Saturday, January 08, 2011

Online Poker Cheating and Casino Cheating Peek Into New Decade

For those of you who don't realize, we have just entered a new decade. As 2001 was the correct official year beginning the new millennium, 2011 is the correct year beginning the current new decade. Naturally casino and poker cheating evolves with the arrival of each new decade just like everything else in life does.

So what might we see in terms of new and advanced methods of poker and casino cheating in the years 2011 through 2020, both online cheating and brick and mortar cheating? Let's start with brick and mortar cheating. I imagine that most of you are familiar with roulette computers and scanners to predict in which quadrant the ivory ball will land. In the past decade, cell phones using digital chips and lasers became the state of the art equipment to do just that. But this decade might bring some higher-tech changes to roulette-ball-clocking, if you want to call it that. How 'bout lasers embedded inside pinky rings that emit low-enough beams to be undetectable to casinos' detection devices? Imagine a beautiful woman decked out in jewellery standing by the roulette table with a laser cell built into her diamond ring. The pit bosses would be too busy looking at her, even at her pretty hands, to suspect that she was clocking the wheel through her ring.

Better yet, how 'bout marking cards without marking cards? What I mean is actually seeing the faces of cards lying face-down on the table, without a single telling mark on their backs. What am I talking about? Well, it might be called "marking cards by MRI." That's right! I am suggesting performing magnetic resonance imaging on cards in the middle of a casino poker game. How's that for poker cheats? Or blackjack cheats spying the dealer's hole-card?

How could this be done? Well, I am not talking about walking into your local public poker room or cardroom with a giant tubular MRI tunnel into which you are somehow going to slip the cards without anyone else at the table noticing. Nor am I talking about some other clunking device that will produce the magnetic field necessary to image the faces of the hidden cards. What I AM talking about is a rapid MRI pencil shooter that will silently and magnetically beam the cards and reveal their frontal images onto a tiny screen your are wearing as guessed it...finger ring! AND, you will be wearing special glasses that allow you to see the screen on your ring.

And what about cheating at craps? No MRIs here. Just state of the art remote control devices that let you control the dice as they fly out of your (or anyone else at the table's) hands and across the table layout. Talk about dice-control! Forget all that Frank Scoblete bullshit...this is the real deal!

And this entire blog entry is nothing more than a figment of my imagination. Hope it gave you a good laugh, though!!! LOL

Friday, January 07, 2011

UltimateBet Online Poker Cheat Victim--Now Front Man for, Prahlad Friedman Tells Why He Did It

Source: Bluff Magazine

For a little more than a week now the poker world has been dealing with rumors and speculation that Prahlad Friedman would be signing with online poker site The reaction of the poker community has been shock and, in some cases, even anger. Friedman was the biggest victim of the UltimateBet Superuser Scandal having lost millions to Russ Hamilton and his now infamous cheating ring. When rumors first surfaced that Friedman would indeed be signing with UB many people questioned the positioning of Friedman’s moral and ethical compass. How, after rejecting all suitors up until this point, could he sign with poker site that cheated him out of millions of dollars?

With the signing now confirmed BLUFF sat down with Friedman to bring his side of the story to the discussion.

The poker community has responded with shock to your decision to sign with UB after you were a victim of the now famous UltimateBet Cheating Scandal. What do you say to those who are angry or disappointed in your decision?

I would say that’s their personal opinion and I’m fine with that. I’m kind of an outspoken guy myself so I understand why other people are outspoken, so I don’t really have a problem with their opinion, I just totally disagree. Just the fact that they’re so anti-UB I guess. I feel like they took care of me after the scandal. I feel like they didn’t have to pay people back and they did. It was amazing to find out I was going to get a hunk of money back. I have a good relationship with their team and their management and I feel like this is a totally different UB than anything associated with the scandal.

At any point in the last week have you reconsidered your decision?

No. Not at all. I talked to friends and family, just bascially all my loved ones and they all said go for it. I explained all the situation of everything and they said go for it. And these are a lot of real liberal people, a lot of down to earth people that I completely respect. When you have the support of all your friends and family it’s easy to have a change of heart.

