Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Media-Peeker Poker Cheat is Convicted and Nets Three and half Years in Prison

This poker cheat will have lots of time to reflect
His name is Ali Tekintamgac. He was born in Turkey but now has German citizenship.

And he's just set a record for the longest prison term ever given to a poker cheat--3.5 years.

Tekintamgac is a champion. In 2010 he won more than $300,000 at the Spanish World Poker Tour Championship. But later that year he was refused entry at the Partouche Poker Tour main event after allegations of cheating began to surface.

The alleged cheating-tactic employed by Tekintamgac was using phony media members (or sometimes real ones) of supplying him with information about opponents hands during big poker tournaments. These media guys used their cameras to zoom-in on poker hands of players across the table from Tekintamgac, then signalled the poker cheat the value of their hole cards.

This was pretty well caught on video.

Apparently, there were a handful of accomplices involved in the poker-cheat plot and one of them flipped on Tekintamgac to testify against him.

My take: I have for more than a decade been talking, writing and blogging about the wide scale cheating in major poker tournaments across the world. As entry fields in these events keep on growing, the old favorable poker-tournament method of cheating, collusion and chip-dumping, is not as profitable as it once was, therefore, poker tournament cheats need to invent new creative methods like Tekintamgac has.

All in all, I am quite surprised by the severity of the sentence, even more so that it came out of Germany.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Please Marina Bay Sands Singapore..Say it ain't so!--AGAIN!

Marina Bay Sands Cheating Labyrinth
It has happened again! Just unbelievable but yet ANOTHER insider dealer casino-cheat scam has rocked the Singapore Marina Bay Sands.

I really cannot believe this. Just after I posted an article about a team stealing a loaded baccarat shoe right out of a card rack on the casino floor right in the baccarat room, another Marina Bay Sands dealer has pleaded guilty to stealing chips right off his table by stuffing them into his Bermuda shorts and then giving them to his accomplice to cash out.

And if that wasn't enough, he was also dumping more chips off to this same accomplice in the form of paying ties and losing bets on the baccarat table.

So, I have finally come up with a formula that could be copyrighted for the annals of baccarat cheating in Singapore.


This time the cheating dealer, Jiang Kaiwen, told the judge he had felt slighted and unappreciated by his fellow casino workers and bosses, and that none of them backed him up when the casino's customers made fun of him. In fact, he claimed his peers took the side of the patrons abusing him.

Mr. Kaiwen and his casino-cheat cohort, Li Zhifan, decided to make the Marina Bay Sands casino pay--and pay they did! As much as $140,000 in a single month.

I have read that Marina Bay Sands surveillance department ran back the baccarat tapes when they were told by accountants doing an audit that the numbers were off.

Well. I'm not sure I believe that--but what I am sure of is that the Marina Bay Sands Casino is the biggest casino-cheats candy store in the entire world!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

All Those TV Casino Surveillance Cheat Shows

Ridiculous Travel Channel sketch
Many of you who read this blog probably have seen at least a few of those casino cheat and casino surveillance TV documentary programs usually aired by the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and History Channel. They now appear almost as often as poker shows do.

Are the stories they depict accurate? Is the information they shell out the truth?

First, let me give you the general format of these shows. They usually pit casino surveillance and security people against current and ex-casino cheats. They give each cheat's personal story and each casino surveillance or security guy's account (usually in braggadocio fashion) of how they nab the cheats.

The last one of these shows I saw was the Travel Channel's "Las Vegas Surveillance: Cheats and Scams." It profiled the stories of famous slot machine cheats Tommy Glenn Carmichael and Dennis Nikrasch, each of whom wreaked havoc on Las Vegas during two decades and cheated the town's slot machines out of tens of millions.

On the casino surveillance side were the usual suspects, mainly Ted Whiting, the director of surveillance of the Aria Center City casino who's become the "casino surveillance star" of these shows, and James Hartley, a former cop K-9 officer who literally barks out like one of his dogs at the camera, "If you cheat in a casino you will go to prison!"

Certainly may be true, but watching Hartley in his gung-ho sytle is a bit hard to take.

I found that Tommy Carmichael's story and the way he recounted it was really refreshing and well done. There is no doubt as to Mr. Carmichael's intelligence and personality, and I, as one ex-casino cheat, certainly have lots of respect for the other. His creativity and diligence in developing method after method to combat slot machine manufactures' advances in security is of the uppermost grade.

Listening to Whiting and Hartley, we get the obvious we-always-win attitude, but more regressing are the terrible re-creations of casino-cheat scams, some of which bring in overstated card trickster Sal "The Hitman" Piacente to display how players and dealers cheat inside casinos.

The main problem with the whole surveillance/security side of these casino shows is that it shows all the high-tech equipment and systems installed to detect and catch casino cheats but then degenerates into really bad sketch-accounts of what goes down with the cheats they're chasing.

The real footage of cheats that they do show does not enhance their argument much.

In summation, I would say that some of these shows are worth watching, mostly to see and hear the histories of some of these notorious casino cheats.