

According to message board claims, Scandinavia and Germany were targeted in fund-raising efforts for T6, with ambitious claims in the prospectus of a planned marketing budget of 15 million euros (larger, it claimed, than Coca-Cola in Scandinavia for the period) There would be TV and radio ads "at the end of the (2007) year". That has not yet been seen, apart from some ads in poker magazines.

According to the business prospectus, 250 000 players from other (unspecified) poker sites would be brought over to T6 from January 1st 2008.

Funding these extensive operational expenses is a promotional scheme in which offers marketing and promotional affiliates a share in the financial distribution of 63 percent of all profits realized from the rake at The partners first invest 665 euros...and apparently the plan is to recruit 40,000 such investors.

Hubertz counters criticism by claiming that: "We have a budget for advertising and guaranteed tournaments much higher than most other sites. We have done, so far, 200 fully branded taxis in Scandinavia with T6 Poker. We also have about 600 full-page ads in almost all poker magazines and newspapers throughout Europe.

"We will also build a big team of pro poker players that will be playing at the big live tournaments all over the world, and we have teamed up with an (unspecified) affiliate marketing company that has 10,000-15,000 people that will help us find customers also."

T6, registered in Costa Rica and rather obscurely licensed by Moravia, got off to a rocky start on December 2, offering its games through a Rapidshare link and running into alleged bandwidth problems that caused tournament cancellations and extensive negative commentary.

In fairness, the reaction to the debacle was fast, featuring a switch to the Cyberarts poker software platform in time for operational targets of January 2 to be met.

Tony Guoga, the well respected pro player and an endorser of the T6 project, remains confident in the ability of T6 to live up to his standards for the one year he has signed with the project, and used his blog this week to defend it. Guoga claimed that allegations of anonymous ownership and questionable background were attempts to "shred" the site and that he has seen no evidence of any player scammed by the nascent T6.

Responses were more skeptical, with accusations that the alleged predecessor of Hübertz's 1 oz company, AlistonPrice was on a warning list from the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) and the Belize International Financial Services Commission but changed its name in November-December 2007 to 1oz Group.

Information from Hubertz's sites indicates that is owned by the Danish entrepreneur and businessman, who is also a major shareholder in a number of successful (unspecified) international companies. "Torben’s skilled business background and unique experiences have led him to invest in companies with such diverse services as Online Entertainment, Online Security, Professional Services and the Wellness Industry," the background information claims.

In an interview with Poker News, Hubertz was a little more expansive, if not specific, saying: "I worked several years in the insurance industry as an insurance adviser. I have always been an entrepreneur. I have several businesses within the IT sector - development, security, design, etc…".

Apparently the entrepreneur has "...assembled a group of experts in the field of online poker who have created a unique, high-quality online poker experience unlike any other available today. offers European poker enthusiasts industry-leading services and the opportunity to pit their skills against players from their own countries as well as thousands of others from around the world who take part in T6poker’s daily tournaments."

Explaining the switch to Cyberarts software, Hubertz said: “We are very serious about creating one of the premier independent online poker sites in the world. To do this, we must have the best. Despite all the testing of our present software, now that we have implemented it, we have found it to be inadequate for the number of players we anticipate.

"We need a customizable software powerhouse that will handle larger numbers of players with impeccable stability and allow us to rapidly develop new features. After an extensive search, we have decided to go with the CyberArts Foundation gaming software platform. This will allow us to have the world’s most advanced gaming software for T6poker and our players.”

Hubertz appears to have ambitions beyond being an operator, too - apparently offering white label turnkey poker operations when he says: "With our new powerful software capabilities, we will also be able to offer white label poker rooms to serious companies. From a marketing perspective this will make us very competitive with industry leaders as we will be able to offer state-of-the-art branded poker solutions. It will give us the possibility to build a strong brand with our affiliates and partners.”

CyberArts chairman Ken Arnold buys into the concept, saying: "We're honored to have been chosen as T6's exclusive software provider. T6 is aggressively building one of the biggest pools of poker players in online gaming history."

The unusual branding for the new venue comes from Hubertz's love of aggressive tournament poker - all tourneys are 6-handed at the site. And he has played in two World Series of Poker Main Events, without success but gaining experience.

WhoIs Search Results on Torben Hubertz Knudsen identify a company called TSIX Poker Corp. S.A.. 5072702970 Phone. 5072702689 Fax. The Belvedere Park, Suite 900. Panama City, Panama 7159.