At what point were you at peace with your decision?

There’s no specific time but it was a couple of weeks before Christmas. That’s when I was talking a lot with friends and family and they gave me a lot of good advice. They let me know you could be a good influence on the world and get your messages out there. As it’s been I’ve just been here in the dungeon, here in my house, just playing online poker. I reach out through Twitter and Facebook but I think this is a way for me to get out there and be a positive influence. There’s a big charity component with my deal and I’m really happy about that. I feel like I can do a lot of good.

One of the most outspoken people in the last week has been Daniel Negreanu. Have you spoken to Daniel and if so, what did you tell him?

Very briefly, through texts, but I’d rather not get into anything that we talked about. I respect the fact that he’s outspoken, so am I. We’re both fellow vegans, which is cool. I think it’s great to have a couple of vegans at the top of their respective sites. His opinions are his opinions and I guess mine are mine. I guess we just disagree on this one. We agree on a lot of other things.

When you sent out the Tweets on November 23 asking for feedback from your followers about signing with an online poker site, did you learn anything from that which influenced your decision?

I didn’t learn too much. Everyone kinda said ‘go for it’. I actually wasn’t specifically talking about UB. At that point I was just shopping around and I’d picked up an agent through PokerRoyalty. I was just kinda exploring my options, so a lot of people said ‘go for it’. My main influencers were just people close to me. I just put that out on Twitter to have fun with it and see what the responses were. I learned the most from people closest to me.

At that point how close were you to signing with UB?

At that time I was shopping around through my agent. Everything was through my agent, so I wasn’t specifically myself talking to any site. I was just letting my agent do his thing. At that point I didn’t even know if there were offers or anything.

Who else in the poker community did you talk to before making the decision to sign with UB?

I’m not going to name specific people, but just people that I’m close to or that I hang out with. There’s a lot of people in the poker community that I’m friendly with, but I don’t really hang out with them too much, don’t really talk on the phone too much. So a lot of those people I didn’t really reach out to. They’re just kind of associates, friendly associates or whatever. There are some poker players that I’m friendly with and I did talk to them and like I said, anyone that’s close to me gave their full support. It was easy for me to reconsider my years of not wanting to sign with a site ever. I just kind of held my own opinion and held tight with it. After talking to all the people close to me, they were like ‘hey, you can do a lot of good with this’. So it just convinced me.

When your agent told you that UB was interested what was your initial reaction?

I was happy because UB came at an angle of me having a lot of creative control and being a front-runner for the company. Whereas the other sites I’d just be like a pawn. The other sites have thousands of pros. I felt that with other sites I wouldn’t really get the forefront. I’ve always played basketball, been the point guard and always been the leader in most things that I do. I feel like I’m more of a leader than a follower so this is just a perfect fit for me.

Do you think any other big site would be able to realistically offer your the same amount of money that UB has? Was that a factor?

It wasn’t really a big factor, the money. People that know me well know that my life doesn’t revolve around money. I think the charity component involves some money and that’s what I was concerned with. I think UB is down to work with me on charities of my interest. With the deal I have there’s a good charity component. A lot of people are going to get helped. I’m going to be posting on Twitter if anyone has charities that they feel should helped, I’m going to check them out. I’m going to do a lot of research and a lot of good is going to come out of this so I’m real happy about that.

When you found out that both Annie Duke and Phil Hellmuth would be leaving UB, did that cause you any concern?

I’m friends with both of them. I respect both of them. It didn’t really cause me concern because they’re doing what’s best for them. I just see that UB is going in a new direction and while they did tons of good for their site I guess they just want to try something new. I’m sure Annie and Phil will have no problems with their future. I’m sure they’ll be successful. So it didn’t really raise concerns with me.

Did you ask UB management why the two biggest names would be leaving the brand?

I didn’t have any concerns about it. I didn’t assume anything bad happened. They’ve both been with the site a long time. People have a change of heart, just like I did.

Have you received all of your hand histories from the super-user scandal?

