Monday, September 18, 2017

New Novel Lauches Casino-Cheat Main Plot!

New Casino-Cheat Novel
I have always thought that casino-cheating would be a good backdrop if not a main plot for literary thrillers, and now one has finally hit the bookstores.

It is called "His Just Desserts" and the author is John Raymond Williams, whom I imagine has an intricate knowledge of both casino-cheating and casino surveillance.

I wonder if he has ever participated in cheating casinos himself? Ummm....

In any case, go here to read the plot. For me it is a must-read!

Want to Convert Forgery Proceeds into Cash via Casino Chips?....

Found way for Marina Bay Sands to help
Just go to Marina Bay Sands Casino in Singapore.

As just about any casino and non-casino fraud in Singapore somehow ends up at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore, why not use it to convert your illicit fraudulent gains into cash via that casino's gaming chips?

Apparently it has already been done.

Mr.Reichie Chng Teck Kian, a 51 year-old former grassroots volunteer from his congressional constituency in Singapore and now a cabdriver, allegedly pulled off a fraudulent investment scheme against twelve people by using WhatsApp and screenshots to create a false electronic history of his dealings with well-to-do business people throughout Asia. He then convinced his victims to invest with him in various business and property schemes.

The total amount of his fraud was in excess of a million dollars.

So when he had the problem of washing the proceeds, he turned to the criminal haven known as the Marina Bay Sands casino. I don't know why but he turned his criminal proceeds into casino chips and then probably back into cash.

According to court documents, Kian has made more than $50,000 in restitution, but still faces up to 10 years in prison.

My take: Well, if you can't figure out a way to casino-cheat the Marina Bay Sands, it is always there to help you launder your money from whatever criminal enterprise.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Can we believe any of these "Advantage Play Experts" out there?

The short answer is yes...but that answer is very short, because as far as I'm concerned, there is only one real Advantage Play expert out there, and his name is Eliot Jacobson.

The real AP expert!
This self-professed ex-mediocre advantage player is quite more than mediocre when it comes to analyzing advantage play methods and techniques, both for prospective players and casinos looking for advice on how to make their gaming tables less vulnerable to advantage play. Jacobson has for many years thoroughly examined everything advantage play from simple card-counting to Phil Ivey's monster edge-sorting baccarat scam.

He has written it all in a superb book called "Advanced Advantage Play."

Although I have some differences of opinion with him, one of such being Jacobson's assertion that Phil Ivey's edge-sorting tactics amount to advantage play and not cheating (for me edge-sorting is as much cheating as any other cheat move if the dealers' procedural methods are altered in any way by the player to gain an edge), I have the utmost respect for Eliot Jacobson for his truly in-depth and accurate analysis of anything advantage-play related that comes across his desk--even if his videos are interrupted by an occasional invited guest--mainly his dog!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Woman Casino Cheat gets a year in jail for colluding with Blackjack Dealer in Chip-dumping scheme

More Casino Cheating
It happened at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, a hotbed of all forms of casino cheating, some with the help of crooked dealers, others by casino cheats acting by themselves. This one included a crooked dealer, who simply dumped excess chips on his female cohort's winning hands.

They worked the blackjack scam on several occasions--and made a hefty $78,000 profit from the casino. It is not surprising that such a low-level and amateurish scam could make so much money at the Mohegan Sun. Scams like this have been successfully pulled off there time and again.

Thirty-eight year-old Marlene Rivera, who suffered from substance abuse, allegedly convinced her dealer friend Roy Mariano to perpetrate the blackjack cheating episodes. Mariano told investigators that he agreed to participate because he was upset that his working hours at the casino had been reduced. However, he has pleaded not guilty to the crime and is awaiting trial.

Rivera, on the other hand, pleaded guilty to first degree larceny and could have been sentenced to three years in prison. She told the court that she has been undergoing counseling to help with her substance abuse problems.

My take: It amazes me that it doesn't amaze me how these ridiculous scams net so much money before being caught.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Trio of Dice-Sliders Cheat Louisiana Casino for $56,000. One arrested, Two on the lam.

One die doesn't tumble or hit the back wall
Dice-Sliding Casino Cheat Scams are getting more and more popular these days, and I have trouble understanding why casinos are having so much trouble stopping them.

A trio of Filipinos, Allan Arana, Lim R. Tan and Jaime Iglesias, hit the Baton Rouge casino on August 9th. Thirty-five year old Arana was the dice-slider while his two partners were the big betters. After hitting the Louisiana casino, Arana was arrested in a Natchez, Mississippi casino after being caught dice-sliding again. He was shortly released by Mississippi gaming authorities and then headed directly to the New Orleans airport, probably to get the first plane back to the Philippines.

It is not clear if Tan and Iglesias were with Arana at the Mississippi casino. Arrest warrants have been
issued for both.

Dice-Sliding is simply sliding the dice instead of rolling them. In that fashion they don't tumble so the shooter sets up one or both dice in order to attain the winning numbers on various bets. Usually one or more craps players create lively conversation with the dealers and other diversions to get their attention away from the dice-slider, who then slides at least one of the dice instead of rolling it.  A good slider can imitate a legitimate tumble of the dice but the one thing he cannot do is "imitate" both dice from hitting the back wall and tumbling, which all but nullifies the set-up position of one or two dice.

And that's all casinos have to do to stamp out dice-sliding. Just make sure the dice tumble and hit the back wall!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Genting Casino Scotland investigating $250,000 Baccarat Cheat Scam

Another Genting Baccarat Cheat Scam
Funny thing, Genting Group which operates several casinos in the UK and Asia, has again been victimized by what its senior executives say is another baccarat cheat scam. The funny thing is that Genting Group is the owner of Crockford's casino in London, the gaming establishment that brought the whole Phil Ivey baccarat edge-sorting cheat scam to light back in 2012. Ivey was accused of cheating Crockfords out of $12 million.

In this latest case, Genting Group says that a cheating gang hit its Glasgow casino's baccarat tables several times over a four month period and beat them for a cool quarter million. Now details of how the alleged scam was carried out, but it appears to involve distracting tactics and maybe even inside dealer-collusion enabling the cheats to identify the value of the cards before they were dealt.

No mention of edge-sorting has been made. When I get more info on this I will pass it along.

Does demanding to see called poker hands at showdown give unfair advantage to some poker players?

Secrets in the muck?
All poker players have been annoyed at one time or another when other players demand to see their hands after a call when they are thrown into the muck. The accepted explanation for this is that it helps to identify collusion at the table.

But does it? And does it somehow favor certain players over others?

Here's a pretty good article on the subject.

My North Korean Poker-Hacking Claims Backed up by other News Articles

Online Poker Hacking for Nukes?
Back in mid-May I wrote an article about my suspicions that Kim Jong Un, the nuclear-bluffing North Korean dictator, may not at all be a bluffer when it comes to hacking online poker sites. My reasoning, of course, was that hacking online poker games was another profitable source of income to finance the North Korean nuclear weapons program.

