Richard Marcus

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Any Truth to News of First RFID-Aided Casino Cheat Bust?

Supposedly, and I mean supposedly, a professional roulette pastposting team suffered a cheating bust at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas when a $1,000 chip tagged with an inner RFID chip alerted the dealer to their pastpost move. The way it was to have gone down was that one member of the team, after number 32 came out, slipped the $1,000 chip underneath a $100 on the 3rd-Dozen bet at the bottom of the layout that pays 2 to 1. The cheat team was looking to get paid $2,200 instead of the $200 the original legitimate $100 bet was owed. The dealer was instantly notified of the pastpost when his screen beeped at the sudden late presence of the $1,000 chip, and the roulette team ignorant of RFID technology was caught and its claimer (the person who claims the pastposted bet) arrested.

This was reported to me by three different e-mails from people who are not my sources. The fact that there has been no official documentation or news articles about this "major" incident makes me think it is untrue. I mean, after all, had there been a professional casino cheat team busted because of RFID technologoy, you would think the casino related newswires on the Internet would be buzzing with this, pushed heavily by those in the business of marketing RFID technology to casinos.

In fact, I have not even heard of a roulette team or any of its members being busted at the Wynn in recent times. So, again, I don't believe it happened.

My advice to all you casino cheats out there concerning RFID chips is still the same: Don't worry about them. RFID remains a non-entity as far as casino cheating goes.


Monday, March 08, 2010

Which Online Casino and Poker Portals Can You Trust?

More and more online poker and casino information sites are popping up every day. Among the promises they all make are their effectiveness in steering online poker and casino players to safe online gambling sites where they won't get cheated and where their account information and credit cards and personal information are protected. Of course you expect them all to make these guarantees. But which ones can you trust? How do you pick an online gaming informational portal to give you sound advice as far as poker cheating and casino cheating go, as well as the protection of your personal and credit histories?

Not an easy question to answer. First of all, we don't know the motives of the people operating these portal sites nor do we always know a 100% of their affiliations. If they are affiliated with certain sites, quite naturally they are going to promote those sites as the best online and the safest against cheating and information stealing. I guess the only way to minimize the possibility of taking advice from dishonest poker and casino portals is to stick with the ones that have been online the longest. So before you decide to click onto an online poker room or casino from the pages of informational portals, do a checkup on the portal itself. You can do this simply by searching these sites on any of the "Whois" web pages. You will get all the domain information, physical location, etc. Also check and read through the poker forums on this subject. Then, of course, there are the poker and casino anti-cheat safety ratings on this website.

Does this mean the biggest and oldest the better? Yes, it does, but it does not mean that you are 100% safe taking their advice. It only means that you are most probably receiving the best advice out there as far as honesty is concerned.


Saturday, March 06, 2010

Beware of Facebook Poker Cheat Scam!


It seems one of the apparent latest scams going on is for people to open a Facebook account, or an account on a similar social Networking site, and in the guise of being a very well known poker pro. Then the scam begin and when these poker pro players start asking for money transfers between poker sites, or even a small loan, or for you to receive a piece of their winning action. First of all we are under the impression that no legitimate poker pro would ask for money from other online poker players as these matters are held in private and are usually held within a very small group of trusted associates. No matter how legitimate the person appears to be, or how enticing offer they might make to you, make sure you always protect yourself and your precious money. No way should you give anyone person or player instant poker credibility simply because of a name or a picture appears on a social networking site.

How serious has this scam gotten. Well one player reports that he has been friends with no less than twelve (12) Daniel Negreanu�s and another company has reported where the offender posed as the highly respected poker Pro Willie Tann, and other messages from �Mike matusow� in the past about buying a piece of his action in the Sunday Poker Tournaments. All need to keep in mind; it only takes a few minutes and a quick stop at Wikipedia for a person to create a bogus Facebook account. Don�t let yourself be fooled by these scammers. If you want to take a look at a poker site on Facebook look for Poker Host and they are very legit and will answer any and all of your question as they really understand online poker players and the poker community on the Internet.


Friday, March 05, 2010

Iowa Casino Bet-Capping Poker Cheat Banned For Life!

I guess if you're a casino cheat and you have to get banned from an entire state's casinos, it could be worse than getting banned from Iowa's!

Dustin O. Kendrick, 30, was sentenced to two years' supervised probation in Clinton County District Court for the felony charge of prohibited acts at a gambling game. Kendrick got busted for cheating in February 2009 on an Ultimate Texas Hold'em table at the Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Clinton. Apparently, he had palmed two $25 chips and then laid them atop of his original $50 bet after winning the hand, trying to bilk the Iowa casino for fifty bucks. The worst part about this for Kendrick is that the conviction is a felony, a big price to pay for a mere pittance of a crime.

