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HOW WILLY ALLISON, JEFF MURPHY AND OTHERS AT THE WGPC CONSPIRED TO BLACKLIST ME FROM TRAINING YOUR CASINO
Richard Marcus Keynoting WGPC
Before reading this article centered around the World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas, please know that I can produce the actual emails I received from Willy Allison, Anthony Weiss, Bob Del Rossi and Kevin Mitnick as well as my responses to prove everything I have written in this article. I can also produce the articles written and interviews given by Bill Zender, Jeff Murphy and Jason England that I reference.
There is no slander, defamation or anything else the aforementioned people can claim here...Nothing but straight facts and hard evidence to back them up. In fact, I wanted to expose a lot more about the practices of Allison's WGPC, but I do not have the proof to back everything up.
The reason for this article is to set the record straight. I have been maligned unjustly for more than ten years now by people who have organized, spoken at or attended the World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas--even by people who have never met me or attended any of my game protection training classes.
It is time to clear the air and get the truth out.
And for those of you who read this and think it has merit, please give the article a "like" and a reshare. I would like as many people as possible in our casino industry to read it...
As some of you may have noticed, I launched a self-promoting publicity drive on Linkedin to expand my North American client base for my casino game protection training services. I stated my experience and qualifications which you can find both on my Linkedin Profile Page and my website game protection page.
One of the people I reached out to was Tim Gilbert, who according to his Linkedin page was the AVP of table games at the Okada resort in the Philippines.
His response was both startling and abusive, in fact inflammatory.
He accused me of being a fraud, incompetent and assured me I wasn't the only ex-professional casino cheat/advantage player now currently training casino staffs in table games protection.
The fact that he was wrong on all three counts did not bother me much. What did is that Tim Gilbert not only never met me but as well never attended a game protection training class or seminar of mine. Yet he somehow conjured up this image of me being a complete phony while the comments of my clients on both of the aforementioned webpages paint me as anything but what Gilbert accused me of being.
So that is what really pissed me off--but did not surprise me in the least.
You see, I have been used to being treated this way by casino table games and surveillance directors whom I've seeked out as potential clients. It is the result of a history that began at the 2007 World Game Protection conference (WGPC), where I was the keynote speaker, and by far the main drawing card to Willy Allison's at that time fledgling conference.
In fact, I really had little interest in speaking at Allison's conference, and the thought of ever becoming a game protection consultant working for casinos had never occured to me.
Game protection consultant Bill Zender, who was keenly impressed by me and wrote an e-zine article about me and dedicated a chapter in his book Casino-ology about me called "Learning Game Protection from the King of Pastposters," introduced me to Willy Allison in October, 2005 in Las Vegas. Allison immediately seized the opportunity to get me to give his WGPC a shot in the arm. As it was already too late to have me keynote his intial conference in February, 2006, he made sure to invite me there free of charge.
Then during the next several months after the 2006 conference, Allison maintained a steady barrage of emails to me to secure me as his keynote speaker at the 2007 edition of the WGPC.
In one of them he wrote, "Believe it or not, I am a big fan of yours."
He must have been! Priming up the buzz for his conference, he told Indian Gaming Magazine, among others, "We now have the world-renowned greatest cheat of all time, Richard Marcus. He's written a book this year himself and will discuss the popularity of poker and, in his opinion, how the poker games in casinos are full of poker players cheating each other as well as the psychology that cheats use when scamming casinos."
Little did I know that as soon as Allison was done with me, that praise was going to disappear. In fact, I have heard several accounts of his badmouthing me to attendees at his training sessions.
But yet unknowing, I finally agreed and keynoted the 2007 WGPC. During my presence there I was approached by person after person who one by one told me the only reason they came to the conference was because they wanted to meet me and see my presentation.
Ted Whiting, the current TV star surveillance expert (whom I deem worthy of the word "expert" because he is the best of the best), assured me that I was the reason he came to the 2007 WGPC.
William Joseph, another game protection consultant who was working with his father Michael, wanted me to do a demo tape for him. Then others, including Edward Weisel, at the time an executive with Harrah's Las Vegas, spoke to me about the possibility of coming to train their casino staffs.
It was the first time I'd heard of this.