Now serveral other news articles about Kim's poker-hacking program, as I shall call it, are surfacing online. And I highly doubt that any of these articles contain fake news. They're coming from official South Korean security agencies.

Here's one article about Kim Jong Un hacking online poker. Have a read and let me know what you think.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Guy REALLY gets cheated out of $100,000 casino slot machine jackpot!

Sugar Daddy got screwed...
Imagine this situation: You're with your girlfriend/boyfriend having a great time at a casino playing a slot machine with a progressive jackpot. You're the one gambling because the money being pumped into the machine at fifty bucks a pop is coming off your casino slot player's card. So while the machine is registering the monies off your card, you're smooching with your companion and you say to him/her, "You go ahead and press the button to bring me good luck." He/she presses the button and...WHAM! Bells start ringing and the slot machine screen goes berserk!
by this Russian hottie

YOU WON! A HUNDRED GRAND!

You got back all the money you lost at slot machines your entire life and then some!

Then suddenly your companion goes running off to alert casino personnel to the your win, crying hysterically out loud,"I won! I won!"

At first you don't think much of the fact that he/she said "I won!" and not "We won!" You think that he/she was simply overwhelmed by the moment, and of course you, not he/she/, would be receiving the big hundred-grand check from the casino.

WRONG!

He/she gets the check because he/she is the person who actually pressed the button on the machine. Casino law states that the person who presses the button or pulls the arm of a slot machine is the rightful winner of the jackpot, regardless of who puts the money in the machine before the button is pressed or the arm is pulled.

So if you have a bitch/asshole companion who is a greedy son of a bitch/asshole who doesn't want to give you the jackpot or at least split it with you, you're shit out of luck.

Imagine that!

Well, you might have guessed that since I'm writing this, the event depicted here actually did happen.

Yes, it did.

In April of this year at the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 66-year-old Jan Flato was sitting at the slot machine with his hot young Russian girlfriend, Marina Medvedeva (who is married to a guy whose last name is Navarro), when he inserted his player's card into the machine and told her to press the button for good luck.

She did, and the reels came up $100,000!

She claimed the jackpot, gave him jack shit, after which he appeared to threaten her in text messages and she played the nice innocent little girl, as if she wasn't out hustling the guy in the first place.

Well, what would you do if this happened to you?

I know what I would do!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Two more Blackjack Cheats come clean in New Year's Eve $10,000 Casino Scam at Dakota Sioux Casino in south Dakota

Dakota Sioux Casino
It was New Year's Eve 2015, a prime night of activity for casino cheats, but this time the cheats hooked up with dealers and floorpeople and scammed this tribal casino out of ten grand. The latest pair to fall in the casino caper were a pit boss and a dealer.

Lito Banbilla Bolocon, the pit boss, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft in a gaming establishment on tribal lands. Now he faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Although he probably will receive lots less prison time and a much smaller fine, he has blown his entire career for what was probably a few thousand bucks.

Same for blackjack dealer Fern Fraya Gill, who helped Bolocon devise a plan to bring in three player/agents to whom they could dump off the money at the blackjack table. She pleaded guilty to the same charge and faces the same punishment and the same ending to her casino career.

Jeremy Kris Brown, another blackjack dealer in on the scam, pleaded guilty last May, and Jordon Anthony Rondell, the "big player,"...you guessed it....also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

I don't have the details of exactly how the dealers passed the money off to their cohort players, but I imagine it was something simple such as not taking losers, paying pushes and overpaying winners.

Bolocon's job was surely to try to protect the scam, making sure no other casino employees caught on to it.

Well, somebody did, and the bottom line is a lot of people went down big-time for such a little amount of money.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Wynn Macau drops $10 Million on its Baccarat tables in one month. Suspicions of Cheating or Casino Impropriety?

Kosher or not Kosher $10 million loss?
Back in April, Steve Wynn's multi-billion dollar prized possession casino Wynn Macau claimed it lost $10 million on its baccarat tables. Wynn himself claimed it was the "most unique statistical anomaly in my fifty years doing this."

Even so, when it comes to the equation containing Asians plus Macau plus baccarat, eyebrows have to get raised--especially mine--and those of several emailers asking me what I think of the situation.

Well, Wynn claims that gambling junkets run by Suncity Group, one of the Pacific Rim's biggest junket operators, are what lowered the boom on Wynn's casino during the entire month of April. He said that swings in baccarat, both the good and ugly--and even insane--can be just that. And they can be.

But for an entire month and such a huge loss, that's something else.

Wynn told the press that "the bottom fell out and all the players won millions of dollars."

But what he didn't mention is that there are hundreds of super-high-rolling Asian baccarat players who can win or lose hundreds of thousands if not millions on any given night inside his casino playing baccarat EVERY night.

Which is what makes this $10 million loss so hard to swallow if it's real and unbelievable if it's not.

Robert Hannum, a professor of risk and gaming at the University of Denver, said, "The odds (of such a loss) are astronomically high," and added, "Of course black swans do occur and some might say anything can happen in the casino business."

One reason for skepticism is that this loss contributed to a significant decrease in the stock value of Wynn Resorts. In fact, shares lost 8% over a two-day period.

That is big!

My take: Well, this kind of stuff is outside my bailiwick, but I will go back to a modified version of that equation I spoke of earlier: Asians plus Macau plus baccarat=something not Kosher somewhere.

Friday, July 28, 2017

I agree with Willy Allison on the Phil Ivey/Cheung Yin Sun Edge-Sorting Case

You're right, Willy!
Over the past few years, I have gotten no less than 100 emails asking me if I view the now famous and infamous Phil Ivey/Cheung Yin (Kelly) Sun baccarat edge-sorting case as cheating or legitimate advantage play.

I have steadfastly and never changed my opinion that is in indeed cheating.

Very surprisingly, however, at least to me, is that practically every casino game-protection expert, casino surveillance director and casino-cheating expert disagrees with me. They all say that Ivey's Edge-Sorting baccarat play was honest advantage-play and Ivey and Sun did absolutely not cheat.

Well respected gaming authorities Anthony Curtis, Elliot Jacobson and Bill Zender have all stated that Ivey and Sun did nothing that constitutes cheating and that the casinos, by allowing the pair to dictate the procedure for the deal of the game, set themselves up to be victimized. So they argue that it was the casinos' own fault.

There is, thankfully, one casino game-protection expert who agrees with me. That is Willy Allison of the World Game Protection Conference. Willy and I have had our differences during the decade that has passed since my 2007 keynote speech at his conference, but this time I am solidly on Willy Allison's side.

He has stated several times emphatically that there is no doubt in his mind that Ivey and Sun cheated the casinos they victimized with the edge-sorting scam. 

With Allison now on my side, I will offer this final explanation as to why Edge-Sorting, as far as Ivey's and Sun's use of it is concerned, is indeed cheating.