In addition to the lifetime ban from Iowa casinos, he was fined $750, but the judge had the good heart to suspend that. However, Kendrick must seek treatment for his supposed gambling and alcohol addictions.

My take: Well, it's a tough break getting the felony conviction on that. I think Mr. Kendrick oughta keep out of casinos in EVERY state! But for life?
Nah!...Just until he gives up the thoughts of cheating.


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Good Casino Cheats Usually Go For the Toughest Moves

People ask me whether casino cheats select the easiest moves or the more difficult ones, thinking the obvious that the easier moves can be performed without much difficulty but might encounter problems getting paid because casino personnel already know about them. The truth of the matter is that the easy moves are usually done by amateur teams while the toughies are the work of experienced professional cheat teams. This is especially true of roulette, the casino table game where the most cheating goes on. If you look at a roulette layout, you probably understand without much cheating knowledge that the easier moves are done at the bottom of the table, the point farthest from the dealer. This is completely true, and 75 to 85% of roulette moves happen there. The most common are pastposts and pinches, the latter being when losing bets are "pinched" off the layout before the dealer can sweep them off.

Good and professional roulette cheat teams, like mine of course, often worked the top of the roulette layout, sometimes directly under the dealers' noses. When a successful pastpost or other cheat move is performed high on the layout like that, the dealer and the supervisor find it difficult to believe that the cheat move was indeed a cheat move. On several occasions I heard dealers and pitbosses say things like "That couldn't have been a move, it was right under our noses!" LOL and I LOL´d when that happened! And to make these top-wheel moves even better, no obvious distractions were used to turn the dealer's head. These type of distractions take the beauty out of the move and sometimes alert the pit that it was indeed a move. We always went up top naked, and the results were devastating to the casinos.

However, I must mention that the best roulette move of all time, the Savannah move, was done at the bottom of the wheel. This was an exception to the rule of the higher the better.


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Cheats Continue to Run Amok in Singapore's Resorts World Sentosa Casino!

As I had predicted, casino cheats are having a field day over in Singapore. We've been hearing about people getting caught, but they are the rank amateurs, the latest being forty-six year-old Alice Lau Qian Xiu, who recently got busted for claiming $630 from a cashout ticket that belonged to another gambler. Before her it was a taxi driver who tried a lame $200 pastposting move on the baccarat table. All of this coincides with the dozens of casino infractions being committed to gain entry to the casino and avoid paying the entry tax (only Singapore citizens have to pay it).

But what you're not hearing about, simply because the Singaporean casino authorities have little or no idea it's happening, are the crack professional cheat teams who are wearing out Resorts World Sentosa's tables with cheat moves at a pace that rivals what happened in the rookie days of Atlantic City and Foxwoods in Connecticut. Not surprisingly, my classic ten-oh-five blackjack move is being done on Sentosa's baccarat tables by more than half a dozen teams. The dealers and supervisors don't seem to have a clue. And of course, my Savannah move has been borrowed and is showing her stuff there as well. Italian roulette cheats are in town, doing their very strong pastpost slide moves, and whatever inside dealer cheating is going on, I will let you know as soon as I have it. Expect a lot of that, once the Chinese gangs get a foothold in the casino.

How long do I think this cheat barrage will last?

Well, if we take Atlantic City as an example, it will be a good 3 to 5 years.

If we take Foxwoods as an example...well, it could last forever! Why am I saying this? Simply because Foxwoods, almost two decades after opening, remains the easiest major casino in the world to cheat.


Monday, March 01, 2010

More Comments on Doyle Brunson as a Poker Cheat...But This Time it's in Brunson's Defense!

Rumors about legendary poker player Doyle Brunson being a cheat at poker have been circulating not for years but rather for decades. A well known cash player named Dusty Schmidt who also runs the poker instructional website Drag the Bar had called Brunson a poker cheat, that according to a poster on the 2+2 Forum named Shortbutsosweet who wrote, "Last I heard of him (Schmidt), he was calling Brunson out for cheating Andy Beal out of money. HAHAHHAHA is all I can say about him saying anything about what his thoughts on Brunson poker are all about. Also would love to see this guy take his roll and his mouth to Bobby's room for about a week. Lets see how long that 57 month winning streak could go then. Just saying maybe its time to take a step off that high high horse you ride. Something should start to click about the time Doyle Brunson is calling you out in his blogs."

