Friday, July 22, 2016

The Ol' Purple Bra Casino Cheat Scam at Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA!

Not too pretty but she's got a purple bra!
Well, I've heard it before and I'll hear it again!

This time the ol' purple bra cheat scam occurred at the cheat-plagued Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA.

For those of you who don't know what the purple-bra scam is, it's simply when a female employee of the casino stuffs purple $500 chips into her bra and whisks them off the casino floor and into her pocket when she gets the chance.

Brandy Micheli Cheatham (GET A GANDER AT HER LAST NAME: "CHEAT 'EM"!...LOL), a forty-four year-old Sands casino supervisor, stuffed six of the $500 purple chips into her bra but clumsily dropped them as she was getting into an elevator--and was caught by the surveillance camera.

I imagine the surveillance operators upstairs watching had a good chuckle or two over this one!

In any case, the $3,000 attempted theft is surely gonna knock Ms.Cheatham ("Cheatham") out of the casino business for life and maybe six months of it in the county jail.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Card-Counting Cheating Wars Erupting in Maryland Casinos

Don't tell Maryland!
Ever since the US state of Maryland got its first legal gambling casino in 2010, blackjack card-counting has been a major combative issue, and it seems that the state's casino authorities at least secretly consider card-counting as cheating at blackjack.

Statistically, this makes sense.

I am getting more reports of blackjack players suspected of card-counting in Maryland being shown the door than from anywhere else in the world. And in some cases these "86ings" of suspected card-counters have been getting a bit rough--with at least three current law suits against Maryland casinos for illegal detention and battery on patrons currently running through Maryland's courts.

Also on the rise, faster than in any other US state, are casinos' conversion to continuous automatic card shufflers on their blackjack tables. Casino authorities state that they are using these shuffling machines, which shuffle played cards into the existing deck every few hands and render card-counting and other forms of advantge play nearly impossible, more to speed up the deal of blackjack games than to deter the card counters and shuffle trackers.

But whatever the truth really is, casinos neither in Maryland nor in the rest of the world will ever be able to convert to using the continuous shufflers on all their tables. That's because lots of high rollers and preferred customers simply don't like them,

Not because they're counting cards but rather for a general distaste of constantly seeing played cards invade the unplayed decks.

My take: Let the wars go on! The casinos will win most of 'em--but not all of 'em.

Monday, July 18, 2016

How the Pro Roulette Cheats Feast on Casino Roulette Wheels

Lots of ways to cheat the wheel
First, there are no betting systems or strategies to beat roulette.

But there are five proven ways to do it and they’re all called cheating. 
·         Bet-switching
·         Wheel-clocking
·         Chip-color manipulation
·         Dealer ball-control

Pastposting is the art of making a bet after the roulette ball has already landed on the winning number.

In roulette it’s usually done with a team of at least two cheats, one of whom distracts the dealer while the other makes a lightning-quick bet a split-second after the spinning ball drops into a number on the rotating wheel.

The key for success is that the distraction be subtle, not something stupid like spilling a drink on the layout.

One that works extremely well is an angry man making a fuss in front of the table at the crucial moment. All it takes is getting the dealer’s eyes off the layout for the fraction of a second needed to make the late bet.

Bet-switching is a stronger form of pastposting that increases the amount of a legitimate bet made before the ball was spun.

After the winning number is determined, the bet-switcher picks up the original bet off the layout and replaces it with a new, usually much bigger bet. The move is far more complicated than a simple pastpost and is carried out by very professional teams using a series of ingredients.
·         The Set-up
·         The Psychology
·         The Switch
·         The Claim
·         The Bet-back
·         The Disappearing Act

Say an original $10 bet straight-up on a number is to be switched to a $100 after that number wins. 

The person who eventually “claims” the switched-in bet makes a legitimate set-up bet of $100 straight-up on a number. Win or lose, he leaves the table but remains close by.

The psychology comes into play when the claimer returns to the same table a bit later to claim the bogus $100 bet and $3500 payoff. The dealer and supervisor will remember that they’d already seen him make an identical bet.

The switch goes down with the aid of logistical distractions caused by bet-patterns other team members make that control the dealer’s movements, enabling the window necessary for the “mechanic” to switch out the two $5 chips he´d bet and replace them with a $100 chip covered by a $5 chip. 

The “claimer” returns to the table as soon as the mechanic has made the switch, claiming the $100 chip now lying beneath the $5 chip on the winning number. He is paid $3500.

He now “bets-back” $100 on the same winning number, further enhancing the psychological element of the move. Had the claimer left immediately after being paid $3500 for a $100 bet nobody had seen placed, the casino is more likely to get suspicious.