If you look at the false shuffle baccarat scam, what is the difference between that and Ivey's edge-sorting?

The only difference is that the dealers in the edge-sorting did not know what they were doing while those in the false shuffle scam did.

But the key is that Ivey knew what he was doing. He was manipulating (the key word) the game without touching the cards. 

Anthony Curtis told me that since Ivey and Sun did not touch the cards, they did not  cheat.

But for Willy Allison and me, the fact that they did not touch the cards does not at all mean they did not cheat or manipulate the game. They ALTERED the casinos' dealing rules and procedures in order to gain an unfair advantage over the casino.

The false shuffle does the same thing. It gives the players involved an unfair advantage over the house. They do not touch the cards either. Only the dealer does, but the players, just like in edge-sorting, know that the game is being manipulated to their favor.

Cheating by definition is any attempt to ALTER the dealing and mechanics of a game to get an unfair advantage. For instance, if a player hypnotized a dealer to get the dealer to reveal his hole card to the player, even though the dealer has no awareness as to what's happening, it is cheating by the player. So Ivey getting the dealers to unknowingly give him an advantage by turning the cards a certain way against procedure is cheating because Ivey got them to do it by illicit means, claiming it was for good luck, etc.

All legitimate advantage-play techniques DO NOT get the dealer to willingly change their dealing habits, whether or not the dealer understands that doing so gives an unfair edge to the player.

Thus PHIL IVEY and CHEUNG YIN (KELLY) SUN are CASINO CHEATS!

Thanks again, Willy

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cheating Casino Dealer on the run in Louisiana

Scene of Casino-Cheat Crime
LaCharle LeWayne Scott, a dealer at the Eldorado casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, was peeking at the top card of her deck (I am not sure which game it was but due to the amount I assume it was blackjack), and either giving or not giving that card to her two casino-cheating cohorts, identified as brothers Hilton and Deaudra Hart. I am not sure of the sex of the dealer, but he or she has been charged of repeating this offense at least 25 times for a total cheating profit to the Hart Brothers of $23,000.

So this was quite a sizeable casino scam for a Shreveport, Louisiana casino.

Peeking at the top card by a dealers reeks of a poker scam or blackjack scam, where the dealer evaluates whether or not that top card will help or hurt her partners.

Warrants were issued for all three participants, and the Hart Brothers duly turned themselves in, with bail being set for $5,000 each.

The dealer, however, is on the run...and I'm betting she'll be caught soon...most likely in another casino gambling with her illicit casino gains.

This is another example of the huge increase in dealer-participation casino-cheat scams that have gripped US casinos the past few years.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Phil Ivey Baccarat Edge-Sorting Scam Update! Supreme Court Lawyer Calls Ivey "Robinhood."

Is that Phil Ivey?
Phil Ivey's attorneys two days ago were in the United Kingdom's supreme court to make their last effort arguing that London's Crockfords Casino must pay Ivey and his casino-cheating companion Cheung Yin Sun the 7.7 million pounds the pair won back in 2012 by edge-sorting the baccarat cards.

Apparently the arguments were both interesting and entertaining. At one point, Crockfords' attorneys likened Ivey's testimony to the Robin Hood tale, claiming that Ivey's claim that he was just taking advantage of a flaw in the casino's dealing procedure was no better than Robin Hood's reason to steal from the rich to feed the poor.

I found a good article on the proceedings here that is worth a read.

Electronic Roulette Cheating in Quebec Casino Charlevoix

Pretty Place!
Yujin Wu, an Australian national of Asian descent, arrived at the Charlevoix casino, near Quebec City, on or around June 9th of this year. He played electronic roulette and very coolly and quickly beat the game for some five grand.

Mr. Wu cashed out his winnings, seemingly without incident, then returned to the casino on or around June 22nd.

This time Mr. Wu barely got to place a bet!

Whatever plans and strategies he had to beat the casino's electronic roulette table again were quickly dashed in the form of casino security agents and police arresting him.

Allegedly, Mr. Wu arrived at the casino furnished with his own electronic gear to interfere with and beat the casino's electronic roulette system. Details are sketchy at best, but evidently an internal casino investigation into Mr. Wu's initial $5,000 win allegedly produced evidence of his tampering with the game and the casino was put on high alert for his return.

Sure enough Mr Wu did return as he must have figured he had a good thing going. But there is yet any proof that he did anything wrong or illegal.

Well, now he is in an electronic mess! Possibly a felony one...but only if the casino proves his guilt.

I am somewhat skeptical.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Did Phil Ivey and Sun Overplay their Baccarat hand during Cheat Scandal?

Could they have been more careful?
We all know the story of how poker great Phil Ivey and his feline gambling partner Cheng Yin Sun edge-sorted their way to tens of millions of dollars that are currently tied up in legal hassles across the globe between Ivey and Sun and victimized casinos.

There has long been a debate between casino-cheat whizzes and experts as to whether or not Ivey and Sun's edge-sorting technique is actually casino cheating. I, as one of those whizzes and experts, believe that edge-sorting does constitute cheating, not because Ivey and Sun manipulated the cards but rather because they manipulated the deal of the game by getting dealers to deal and turn cards that breach casino dealing and game protection rules.

But that aside, could Ivey and Sun behaved differently and avoided detection of their scam? Could they have carried it out in a better fashion?

Probably so.

You've all heard the famous saying of doom about going to the well too many times, but in Ivey and Sun's case, perhaps they went to the wells with too-big buckets. By that I mean maybe they should have been content to win a million or a half million a shot instead of going as far as ten million in a single baccarat session. Maybe the casinos would have been more convinced that theirs was legitimate baccarat play by high rollers and not so suspicious.

Well I, for one, certainly know how hard it can be to put the reigns on something so good that seems invincible and undetectable. Back when I created my famous Savannah move, my teammates and I often debated about how hard we should hit the casinos with it. We knew we would eventually take heat even though the move was virtually flawless and undetectable.

That's because sheer winning alone eventually takes heat.

So we went for the gusto just like Ivey and Sun did.

In the end, I would have to say that Ivey and Sun probably should have gone after the casinos with a little less ferocity, but I would also have to say that it would have been nearly impossible for them to make that determination. They would probably have been thinking that even if their scam got discovered, as it did, they would never end up in court, where as it now stands they have to refund their winnings.

After all, they especially could never have imagined that the courts would rule that their scam was NOT cheating but that they still had to return their winnings to the casinos.

All in all, this baccarat edge-sorting case is without a doubt is the most interesting casino-cheating case (or pseudo casino-cheating case) in the history of casinos.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Are Putin's Hackers into Cheating Casinos?

Putin Casino Hacking Center?
Interesting question, isn't it?

We've all heard the accusations against Russian President Vladimir Putin ordering his team of ace hackers to infiltrate the 2016 US presidential election, but as Putin is known to be hoarding billions of dollars in money he's taken in one way or another from Russian businesses and businessmen, is it far-fetched to believe that he's also ordered his hackers to infiltrate gambling casinos?

