Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Here is what she said.
My Take: Shit, I knew Tom was up to his eyeballs in it, and probably so did you, but nevertheless, Hintze has done a good job laying out the dirt.
Casinos in the US are fighting this casino cheat scam by creating algorithms that identify fraudulent playing activity. One way of spotting this is when that activity deviates significantly from normal play. They can then compare players visual play taken from surveillance video and compare it with the information entered into the player loyalty card data base. If it doesn't jibe, then they know someone's been whacking the system.
Some casinos are using an information systems consulting company called Synectics to help integrate multiple systems into one big automated red-flag operative.
“One of the fundamentals is that there are too many cameras and too many dispersed systems and it’s difficult to sift through all that benign data to find out what’s worth looking at,” John Katnic, chief operating officer and vice president of Synectics has said. “This is a means of dealing with escalating security data and what to look at and the way to look at it and what’s outside the trend.”
My take: well, I don't really give a crap about casinos catching player-loyalty-card cheats. In fact, better they focus their attention on them than on guys looking to cheat casinos the old-fashioned way--on the tables!
Today, April 27, Singapore's second giant casino opened. It's the Sands Marina Bay Casino, and like the first giant casino that opened in Singapore, Sentosa's Resort World Casino, it will be extremely ripe for those heapin' cheatin' pickin's. The Resort World Casino has been getting the shit kicked out of it by professional cheat teams that have descended on it from all over the world. Only one of these teams has been busted to date, due to a foolishness that really surprised me. That particular French/Spanish team was guilty of continuing to work the casino when they knew they had heat from payoffs on previous cheat moves.
Like its sister casino, the Sands Marina Bay is completely staffed with inexperienced people and with a surveillance department that will be relying completely on its video cameras. No one up in the eye-in-the-sky has a clue to spot moves on their own, which means that the good cheat teams will just beat them up on the casino floor and the eye will never be called into play, except when the amateur cheats do their stupid rank moves and the rats snitch them out.
How long will these two casino candy stores stay sweet for cheats? At least a year...enjoy it while you can!