Poker Cheating and Casino Cheating Blog: American Roulette: Australian Casinos Wonder Why They're So Victimized By Cheats and Crooks...They Need to Examine the Credibility of People They Hire For Game Protection Training.

Richard Marcus

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Australian Casinos Wonder Why They're So Victimized By Cheats and Crooks...They Need to Examine the Credibility of People They Hire For Game Protection Training.

I have long been trying to wise up casions to the vastly exaggerated game protection training services offered by a slew of magicians and card-tricksters who continue dazzling casino management with their tricks into paying them for game protection consulting they say will catch the poker, casino and slots cheats. In the US and Canada, magicians and card-tricksters such as Sal Piacente and Darwin Ortiz travel the casino game protection circuit pulling cards out of their sleeves and whatnot in front of casino staffs. I have been telling casinos that magic has nothing to do with cheating and scamming gaming tables and slot machines, so hiring magicians to wise them up to cheating is not going to do the trick.

Obviously, casino management and gaming commissions in Australia have not been reading my blog! I read today in the Sydney Morning Herald that casinos in Australia have been hiring a magician named Barron Stringfellow who calls himself the "Enter-Trainer" and the "Baron of Magic" to provide casino game protection to their staffs. And reportedly they are actually paying this magical "trainer" to enter their casinos at $25,000 a visit!

Do you believe this! Heck, if the casinos bump up how much money they're willing to pay magicians to teach game protection, they might get David Copperfield to teach dealers and pit supervisors to catch cheats.

What is really amazing is that these casinos would rather pay Stringfellow, Ortiz and Piacente these huge sums of money rather than hire me to really teach them the nuts and bults of casino game protection. And I'd do it for a mere three grand a day.

Peter Cohen, the executive commissioner of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation in Melbourne, said that Stringfellow had been brought to Australia's casinos because "we need the most up-to-date information about gambling scams. It is about protecting the integrity of gambling." He said the $25,000 per visit paid to Stringfellow is "great value for the money."

Wise up, Mr. Cohen! Bring me over down under and save $22,000 and get ten-fold the value.

And I am not the only one criticizing casinos for hiring magicians and card-tricksters to teach game protection. Dr Charles Livingstone of Monash University's health science department questioned why casinos would pay for Stringfellow's repeat visits to "show them card tricks." He called it a true lack of enthusiasm by Australia's casino commission to protect the interests of ordinary gamblers.

Well, Mr. Cohen, I'm waiting for my phone to ring...


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Name: Richard Marcus

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 unnable to adequately police.


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