Nor just US casinos but casinos anywhere in the world.

I don't have a definitive answer for this intriguing question, but I certainly do have an opinion. And it's based on facts that link Russian hackers to casino scams in the past.

Most recently, a team of Russian hackers beat Australian casinos' pokies out of millions. They did this by using smart phones, sophisticated apps and even more sophisticated mathematical minds behind the whole thing.

This same hackers beat American casinos' poker machines out of millions back in 2014. It was noted that American poker machines were paying a lot more money to Russian players than they were taking in--even though there were no large payouts or jackpots.

It was also noted that these Russian players would always have one of their hands in a pocket or in a bag while playing small amounts of money and then seemingly winning every time they made a significantly larger bet.

In Australia they were known to be entering the pokie screen displays into their sophisticated apps.

So, was Putin giving the orders for these illicit poker-machine scams as well?

Well, your guess is as good as mine, but I will tell you this: NEVER put anything beyond Vladimir Putin.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

New Bahamian Casino hit by major Roulette Chip-Color Scam

How much is each stack worth?
I am a bit late in reporting this as it happened two months ago in the end of April, but it is a significant piece of news in the casino-cheating world.

Two American casino cheats from Florida hit the new Baha Mar casino with the already infamous roulette chip-color scam, a scam scene quite often in the continental US but not seen before in the Caribbean as far as I know. That's to say I've read no reports about it until now.

The scam is simply to obtain a color of non-redeemable roulette chips at one roulette table and then bring them to a second roulette chip where those chips are put into play where the same color chips at the second table have a higher established value than they did at the first. It is always done with at least two cheats partnering up and in some cases a whole team.

At the Baha Mar in Nassau, one unnamed roulette chips bought in and played at the first table and then handed them off a stack of those chips to a second unnamed roulette cheat who played them at a much higher denomination than for what the first cheat had paid for. Details are sketchy, but according to Bahamian police the pair made off with $6,000 in profits due to the difference in chip denominations.

Their scam came apart when a casino employee noticed the first cheat subtly pocketing roulette chips on several occasions and then heading off to the bathroom, where he must have given them to his cohort.

The $6,000 scam proved to be quite expensive for the pair of Floridian casino cheats. A Bahamian chief magistrate listened to the two tell her that they were pressured from a third man to participate in the scam before she sentenced them to two years in prison each.

My take: Definitely a heavy sentence for a low-level/low tech casino scam. I guess sometimes even the Bahamians are not so mellow!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Is it possible to get on a real enduring Hot Streak playing Slot Machines? Without Cheating?

Sizzling-Hot Slot Machines
When gamblers talk about hot streaks in casinos, online or in brick and mortar ones, the games that often get referred to are baccarat, roulette, blackjack and  poker. I myself as a baccarat dealer recall an evening where a gentleman banker dealt 24 winning bank hands in a row. I also remember one player playing heads up blackjack on a double-deck game who ran through two double decks without losing a single hand.

But what about slot machines?

When people talk about big scores on slot machines the subject is always jackpots or rigging jackpots, which in most casino jurisdictions is a felony punishable by years in prison. You don't hear much about people saying something like, "I went on this big sizzling slot machine streak and didn't lose on a single machine in a week."

Well, maybe that's because such a statement would be impossible based on reality.

But maybe not.

Back in the day when I was cheating casinos, my team and other cheating teams hung out after hours in a Denny's restaurant in Las Vegas next to the old Dunes Hotel. There we would shoot the shit and tell war stories. One guy at another table was telling a story about an old World War One veteran who entered the Golden Nugget casino in Downtown Vegas with a single nickel.

Well, did you ever hear of the expression "His last wooden nickel?"

This old-timer's nickel was not wooden....supposedly it was steel, one of the steel nickels that were minted during World War Two because of shortages of nickel alloy at the US mint.

And that steel nickel turned into gold because the guy went on a Sizzling Hot streak hitting slot machine after slot machine for small jackpots, which led to a much bigger jackpot he hit with five silver dollars at a casino ironically called "The Mint.".

The amount of his sizzling win was more than half a million dollars...and we´re talking 1960s here!

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Interesting Online Casino Cheat Article

I came across this article and find it well written and very informative. Is is about Edgeless.io, a compnay that promises absolute transparency and zero house percentage. I don't have an opinion about Edgeless.io, but the article deals quite well with online casino cheating.

Don't Take the 888 Casino Blog and its Star Writer Nicholas Colon too Seriously

888's Star Casino-Cheat Writer
A while back I wrote six articles for the 888 Casino blog. They only published two of them, which kind of pissed me off, even though I was paid for all six. I wondered what the problem was. I mean I have been writing casino articles about cheating and advantage play for more than a decade now, for blogs, magazines and even newspapers, and none of the publishers of my work ever seemed to have a problem with it.

But the editors at the 888 Casino Blog would never give me a straight answer as to why the majority of my articles were never published on its site. So I just let it go, cancelled my agreement with them but still continued to read the articles posted on it.

And slowly I began to see perhaps why they never published my articles. I don't want to sound haughty, but maybe my articles were too good and too real for them.

It seems to me that the bulk of their articles are exaggerated and inaccurate. Their constant coverage of ineffective roulette strategies, baccarat strategies, side-bet strategies to me is annoying.

Then their articles on cheat methods such as dice-control might make readers want to quit their day jobs and become potential Casino Cheats Hall of Fame inductees while in reality their cheating articles are ridiculous.

Take a recent one by Nicholas Colon, one of 888's star writers who has begun posting a barrage of casino advantage-play and cheating articles over the past several months.

The article of his that really got me going to write this critique is his latest casino-cheat article in which he calls Dustin Marks, a well-known cheat but who in reality did minimum damage to Las Vegas and other jurisdiction casinos, perhaps the greatest cheat of all time.

In his article, Colon states that Marks earned tens of millions of dollars during the four-year period of his blackjack career and as much as $150,000 in single sessions by way of marking cards, stacking cards, stacking chips...and even switching in coolers.

GIMME A BREAK!

If Dustin Marks earned $150,000 total for his entire four years cheating, I'd be surprised! Look, I admit that written accounts of how many millions I earned during my 25-year cheat career are greatly exaggerated, but I promise you this: I sure as hell got a lot closer to tens of millions than Dustin Marks did!

Reading Colon's article on Dustin Marx as well as his other articles on 888's blog lead me to the conclusion that he is just another writer on the subject of casino cheating and advantage-play who doesn't know much about either.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Former High-Level Casino Executive Goes Down in Big Pennsylvania Slot Machine/Loyalty Card Scam

Casino Exec/Casino Cheat
Pennsylvania casinos have been a hotbed for casino-cheating scams, and a significant amount of those have involved employees, dealers and floorpeople alike. But we don't see to many high-level casino execs involved in cheating scams.

