Friday, January 22, 2010

Delaware Seems Confused About How to Deal with Poker and Casino Cheating. Is That an Open Invitation to Cheats?

For those of you unaware, casino table games will soon be gracing the State of Delaware's racetracks and casino gambling facilities. A bill has recently passed the Senate Judiciary Committee clearing the way for blackjack, craps, poker, roulette, baccarated and all the other table games you see in Vegas and Atlantic City. The same bill also delineates what constitutes cheating on table games and sets the criminal punishment for cheating the table games.

In an article by Doug Denison for the Sussex Countian, he writes, "the bill, which already prohibits the use or possession of “plugs” and other devices used to play slot machines without depositing money, also outlaws marked cards and loaded dice. In addition, it bans any electronic or mechanical device that could be used to count cards or assist the user or another person in counting cards.

Penalties for breaking the law would be calculated according the amount of money the cheater is able to amass while cheating and treated as theft. Ill-gotten winnings totaling less than $1,500 would earn the cheater a class A misdemeanor charge while higher amounts garner felony charges.

Sen. Harris B. McDowell III, D-Wilmington North, said the bill didn’t offer enough protection to casino customers, especially those with the math smarts to increase their odds at the blackjack table. “In some places card counting is considered a skill,” he said. “I am a little concerned that I don’t see the same strenuous effort to make sure the house can’t cheat the consumer.”

McDowell also took issue with a provision that would allow casinos immunity from prosecution for detaining and questioning suspected cheaters. “I’m a little uncomfortable with blanket immunity,” he said.

Mike Barlow, the governor’s legal counsel, said that portion of the bill is based on language from Nevada law and casinos who round up and hold cheaters are only immune from prosecution if the circumstances are reasonable. “It’s intended to be a qualified immunity,” he said. “If the person is acting unreasonable, the immunity can be overcome.”

My take: It all seems a bit confusing to me, but the part I like from a poker and casino cheat's perspective is that any cheating amassing less than $1,500 would be dealt with as a misdemeanor when the cheats get caught. In Las Vegas, any cheating amassing one penny is a felony!

So, if you fancy cheating Delaware's table games, which should be as ripe as a plump mango when they open, keep your moves underneath that felony umbrella of $1,500. That shouldn't be hard to do!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Craps Cheating Inside...It's All in the Dealers' Hands. Same Thing With Outside Craps cheating

Craps scams have gotten a lot of press lately, especially after the big inside cheat scam engineered by "Mr. Casino" Richard Taylor at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Although the actual mechanics of the scam were incredibly rank and amateurish, the cheat scam managed to rake more than a hundred grand from the casino. You can read the details about that scam by searching "Foxwoods Craps Cheat Scam" on this blog.

But what about real good inside craps scams performed by craps dealers who really know how to move the dice and the chips?...Are they out there?

Well, not many modern craps dealers can "mechanic" their tables, but the ones who can have great hands. One good inside craps scam with a dealer working with a player is the "push the chips" scam. That's when the dealer with a slight movement of his hand pushes a player's losing chips on the pass line onto the winning don't-pass line as he's picking up the other losing bets on the pass line. The same move can be done pushing the losing bet from the don't-pass line to the winning pass line. Depending on how the overall action is spread, the crooked craps dealer will advise his cohort which side to bet.

Players also do a version of this scam without the dealer's help. They bet their chips on the pass line and then when the shooter rolls a point, they push their chips onto the don't pass line with a subtle movement. This is done with a distraction move such as tossing a chip onto the proposition bets in the middle of the table or simply asking for change. Once their chips have been transferred onto the don't-pass line, they have the advantage of being the favorite to win the bet. And when the shooter rolls a 7 or 11 on the comeout roll, they win their bet without having to push...Good Move!

Microgaming Network Looks To Take a Bite Out of Online Poker Cheating

The following article by Sean Gibson of details Microgaming Network's move to stall those players looking to gain an unfair advantage in online poker games using datamining software, namely those who use hand histories to enhance their ability as online poker cheats.


"The Microgaming Network is a group of sites that includes 32RedPoker, CrazyPoker, PurpleLounge, GNUF, and Unibet. The network currently ranks number nine in the world according to with a 24-hour peak of 4,192 cash game players and a seven-day average of 2,150. In a major announcement, the management at Microgaming announced intentions to eliminate datamining on the family of poker sites.

Effective as of last week, Microgaming announced a new policy regarding hand histories: “With immediate effect, hand histories on observed tables will no longer be stored on players’ computers and the practice of downloading and storing hand histories in bulk will be stopped."

On all other online poker sites, each hand generates a small text file that summarizes the action that just occurred. Using these text files with programs such as PokerTracker or Holdem Manager will generate statistics on your play and the play of others at the table. These stats show game play tendencies and allow a player to see their progress. While hole cards are not revealed in these text files, dataminers capture them around the clock and sell them in bulk.

While every other poker site in the industry generates some form of these files for people to observe or track, Micrograming feels that such software gives an unnatural balance of power. There are those who utilize all that poker software has to offer to gain every possible form of intelligence and there are the recreational players who do not. Instead of allowing players a choice as to whether they want to employ such software, Microgaming has eliminated the option altogether for observed hand histories.

