Monday, September 22, 2008

2009 World Game Protection Conference...More Smoke And Mirrors

For the second year in a row, the keynote speaker at the World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas has absolutely nothing to do with casino game protection. And to boot, next year’s 2009 edition boasts two irrelevant speakers for the price of one! Last year, Dr. Edward O. Thorp, author of the 1960 book “Beat the Dealer,” was the event’s headliner. True, Dr. Thorp’s book was revolutionary at the time, but “at the time” was nearly half a century ago! I would guess that maybe three percent of the 2008 World Game Protection Conference attendees were alive when Thorp and his book were relevant to the casino industry.

For 2009, the WGPC is going with more glitz, or should I say “glitter gulch” as downtown Las Vegas used to be called. The two keynote speakers will be two guys from the MIT Blackjack Team, on which the popular Kevin Spacey film “21” is based. Great, the movie was entertaining if not real, and if you want more of it, you can read Ben Mezrich’s book “Bringing Down the House”… But the 2009 World Game Protection Conference? Gimme a break! What are these guys going to teach you, casino personnel, about game protection? They’re just card counters, and their presence there is all smoke and mirrors, nothing more than glitter to attract you at a thousand bucks a seat. All they can talk about is card counting and card counting is hardly a threat to casinos, as perennial WGPC speaker and table games guru Jeff Murphy wrote in Willy Allison’s “Catwalk” Newsletter a few months back. So why bring in the MIT Blackjack Geeks as your main speakers? The answer is obvious: Because they will sell more tickets. But is there really any substance?

I was the keynote speaker at the 2007 World Game Protection Conference. For those of you who saw my presentation there, you know at least that what I had to say was relevant to your casino’s bottom line. I was not there to play off the hype of a big-hit movie but rather to show you how casino cheats attack your casinos. What are the MIT guys going to show you? How to count cards? Murphy, Bill Zender, Bob Del Rossi and other “perennial” WGPC speakers have already taught you that…countless times!

Also, you will notice that I have never been invited back to the World Game Protection Conference like Murphy, Zender and Del Rossi. I think I know why: Because I speak the truth about what goes on in the casino cheating world…and about the World Game Protection Conference.

So, please…save your casino some money. Instead of shelling out that grand per person to hear the MIT guys rant about their exploits, use a fraction of it to have me come out to your casino and teach your casino and surveillance personnel REAL game protection.