And Willy Allison couldn't stop telling me how great my presentation was and how he was surely going to invite me back for the 2008 WGPC to present again.
But then, as my email inbox began cluttering up with casinos wanting to hire me to train their staffs in game protection, a series of funny things happened. The first was that Allison, who had promised me a video copy of my presentation once he had it processed, emailed to say that the hour of footage for my presentaton did not come out properly and was useless.
That certainly didn't seem believable, but I let it go.
Not only did Allison never invite me back to the WGPC, but one month before the 2008 show, in January, a very disturbing article about me appeared in Allison's online game-protection newsletter called "The Catwalk."
It was written by Jeff Murphy, currently vice president of surveillance at the Baha Mar in the Bahamas, but at the time an independent casino consultant. The title of the article was "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly...How to Pick a Casino Consultant."
And keep in mind that Jeff Murphy had never even met me...to this day!
Also keep in mind that Murphy was a speaker at the World Game Protection Conference.
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" had nothing to do with Clint Eastwood's spaghetti western film of the same name. Rather it was a fierce and vicious attack against Richard Marcus. At the moment, I didn't know the reason why Murphy wrote that, and more importantly why Allison published it, but it didn't take me long to put one plus one together.
In the article, Murphy wrote, "As gaming has gained popularity, now being worthy of numerous prime-time and cable television shows, everyone is looking to cash in on the current popularity. Once proclaimed cheaters are now looking to alter their questionable pasts because they surely have the casinos and your best interests at heart, right? I think not. The reality is these former cheats are naturally gravitating toward the money in vulture-like fashion. They are scouring the fields looking for a chance to partake and feed off the heightened celebrity of casinos as consultants. I liken this new fade (allowing these former cheaters the opportunity to consult and benefit from the success of casinos) to that of being mugged by a person one day and having that same person attempt to pull at your heartstrings while panhandling the next day. Either way this person represents character traits most would deem undesirable. With that stated, I very highly question a former cheater's value as a casino consultant...
Notice that Murphy is using "they" and "these" as if he's talking about more than one former cheater. Despite his obvious effort to hide the fact he's writing about me, every single reader in the industry knew it was clearly about me, and only me, because there was not one other ex-cheater in the game-protection consulting business. NOT ONE.
Murphy went on:
"Casino professionals are hard working people providing effort to make our casinos run effectively. Yet for every hard working casino employee, there are multiple people of questionable backgrounds, looking for the quick hit while providing equal effort toward undermining casino operations. These cheaters not only represent a threat to the casino and the assets, they represent a threat to any employee who could ultimately lose a job because of a cheater's undermining activities. Where does the honor in that rate? Why should the industry provide these folks with a platform to assist their success? Bottom line, we should not value these flawed individuals by offering "rock star" status to already perceived selfish individuals."
When I read this, I knew immediately this article was written about me--solely about me. I was the only ex-casino cheat on the game protection training circuit. It was an attempt to crush my career just as it was getting started.
I immediately complained to Allison by email about the article, "Hey Willy, after all I've done for you, how can you publish that? It is clearly an attempt to defame me, to put me out of the business."
Allison merely quipped, "I knew that the article would piss some people off but I didn't think you would be one of them."
Even if true, Allison's statement says an awful lot about his lack of regard for pissing people off and certainly shows a willingness to throw people under a bus.
But of course it wasn't true. Allison wanted me out of the business. As did Jeff Murphy.
Boy, I fumed! What kind of idiot did Allison take me for? He knew damned well that the article was an attack on me, nothing more, and he condoned it--maybe even MORE THAN condoned it. Maybe he was party to it. It sure as heck made sense, I figured.
After all, Allison and Murphy knew I was all of a sudden becoming the number-one choice of casinos across North America to do their game protection training, and by becoming so I was clearly taking away potential clients from Allison himself, not to mention Murphy. So now I had my answer as to why Allison went ahead and published this extremely damaging article to me.
Bob Del Rossi, a respected gaming consultant and marketing director of Tech Art, the company that originally marketed the casino-ubiquitous blackjack hole-card reader, was the only person in the game-protection world who empathized with me. He wrote, "If I were you, I'd be pissed off too."