No, I haven’t. People might be shocked that I would do that but I didn’t really care too much to do that. I received an amount of money that I was extremely happy with and I felt like they totally took care of me. I didn’t feel like I needed to spend months or years or however long it was going to take to check every single hand history. I was ready to move on. I was extremely ecstatic to get a refund.

Was the refund close to what you lost?

I think it’s what I lost. It was such a good number that how could it be much more? I have a little bit different outlook than a lot of people, I kind of feel like karma takes care of things. I felt like I had good karma just to get that refund. I was happy and ready to move on rather than being all freaked out. That’s just not how I operate as a human.

What recourse do you have if further security issues arise? Would you considering walking away or leaving UB if further problems surface?

Yeah, I’d say that anyone that signs with a site, you can never really have a clear-cut if this happens or this happens. It would have to be a case-by-case basis I’d have to look at it and make a decision from there. I feel like I’m a smart enough person to make a good decision and do the right thing.

For so many years not only did you speak out against online companies, but all corporations in general. What part of your moral view changed?

I think talking to friends and family they convinced me that I can do more good than any pitfalls that I would see in the past of representing a corporation. Even Daniel responded on Twitter saying that ‘you need to reconsider because you can do a lot of good with charity with the money that you get’. So it’s kind of funny that Daniel would have a little bit influence on me. It’s mainly my friends and family that said the charity component is awesome.

I plan on putting my stamp on the poker community in terms of doing good for society as well. Not just poker, poker, poker. Poker and society, helping people. I just plan on continuing to be me. I’m not changing in any way. I’m going to continue to be a silly guy, a rapper, someone that likes to have fun and someone that likes to have fun and someone that’s kind of intense about his poker and also intense about helping the world. Nothing’s going to change. I just feel like I can reach a greater audience through more exposure. In the past I haven’t really been invited to too many shows and I never really understood why. I feel like I’ll probably be on a few more shows, I’ll probably have a little more exposure and I’ll just continue to be me which I feel is a good influence.

You’ve always seemed to stand for something, so much so, that you couldn’t be bought. Many in the poker community feel that by signing with UB, you’ve sold out. How do you explain choosing UB instead of another site?

UB is giving me the most creative control. At the other sites I’d just be one of hundreds or whatever. It just feels like they’ve already got their set team and I just don’t feel like I would have a very great influence on what they do. At UB it feels like I’m put in a position of having a lot of creative control whether it’s commercials or clothing lines or whatever it is. I just feel like that’s awesome. That was the biggest thing probably along with the charity component.

What is the charity component? How does it work?

It’s a good chunk of money that’s going to come out of my deal and go to whoever I feel it should go to. I’m already in the process of looking at charities that I’m interested in. Make sure the charity is solid and the money actually goes directly to people in need. I’m excited about it. I’m already got a lot of ideas from people, different charities and I’ve been researching and looking through it. I just can’t wait to get out there and help people.

Who brought up the charity angle? Was it you or UB?

It was important to me. That was the only way I was going to sign a deal with anyone was if there was going to be a charity component to it. I’m not doing this for money. Rather than being such an outsider of the world we live today, which I’ve been for many years, I guess I’m trying to be on the inside a little bit more. I’m trying to mix with society more because I feel a greater influence on more people. Rather than being on the outside and saying people shouldn’t do this or shouldn’t do that, I just feel like I can take away some of my judgements and work from the inside out.

Has it been hard the last week to not respond to forum threads or Twitter conversations?

No, not really. I have a pretty good amount of discipline. It was somewhat tempting to respond but I’m not trying to get into any kind of war. I just want to be about peace. Like with Daniel, we’re both vegan and a lot of our life we feel the same way. The fact that he’s so outspoken is all good with me and now that it’s out there that I’ve signed I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with him. I’ve got no hate for anyone. There’s been a few comments hating on me but I just feel like a lot of these people that are hating on me I don’t have a close relationship with anyways so it doesn’t really effect me at all.

My take: Well, regardless of what Prahlad Friedman says or doesn't say, his decision to join is all about one thing. Care to guess?... You're Friedman simply realized that signing up with, the online poker room that cheated him supposedly out of millions (I cannot vouch for this reported figure), will bring him more money in the long-run than if he didn't sign. He will surely recoup his losses on, whatever they may have been, and then some...and then some more!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

More Serious Problems For Master Slot Cheat Nestor!