One poster responding on the TonyG blog made the unsubstantiated allegation that: "The same group of people that is behind this project was involved in something that was called World Games Inc or WGI with a lot of disappointed investors".

Time will inevitably tell whether T6 Poker and its youthful owner are on the up-and-up; one thing is certain - its advent for real money play this week is getting plenty of exposure!


When the Kahnawake Gaming Commission announced recently that an investigation undertaken by Gaming Associates on an online poker room was completed, the poker industry sat up to take note. Some were not expecting much as the site in question was the very entity that hired Gaming Associates to explore some much talked about cheating. The poker world will have to hold its breath a bit longer, however, as the Commission, which operates out of Canada, has announced that they will make a decision no sooner than two weeks out, as they are studying the report now.

This sounds to me like the Gaming Associates should perhaps be called the Gaming Co-Conspirators. This will stir up some shit!

Friday, January 04, 2008

PokerStars Bans Josh Field For Life! / Tony G Lashes out at PokerWiki!

More online poker scam related issues!

First, just like many of you, PokerStars didn't buy Josh Field's apology for his multiple-accounting gig. Now he's gone from multi-accounts to nada-accounts, at least as far as PokerStars is concerned. He's even booted from their land-based tournaments. Field's next move? I can't say for sure, but you can bet your every last account that he will have one. Here's how it went down:

One of the world's most popular online poker rooms,, has announced that it has permanently banned a young player from not only using its website but also its land-based tournaments after he was found to be holding multiple accounts, a practice frowned upon by the online gambling community.

The player, 18-year-old Josh Field, is known in the poker room as 'JJProdigy' and had already qualified online to play in’s Caribbean Adventure lucrative land casino event this Saturday.

Field issued an apology on various well-known online poker forums last week for multi-accounting but management at took a decision to kick him off the website as well as prevent him from playing in any further live poker events including the Caribbean Adventure.

It is thought that many online poker players from around the world put pressure on to ban the player once his transgressions became public as a clear indication of the poker fraternity’s 'zero tolerance' attitude towards unscrupulous players and cheats.’s Caribbean Adventure is to take place at the Atlantis Casino and Resort in the Bahamas from January 5 to 10 with millions of dollars in cash prizes up for grabs.


It started with this from PokerWiki:


Poker sites launched in December 2007 by the company 1oz Group. According to their ads the site will "change the poker business" and the goal is to "become one of the largest poker sites in the world within six months". Freerolls started in December 2007 and cash games are promised from January 1 2008. Still, T6Poker claims to give away prizes totaling €4.4 million in December 2007 and January 2008.
According to an article by Swedish poker profile Ola Brandborn in the Swedish Daily Expressen T6Poker is a suspected ponzi (or pyramid) scheme. The public is offered profit shares (not stocks) of T6Poker which are said to be "limited in supply" and that will "probably be sold out within a month."
Other notable characteristics of T6Poker include:

1. The client is downloaded from an anonymous file sharing site (Rapid Share),
2. The company's Internet domain is registered anonymously,
3. The company (AlistonPrice) can be found on the warning list of the Swedish
Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen) but changed its name in
November-December 2007 to 1oz Group.

Now Tony G:

Professional poker player Tony ‘Tony G’ Guoga responded today on his blog to charges, raised on various poker forums, against online poker room T6 Poker. Guoga recently signed a one-year deal to endorse the room.
Questions about the credibility of T6 were first raised by PokerWiki in their article on T6

My announcement yesterday brought comments that need to be resolved. Concerns for the good of internet poker are important, but the facts are important also, and I want to clear up a few things.

I know that Torben Hubertz is behind T6 Poker. When I search, I get the name of the owner of the site so your information is not correct, you can find the same information I did and it’s public record:
I have seen this claim before but this is untrue, the owner of T6 Poker is not hidden. There is an attack on this person by some people in the poker industry. It’s pretty normal and you can find people bashing and poker site shredding in every forum on the internet. I have not had one person say that he or she was scammed by T6 Poker.