Robert Pellegrini made the grade. As vice-president of the Mohegan Sun casino in Wilkes-Barre, he engineered and directed a $500,000 scam that involved bilking the casino by using players' stolen loyalty card PIN numbers in order to play the slot machines for free.

Pellegrini teamed up with Rochelle Poszeluznyj, a casino cocktail waitress who memorized players loyalty card PIN numbers as she took their orders and brought the drinks. She then passed that information to Pellegrini, who made copies of the cards and stocked them up with free reward money which was used to get free slot play.

Enter Heltzel, a casino player who'd already been caught cheating at that very but inexplicably was not banned. Pellegrini made Heltzel the player who actually played with the loyalty cards, fraught with stolen identities, and split the money with Pellegrini and Poszeluznyj.

They bilked the casino for nearly a half a million bucks.

How did the scam come apart?

Well, you might have guessed it. Of course it had something to do with Poszeluznyj, who may have been a real looker who liked to go shopping with her share of the proceeds.

Problem was a jealous male dealer who was not involved in the scam but who knew about it from Poszeluznyj, was in love with the cocktail waitress and thought that Joseph Heltzel was bird-dogging Poseluznyj.

Pellegrini got 32 months in prison. At sentencing he claimed he was a compulsive gambler who stole the money not out of greed but rather to support his gambling habit.

Little credibility there, however, as at the time he was arrested he had more than $400,000 in the bank and other assets. He made the statement to the judge, "Where do you think casino workers go on their days off? They go to other casinos."

Apparently the judge bought it.

I don't. I was a casino dealer for two years and most of the dealers I knew stayed as far away from casinos as they could on their days off. Pellegrini was quoted as saying to his cohorts, "Get busy! I have bills to pay."

Poszeluznyj and Heltzel have pleaded guilty in the cheat scam and are awaiting sentencing.

My take: The most unusual piece of this unusual casino-cheat scam has got to be Poszeluznyj's last name! I mean, have you ever seen a last name containing two z's and ending in nyj? Not in this country!

And to torture myself I wrote it out each time in this article! I did not use any quick keys, and of course I could not remember how to spell it even one time!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pastposting Bust at Mississippi Casino

Mississippi Casino Cheat
Good ol' fashioned pastposting is alive and well, but not always the smartest way to make money in casinos. People trying this casino-cheat tricks, especially those who are far from being professional, should consider other ways to make money, and would probably do better to forget about making money in casinos in the first place.

This latest arrest occurred at the Scarlet Pearl casino in D'iberville, Mississippi. The pastposter, 36-year-old Shantel Monique Welch, was reportedly playing 21+3 blackjack. The amount of her casino-cheat moves and the specific type of pastposting she used has not been released to the public, so I can't say whether she was actually adding chips to already existing winning bets or switching existing chips for those of a greater value. I would tend to lean toward the former,which is more commonly referred to as bet-capping.

In any case, this appears to be the work of an amateur who now stands accused of a felony, surely not worth whatever money she was cheating the casino out of.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

7 Years in Prison for Largest Counterfeit Casino-Chip Scam in History

Were all those chips fake?
Of course it happened at the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore. The mastermind of the fake-chip-cashing scam was Toh Hock Thiam and the amount of fake chips cashed out in the casino on a single day and night, November 22, 2015, was some $1.3 million.

That is a major scam, even by Singapore casino-scam standards. It is amazing to me how many different casino-cheating operations happen in Singapore casinos, and how many of them involve inside-cheating dealers, though I do not know if Toh  Hock Thiam had any casino-employee cohorts at the tables or at the casino cage.

But what he did have was 16 "runners" to cash out the chips, all of which were $1,000 chips and were of excellent quality. In fact, the counterfeit chips had five of the nine security features that the casino's genuine chips had, and they were not detectable to the naked eye.

A week later, a casino cashier employee noticed a slight defect on one of the chips, which led to the investigation of the scam and the arrests of Thiam and two syndicate underlings he'd hired to distribute the fake chips to the runners inside the casino's bathrooms.

My take: These were the best counterfeit chips since a Las Vegas chip counterfeiter named Charles O'Reilly (called Chipper Charley for his trade) manufactured scores of fake $100 chips in his garage for several Vegas casinos and cashed them all out--by a team of knockout Vegas beauties who moonlighted as showgirls.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Pennsylvania Hollywood Casino Hit by Insider-Dealer Cheat Scam

Sic Bo Scam in Pennsylvania
This time it was on the Sic Bo table, which is frequented by both roulette and craps players. The dealer worked in cahoots with a friend, who received covert siganls from the dealer instructing him when and how much to bet. Then the cheating dealer simply entered the winning numbers on the betting board and his friend collected the payoffs.

According to video surveillance, the pair pulled off the cheat-moves twelve times and earned more than $11,000. Or I should say borrowed since that money will be going back to the casino.

For their efforts, the guilty casino-cheat dealer/partner duo were charged with--you guessed it--12 counts of fraud and a bonus of two counts of conspiracy and one count of theft.

Again, this is another example of repetitive low-level casino-cheat scams that have to end getting caught--even by surveillance staffs that often lack experience.

Card-Switching and Bet-Capping All-In-One-Three-Card-Poker-Scam at Bethlehem Sands Casino in Pennsylvania

Site of Three-Card Poker Scam
A trio of casino cheats hit the Bethlehem Sands Casino with a right-left combination on its three card poker tables to the tune of $2,300, not much if you consider that they pulled a total of 23 cheat moves to gain that sum, all of which are considered felonies.

Bureau of Gaming Enforcement agents ran back surveillance tapes and saw the trio switching cards, glaring at one another's hands and then adding chips to their existing bets or raking chips off what they knew would be losing bets.

This is another example of blatant and repetitive cheating that usually ends the same way. Even casinos with low-level surveillance and cheating expertise get wise when low-level cheats go to the mill not one too many times but perhaps twenty-two too many times!

The cheats were charged with a bucket of felonies and released on $7,500 bail each, about ten times the amount of money they earned for their exploits, which they'll have to forfeit anyway.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Blatant Insider Casino Craps-Cheat Scam in Louisiana Casino

Louisiana Craps-Cheat Team
We've seen it countless times before and we'll see it countless times again. A Louisiana couple, Kevin Gray and Josekeitha White, teamed-up with crooked 49-year-old craps dealer Anthony Thompson at the Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, Jefferson Parish.

It was another scam of the dealer paying his cohorts for non-winning or non-existent bets on the craps tables or simply not raking off the losing bets. Apparently the craps cheat-scam took place over two weeks and netted between $3,000.

I read that Thompson's cohorts, a man and a woman, played at his table some 70 times during those two weeks! A bit excessive and obvious, no? And in some cases they didn't even put a bet down and Thompson paid them.

Talk about a stupid and brazen casino-cheat scam!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Are North Korean Hackers a Threat to Online Poker Sites?