After a few back-and-forths with Bob, I asked Allison if he would allow me to write this article for the "Catwalk" in my defense but of course he refused.
And another funny thing occurred at around the same time. Bill Zender's praiseworthy article about me entitled "Learning Game Protection from the King of Pastposters" suddenly disappeared from his website. But it didn't disappear from the Internet. So if Bill Zender said anything negative to you about me, here's what he wrote in that article, which remains posted on several websites including Gambler's Glen Message Board, probably to the chagrin of Bill Zender.
And if you have forgotten or never gone to the WGPC, Bill Zender speaks there every year.
So by now it was clear to me that a conspiracy against me was centered within the WGPC, for which I was so instrumental getting it off the ground.
Some payback for all the help I gave Allison, right?
And if that isn't enough and you want further proof, let's go right back to my number-one critic Jeff Murphy, who in his January "Catwalk" article severely admonished NOT to hire ex-casino cheats as casino consultants, and then, lo and behold, did a complete hypocritical U-turn just two months later in his March "Catwalk" article that sang a very different tune.
In that second Catwalk article, Murphy is suddenly in awe of an ex-card cheat turned magician and actor to the point where his words in this interview/article are fawning.
I am referring to Mr. Tony Giorgio, a self confessed hustler and expert on various cheat moves whom Murphy envisions as a...what?...game protection consultant!!!
My eyeballs nearly popped out of my head when I saw this!
Please note that Mr. Giorgio has since passed away. A lot of what I wrote below I'd written back in 2008, just after Murphy's articles appeared in Allison's "Catwalk."
Below are some of Murphy's questions to Mr. Giorgio and some of his comments about Mr. Giorgio. After you read what Murphy has to say in this exchange versus what he said two months prior in his declaration of war against ex-cheaters turned consultants, you have to wonder what Murphy's motives were in each article. Surely he had good reason to so utterly contradict himself in front of thousands of trusting casino executives trying to learn who they can trust to educate their casino staffs in the very important fields of casino cheating and casino asset protection.
I'd surely like to hear Murphy explain this contradiction.
In light of this, what are these casino executives supposed to think? First, Murphy is telling them never to hire an ex-cheater to protect their casinos, then, two months later, he's endorsing a notorious ex-cheater to these same executives?
Here are Murphy's exact words, "Writing for The Catwalk has brought with it a plethora of interesting opportunities; none more fascinating than the different people I come in contact with through correspondence regarding my articles. The Catwalk provided me with yet another opportunity to meet a fascinating man; not for dating purposes, thank you very much. I'm happily married, yes to a woman, with a beautiful child. My sharing with you today is however, about an alternative romance and a life of true passion regarding one man's journey..."
Me: DOES MURPHY really have to assure us that he's not gay? Why would he?...kind of makes me wonder.
Murphy: "Tony Giorgio is the creator of an extensive training video revolving around the art of hand mucking and card manipulation called "The Ultimate Work." I have reviewed this training video first hand and found its merits toward casino training both valuable and educational. This training product is two full hours of step by step training in the art of hand mucking that even the best of the best can appreciate and gain from viewing. Tony offers his skilled art with an egoless charm and the true showmanship presently lost within today's mediocre training videos; making "The Ultimate Work" beneficial to all..."
Me: DIDN'T MURPHY in January say something about not valuing ex-cheats as rock stars? Suddenly two months later he is all gung-ho for ex-cheats displaying their "showmanship" for people eager to learn how to protect their casinos from hustlers and cheats. Talk about hypocrisy at its peak!
Murphy: "IT IS important to note, I'm not gaining any royalties by sharing these thoughts with you; I simply gain an opportunity by sharing and introducing a hidden treasure in the likes of Tony Giorgio..."
Me: Come on, Jeff, we believe you're not simply out "hustling" Tony's DVD! Who would ever think that you're getting a cut of the profits?...Not me! And, by the way, as of this writing Tony Giorgio's website consists of nothing more than one page selling his DVD. So where is all the "beef" supporting this ex-cheater's alleged value to the game protection industry?
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS (COMMENTS) MURPHY ASKS TONY GIORGIO IN HIS ARTICLE:
"The Catwalk's readers will be interested in your personal history. Please share..."