Andre Nestor
Source: Las Vegas Review Journal

Two men face federal conspiracy charges in a scheme that exploited a software glitch to inflate jackpot payouts on video poker machines in Las Vegas and beyond.

John Kane, 52, and Andre Nestor, 39, were charged Monday in federal court in Las Vegas with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the scheme, which netted at least $429,000.

In early 2009, Kane, of Las Vegas, discovered a way to exploit a video poker machine through a rarely used feature that must be enabled by casino attendants, according to the criminal complaint. With the feature enabled, Kane played video poker at the minimum bet until he hit a jackpot. Then, using the feature, he changed his wager to the maximum bet and inflated the payout, according to the complaint filed by the FBI.

The complaint does not name any casinos or the brand of the machine in question.

After Kane's "test run" in Las Vegas, Nestor arrived from Pennsylvania, and together they used the scheme to take inflated jackpots in May and June 2009, the complaint said. Then Nestor took what he learned home to the Meadows Racetrack and Casino near Pittsburgh, authorities alleged.
During a visit to that casino in June 2009, Nestor posed as a high roller, arriving with a former police officer posing as his bodyguard, according to Washington County, Pa., court records.

Nestor found a Draw Poker machine made by Reno-based International Game Technology and persuaded a slot technician to activate the machine's Double Up feature. The technician obliged, but a supervisor overruled him because the change required gaming board approval, according to the records. But when the technician disabled the feature, he forgot to save the change, leaving the feature active for Nestor. Over the next two months, Nestor collected 61 video poker jackpots totaling $429,945, according to the court records.

Gaming authorities first suspected wrongdoing in late August 2009 when a Nestor associate tried to sign for a jackpot Nestor had just won. Within three days, investigators had uncovered the scheme. Nestor and two associates were indicted by a Washington County grand jury a month later.

Steven Toprani, Washington County's district attorney, said he was in touch with federal authorities while his case moved toward trial. As Nestor's trial was about to start Monday, federal agents showed up with an arrest warrant and took him away in handcuffs.

"It looks like this certainly was larger than a thief in Washington County," said Toprani, who said he was told the thefts could top $1 million.

Nestor is being brought to Las Vegas to face the federal charge. Kane was arrested in Las Vegas and appeared in court Tuesday.

Jerry Markling, chief of enforcement for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, said his agency began investigating Kane in the summer of 2009, but when the investigation grew to include other jurisdictions, the FBI took over.
Though not uncommon, the scam is not something investigators see all the time, Markling said.

It was unclear how Kane learned of the glitch. A player can stumble onto a glitch, but one also can be discovered by a dedicated slot cheat who buys a machine and experiments to find vulnerabilities, Markling said. "If you have a machine and you have long enough to experiment, you might be able to find a glitch like this," he said.

IGT, which makes about half of the slot machines used in the United States, did not respond to requests for comment.

David G. Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said the case shows how slot cheats have adapted to new technology over the years. "As the machines change, the cheating technology changes," he said. "Obviously this guy found a back door."

My take: This guy Nestor is as sharp as they come when it comes to cheating slot machines...but his internal security, which is of supreme importance in organized slot and casino cheating, was far below par. How could someone of Nestor's obvious intelligence let his cheat-partner sign for a jackpot that he himself had won? This of course would alert even the dummest of casino dummies that a scam was in the works. Perhaps Nestor was unaware that his cohort was trying to cash the jackpot, which could be the case if the partner was out to rip Nestor off. In any case, nearly all great casino scams (and this was one of them) come apart for some stupid reason that has nothing to do with the mechanics of the cheat scam themselves.

Nestor is now looking at a serious interstate conspiracy charge and probably five years in prison. This is up there with the Tran Organization Baccarat Scam (search this blog).

Another Poker Cheat Murder! Wow!..That's 3 in the Last Year!


