Poker Cheating and Casino Cheating Blog: American Roulette: World Game Protection Keynote Speaker Kevin Mitnick Tries To "Buy" His Presentation From Richard Marcus! True Solid Evidence That Willy Allison's WGPC Engages Speakers Who Know Nothing About Game Protection!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

World Game Protection Keynote Speaker Kevin Mitnick Tries To "Buy" His Presentation From Richard Marcus! True Solid Evidence That Willy Allison's WGPC Engages Speakers Who Know Nothing About Game Protection!

As you know, I have been severely criticizing the credibility of both Willy Allison and his World Game Protection Conference for two years now. My motive has been in response to Allison's and others in his inner circle's attempts to steer casinos away from my consulting services in the areas of casino table game and slots protection and surveillance training, so that they could get all the clients and monopolize the industry. Many of you were probably thinking that I have been mouthing off about a lot of nonsense and that Allison's WGPC is the Bible as far as game protection conferences go. But now I finally have PROOF to back up my accusations.

It started with my latest blog article criticizing the World Game Protection Conference on January 31. On February 1st, I received a rebuke from Sal Piacente, one of the card-trickster speakers at each WGPC who calls himself "The Hitman." I responded to Piacente's calling me an idiot with this article.

On February 3rd, I was surprised to find an e-mail in my Inbox from Kevin Mitnick, none other than the keynote speaker for this year's 2010 World Game Protection Conference whom Willy Allison has heavily publicized to draw in his attendees, the same way he did publicizing me in 2007 when I was the keynote speaker, the same way he publicized Dr. Edward O. Thorpe in 2008 and Mike Aponte in 2009, when they were the respective keynote speakers in those years, neither of whom had much to do with present-day game protection. I expressed my opinion about both these guys even though I didn´t have proof that they were not qualified game protection people.

When I heard from Mitnick, I figured that he also wanted to berate me for my recent World Game Protection article, because in it I stated that the computer-communications-hacking Mitnick had absolutely NOTHING to do with game protection. It was obvious to me that he was just the latest in Allison's attempts to hire big names with TV and book exposure to lure attendees to his conference.

Well, I was certainly surprised, somewhat laughably, when Mitnick contacted me to HELP him with his presentation. Obviously he had not read my negative article on the WGPC and had no idea that I was virtually at war with Willy Allison. Mitnick started by saying he wanted to "pick my brain" on certain areas of gaming security and protection, but as our e-mails went back and forth, I realized he basically wanted me to prepare his presentation, because, as I had suspected and wrote about, Mitnick knows nothing about casinos or game protection. He's an ex-hacker who'd been a pain in the ass to certain communications companies, not casinos.

Mitnick was looking to freeload his way into my brain, but I only offered him that opportunity for $500, my minimum consulting fee for game protection services. We finally hooked up by telephone and I gave him his ammo, ONLY because I want to prove my point to YOU, not to help him. The proof lies within our e-mail communications which follow below. After you've read them, you tell me...Does Kevin Mitnick belong as the keynote speaker at this or any other conference concerning game protection...or am I out of line?

And don't forget, what you hear at the 2010 World Game Protection Conference may be coming out of Kevin Mitnick's mouth, but it's coming from MY brain!

E-MAILS between Kevin Mitnick and Richard Marcus in order received and sent follow below. Actual screenshots of the e-mails are available to any doubters.

From "Kevin Mitnick"
Subject: Re: Contact
Date: 02/03/2010 12:28:53 PM

Quoting Kevin Mitnick :

Hi Richard,

I found your web site this evening and would like to speak with you. Do you live in Vegas? I do, but I'm in Brazil till Thursday.

If you can call me on 805-341-4555, that would be great!

Thank you,

Kevin Mitnick

Subject: Re: : Contact
Date: 02/04/2010 09:42:15 AM
To: "Kevin Mitnick"


No, I live in France.

What do you want to speak to me about?


Quoting Kevin Mitnick :

Hi Richard,

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 was 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 later.