I am not involved in T6 Poker – other than being part of the Pro Team. I don’t own any part of the site. When I signed a deal with them it was a professional deal to play for the site for 1 year and I will evaluate everything with time.
From my point of view, I want new sites in the poker market and T6 Poker is currently the biggest spender there is so they are spending money; they really want T6 Poker to be a real site and not any kind of scam.
T6 Poker just redesigned their software and launched the new poker program on January 1st. The comment about their security and safety for players should be addressed by reading about the actual security involved.
I am not a scammer. I believe in new enterprise and the poker market. I will be playing at T6 Poker. I want you to join me there. My bike’s parked outside, if you need a ride, just let me know.

P.S. The linked comment in the previous post goes to is an ad based site, collecting revenue, and the opinions stated there may not be completely unbiased. The main user/creator of is PhillipR. The following is his statement of introduction about

“Hi. I’m part of a team of a few volunteers from 2+2 who are driving this project because we think this has the potential to be a really great resource. That doesn’t mean this is a dictatorship, or even an oligarchy. Consensus and cooperation are essential to Wiki Culture and this community should be no different.”
The statement has merit, but as with all things you read, arm yourself with actual knowledge and keep an open mind.

Now Me:

Well, all this online poker scandaling is getting a little bit much, isn't it?

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

This is the Best Blackjack Scam I've ever Heard!

Here's the article I wrote about it for Magazine. And don't forget to check out my new Cheaters Hall of Fame page!


In thirty years of hearing about blackjack advantage play, including card counting, hole-carding, ace-tracking, shuffle-tracking and just about everything else, I had thought I’d heard it all. But a debonair man named Randy and a foxy woman named Brandy blew my mind when I heard their story. The year was 2001 when they set about their new careers counting cards at blackjack. They basically employed the typical counter/big player strategy and alternated roles depending on conditions and which of them had less heat in the pits. They worked efficiently and made a decent if not spectacular living. But one late night in the summer of 2005 they were no longer your run-of-the-mill card-counting duo.

First to notice this was the staff at a major Las Vegas Strip casino. It was the grave shift and the pair sat at the table alone. The dealer offered Brandy the cut card and shuffled up. After the shuffle he held the six-deck pack on the layout, waiting for her to insert the cut card. Brandy hesitated as though searching for her lucky spot in the pack. But luck had nothing to do with it. Finally she inserted the card and the dealer loaded the pack into the shoe. The floorman was mildly surprised when they each placed four purple $500 chips in their betting circles. Randy, who sat at first base, got blackjack. Brandy received a hard 17 and stood. The dealer drew to a stiff but made 19. Randy won three grand, Brandy lost two; together they cleared a grand.

If the floorman was mildly surprised by their initial bet, he was totally shocked by their next. They each placed three red $5 chips in their betting circles, minimum $15 bets. They won their hands. Then on the third round they stayed at $15 bets. They continued betting $15 a hand until the dealer reached the cut card he’d placed into the pack before loading the cards into the shoe. The floorman had called over the pit boss and notified him about their strange betting pattern. It wasn’t every day you saw someone bet two grand at the top of a six-deck shoe and then settle into a pattern of minimum bets for the twenty-five remaining hands. They stood and watched as the dealer offered the cut card to Randy and then shuffled up. Randy deliberately inserted it into the pack, then the dealer loaded the six decks into the shoe. The first round, Brandy played two hands, each at $2,000. Randy, at first base, played just one, but his bet was also $2,000. The floorman and pit boss shot each other a curious glance, the pit boss with a furrowed brow. They watched Randy hit his hand and bust. But Brandy’s first hand was blackjack; her second pushed with the dealer’s. Together they won another grand. What would they bet next round?

They reverted to $15 bets. Brandy stayed at two hands, Randy one. They played out the entire shoe without varying the $15 bets. It was stupefying to watch them go right back up to $2,000 a hand the first round of the next shoe. The floorman and pit boss wondered if they were playing some crazy hunch that made them lucky each first round of a shoe. Again they watched the couple make money on the round. This time no blackjacks, but Randy did receive a winning hard twenty at first base, a $2,000 profit. After playing out the rest of that shoe at $15 a hand, they began the fourth shoe with the same $2,000 bets. They lost their hands and the floorman and pit boss exchanged a small smile and began to relax a bit.

Maybe they shouldn’t have. By dawn, after a total of ten shoes, the pair had beaten the blackjack table for $15,000, winning all that money on the first rounds of new shoes. When Brandy and Randy returned the next night, again after midnight to an empty table, they drew an audience. The floorman and pit boss from the night before were joined by two more pit bosses and the shift boss. To say they were all curious would be the understatement of the year. But their presence did not bother Brandy and Randy. They played as they had the previous night, making $2,000 bets off the top of the shoe, playing either one, two or three hands. Then after getting ahead $25,000 they stepped up their off-the-top bets to $3,000, but did not venture the maximum $5,000.