"Having reviewed The Ultimate Work, you appear to still have a great passion and skill to share. Any follow up productions slated to follow...?"
Me: Sounds like Jeff is eager to get the sequel DVD going and to get Mr. Giorgio into a new role as a casino consultant, and just two months ago Murphy expressed such utter distaste at this very thought!
HERE'S THE COUP DE GRACE! Murphy betrays his nearly religious crusade-like anti-hiring-ex-cheaters-as-consultants January belief and actually asks Tony Giorgio:
"Have you ever envisioned consulting for gaming or maybe even presenting a training session at a conference...?"
Me: Well, Jeff, maybe Tony will come out to Oregon and give your casino a few pointers! Sounds like that's what you want, no?
AND JEFF MURPHY'S FINAL THOUGHTS:
"I would personally like to thank Mr. Tony Giorgio for graciously taking the time to share his insights and experiences with our forum. Tony Giorgio's "The Ultimate Work" DVD can be located on-line at..."
Me: I refuse to make public Mr. Giorgio's website address because I do not want to promote his cheating DVD the way Jeff Murphy is doing. But, so there's no misunderstanding of who Tony Giorgio is, here are some of the facts he states on his website:
TONY GIORGIO played cards across the United States, on the Canadian prairies, in Cuba before the revolution and in the cantinas of Mexican border towns. He moved in private clubs, private games, floating games, athletic clubs, poolrooms, card rooms and casinos. He moved (cheated) on the unsophisticated and the sophisticated. GIORGIO played poker with the hoi-polloi, blue collar workers, rodeo riders and cowboys in Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming and Arizona; with miners in Montana, longshoremen with grappling hooks in their belts and New Orleans pimps sporting pearl-handled pistols. He played in limit-games for pocket change and in games played for high stakes. During his travels and play, he learned from the top hold-out men in the world and INVENTED AND USED MANY OF HIS OWN CHEATING MOVES WHICH HE NOW REVEALS.
In DVDs, which run over two hours, GIORGIO demonstrates and teaches the MACHINE BREAK and his many original variations. He shows never before exposed CARD-STEALS. There are heretofore unrevealed BLACKJACK and HOLE CARD-SWITCHES, MULTIPLE CARD SWITCHES, explanations and demonstrations of CAPPING THE DECK, CAPPING TO THE BOTTOM, CLEANING-UP, SPREADING DOWN, or PLAYING THE BRUSH. In great detail, GIORGIO teaches the ploy of playing with an extra card and MULTIPLE METHODS of cleaning it up (getting rid of the extra card). There are lengthy discussions and demonstrations of the art of concealment and the attitudes that allay suspicion. You will see and learn the moves that get the money. You will view every use of card palming in advantage play and its application.
SO BY NOW IF YOU DON'T THINK I'VE PROVED MY POINT ABOUT WILLY ALLISON AND JEFF MURPHY TRYING TO PUT ME OUT OF BUSINESS, THERE'S MORE!
In 2009, I received an email from Anthony Weiss, at the time Surveillance Director of the Borgata in Atlantic City and founder of the Atlantic City Surveillance Newsletter (ACSN), and today Surveillance Director of the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. He expressed his desire to interview me and publish it in his ACSN, saying that having me speak on matters of game protection would be invaluable to the entire casino industry.
I agreed to do the interview, which was by email, and I spent an entire day answering his numerous questions. You can read that interview here. Mr. Weiss reassured me that he was quite excited about publishing the interview in the ACSN.
Then, quite coincidentally, a week later, I noticed that Willy Allison interviewed Anthony Weiss! He published it in his "Catwalk."
And suddenly I had the funny feeling that the interview with me that Weiss so enthusiastically wanted to publish was never gonna see the light of ink!
And sure enough it didn't.
I then received this email from Weiss a few days later:
"Hi Richard, wanted to drop you a quick email thanking you for answering all of the questions for the article we worked on. At this time I have decided to hold back on releasing it on the internet version of the Catwalk for various reasons as it was not a fit for this particular issue.
I did not want to delete any of the material as you had requested and the regulatory comments caused a conflict as my real work is from within a casino organization.