Andrew Clucas, Head of Poker at Microgaming Software Systems, stated, “Concern has been rising over the long-term effect of third party software upon the poker industry as a whole, and in particular the negative effect it has on the recreational player demographic. The decision to put a stop to the practice of datamining on the poker network is part of Microgaming’s overarching network strategy to support operators in attracting and retaining recreational players. It further demonstrates commitment in providing a secure and fair playing environment.”

Many in the online poker playing community view this move as a petty stab against those who utilize all available resources and truly love the game. Clucas went on to say, “Microgaming is not seeking to alienate its winning players… There has been a move in the industry towards penalizing winners; we believe that is the wrong approach. There will always be winners and losers in poker. What we are trying to achieve is a more level playing field for all the players.”

The only other network to have any sort of anti-datamining effort in place is the Cake Poker Network. It allows hand history files to be created, but only provides the hero’s user name in the file. That way, a player can still import the hand histories into tracking programs so that they can see their own stats and results. The move at Microgaming eliminates that option for players.

The irony in all of this is that none of the major datamining sites appeared to sell hand histories for the Microgaming Network. All of the datamining sites profiled on do not support or sell hand histories for any of the Microgaming Network sites.

Without shared hand histories, there would have been no discussion about the superuser scandals at, Absolute Poker, and Pitbull Poker. There are many different hand history discussions that opened up cheating scandals where more than just a few players were caught red-handed. For now, the debate whether shared hand histories should be available rages on while poker sites big and small take a stand on both sites of the argument."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Online Casino Scams

When you read those words, what do you think players cheating casinos or online casinos cheating players? Well, first of all, there is a tremendous difference in strength and significance between the words online casino scam and online poker scams. Of course, they both refer to cheating at gambling online, but online casino scams are nearly always referring to online scams perpetrated by the casinos, and most of these nowadays are nothing more than online casinos slow to pay out or disappearing off the net with the cash in depositers' accounts.

Online poker cheating scams is a much more expansive subject, and contrary to online casino cheating scams, they are almost always perpetrated by players logging onto the online poker sites who have the intention to cheat you. I'm talking about collusion, bots, superuser, multi-accounting and all the other online poker scams you have and haven't heard of. In any case, to keep yourself better informed about cheating in online poker and casinos on the Internet, stick to your searches of poker and online poker cheating.

Facebook Poker Cheats! What's the Jig?

As you might imagine, I get tons of e-mails asking me about Facebook Texas Hold'em Poker Cheating. It seems everyone and his grandmom want to become Facebook Poker Cheats. I mean, come on, what is this crap?! It's hard to believe that Facebook Poker Cheats or Cheating Facebook Poker has more search engine results than any other form of poker cheats or poker cheating search. And what for? If you've got nothing better to do than look for software that's gonna allow you to rack up cheated Facebook Poker points, I suggest two possible courses of action for you. ONE is ditch the Facebook cheating and become a REAL online or brick and mortar poker room cheat. The OTHER is...Get a Life!

Or of course, jump off the Pokerwhannee Bridge!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Full Tilt Poker Turning the Tables With Lawsuit

As reported by PokerNews, "Full Tilt Poker is entangled in another lawsuit, but this time, it is doing the suing. The online poker giant is suing Clonie Gowen in a federal court. Full Tilt isn't seeking monetary damages other than for court costs and legal fees, but Tilt wants a statement from her stating that she does not have a one percent ownership in the company as she previously alleged.

If you haven't been following Full Tilt's legal woes, Gowen sued Full Tilt claiming that she had entered into an oral agreement with the company, which entitled her to a one percent ownership in the company and that the agreement was breached because Full Tilt failed to pay her distribution payments. A hearing is scheduled for February."

My Take on Full Tilt Poker Room Safety: It is still a Top-10 Cheat Minimum online poker site.

Former Foxwoods Dealer Cops Out To Ripping Off Casino For $100,000!

Source: Greg Smith, Norwich Bulletin.

A blackjack and baccarat dealer from Mohegan Sun Casino has pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from his involvement in a sophisticated card cheating scheme involving more than 30 people at numerous casinos across the country, U.S. Attorney Nora R. Dannehy announced today.

Jesus Rodriguez, 40, of Grove Avenue in Groton, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in New Haven. In 2005, while employed as a card dealer at Mohegan Sun Casino, Rodriguez accepted bribes to aid a criminal organization called the “Tran Organization,” which is based in San Diego, steal more than $100,000 by cheating at blackjack and mini-baccarat at the casino. Rodriguez admitted to accepting bribes to perform “false shuffles,” during card games, creating “slugs” of unshuffled cards and allowing a co-conspirator to track the order of cards and bet on the known order of the cards being dealt.

Rodriguez faces a maximum of five years in prison and fine of up to $250,000 at sentencing April 7 before U.S. District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven.

More than 30 people, including Rodriguez, were charged in the Southern District of California as a result of the investigation, which was led by the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. The cheating schemes occurred at more than two dozen casinos in the U.S. and Canada. The investigation involved the FBI’s San Diego Field Office; the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division; the San Diego Sheriff’s Department; and the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Gambling Control with assistance from federal, state, tribal and foreign authorities.

The case is being prosecuted in the District of Connecticut by Assistant United States Attorney Michael S. McGarry.