That changed a week later when they had beaten the casino for more than a hundred grand! They upped their first-round bets to the maximum $5,000. The bosses were all baffled. The casino manager had been informed and he quickly got surveillance involved. “What the hell are they doing!” he demanded of the surveillance director, who knew off the bat that it couldn’t be card counting as no viable advantage could possibly be obtained coming off the first round of a six-deck shoe. “How are they beating us every day by betting heavy on only the first round of blackjack?”

The surveillance director and his staff got to work. Their first assumption was that the couple were tracking aces and tens during the shuffle and then using the cut card to steer these cards to come out on the first round of the new shoe. With the knowledge of your first card being an ace, you had a whopping 52% advantage against the house. Knowing your first card was a ten gave you a 13% advantage. By playing multiple hands off the top, you could guarantee your target card’s arrival to one of your hands. If that card were an ace, you would gladly play two additional hands at a 1% disadvantage (assuming basic strategy) to garner the 52% edge on your first one.

But examination of surveillance video revealed that all the dealers on the game were shuffling thoroughly, leaving little chance for effective shuffle-tracking play. So the director dismissed shuffle-tracking and again began wondering what the “lucky” couple were doing. “Maybe they found some new kind of card counting system,” one of his operators suggested desperately. “But then why only make big bets off the top of the shoe?” the director countered. “The count can’t be true positive the first round of a new shoe?” The operator simply shrugged that he didn’t know.

Still at a loss, the director suggested to the casino manager that they invoke what he thought was an anti-advantage-play measure against the couple. The next night they came into the casino, the manager instructed his dealers to cut off three of the six decks, reducing the penetration level to 50%. This did not bother Brandy and Randy in the least. They smiled as they cut the cards and continued beating the hell out of the casino, up another $100,000 in three days. Irate, the manager ordered the dealers to deal only one deck, cutting off five decks of cards. Randy grinned at the manager as the dealer followed the instruction and burned five decks. Both he and Brandy continued betting $5,000 per hand on the first round, then $15 on the three or four rounds remaining before the new shuffle. They continued winning. The manager’s next move was to up the minimum bet at the table to $100. Then $500. With a maximum bet only ten times the minimum, their feathers would surely be ruffled.

Not so. They still kept winning on the first rounds. Finally, and perhaps the biggest anti-advantage-play measure ever taken by a casino short of tossing players, the casino ordered the dealers to perform the comical task of shuffling after every hand! Imagine shuffling a six-deck shoe after every hand! This was insane! But Brandy and Randy seemed to love it, and they continued winning like crazy. After two weeks they had beaten the casino for half a million dollars, after three close to a million. Finally the distraught surveillance director reported to the casino manager that he couldn’t figure out what they were doing to beat the game. Then at an emergency management meeting it was decided to hire an outside consultant who was considered an expert in all forms of blackjack advantage play as well as cheating.

The expert examined hours of video footage of the couple’s play. The first unusual thing he noticed after the shuffle was that Brandy and Randy both had the habit of hesitating several seconds before placing the cut card into the pack the dealer held on the layout. With his nose squarely to the monitor, he also observed that they seemed to be placing the cut card into the pack in front of cards whose edges appeared slightly darker than other cards. He added that observation to the evidence that they received an inordinate amount of first-card aces and tens on first rounds off the top of the shoe. Then when he examined the video for the umpteenth time, he noticed that the longer the dealer held the pack before the cards were cut, the more dark edges of cards appeared. What was astounding about this was that upon close physical inspection of those same cards in his hands, there were no dark ridges or anything else unusual when compared to any other played decks in the casino. But on the video these dark edges remained absolutely visible.

It was the expert’s turn to be baffled. But then he compared the videos of the cards used on Brandy and Randy’s table to videos of cards used on other tables. Dark edges were found on some of the cards used on other tables, but not on all of them. Next he studied the video of cards used on Brandy and Randy’s table that were pulled after just two shoes. He noted that some of the cards had dark edges but they were not quite as dark. Then he had those same cards reinserted into the game, and upon examining the video of them two shoes later, the dark edges had become darker. The same experiment panned out on other tables as well. The expert finally concluded that the cards were defective and the couple had picked up on the discoloration, allowing them to repeatedly place the cut card in front of the card before a darkened ace or ten, which would then fall into one of their hands after the dealer burned a single card to start the new shoe. It was simply ingenius.