With that being said, I must say that I appreciate both your time and effort and found the exchange of questions and answers to be impressive. The article is a fit somewhere so we'll see what happens down the road.
I appreciated your time and effort,
Notice that Weiss said he didn't want to release it on the "Catwalk," which was Willy Allison's online newsletter at the time! Weiss had never mentioned the Catwalk before, and of course nothing happened to fit the article "somewhere down the road."
This is more crystal-clear evidence that Allison and his inner circle was out to get me blacklisted from the industry and he quashed Weiss's interview with me, and perhaps Weiss made a Freudian slip when mentioning Allison's Catwalk.
Here is my response to Weiss, which of course he did not respond to:
Please don't insult my intelligence. We both know that Willy Allison and others afraid of my entering the US game protection consultant market is the reason you are not publishing the article.
In any case, I spent an entire day working on those answers, and as you quashed it, the least you could do is reimburse me for my time. I would say that $200 is fair.
And your participating in blacklisting me really only does a disservice to the industry."
Do you believe me now?
Okay...Wait! I'm not done!
Then in 2010, out of the blue, I get an email from computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, who happened to be the keynote speaker at Allison's WGPC that year. Mitnick wanted me to help him with his presentation. Here's his email to me:
I found your website this evening and would like to speak with you. Do you live in Las Vegas? I do, but I'm in Brazil till Thursday.
I wanted to pick your brain if possible. I'm doing a talk on information security in Vegas for a gaming convention. I was looking at attacks on RFID technology with respect to playing cards and chips, attacks on shuffle machines, and attacks on player loyalty cards, if possible. I haven't looked at the track data on these cards, but maybe there is a way to hijack another player's loyalty points, etc.
I found you in Google. I saw your write-up on Shuffle Master. Of course, a rogue insider can maybe build their own cheating shuffle machine and replace the electronics in a real Shuffle Master. Do the casinos actually verify the electronics inside as genuine?
I have an extensive background in hacking and social engineering. I even wrote a book on the latter.
All my best, if you can call me on (he wrote his phone number) that would be great!
Thank you, Kevin Mitnick"
Guess what? After a few more emails back and forth with Mitnick, he told me he'd heard I was "a charlatan" and was no longer interested in my help.
Wow! I wonder who told him that!
Hint: Someone connected to the world Game Protection Conference where Mitnick was speaking...And speaking of the WGPC, the badmouthing of me continued, year in and year out.
At one show, a magician named Jason England used the WGPC platform to publically berate me, and of course he'd never even met me. He accused me of writing fraudulent material about the Steve Forte high-tech poker cheating case among other things. I read much of England's online criticism of me, and it was so harsh and severe you would think he was mistaking me for Charles Manson!
Forte, also a magician and ex-casino game protection consultant, and a very close friend of England's, was arrested in July, 2007 at the Atlantic City Borgata Hotel and Casino in connection with a high-tech poker scam set up in one of the hotel's suites. Allegedly Forte was a participant in a cheat scam using digital cameras and other high-tech equipment to bilk a wealthy poker player in the game.
He was subsequently indicted, which is much more serious than simply being arrested. However, he was eventually acquitted.
At the time, I knew people working at the Borgata who gave me details of what they said had taken place in the hotel suite, that being an actual game in progress that was busted by New Jersey Gaming Enforcement agents.
In one of my articles on the case, I pointed out that just because Forte was not convicted does not mean he was innocent. I was challenged by several people close to Forte who wanted me to exonerate him on my blog and retract posts in which my opinion on his guilt or innocence was clearly stated.
I was not about to do that. The fact that Forte had been an ex-casino cheat turned game protection consultant accused of committing a gaming crime did not bode well for my own consulting business, and I was indeed upset with Forte.
My answer to my critics was: I openly invite Steve Forte to contact me and tell me what he was doing in that Borgata hotel suite if he were not somehow involved in the scam.
Jason England, himself on a crusade to clear Forte's name, gave long (and I mean long) interviews to several media outlets in order to convince the public of Forte's innocence. His "testimony" was so fraught with misdirection and confusing statements about police informants who either existed or didn't exist that Dick Tracy and maybe even Sherlock Holmes would have struggled to keep up with him.