Is he taking your gambling cash?
We've been hearing for several years now that North Korea and its computer hackers, both together and mutually exclusive, pose a threat to just about everything in existence, online or off.

So what about the online gaming industry? We've seen several cases of Russian hackers and sophisticated online gaming cheats teaming up to rig jackpots both online and in brick and mortar casinos. How come we haven't heard much of this emanating from North Korea?

Well, I, for one, have read some online articles detailing North Korean hackers partnering with President Kim Jong Un and his nefarious intelligence agency to run online gaming sites that are actually attracting their arch-enemy South Koreans as the bulk of its clientele. If this is true, and it probably is, I can hardly imagine a situation where any online gaming site run by North Korea is not a direct bustout criminal operation.

If hackers are involved, they are simply there to give Kim Jong Un the latest technology to rip off its players as quickly as possible and for as much as possible.

Supposedly North-Korean-run online gaming sites patronizing to South Korean customers rake in more than a billion dollars annually.

And, I, again for one, would trust a North Korean rake as far as I could throw it!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Believe it or not, there are small-time Chinese Baccarat Cheats too!

Low-level Baccarat Scams
We have for more than a decade now been hearing about huge baccarat casino-cheat scams being pulled off by Chinese baccarat cheats all over the world, most of which have been done in collusion with dishonest Chinese baccarat dealers. Many of these scams that have been busted had raked in millions of dollars before they were finally discovered. The vast majority of these Chinese baccarat scams have made it at least to a few hundred grand before coming apart.

But I just recently read an article about another Chinese baccarat scam last month that raised my eyebrows--and not for the usual reason. This baccarat cheat scam happened at the Isle Casino in Waterloo Iowa.

The two Chinese baccarat cheats arrested were accused of pastposting and pinching (removing bets after they lost) $25 bets. Their biggest cheat win was $750, and I assume that if that happened at baccarat, it was the culmination of several pastposts and pinches during an entire gambling session.

43-year-old Ke Jin Chen and 52-year-old Wei Kui Fang are residents of nearby Cedar Falls, Iowa. Does that mean that had they lived in New York or Connecticut they would have been cheating baccarat for bigger stakes in Atlantic City and Connecticut casinos?

Good question, but regardless of that they may be facing several felony charges in Iowa.

Friday, May 05, 2017

BrainChip A1 Technology Reportedly Will be Used in French Casinos.

Can this guy and his gadget beat Casino Cheats?  
Casino Cheating in France has always been a fascinating topic for me. Not only from my own experiences running sophisticated cheat teams through the French Riviera and Monte Carlo casinos but also from French cinema. There have been a half-dozen or so French films about casino cheats and their really "brainy" scams. My favorite is "Les Tricheurs", which simply means "The Cheats." It is about the famous French Cigarette Pack Roulette Scam that occurred back in the early 1970s.

So it is fitting that the French casinos be the first ones to put BrainChip A1 technology to the test. You can read how it works here.

How effective is A1 against casino cheating?

Well, I don't really know. I have always stayed true to my belief that no high-tech instruments can really stop high-skilled casino cheats more than a fraction of the time. Against some scams, it would certainly be effective. But against all scams?

No way.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Wealthy Brazilian Gambler Hits $35,000 Straight-Up Roulette Bet and Wins $1,225,000 on First Spin--Was Cheating Involved???

Brazilian Billionaire and his BIG bet
Pedro Grendene Bartelle, a Brazilian who is supposedly already a billionaire, walked into the Conrad casino in Punto De Este, Uruguay on January 3 and made probably what is the biggest straight-up roulette bet ever made public in the history of legalized casino gambling worldwide. It was his first bet and he won!

$1,225,000 that is.

Which evokes a heck of a lot of questions.

The first of which is how did Bartelle gain permission to make such a large wager when the normal straight-up maximum bet at the Conrad casino is a mere $50? I have never heard of such a huge roulette straight-up bet, not even in the heyday of the famous Las Vegas Horseshoe casino when the legendary owner Benny Binion ran it. Binion was known for allowing enormous bets in his casino, and players indeed took him up on it.

One player once walked into the horseshoe with a suitcase filled with packets of $100 bills and dumped it on the pass-line at the first craps table he saw.

It turned out to be a million bucks and he won.

But 35 grand straight-up on a 37 to 1 longshot?

Well, maybe the bet was legit. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe the casino had a deal with Bartelle and helped rig the winning outcome, which was number 32, which happens to be my favorite number.

During my 25-year casino-cheating career, I did a lot of big-time roulette pastposts with chips on number 32--although none ever came close to a million-dollar payoff! LOL

But you never know about casinos in South America, therefore you never know about their employees.

Of course you might ask, "Why would a billionaire be involved in a roulette casino-cheat scam involving a mere million bucks--or a bit more?"

Well, maybe just for kicks. Lots of celebrities have been known to use their celebrity status for additional financial gain and publicity.

You can also ask, "Why does any billionaire strive for more billions and more success?" See what I mean?

So you can throw logic out the window.

Of course I wasn't there to see the spin go down, so I cannot offer any definitive evidence for or against cheating, but the whole scenario is indeed very interesting.

I will say this, however: billionaires do not like to lose at anything...PERIOD

Friday, April 28, 2017

Here's a Casino-Cheating Laugh!

Big Football Player Casino Cheat
I have always thought of the possibility of a famous celebrity or athlete trying to cheat the casino with one of my moves.

Well, it seems to have happened, although I cannot say that the famous person who got caught doing just that was using one of my moves.

It happened at the Treasury Casino in Brisbane Australia, where Australian League football player Joe Ofahengaue pastposted a $100 chip beneath an original bet of one $15 chip. He was paid but was later seen on surveillance video and approached at the same table inside the casino.

Details are sketchy on how exactly Mr. Ofahengaue did the move, whether it was a bet-cap or a complete chip-switch, but he immediately admitted guilt and was processed by an Australian court.

The judge obviously is a fan of either Ofahengaue or his team as he slapped his wrist with a $400 fine and banished the conviction from his record.

My take: Well, first off, if this was truly a premeditated cheat-move and not some kind of mistake, Ofahengaue made his first mistake by not leaving the casino (or at least the table) and not having an associate hang around to make sure the move was clean and there was no steam afterward. If he was at the casino alone, he should have left the casino immediately and found another one to continue his cheating endeavors.

Lucky for him the judge didn't throw the football at him! Pardon the pun...or punt.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Phil Ivey's Cheat Partner Loses Baccarat Edge-Sorting Case Against Foxwoods Casino

Foxwoods Beats Baccarat Cheat in Court
We´ve all had our fill (pardon the Phil Ivey pun) of Kelly Cheung Yin Sun and her involvement in Ivey's baccarat scam. She and Ivey continue their war of lawsuits and counter-lawsuits against several casinos worldwide in an attempt to either force casinos to pay withheld cheat-winnings or to avoid having to return paid cheat-winnings to casinos.

