Thursday, April 23, 2009

Controversial Poker Player Paul Phillips Admits He Used Enhancer Pills To Help Him Win $1.6 Million In 6 Months!

We all remember Paul Phillips, right? The Internet Tech Wiz, who was once banned from the WSOP for badmouthing the Horseshoe´s policy for cutting up tournament entry fees, has admitted to turning to "neuroenhancers" to help him beat the games while he was very active on the pro poker circuit.

Phillips, who started off writing software and helped found an Internet portal called go2net, and who is nicknamed "Dot Com," got into playing professional poker as a teenager and soon afterward started taking neuroenhancers. He won $1.6 million in six months.

“After a pill is consumed, tiny molecules are absorbed into the bloodstream, where they eventually cross the blood-brain barrier and influence the operation of the wetware up top.”

With Provigil, he “could process all the information about what was going on at the table and do something about it.”

I wrote a detailed article on these neuroenhancers. Read part one and part two.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Can You Learn Poker and Casino Cheat Moves By Watching You Tube Cheat Videos?

More and more these days, poker and casino cheat videos are appearing on You Tube--and some of them are darn good! There are even videos of my famed "Savannah" move. Does this mean that you can watch them umpteen times, learn the moves and then go out to the casinos and do them? Well, the basic moves are all there, but like I´ve said countless times on my blog and in response to e-mails from hopeful and would-be poker and casino cheats, there is so much more to cheating in poker rooms and casinos than the moves themselves. So the answer to the question is really NO!

Monday, April 20, 2009

What About Poker Card Flashers? What Should You REALLY Do When You Sight One?

Professionals from Doyle Brunson to Annie Duke have said that poker is a "game of decision-making under conditions of uncertainty." But what happens when those conditions of uncertainty are eliminated - when the opponent to your immediate left or right unknowingly, carelessly and stupidly flashes you the two cards in his or her hand? It's a dicey situation, for sure. On one hand, these "card flashers" give you useful data, information you can use to either pounce on the pot or fold and run for the hills. On the other hand, this inside information changes the complexity of the game, creating an unfair edge which some might say is cheating.

Do you keep quiet? Do you speak up? In the interest of experimentation, upon encountering a card flasher during a recent no-limit session at a North Bay cardroom, I tried it both ways.

One poker player said, "The first time, I kept my lips sealed, calling the $5 pre-flop wager with my suited K-9 after seeing my opponent's Q-5 off-suit. The flop came A-Q-9, all different suits, and when the table checked around to him, he bet a measly $15. I raised to $60, representing an ace, even though I had nothing but bottom pair and knew he had me beat. Predictably, the flasher mucked his hand, and I won the pot. The next time, after he folded an unsuited 8-4, I folded a J-10 and someone else won the hand, I tried a different strategy: I spoke up.

"Hey man, can I offer you some constructive criticism?" I asked flatly, not really waiting for a response. "You might want to be more careful with your hole cards, because I saw them pretty clearly on that last hand."

The flasher was stunned. "Seriously?" he asked, more rhetorically than anything else. When it was clear I wasn't going to provide any additional information, he leaned back in his chair and reluctantly added, "Thanks."

Around the table, reactions to this exchange varied. Across from us, in Seat 9, a player nodded at me in approval, as if to say, "Classy move." Down the table, in Seat 2, a different player shook his head in disgust, admonishing me for publicizing information that some of our opponents may have tried using to their advantage.

The dealer, who spotted me catching that glimpse of the guy's cards in the first place, just looked confused. That's when it hit me: Maybe confronting card flashers is the wrong way to play. Sure, moralists might say I was "doing the right thing" by giving this dude the heads-up, but when have people really worried about morals in poker? Furthermore, one could argue that by drawing attention to my unfair advantage, I was telling my opponents something about myself: that I lack the killer instinct necessary to win big pots.

The lesson? At the poker table, silence reigns supreme. If you're uncomfortable with a card flasher's proclivities to tip his hand, don't look; if you're comfortable with the extra information, use it wisely and keep your mouth shut.

Do I, renowned poker and casino cheat Richard Marcus, agree with this?

You bet your ass!!!

Is Scotty Nguyen Denying Cheating Too Much?

In lots of talking lately, which ex-World Champ and controversial professional poker player Scotty Nguyen should consider cutting back on, he has been constantly referring to cheating poker and his not doing it. Do you find this a bit strange? Do you think he´s real or is he on a guilt-hide-the-truth-trip? Well, here´s some of what he´s been saying lately:

"What I learned from the final table at the World Series is that winning is sometimes not everything. The only way you enjoy your win, you have to make the game pretty. You have to play in a gentlemanly way, not a bad way, not a nasty way. Some people out there are dirty and they're nasty, they try to needle you. When I'm at the final table at this H.O.R.S.E. event I'm telling myself to not let something like that happen. Just play your game and win pretty. This way when the trophy is in my house I can look at it and be proud.

What happened at the World Series…it happened…As long as there was no cheating going on I feel good about myself. I just come in there, play my game, I talk trash, it was one of those days where you didn't control yourself. You didn't sit back and think about all of the people watching you. I'm just so focused, just trying to win. I forgot about the cameras, I forgot about the fans. The only thing I regret about the World Series and the H.O.R.S.E. event is that I let my fans down. All the young kids that said, "Look, Scotty Nguyen is on TV," I let them down. That's the only thing I ever regret. Other than that baby, I play my game to win. I won it all with my skill.

As long as I don't cheat I go home, I close my eyes, and I sleep well. The only thing that didn't let me do that after I won was that I let the fans down, and I promise them it will never happen again. I might talk trash a little bit, but it's nothing to compare to the World Series. I want to win pretty…The mistake is no good if you don't learn from it…I want to make sure it never happens again."