Wendy Georges, accused of fatally stabbing a 23-year-old Norwich man on Dec. 14 during a poker game, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree manslaughter and has been assigned an attorney.

Georges, 29, of 69 Mechanic St., Norwich, was arrested within hours of the death of John Stevens Fleurimond and has been held in lieu of $1 million bond. On Monday, he made his first appearance in the New London Superior Court, where major crimes are tried.

Judge Patrick J. Clifford appointed Bruce A. Sturman, the area's chief public defender, to represent Georges and continued the case to Jan. 18. Georges, who is Haitian, was assisted by an interpreter during the proceeding.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit in the case, Georges, who is also known as "Poshawn," was playing poker with Fleurimond and several others at Fleurimond's basement apartment at 461 Boswell Ave.

Georges told police he suspected Fleurimond of cheating and grabbed him by the throat. He said Fleurimond produced a knife and slashed him and that others pulled the two men apart. He said he was able to gain possession of the knife and that he stabbed Fleurimond in the back.

Georges said he fled the residence and ran until he ended up in Jewett City. He was arrested several hours later at his apartment, where police noticed he had a small cut and dried blood on his palm. During an interview with police, he cried and said, "Those guys jumped me. I was defending myself."

More Online Poker Cheating Charges Levelled at Isildur1...But Are They Fair?


Isildur1′s recent signing with PokerStars has made a huge splash in the online poker community, and not surprisingly, some controversy has been attached to his high stakes sessions so far. After losing badly to Isildur1, URnotINdanger2 (otherwise known as Scott Palmer) began to suspect that foul play may have been involved. Although Palmer didn’t elaborate publicly as to the nature of his claims, a later conversation with Rui Cao shed some light ont he controversy.

The saga began when URnotINdanger2 lost $175,000 to Isildur1 during a PokerStars PLO session lasting a full six hours. Palmer discussed the match the following day on Full Tilt Poker with Kpederson, another online high stakes player who has recently faced off against Isildur1. Palmer asked Kpederson if he noticed “anything weird” while playing against I1. Kpederson said he hadn’t, at which point the conversation apparently moved to a more private online messaging system.

Palmer continued his witch hunt later that day during a conversation with Rui Cao, also known as PepperoniF. During this rant, Palmer suggested that Isildur1 was “godmoding,” a term which eerily echoed the UB super user scandal of years past. Specifically, Palmer claimed that Isildur1 was consistently folding when Palmer was dealt premium hole cards, and raising when Palmer was given muck fodder. Although Rui Cao did not explicitly agree with the allegations, he did admit that Isildur1 was “running like jesus” during their sessions.

Personally, I find it highly unlikely that PokerStars would allow Isildur1 to cheat, simply as a promotional stunt or as a way of covering for I1′s less than stellar performances since his signing.

So what really happened here? In all likelihood, Isildur1 played a legitimate game and bested URnotINdanger2, who then allowed his emotions to get the best of him. At the same time, it’s admittedly rare to see these kinds of accusations tossed around casually, especially among well known high stakes players. The real question that remains to answered, however, is whether or not Isildur1 will live up to his 2010 hype in a brand new 2011.

My take: I agree with here.

Caught or Not, At Least Korean Casino Cheats Show More Mettle Than Their Asian Counterparts

One thing recent casino-cheating history has taught us: Asian casino cheats, especially the Chinese and Vietnamese who have been dominating Asian Cheat scams, almost invariably use inside casino employees, mainly dealers and pit supervisors, to cheat casinos. The Chinese have long been into the false shuffle scams on the baccarat tables, beating the Hilton, MGM Grand and old Desert Inn for more than $3 Million on their Las Vegas baccarat tables in the early and mid 90s. In each of those casinos, fellow Chinese dealers were recruited to rig the cards via false shuffling. In most major Chinese casino cheating cases, the dealers come from the same province in China as the organizers of the scams who recruit them. That is their common ground, and almost always there are affiliations with the infamous Chinese Mafia Triads.