But when England was asked the key question, which demanded a simple unevasive response--the same question I invited Mr. Forte to answer on my blog, to which England's interviewer prefaced with, "Okay then, here's the question that comes up over and over again: What was Steve doing there?" (meaning that Borgata hotel suite), England's response was, "What I can tell you was that Steve was prepared to take the stand and answer that question for a jury. Had that come to pass, the jury would have listened and believed him..."
NOW COME ON, JASON! Do you really think your answer sounds convincing to the public as far as Mr. Forte's innocence goes? Are we supposed to believe that since Steve was going to stand up to the jury he's excused from telling us what he was doing in the scam-suite?
Jason, you're either incredibly naive or just doing the best you can to cover up your friend's guilt. I know what I think.
For me, someone who is innocent and wants to get his name cleared, especially his reputation as a once respected game-protection consultant which was now smeared by an alleged betrayal of that very profession, would simply come out and tell everyone what he was doing in that Borgata hotel suite where a major poker-cheating scam was going down.
I mean, heck, say that you were there with a prostitute! I mean say anything that gets you off the hook in the court of casino public opinion.
Mr. Forte never responded to me or anyone else, so to this day I stand by what I was told happened at the Borgata in 2007. I believe Mr. Forte was involved in this poker scam simply because he was there when it happened, and simply because he had already been charged with casino-cheating crimes prior to the 2007 Borgata incident, which England also claims never really took place. He says there was no poker game and a whole bunch of other stuff that defies any logical sense of criminal activity and investigation.
So Jason, I again ask you, if you do indeed know what Steve was doing there (perhaps he told you), to please enlighten me. I would surely post any response on my blog, and if that response is credible I will be the first to admit it and also admit I am the "imbecile, liar and wannabe" that you accused me of being in support of your friend.
And Jason England also happens to be a friend of Willy Allison's, who must have been delighted when England really carved me up when he had the platform at the WGPC. Do you think Mr. England was invited back to the WGPC by Mr. Allison?
And remember, I was not there to defend myself, which makes it very easy for the attendees listening to these rebukes against me to believe I am what England, Allison and other WGPC insiders accuse me of being when I am not there to defend myself.
But my defense is the same: Why has Steve Forte never come out and said publically what he was doing in that Borgata hotel suite when it was busted by New Jersey Gaming agents? Was he doing game protection work for the cheat scam? I don't mean to be mocking, but come on, people who are innocent usually have some kind of explanation for why they ended up charged with a crime they didn't commit.
All these attacks against me, each and every one of them motivated by collective worry that I would gain business training casino personnel in the field of game protection, were devastating and more or less ostracized me from the US market.
So here we are, in 2018, more than 11 years since I keynoted Willy Allison's conference. And I am still fighting this "blacklisting" imposed on me for no other reason than I was fair competition to other game protection consultants who have been regulars at the WGPC and friends or business associates of Allison's.
But since taking my fight to Linkedin in January of this year, I am happy to say I am making progress and slowly re-establishing myself in the US game protection consultant/trainer market. The US casinos who have hired me are quite thankful they did. They know they have gotten the real deal when it comes to training their employees to protect their gaming tables.
And now word is beginning to spread that Richard Marcus really gives a good training session! No magic tricks, no memory tricks, just good solid and relevant game protection training. But don't take my word for it. Simply go to my profile page here and read the recommendations and check out my website game protection training page.
Finally to wrap this up, I ask all of you table games and surveillance directors and managers who have steadfastly refused to accept my Linkedin connection-invitations because you have heard all this BS about me to reconsider.
Please do not harbor these negative opinions about me and my training services without ever having met me or attended my training seminars.
Take a good look at the chain of events I have presented here and the evidence I have offered and ask yourself these questions:
Did the game protection people I accuse collude to evict me from the industry? Or are all those incidents I detailed simply happenstance?
Was Jeff Murphy's incendiary article about not hiring ex-casino cheats as consultants a direct attack on me?
Was his following article two months later in fawning support of hiring an ex-cheat evidence of just a bad memory about what he'd previously written?...Was it a sudden change of heart or attitude?..Or was it proof that his first article was really a caveat to casinos not to hire Richard Marcus--for the benefit of himself, Willy Allison and all the others who may have feared my entry into the game protection training market, which might have resulted in less business for themselves?