But, lo and behold, the expert was not completely right. Upon an inspection of the card company’s printing facility, no defective cards or equipment were found. Management of the company was very concerned about the incident tarnishing its reputation and wanted to get to the bottom of this as well. The expert returned to the surveillance footage and his mind hovered over the couple’s hesitation each time they inserted the cut card. Why did they do this? Every single time! Finally, he thought he had the answer. The dark edges did not appear until several seconds after the dealer offered the pack from his extended arm. It was as if the couple knew this, like they were actually waiting for the dark edges to appear. But the expert already knew that the discoloration was not visible at the table. So then how were they locating the aces and tens? They couldn’t see the dark color along the edges, but obviously they saw something.

It took a second expert to finally solve the puzzle. Called in by the first, he chuckled in appreciation as he watched the video and realized what the couple had accomplished. “These two let your casino do all their work for them,” he said to the dumbfounded surveillance staff and casino manager. “Starting with the dealer.” He explained how by hesitating to insert the cut card, the couple induced the dealers into relaxing their grips on the six-deck pack. When that grip naturally did relax, the cards separated, and what appeared as black lines on the two-dimensional surveillance imagery were actually bent cards whose slight corner bends created the space between those cards and the other cards not bent.

“But if the cards were not defective and the players never touched them, how did they get bent?” the confused casino manager asked. The second expert chuckled again and said, “You bent the cards for them. Every time the dealers have a ten or an ace showing, they have to check for blackjack, right?” They all nodded. “And how do they do that?” the expert asked derisively. “They slide the cards into the hole-card reader,” the surveillance director answered. The expert shrugged, “Well, that’s it! That’s how the cards are being marked, or I should say bent.” When they looked at him funnily, he told an operator to zoom in on the table Brandy and Randy were playing on.

They all watched intently as the dealer slid his ace and hole card into the reader, then flipped over the blackjack. “Did you notice how hard the dealer slid those cards in?” the expert asked. They all nodded dumbly, then the expert explained that the dealers were sliding the cards into the reader with more force than they normally did. Why? “Because the batteries are low, gentlemen. The dealers have to slide the cards in harder to activate the light telling them they have blackjack. That’s how they’re bending the cards, inadvertently, of course. The result is that the tens and aces are bent on one corner while non-tens-and-aces are bent on the laterally opposite corner. I suggest that you properly maintain your card readers and change their batteries before they start dying.” He pointed at the couple on the monitor. “If not, that charming couple will take you to the cleaners!”

They already had, to the tune of $2 million! And the amazing thing about it was that each time the casino took what they considered a deterring measure against them, it only added to their edge. By shuffling an entire six-deck shoe after every hand, they allowed Brandy and Randy to steer tens and aces into their hands every round.

Talk about shooting yourself in the face!

Cheaters Hall of Fame!

I have added the Cheaters Hall of Fame to my website. For this inaugural year, 2008, there are 16 "1st ballot" inductees. I will add four more in the coming months as I review the colorful histories of many of the world's most accomplished, dedicated, nutty and all notorious poker and casino cheaters of today and yesteryear. If any of you out there would like to nominate someone for the CHOF, please by all means do! Remember that the main qualities (or faults) necessary for a nominee/inductee are:

(Not in order of importance)

Length of cheating service (lol...well, not really!)
Amount of earnings
Creativity of moves
Arsenal of varied moves
Illegality of moves (no card-counters or advantage players)
Inside scammers (Dealers or other casino employees ripping off the joint)
Effect on surveillance technology
Anything else you might want to write in as a suggestion

I will carefully consider all of your nominations and even write about them in a blog to see if other readers agree with you. For now, go to my Hall of Fame page and enjoy the stories about these colorful characters!
Overall hustling and personality skills

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

See Richard Marcus's Cheating Career on TV Tonight! / Casino Scam of the Month

Tonight you can watch the story of my life cheating the world's casinos on the Biography Channel.


9 p.m. EST and 1 a.m. EST
8 p.m. CST and 12 a.m. CST
7 p.m. MST and 11 p.m MST
6 p.m. PST and 10 p.m. PST

See the preview of the show!