With the Vietnamese, it works almost the same but with a twist. Like their Chinese counterparts, professional Vietnamese casino cheats recruit casino dealers and floorpeople to perform the mechanics of their scams while they themselves take the money off the casinos' tables. The Vietnamese twist to this is that they don't always recruit fellow Vietnamese like the Chinese do Chinese. In the recent international baccarat megascam pulled off by the Vietnamese Tran Organization, Caucasian American dealers and casino supervisors were recruited as well. Even the Mayor of Seattle's son played a part in the Tran scam by selling out his Washington State casino to the cheats.

But the Koreans cheating casinos are showing a bit more mettle and ingenuity, and their casino scams are netting the same big dollars that the Chinese and Vietnamese cheats do. In this latest baccarat cheat scam at Foxwoods in Connecticut, not only did the Korean cheats not use any inside help, they worked with an old American cheat device called the "holdout." This device is as American as apple pie and its origins trace back to the Mississippi Riverboat Gambling Days as well as the Old Wild West. Cheats like George Devol (Poker and Casino Cheat Hall of Fame member) and Wild Bill Hickok knew a thing or two about the holdout devices, so how much more American can these Koreans get?

I am also getting reports of good old-fashioned roulette pastposting moves being performed around the world by Korean casino-cheat teams, especially in Singapore's casinos where they must feel a bit closer to home. Believe it or not, Korean poker cheats (who have been running online poker bot collusion rings) are working brick and mortar poker rooms as well. They specialize in collusion, but who's to say they are not working the same old holdout devices as well? Whatever they are doing in poker, they're doing it in California, Vegas, Atlantic City, Connecticut...and just about anywhere else poker cheating is worth it.

My feelings: More power to the Korean poker and casino cheats!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

More Details on Foxwoods Casino Million-Dollar Baccarat Scam Using Holdout Device

"The Cheats Casino" 
Greg Smith of the Norwich Bulletin did a good job summing up the latest details of this baccarat scam engineered by a Korean casino-cheat team with ties to international cheating rings and organized crime.

In just two weeks of gambling at Foxwoods Resort Casino last year, four Korean nationals walked away from the baccarat tables with more than $870,000 in winnings.

It wasn’t luck or skill, according to newly unsealed police reports, but a cheating instrument known as a holdout device, that allows a player to hold a card up their sleeve.

Young Su Gy, 50, had the device concealed on his left forearm while his partner, Wookyung Kim, 34, acted as a blocker, waving score cards to obstruct the view from other patrons and baccarat dealers, police reports show. Police said two other people were working with the couple on various dates between Sept. 8 and Oct. 20. Federal authorities are investigating a link to an international syndicate.

Baccarat is a card game in which two or more players gamble against the banker. The winner is the one who holds two or three cards whose total is closest to nine.

Gy used the mechanical device to drop a card down to fit his hand and switch it with one he had picked up, saving the card until it fit another hand, according to the arrest
warrant affidavit prepared by Detective Martin Graham, a member of the state police casino unit.

Spotted on camera

Most of the activity was captured by casino surveillance, but only after the group was gone. The Foxwoods Office of the Inspector General contacted state police Oct. 22 and filled them in on the scheme. Foxwoods security determined who the players were because they had obtained Foxwoods Player Dream Cards with their Korean passports. A month later, state police were contacted by the Department of Homeland Security to report the couple were back in the country, arriving at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on Nov. 19.

The couple were back at Foxwoods the same day, where they were served with a warrant.

Two other Korean nationals were arrested at the same time on a similar warrant issued by New Jersey authorities. A link is unclear, though federal authorities have been present at several court appearances.

Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Carney, who is prosecuting the case, declined comment while the case was pending.

Former baccarat dealer, professional cheater and self-proclaimed cheating expert Richard Marcus said the cheating scam and use of the holdout device is nothing new.

Old West device

“It is mainly used in poker games, dating back to Mississippi Riverboat days and the Old West,” Marcus said. “It simply allows a player to stash cards removed from a game or brought with him prior to the game up his sleeve where the device is hidden. Then when he needs to enter the cards into the game, he releases them from the holdout device, which generally holds up to six cards comfortably, depending on the device.

“It is simply incredible and a shame on Foxwoods surveillance that this old trick was used to beat them for that much money,” Marcus said.

