Friday, May 27, 2011

Another Blackjack Card-Marking Cheating Scam Hits Delaware Casino!


After a week-long investigation into a blackjack cheating team at Delaware Park Casino, Delaware State Police Detectives assigned to the Division of Gaming Enforcement made the arrests of Huan Quan Yu, 59; Jiehui Huang, 49; and Raymond Li, 57; all of San Francisco, CA. Casino security, surveillance and table game personnel had observed suspicious activity at a blackjack table. Jiehui Huang had used a gaming chip to make indentation marks on “ten valued” playing cards. Huang was caught in the early stages of the cheating scam being assisted by Huan Quan Yu and Raymond Li, all originally from New York, but carrying driver’s licenses from San Francisco, CA. Yu and Li were players at the same blackjack table and attempted to use the knowledge of the marked cards to their advantage. The suspects were quickly taken into custody before they could commit the theft.

A search of Yu’s rented vehicle at Delaware Park Casino yielded evidence that the group of men were targeting casinos across the country. The cheaters are suspected of being part of a larger organized cheating team working out of New York City and San Francisco and have been observed at casinos on the West Coast, the East Coast and the Mid-West.

Detectives have further linked Yu to a similar theft which occurred at Dover Downs Casino in November 2010. The investigation into the Dover Downs incident remains under investigation with additional suspects being identified but not yet arrested. Detectives have also linked Yu to crimes at several casinos in Pennsylvania. Those criminal charges are pending extradition from Delaware.

All three were arrested at Delaware Park on several misdemeanor gaming crimes including altering a table game component, conspiracy, criminal mischief and attempted theft.

Yu posted a $3,500 cash bond on the misdemeanor charges but was held on a detainer on the Pennsylvania charges and committed to Gander Hill. Yu faces additional felony charges out of Delaware for theft, conspiracy, criminal mischief and altering a table game component.

Li and Huang were arraigned at JP Court 11 and released on unsecured bonds with a no-contact order with all Delaware casinos.

DGE officials have credited criminal intelligence networking between law enforcement and casino security/surveillance departments with solving this case and other cases in Delaware and other jurisdictions.

My take: Card-marking scams with casino chips seems quite amateurish, but I get the feeling these Asians were pretty good at it. Remember, you cannot touch the cards in these East Coast blackjack games, which means that you have to be pretty good to get your hands with the casino chip in them out to the cards on the table to mark them--without the dealer catching on. One method I know of is to tap the cards with the chip while saying to the dealer, "This is a tip for you," then you toss the chip to the dealer. That method can take the dealer's attention away from the fact you're actully marking the cards while giving him a tip.

These Asian teams have hit other casinos in Delaware and Pennsylvania with the same scam. And remember, we saw another Asian team cheat Foxwoods casino in Connecticut for nearly a million bucks with a holdout device.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

First "Off-Line" Book About UltimateBet and Absolute Poker Online Poker Cheating Scandals To Be Released


Investigative Journalist, Haley Hintze, who is known for her intense investigations into some of the deepest and darkest online gambling issues has authored an intriguing book about online poker and the deception that goes on inside. One of the most prominent stories written about in this new poker book is the scandal that hit Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet Poker that took place a couple of years ago and took the poker industry down into the depths of cheating, stealing and lying. Online gamblers will find this book informative and full of information that the normal everyday poker player does not encounter or know about making for some intensive reading.

Hintze has also included some amazing documents which include taped conversations, emails and rat accounts all which reveal classified information about unproven cover-ups that have been swirling around some online casino companies for sometime. Illustrations to the fraudulent transactions by Ultimate Bet and Absolute and how these two companies did everything they could to hide the cheating scandal from the general public and their online players. If you’re an avid online gambler and would like to read about an industry that has had its fair share of unscrupulous characters, scandalous events and criminal crimes, this is a book you should invest in once released. A title to this book has not been announced yet, and we will update once a title has been chosen.

My take: well, we've all read about this a zillion times online. Are we gonna learn anything knew reading about it off-line? Highly doubt it.

I Am Skeptical of Lake Charles Casino Claims That Cheats Made Half a Million Bucks Pastposting Roulette Tables

The latest on the L’Auberge Du Lac Casino Resort cheat scam in Lake Charles, Louisiana says two cheats, Derrick Weldon (the roulette dealer), 42, of Lake Charles and Charbel Tanous (the player/cohort), 33, of Houston, Texas cheated the casino by pastposting roulette bets. In other words, Weldon just stood idly by while his cohort pastposted (made late bets) on straight-up numbers on his roulette tables.

Well, how could this be possible? If the maximum payout on the table is $3,500, are they claiming that the pair pulled off the roulette pastpost cheat scam over a hundred times before surveillance got wind of it?

Come on, give us a break! There is something wrong here. If this casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana got beat for nearly half a mil, it wasn't some crooked dealer and his buddy making bets at roulette?

Why the bullshit?

Gambler Who Beat Atlantic City Tropicana For $6 Million Playing Blackjack Claims He Beat Several Atlantic City Casinos For $15 Million Overall--Without Cheating!


A high-rolling blackjack player from Pennsylvania says he’s the gambler who has won about $15 million overall at three Atlantic City casinos over the past six months.

Don Johnson of Bensalem tells The Press of Atlantic City that he’s quite thankful for his run of good luck, though he’s also lost an unspecified amount during his hot streak and has paid “millions in taxes.”

And while Johnson’s unwilling to disclose his betting strategy, he told the newspaper there’s nothing underhanded about his success. He doesn’t consider himself a professional gambler and emphatically denied cheating or being part of an organized gambling ring.

“I’ll take luck over any other skill,” Johnson said with a laugh. “There’s no magic to this. Eventually, someone would whack them. I’m just glad it was me. I’m not breaking any laws,” he said. “I’m beating them with my own skills.”

Johnson says he won $4.23 million at Caesars Atlantic City in December alone and took in about $5 million at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa over a five-month stretch. But his biggest success came when he won $5.8 million during a 12-hour spree at Tropicana Casino and Resort in April, a record loss for the casino.

Casino officials have previously confirmed that one player had recently won millions of dollars playing high-stakes blackjack but declined to identify the person, citing privacy concerns.

The newspaper reported Sunday that it had confirmed Johnson’s accounts with multiple sources within the casino industry.

And one expert told the newspaper it was entirely plausible for one player to win so big at blackjack, if they had sound knowledge of the game, deep pockets and exercised self-discipline.

The 49-year-old Johnson is chief executive officer of Heritage Development LLC, which uses computer-assisted wagering programs for horse racing. He started gambling at casinos about 15 years ago, placing $25 bets at blackjack tables. As he became more proficient, he transitioned into high-stakes wagering – for example, the Tropicana last month allowed him to bet up to $100,000 a hand.

But his run of good luck has caused some setbacks.

Johnson says he’s been banned at the Caesars and Harrah’s casinos in Nevada and was turned down by Resorts and Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. And he says casinos no longer offer him a 20 per cent discount on his losses or shower him with other high-roller perks.

“I don’t think they will let me play anymore,” he said of the Atlantic City casinos. “But it’s not going to change my life. If I don’t play blackjack, I’ll just go to the horse races.”

My Take: Do I believe this is on the square and that it is plausible that someone beat Atlantic City blackjack tables out of fifteen million without cheating? Well, at first then again, if they let him bet several hundred thousand bucks per hand it would be possible. I wonder why there was no mention of how much he may have been betting per hand in the other casinos besides the Tropican in these news reports.