Win or lose the bet-back, the claimer does his “disappearing act,” immediately leaving the casino. The mechanic and the rest of the team soon follow suit.

Wheel-clocking is the art of identifying biased wheels, those that by defect or wear-and-tear produce an uneven distribution of winning numbers in the long-run.

The “clockers” back in the day actually entered casinos with pad and pencil and charted thousands of spins hoping to find biased numbers that came out more than once every thirty-seven or thirty-eight spins, depending on zero and double-zero wheels.

Today’s wheels are constructed with better materials and tested and re-tested to eliminate any bias, and maintained like sensitive military equipment to make sure they stay that way.

The High-Tech Clockers

They are armed to the teeth with everything from Google Glasses to roulette computers to digital cameras to smart phones to laser scanners. All this high-tech equipment is programmed to clock revolutions of the ball and the speed of the spinning wheel to calculate quadrants into which the ball will land.

We first heard of this in 2004 when an Eastern European team beat a pair of casinos in Budapest for a cool million. Then came similar high-tech roulette attacks in popular London casinos. Again the digital and laser booty was in the millions.

How they do it
·         Expensive laser scanners often bought from the dark side of the Internet.
·         Clocking teams practice in workshops with real roulette wheels.
·         Wardrobes that house and hide their equipment are tailor-made.
·         Team enters casino and legitimately plays other games besides roulette to hide true motive.
·         It hits the wheel, one member clocking and signaling the high-roller, who places big wagers in the proper quadrants.
·         Often a third member stands outside the table with jamming equipment so surveillance doesn’t pick up electronic signals. 
·         They cash out and leave after short periods of play to avoid detection.

In today’s casino wars, the high-tech roulette cheats battle constantly with casino surveillance departments, each upgrading its electronic equipment in response to what the other has implemented.
The huge risk to wheel-clocking cheats is that in nearly all casino jurisdictions, anyone cheating in casinos with the help of equipment is charged with a major felony.

In fact, in some jurisdictions like Nevada, it’s a felony to even possess roulette devices inside casinos—even if they’re turned off!

Chip-color manipulation

This is one of the easiest scams in roulette, and it’s a favorite of women casino hustlers who love playing.

The scam follows these simple steps.
·         Woman #1 plays at a roulette table and buys $100’ worth of pink $1 roulette chips.  
·         She plays for several spins and then cashes out all but five of her $1 chips.
·         She leaves the table and passes off the five $1 chips to Woman #2.
·         Woman #2 goes to another roulette table and buys $100’ worth of pink $10 roulette chips.
·         She covertly adds to her pink stack the five $1 pink roulette chips Woman #1 had given her.
·         She plays for a several spins and then cashes out all her pink chips, including the five $1 pink chips from Woman #1.
·         The dealer is duped into thinking that those five $1 chips were part of the stack of $10 chips she bought at the table, since all the chips are identically pink.
·         Woman #2 is paid $50 for five roulette chips that Woman #1 had bought for $5 at the first roulette table, making a $45 profit.

It may seem surprising that this rinky-dink scam works so often, but it does. Even though all roulette chips are marked with a letter designating to which table they belong, there’s always confusion with these chips as many disappear off the table, mostly as tips given to cocktail waitresses who later redeem them for their original value at the table.

Dealer ball-control

Can roulette dealers actually affect where the ball will land on the spinning wheel?
Most people are quite skeptical, but like in craps where some dice-throwers can control the outcome of their rolls to a certain degree, some roulette dealers have similar talents dealing their roulette wheels.

How it’s done
·         Dealer gets to know the inner grooves of his wheel and begins timing his spins.
·         He gets familiar with certain dead spots on the wooden plates that affect the initial and subsequent bounces.
·         He hooks up with a partner who comes to his wheel to play.
·         If the partner was not told beforehand how and where to bet, the dealer inconspicuously signals him at the table.
·         Just a minimum of accuracy by the dealer will result in handsome profits over the long haul.

The Best of ’em all

Ball control by roulette dealers has been very popular for decades, especially in Europe.
In 1973, one innovative French roulette dealer took roulette ball-control to the hilt. He sculpted his own roulette ball and embedded an electronic receiver inside it. He snuck the ball into play, and his beautiful female cohort placed large bets as she held a pack of Marlboro cigarettes.

Unbeknownst to the casino, the Marlboro pack contained a transmitter. When the foxy lady gambler subtly pressed it, the spinning roulette ball went into a controlled dive and landed in the specified six-number quadrant more times than not.  

They earned $5 million but finally got caught when the casino owner began wondering why foxy lady never lit up a cigarette.