Gy and Kim remain held in prison on $500,000 and $150,000 bonds, respectively. Their passports have been seized and they have entered not guilty pleas to a host of charges that include multiple felony counts of first-degree larceny and cheating. They are due back in New London Superior Court on Feb. 7.

A representative from Foxwoods Resort Casino could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

My take: Can you believe how stupid these Koreans were to get caught after pulling off a great scam like this because of their freaking Dream Cards! I can't.

Atlantic City Tropicana Casino Fined $115,000 For Not Catching on to Dealer/Player Inside Blackjack Scam!

This rinky-dink blackjack scam where the dealer simply overpaid his cohort at the table or didn't take his losing bets over a seven-month period is almost as shameful as Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut getting beat for nearly a million bucks by an old-fashioned holdout device on its baccarat tables.

The cheating action in question took place between November 2008 and May 2009, during which time the dealer had his buddy repeatedly come to his tables and simply dumped the Tropicana's money on him. According to documents filed with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, the Tropicana is guilty of not properly supervising a blackjack table, not properly collecting losing bets, and paying off winning bets more money than they were entitled to...and, the grand finale, not detecting casino cheating under their noses!

Supposedly the dealer and player hooked up at the dealer's blackjack tables at least thirty times in seven months. Apparently the amateurish scam came apart when a third party with knowledge of the cheat, probably either the dealer's or the player's girlfriend, ratted them out to the casino shift manager, who removed the dealer from the table as he was dealing to his cheat partner. Under the heat of the back room, the dealer finally admitted the scam.

I have no information as to what happened to the dealer and his cohort, whether they were charged, the dealer fired, etc. Neither was identified and the New Jersey Attorney General has released no public records on the matter.

My take: Sometimes it seems that the easier and stupider a casino cheating scam, the harder it is for casino surveillance to catch on to it. One thing for sure, though, is that either the dealer or the player or both was not spending enough of the cheat-gains on his girlfriend!

Lesson to be learned: Don't let your girlfriend know you're cheating the casino!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Information Says Korean Baccarat Cheats Scammed Foxwoods Casino Out of $1 Million Using Simple Holdout Device!

Again, shame on Foxwoods, the longtime easiest casino in the world to cheat out of big money. The huge baccarat scam last November cleared a cool million before inept and poorly trained surveillance operators at Foxwoods finally caught on. It was first reported that the Korean casino cheats used electronic devices of some sort, but now it has been revealed that the device was a simple holdout device, where cards are removed from a game and slid into a gadget hidden under a sleeve. These holdout devices are typically used in crooked home poker games where the cheats don't have to worry about being prosecuted if caught with the device.

Incredible that Foxwoods, the biggest grossing casino in the entire world fell victim to a simple holdout-device scam on its baccarat tables.

They really need some REAL game protection--from me!

Worst Online Poker and Cheating Blunders of 2010!

Source: Casino Scam Report

Casino’s and player’s throughout the year made some major blunders which ended up making their way into the news. So we have compiled a few of the most memorable “screw ups” of 2010 for you to read and reminisce. Enjoy!

Betfair Casino Giveth & Taketh Away! – Betfair Casino had a fantastic promotion in 2010 called their “Happy Hour”. This was an unlimited bonus event where players were only required to roll their bonus over 10 times before being allowed to cash out, which in online gambling is Fantastic! So of course, thousands of players took them up on their offer. Well once management at the casino saw how many players were taking them up on this “Happy Hour” bonus they realized the promotion was “too” generous and they stood to lose too much money. So, what they did next was a huge blunder! A great number of players ended up not receiving their winnings of this bonus and some were actually told to return their winnings! LOL, can you believe that? There were threats that if they didn’t return the winnings there accounts would be put in the negative until all monies were paid back. Betfair was spanked hard by the gaming community and had to absorb all losses and be happy about it.