And when you reach the obvious conclusion, please consider me for training your casino staffs rather than someone less qualified who has badmouthed me in furtherance of his own career. And do so not because I'm a victim. Not because I deserve the opportunity. But because I am the only one who can really train your casino with true insight into all the aspects of casino cheating, which is absolutely invaluable to your floor and surveillance staffs.
I am the only casino game protection trainer who has this type of knowledge and experience. No matter what is said about me at the World Game Protection Conference, no one can alter this simple truth. Nobody else out there can show you how top professional casino-cheat teams operate and how they use set-up and psychology to take control of your floor staffs and neutralize your surveillance departments.
Only I can do it because I have done it...For 25 years! And I will charge you less than half of What Willy Allison and the other WGPC trainers do.
Before I go, I want to take this opportunity to apologize to several people I may have disparaged undeservedly over the years in my blog articles. I guess I kind of attacked anyone and everyone I considered to be an ally of Willy Allison's in revenge for what Allison did to me.
I have no regrets, howwever, about criticizing Willy Allison and his WGPC. For me, the WGPC has moved farther and farther away from real game protection over the years. There is little in his "show" that actually deals with the subject. Instead it has become mostly smoke and mirrors, and now almost exclusively deals with things way outside the realm of traditional game protection, such as mass-shootings, crisis-leadership, cyber arms dealers and a host of other things and characters, some of them farsical, that seem designed only to draw bigger audiences rather than satisfy its promoted game protection platform.
I understand that Allison needs to expand his topics to prevent his audience from shrivelling, but it is way over the top when astronauts, nuclear scientists and cyber arms dealers are speaking at a game protection conference.
And I take special offense at Allison's use of the Las Vegas Massacre to expand his following. The 2018 version of the WGPC makes you believe that this type of casino mass-shooting will happen with the same frequency as school shootings. It won't, and if it does happen again, there is little we would have been able to do to prevent it, in spite of what Allison promotes on his Twitter account, such as innovative software that can tell us which sore losers and degenerative gamblers at the blackjack table are going to go up to their rooms, fetch their AR 15s, and come back to the casino shooting. (Gimme a break!) I am not saying that casino surveillance and security forces need not be prepared for the posssibility of these attacks, rather I don't think they should be the main theme for a game protection conference.
You can read my article on game protection's role in casino mass-shootings here.
So please, reserve your casinos' game-protection budgets for real game protection and not for what Willy Allison shows it off to be.
Willy Allison is good-looking, smooth and sharp, but he is not the world's leading authority on casino cheating and casino game protection. Not even close to it.
Back to my apologies: the one person who comes to mind to whom I owe the biggest one is Darren Hoke, the current vice president of Operational Protection at the L'auberge casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I had on two occasions mentioned Darren in a negative light for no other reason than his association with Willy Allison. Darren is a very capable and experienced person and valuable to the game protection industry, and I am sorry for what I wrote about him.
I have also severely criticized Foxwoods casino for being so vulnerable to big-money baccarat scams over the years. This was not meant to be an assault on Foxwoods surveillance and table games personnel but rather a critique on the casino's internal controls and outside game protection consultants. So to be clear, Foxwoods surveillance and table games people are just as capable as their counterparts anywhere.
Okay, I've waited more than a decade and for the right forum to get all this out! Now I've had my say.
Many of you will rebuke me for writing this and continue believing in Willy Allison and his World Game Protection Conference and training services.
My book, AMERICAN ROULETTE (St. Martin's Press), tells the true story of my twenty-five years as a professional casino cheater. Upon arriving in Las Vegas, in my early twenties, I supported myself solely through legitimate gambling. However, I soon found myself broke and homeless, living under a highway overpass. I eventually sought gainful employment in the only industry I had knowledge of, becoming a Blackjack and Baccarat dealer. Armed with experience on both sides of the tables, my mentor to be, Joe Classon taught the ways of a professional casino cheater.
Although retired, I keep up on the various cons and scams that law enforcement is largely unable to adequately police.