All my best,


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:29 AM, wrote:


Yes, players' loyalty points can be hijacked.

As far as Shuffle Master goes, there have been incidents of tampered machines and dealers working that angle to rip off their casinos with player agents. I can prepare detailed info on all this and other breaches in Vegas security info and charge you my standard mimimum consulting fee of $500.

If interested, let me know.


Quoting Kevin Mitnick :

Hi Richard,

So please tell me what you would can share that (is not in Google) and how much would it cost?

Thank you,


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:51 AM, wrote:

Most importantly, I would give you a step by step cheaters' approach to breaching these types of security measures, how and when the employees get involved and how the actual track data is used and manipulated on the loyalty cards. I would also give you info that none of the WGPC regulars are privy to, which would make your presentation that much more interesting and original. I don't know if you are interested in getting into the consulting game with casinos, but with your name and an exciting presentation, you probably could.

The main problem with the casino people who attend WGPC is that they get taught the high-tech stuff by people who only know its purpose and not how it actually operates, and in some case by people who actually are not experts and just read up on it for their appearances. When I keynoted the WGPC back in 2007, I was amazed at the collective ignorance there. I did some consulting work for US casinos (now I work only in Europe and South America) on conventional cheating, but most US casinos were afraid to hire me thinking I would try to set their casinos up! (Such was their mentality) I don't think you would have that problem.

My take on all this would give much better insight and accuracy than "Google." You would supply me with the basic areas you want to cover and I would address each.

I would put a full day into it and charge you $500.


Quoting Kevin Mitnick :


These are the areas I am interested in:

RFID - Some casinos are deploying RFID in chips and soon in playing cards. I wonder if they will be dumb enough to use an RFID tag to identify the value of the card. If so, it will be a cheaters paradise!

Shuffle machines - how can a player (working with a casino employee) manipulate (hack) the machine to cheat, if possible. I was thinking of replacing the shuffle mater shell with a rigged shuffle machine. I guess how does it get replaced without getting seen on camera. These are my thoughts on attacks.

Player loyalty cards - how can these be attacked to leverage an advantage. I hope they don't use these cards for stored value. That would be too easy to compromise. I assume there is an identifier to a person in the back end database. If an identifier can be obtained, simply change the information on the track (i.e. clone a heavy players loyalty card). Again, just brainstorming.

Computer servers that set odds on slots, game kings, etc... hack into the server and set odds... or get intel on the pay off history.. in other words, by compromising the back end, can a cheater configure a machine on the floor to pay off.

By the way, do you know Willy?

I agree with you. I assume these talks are theories. Is it legal to demo any attacks on gaming machine for the purpose of exposing how it's done?

I've heard about some VERY clever people reverse engineering the bill validator (developed in Japan) to add $$$. There is 2 guys that got popped for it... and that are in the black book...Bill Cushing and some other guy.. I guess they are good at attacking the hardware.

I look forward to your response.

All my best,


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:14 AM, wrote:

I could have this done for you by the end of the week, possibly Thursday. Just pay $500 to Paypal account and I will get to work on it...I don't know if you're reading my entire e-mails, but as I was the keynote speaker at the 2007 WGPC, how could I not know Willy?

Quoting Kevin Mitnick :

Yes, I read your email. I only met Willy once. And I wasn't sure if you dealt with him or his wife.

Do you have information that is timely and new. - 2010.. cause I don't want to discuss dated techniques.. :-)


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM, wrote:

Yes...bottom line: it's worth it!

Quoting Kevin Mitnick :

Ok..please send me your cell number. I want to verify before making a payment to someone I never met :-)


On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM, wrote:


That's funny! The biggest computer hacker of his time checking up on the world's biggest casino cheat of his!!! But never forget honor among ex-thieves!

(Phone number followed here...)

You can get me in twenty minutes, !0:00 Vegas time.


I missed a few of Mitnick's calls, then we hooked up and I gave him the info he will present to you at the 2010 World Game Protection Conference.



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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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