Self Banned Gambler Loses out on Jackpot Win – A man from New Zealand knew he had a gambling problem and asked the casinos to ban him from playing at their casino. All was well and good until one night in Aug. 2010 when he felt like playing a little Caribbean Stud poker at the very same casino that was supposed to keep him out, let him in, let him gamble, and he ended up winning $60,000! But the casino refused to pay him the winnings when they realized he was the man that asked to be banned 6 years earlier! The case was headed to authorities the last we heard.

Poker Player Sues 6 other Players for his losses! – Scott Crespo played in over 700 poker tournaments online, against some of the biggest and best in online poker. Being the sore loser that he was, he turned around and tried to sue 6 well-known poker players for his losses claiming he was cheated! Crespo lives in Illinois where it is possible to recover your gambling losses if you can prove cheating, and that’s what he tried to do. Honestly, if you lose 700 poker tournaments you suck at poker and should go find another line of work. Just saying.

These are some of the big Blunders that took place in 2010; there is more but not enough room to write them all tonight. Look for more in the future, because in the online gambling world there are plenty of strange and stupid stories out there and we love to report them!

Daniel Negreanu Blasts Prahlad Friedman For Signing With Before Friedman's Signing is Official! What Gall!!

My Public Enemy Number-One Daniel Negreanu continues pissing me off! Sitting on his high horse looking down on both the brick and mortar and online poker worlds, Negreanu has decided to publicly criticize pro poker player Prahlad Friedman for singing with, the online poker site and company that was home to the biggest online poker cheat scandal of all-time. In several tweets on his Tweet account "RealKidPoker," Negreanu said:

"So disappointed in Prahlad Friedman signing with the devil who stole millions from him. He was so ‘anti-sellout’ and then he did the unthinkable."

"They must have paid him a lot to join the dark side and endorse the exact same people who ruined him. So sad and so mind-boggling."

"The current owners of AP/UB are spending Prahlad’s money. They must be mocking him at this point. Cheat the dude and watch him endorse us!"

Here, some pro poker players offered opinions that differed with Negreanu's, basically trying to offset Negreanu’s charges, but Negreanu's hatred for is as intense as his hatred for Annie Duke, and he would not be tempered. So he went on:

"Sure, totally cheat and destroy a guy and then offer him a deal. That company is no less shady today and they cannot prove otherwise?"

"It’s true and you are all being lied to if you think the infrastructure of the company has been miraculously cleaned up."

"I don't begrudge people from signing a deal to support themselves ala Maria Ho. Prahlad spoke out AGAINST online poker then signed for money."

The most forceful critic of Negreanu was poker pro Matt Keikoan. He had this to say on Negreanu's ravings:

"I can see people like RealKidPoker, sitting behind his $4 mil a year PokerStars contract, w/ his nose up in the air, judging other people. And what, PokerStars is some great moral company, out for the good of all mankind? Gimme a break."

My take: Negreanu is an asshole, and in my mind is one of the biggest poker cheats out there. That's because he is the star of "High Stakes Poker", which is the biggest fraud out there in the poker world today!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

UltimateBet Cheating Victim Poker Pro Prahlad Friedman Ready to Sign With As Newest Team Member

This news, after the departure of Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke from the team, might have some of you wondering, but apparently Friedman, who has bragged that he was about the only recognized poker pro who had never signed with an online poker site and would never do so, is about to do just that. He'd even gone as far as calling his signing with an online poker site (any online poker site) "selling out."

Friedman, thirty-two years-old and owner of a World Series of Poker bracelet as well as a World Poker Tour title, became the hot topic of discussion on the TwoPlusTwo poker forum when posters typing in the URL for Annie Duke's biography on instead landed on a bio of Freidman. The exact amount of money Friedman lost in the Russ Hamilton-engineered UltimateBet online cheat scam is not known but is suspected to be in the area of $100,000. Friedman was also involved in a clock-controversy at this year's WSOP Main Event where he could have been elimated earlier than he was if not for being saved by the bell.

In any event, we should be hearing official news from early this week.

One TwoPlusTwo poster wrote that Freidman's signing might just mark the end of a bad era for online poker: "I think that for many of us UB is forever tainted. However, in the world of PR, signing Prahlad would be a very, very good move as a sign of different times ahead."

I agree.