They have lost on every case so far, although one or two are now on appeal.

Today Sun lost another case against Foxwoods casino in Connecticut, which withheld more than a million bucks of baccarat-cheat winnings from her and another female accomplice. Apparently this baccarat-cheat episode happened before she hooked up with Ivey.

I don't think she'll be able to appeal this decision as the court didn't take into consideration whether or not Sun's edge-sorting is cheating or not, but rather simply decided that the casino is protected from this lawsuit because it has tribal immunity.

Well, Sun, too bad! Now take your lawsuit down the road, jerkoff!

Another Rank but Costly Insider-Casino-Cheat Scam at Singapore Marina Bay Sands Casino--And a Casino-Cheating Foursome Indicted by a Grand Jury in South Dakota

Behemoth Cheat Casino
It seems that the cheating dealers working at the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore never take a break! This time the dealer, a Chinese national, colluded with another Chinese national who is also a student to bilk the MBS casino for $140,000 on, of course, the mini-baccarat table.

It was just another simple overpay/don't take losing bets/give the player additional chips on buy-ins--operation.

If you're thinking: Why is this casino so infested with insider-dealer-cheat scams? The answer is because it is a very lax casino as far as casino table-game protection, surveillance and security are concerned.

This casino shold have called me in as a consultant/trainer years ago.

Read the article here.

In other casino-cheating news, two casino employees and two players were indicted by a South Dakota, US grand jury for cheating the Dakota Sioux casino in South Dakota on New Years Eve, 2015 and New year's Day, 2016 out of $10,000 on blackjack tables.

Again it was another overpayment scam involving one dealer, one pit boss and two players.

And the beat goes on.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Is Bicycle Casino Money-Laundering Raid Connected to Casino Cheating?

Money-Laundering Raid at Bicycle Casino
Last Tuesday, federal agents raided the long-time famous California poker and gaming club at the Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens, California. The basis of the raid was a money-laundering investigation by the FBI and other federal financial and ICE task forces.

Ever since I have been receiving several emails asking if casino-cheating at the Bicycle casino was somehow related to this. I also noticed in online news articles detailing the raid that people interviewed made references to "being cheated" or "something fishy" about how the poker and pai-gow games were run by Bicycle casino personnel.

So that is probably what spawned the questions about whether pai-gow or poker cheating at the Bicycle casino could be involved in this.

My short answer is no.

Money-laundering is a criminal operation usually carried out by drug cartels or other illegal criminal gangs involved in high-cash operations, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars on a weekly basis. Casino cheats, even the highly professionl ones that do make serious money, are not generally in the category of money-laundering. They may hold on to chips and not cash out to avoid casino security and surveillance catching on to their casino and poker cheating activities, but that's about it.

So, no, the big federal raid on the Bicycle casino most likely is an investigation into major Asian gangs laundering  some serious cash.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Who's the Best Fictional Poker Cheat in History?

Paul Newman's Poker Cheat in "The Sting"
We've all see the poker films that have portrayed card sharps and poker cheats.

There was of course Paul Newman in "The "Sting." Then there were Lady Fingers and Shooter in "The Cincinnati Kid." Then of course there were Matt Damon and Edward Norton in "Rounders."

Several more were  depicted in the "Wild West" Films of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

But who was the best of the best of these poloroid cheats?

It's a good question, but for me the best of the best was Paul Newman when he stung Robert Shaw in "The Sting." Shaw had switched out the deck with the help of a handkerchief and replaced it with a deck set up to give Newman four 3s and himself four 9s, which would surely result in a bust-out hand for Newman.

But Newman, after he drew two cards to a starting hand of three 3s and received the fourh 3, somehow switched out his hand and replaced it with a hand containing four Jacks, busing out Shaw.

So this cheating the cheat hand or reverse poker cheat scam was the best fictional poker cheat of all time!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

13 Casino Cheats and Tons of Chaos Result in $160,000 Being Fleeced from Cambodian Casino---Well, Almost

Would anyone gamble on the square in this shithole?
If you ever wanted an example of how an unorganized and poorly run casino with no adherence to proper gaming procedure leads to being vulnerable to casino-cheat attacks, read the article below!

I mean, I've never been to Cambodia and would have guessed their casinos were somewhat poor in table game protection, but this is really too much to believe--13--count 'em--13 casino cheats in one casino-cheat team in the same casino at the same time..

They probably wore shirts with "CASINO CHEAT" logos on the backs. LOL

And all 13 were Cambodian nationals, who by Cambodian law are prohibited from gambling in Cambodian casinos in the first place.

Read the article here.

My take: Take a look at the photo! This place looks like a mess!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Rare: Chinese Mini-Baccarat Pastposter caught and arrested at New New York State Casino

More Chinese Bacarat Cheating
Why do I say "rare?"

Because even though the game of casino baccarat is the one of preference for virtually all Chinese casino cheats, hardly ever is the chosen method of casino-cheating pastposting. Chinese cheats almost always work in collusion scams with dealers and mainly use the false shuffle scam at baccarat.

This time, however, forty-nine year-old Chinese baccarat cheat Jing X. Jiang is accused of simply pastposting winning bets on the mini-baccarat table at the new del Lago Resort Casino near Rochester. He is said to have scammed the casino out of $6,000 with repetitive pastposting cheat moves, which means he was most likely working with $100 and/or $500 chips.

Now Mr. Jiang finds himself charged with Gambling fraud and Grand Larceny, both felonies, and could be looking at some prison time.

My take: Not to sound racist or anything, but I think Chinese baccarat cheats ought to stick to the false shuffle baccarat scams. Also, it should be noted that pastposting, especially when done with high-denomination chips, should only be done one time at any particular table. In my entire 25-year cheating career, I maybe performed multiple pastposts on the same table a dozen times.

Repetitive pastposts on the same table, be it baccarat, blackjack or roulette, usually lead to the same ending usffered by Mr. Jiang.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A REALLY Wanted Casino Cheat!

WANTED!
I have heard of some pretty prolific casino cheats, including myself, but I have NEVER seen one who's had his or her WANTED photo posted on the walls of post offices or on police and FBI websites before.

All this casino-cheat-law-enforcement hoopla is about Jubreal Chahine, a 40 year-old professional casino cheat who's been around casinos for some 15 years or so. His main casino-cheat gig has always been bet-capping and pastposting, at which he is pretty damned talented, but two years ago he was arrested in a Pennsylvania casino while applying for a Players Club card under his real name while he was wanted on outstanding casino-cheat-crime felony warrants.

How such a clever casino cheat could be so utterly stupid is a mystery to me!

Well, Chahine, also known as Alexander Gabriel Allen, is now wanted in Las Vegas for an assortment of criminal casino-cheat crimes, and the Clark County District Attorney's office has given him poster-boy status among casino cheats.