January, 2008's scam is the French Cigarette Pack Scam. Read about it on my Scam of the Month page!


Monday, December 31, 2007


I have come up with an idea that I think lots of you will love! In order to make this website more than just an entertainment complex and informational portal, and above all, visitor interactive, I will be using this blog for my new POKER/CASINO CHEATING CONTEST in which you can win cash prizes. Each day with my regular blog entry I will post a question related to brick and mortar and online cheating with four multiple choice answers, only one of which is correct. The following day I will post the correct answer along with the next question. The hidden key to this contest is that if you don't know the right answer to any question, it can be found somewhere in the various pages of my website. I will not make finding answers too obvious in order to prevent a relative ease where everyone would score 100%. In some cases you will have to dig deep into the recesses of information in my website, including videos, books and magazine articles, and in other cases even follow links that will take you off my website. It could turn into a kind of treasure hunt, so to speak, so you should have a lot of fun participating!

The contest will start on Tuesday, January 22nd, and will last 30 days, with one question every day. Then a new contest will begin on February 22, and then each successive month. After each five days, I will post the user names of the top scorers in the running for the cash prizes, which shall be paid via Pay Pal or bank check. You will then be able to equate your scores and see if you are in the running. You must send your answers NO LATER THAN 9 P.M. US EST the day the question is posted, which will be at 7 A.M. EST. There will be a contest question seven days per week including holidays.

For the first month the prizes are as follows:

1st place US $300 plus entry into One-Day Super Contest to be held at a later date
2nd place US $150 plus entry into Super Contest
3rd place US $100 plus entry into Super Contest
4th place US $ 75 plus entry into Super Contest
5th place entry into Super Contest
6th place entry into Super Contest
7th place entry into Super Contest
8th place entry into Super Contest
9th place entry into Super Contest
10th place entry into Super Contest

In the event of ties, prize money for each place will be divided equally by those with the same scores, the aggregate prize money distributed not exceeding the specified amounts listed above.

The prize money in the Super Contest will be determined by the amount of people who sign up for the monthly contests.


Sunday, December 30, 2007

See Preview to My Breaking Vegas Show on Tuesday!

If you want to get a little peek of the "Breaking Vegas Ultimate Cheat" show on Tuesday night 9 p.m. EST, check out this video preview, and don't miss the show!

Top CheatBusters of 2007 / Breaking Vegas on Tuesday Night!

Just like in the sports world, 2007 has seen its share of cheating scams and scandals. For each major steroid scandal in athletics, either the poker world or casino world was there to match it. So if the top SportCheatBusters of 2007 were those who brought justice to those in the sports world guilty of doping, dogfighting, match fixing, ref-betting (NBA referee caught betting on games) and even superstar murder, who are 2007's top casino and poker cheat busters?

Here are a few that make my list:

1) Serge Ravitch: The New York lawyer and avid poker player who ignited the talk on the 2+2 Poker forums about suspicious online poker players at Absolute Poker's tables. His suspicions led to the exposure of the biggest online gambling scandal in history that was surely the number one story in the entire poker world in 2007, both online and brick and mortar.

2) The Ontario Provincial Police: Canada's second largest police force and largest in the province of Ontario spearheaded the investigation of the Tran Organization that was behind the largest international casino scam in the annals of legalized gambling. Tran and his 40 or so cohorts, including casino dealers, floormen, pit bosses, recruiters and even the mayor of Seattle's son, were responsible for an insider-rigged baccarat scam that crisscrossed three-dozen casinos in both the US and Canada, swindling perhaps as much as $20 million in the four years it ran. The OPP was finally able to infiltrate the scam and turn some of the recruited dealers against the Tran Organization.

3) The FBI: Our well-known and beloved crime-fighting agency was responsible for corralling the American arm of the Tran Organization, and turning the mayor of Seattle's son, Greg Nickels, against it.

4) Danny X: The undercover informant who played in the rigged Atlantic City Borgata private high stakes poker game and set up casino anti-cheating expert Steve Forte and three others for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. Forte was coaxing high rollers up to a private suite in the hotel that was rigged with hidden cameras in the wall to peek at the players' hole cards.

5) The Surveillance Team at the Mohegan Sun Casino: Some good old fashioned surveillance work at this Connecticut casino busted renowned card-marker Sholem Weisner.

Let's give a little credit to the year's top CheatBusters!


Don't forget to watch my story on the Biography Channel