The photo above is now hanging on the walls of Clark County post offices and is on the website of various law-enforcement agencies.

Expect to see Mr. Chanine back behind bars soon.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ivey and Sun Get New Life in UK Edge-Sorting Baccarat Scam Lawsuit

Infamous Baccarat Cheat Pair
It had appeared that Phil Ivey and his baccarat-cheat partner Cheng Yin Sun were running out of options in their lawsuit against Crockfords Casino in London to force the casino to pay them the $12 million they scammed from it back in 2012, but now the UK supreme court has granted the cheat-pair a final appeal, so Ivey and Sun are still not dead yet.

The UK lower courts have ruled that Crockfords does not have to pay Ivey and Sun their cheat profits, but they have never ruled that what the pair actually did constituted cheating. The reason why I call this cheating is because they altered the deal of the game in order to gain a material advantage against the casino, which in practically all casino jurisdictions is the very definition of cheating.

Ivey and Sun are in a similar situation in New Jersey with a lawsuit over the same edge-sorting which led to antoher huge casino baccarat win. Although this time the victim-casino, the Atlantic City Borgata, had already paid Ivey and Sun their $10 million and sucessfully sued to recover the money from them.

Ivey is still trying to win a final appeal in that case as well.

My take: I don't think the UK supreme court will reverse the lower courts' decisions--I sure hope they don't.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A Real Law & Order Casino Cheat Case!

Most casino cheating cases that end up in court usually take little of the court's time. Normally it's an hour-or-two hearing and the judge makes his decision and slams his gavel.

But a very interesting baccarat-cheating case from Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut is making a lot of noise in a State Distict Court.

Back in 2014, a Chines couple and a Foxwoods baccarat dealer were charged with cheating Foxwoods out of $500,000 using the already infamous false-shuffling scam, which has the dealer faking the shuffle and preserving the order of the cards from the last shoe so that the players can know what the outcome of the upcoming deal will be.

The actual charges are cheating at gambling and first degree larceny.

The Chinese couple, Yan Wang (woman) and Bohen Zhang (man), rejected the state's plea offer of three years in prison followed by five years of probation, plus restitution. The Chinese dealer, George Zhu, was offered one year in prison followed by five years of probation, plus probation.

The plea-offers seem strange to me because the dealer or casino-employee in casino-cheat cases is usually given the stiffer sentence than his cohorts who took the money off the table. The state and casino usually want to punish the dishonest inside employee who sets up these casinuo-scams and puts them in motion. The cohors taking the money off the table usually are offered deals to testify against the dealer.

Well, in spite of all that, all three of them have decided to fight the case in court rather than accept the pleas. They each are risking as much as 25 years in state prison.

My take: Who said the Chinese aren't gamblers!

Friday, March 03, 2017

Insider Craps-Dealer Cheat Scam Stings Louisiana Casino

Cheating Craps Dealer
This time the insider-dealer-cheat scam happened at the craps table. It was kind of rank and not for the biggest ill-gotten casino-cheat fortune we've seen, but nevertheless 49-year-old Treasure Chest Casino Craps dealer Anthony Thompson was allegedly passing off chips to two cohort patrons on his craps tables over a seven-day period. By "passing off," I mean just that. He was not allowing late or pastposted bets, but simply giving chips to his craps-cheat partners at what he considered the most opportune times, most likely when supervisors weren't watching his games or boxmen were absent.

Eventually a video review of one table game caught the craps-cheating act, and then other videos going back a week revealed several repetitions of the passing-off-chips scam.

Police were called in to interrogate Thompson, who was subsequently placed under arrest and charged wtih several felonies including theft, cheating, swindling and conspiracy.

My take: This is a prime example of someone throwing out an entire casino career for not much more than a bag of peanuts. If he had two partners during this seven-day cheat-episode and they were equal three-way partners, Thompson's take would have been a mere $500. And even if the scam  had gone on for several weeks before that (casino videos are usually erased after a seven-day period), maybe he made a few grand.

But now he'll never work in a casino again, will have a criminal record and maybe even serve some prison time.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BetOnline Responds to Live Online Blackjack Cheating Charge

Did he or didn't he Cheat?
Ever since the BetOnline blackjack-cheating incident his Youtube a few days ago, tens of thousands of people, everyone from bloggers to online blackjack players to online blackjack cheats to the plain old curious, have been talking about it, analyzing whether or not actual online-casino-sponsored-cheating did take place.

Under tons of pressure to respond, BetOnline finally did. Read that response here and then come back to this page and read my take on it.

My take: It doesn't really seem that BetOnline admitted any cheating but rather emitted the usual phraseology about upgrading its feed and its dedication to maintaining the integrity of online casino gaming on their site.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Live Online Blackjack Dealer Caught Cheating?

Proof of Live Online Blackjack Cheating?
Don't be surprised! It's not the first time.

Two years ago a live online roulette dealer was caught simply placing the ball on the winning number without even spinning it!

As the live online tables are usually off to the side of the busy main casino, sometimes the inspectors charged with supervising them just forget about them, leaving the dealers free to do more or less what they please.

And if that dealer is dishonest, the consequences can be huge for the casino.

This time the evidence of the live online casino cheating incident appeared on Youtube. The live feed came from Global Gaming Labs of Costa Rica, which is used by several online casinos. Professional blackjack player Michael Morgenstern was reportedly playing online blackjack at BetOnline when he recorded the incident.

It seems that the dealer on the video is actually dealing a second card and not the top card, which is a flaming cheat move that has been around for centuries.

But the result of this second-deal move is puzzling. It resulted in the player losing and the casino winning the hand. Had the move not been performed, the player would have won the hand. This begs the obvious question: why is the dealer cheating for the casino? Normally dealers participate in cheat-scams to aid a player or players he's in cahoots with, and then they split up the profits.

It's hard to believe an online casino would partner-up with a dealer to cheat players when they already have an unbeatable online edge.

When I get more info on this I will certainly pass it along.

To see the video go here.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Professional Card-Switcher on Rampage through Washington State Pai Gow Tables

Washington St. Pai Gow Tables Inviting Cheats?
Though as yet unidentified, the alleged Pai Gow card-switching cheat is an aerospace engineer!

Hard to connect the aerospace industry with casino cheating, but maybe the guy had a gambling problem. I would be willing to wager that he is Chinese, though.

According to reports, the man was arrested and charged with thirteen counts of what they're calling second-degree cheating and five counts of misdemeanor theft. This IMMEDIATELY caught my eye. Firstly, I never heard of second-degree casino cheating. In just about every casino jurisdiction in the US, any casino cheating, regardless of the amount of money involved, is a felony. Even if it's for one dollar. And the $6,000 the card-switching cheat allegedly earned is being treated as misdemeanor theft!

My take: Well, it's simple. I would advise all you casino cheats out there to head out to Washington State! If your only risk at cheating attempts for serious money is being charged with misdemeanors, whata have you got to lose?