According to Schmidt, he has never called Doyle Brunson a cheater and doesn't believe that he is one. Schmidt claims Shortbutsosweet had misinterpreted one of his blog posts from two weeks ago where he says he called Brunson the best poker player in the world. Schmidt now says that he has tremendous respect for Brunson as both a human being and poker player. He then goes on to say that "Doyle absolutely never told me to come to Bobby�s room and come play him (whatever this means). Doyle said that he would welcome any action from some of the young internet players who thought they were so great..."

My take: Well, this effusion of respect for Brunson makes me think that Dusty Schmidt is full of dusty shit! Come on, even if Doyle Brunson never cheated a penny out of a penny-ante poker game, can you really believe that? Schmidt more than likely has some ulterior motive for such ebullient praise for Brunson.


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Casino Swim-up Tables For the Taking!/Bubble-Bluffing

I recieved a humourous e-mail this weekend from a would-be casino cheat. He revealed to me that he really doesn´t have the balls to try cheat moves with all those surveillance cameras jutting out of casino ceilings, but he said he'd heard about blackjack tables in swimming pools at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino as well as at other casinos. He said that there, inside the swimming pool, he'd gladly take a shot cheating the casino, not having to worry about surveillance cameras in a swimming pool because there weren't any.

LOL! Boy did I get a laugh outta that! I wrote him back explaining that the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino swim-up blackjack tables are indeed actually inside the pool but are housed inside a mini-island on which is built a gazebo-like structure that has the same old casino video cameras on its ceilings. The only difference between cheating inside the casino and outside in the pool, I told him, is that if you fuck up outside, there's always the chance you might end up drowning in the pool!

Another e-mail asked me a more intelligent question: Do all casinos really film every table and slot machine 24/7 continuously?

The answer to that is no, but I can't tell you which ones do and don't. Certainly almost all casinos give the appearance that they are capable of filming every inch of casino floor every second with all those bubbles above you everywhere, but some casinos are certainly bluffing in certain places. Trying to cut costs of operating the digital equipment (or in some cases not-digital equipment), casinos might be depending on the naked black bubble alone to curb the cheating by making cheats afraid they are constantly being filmed. I would say that in major gambling areas like Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Macau, it would be extremely rare that a functional camera is not operating inside the bubble, but in secondary casino areas, places like Eaatern Europe and South America, there may be some bubble-bluffing going on.

My advice: Just come up with a move to beat the cameras like I did with Savannah. Then you don't have to worry about cameras catching you cheat!


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...


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Vegas Casinos Bust Cheating Gambler For Not Paying $4 Million in Markers! Shame on Them!

Man, I hate when I read about casinos busting people for not paying their casino markers, mainly because the vast majority of those who don't pay their markers already have ruined their lives by losing everything they own in the casinos. I do realize that the casinos don't put a gun to anyone's head and force him or her to gamble, but they are the true masters of both regular and subliminal advertising, right?

The Wisconsin businessman charged with not paying his gambling debts was accused of trying to skate on nearly S4 million in markers, most of it from Caesars Palace (as you all know, my favorite casino!), and the remainder from the Hard Rock Casino.

Christian Peterson, 41, of Verona, Wisconsin, pleaded not guilty to one count of theft in connection with four markers and to two counts of drawing and passing a check without sufficient funds with the intent to defraud.

According to Peterson's attorney, his client went on a reckless gambling spree in 2008 and was an addicted degenerate gambler who needs therapy for his problem.

The indictment accused Peterson of trying to flee town like Flint, literally in a run for his life to get out of Vegas before he got caught. He'd moved his chartered flight-time up to evade casino hosts looking for him. They had the right to demand payment before he left the premises.

Peterson made it out of town and into the air--but then the pilot, receiving word from Vegas officials on the ground, actually turned the plane around and brought it back to Vegas.

"All of it is in dispute," Peterson's attorney, Chris Rasmussen, was quoted as saying.

My take: Getting the plane turned around on you like that is one tough beat! If Peterson ever tries a marker scam, he ought to try the Casino Credit/Identity Theft Scam on my Casino Scam of the Month page.


First Singapore Casino Cheating Bust! It Was a Pastpost Move.

According to the Casino Crime Investigation Branch for Singapore, Loo Siew Wan, 53, is the first person charged with a table games crime at the Resorts World Sentosa casino.

Congratulations, Loo! Somebody had to be IT! LOL!

He has been charged with five crimes related to his pastpost attempt: attempted cheating, cheating by impersonation, theft and giving false information to the police upon his interrogation.

He allegedly tried his cheat move on a casino dealer at one of the Casino's baccarat tables. He placed two SD $100 chips on the 'banker' after the cards had been dealt and the banker already won the hand. This was not a chip-switch move, which would have been better, but simply an amateurish attempt of slapping $200 down on banker and hoping the dealer wouldn't notice it was a late bet.

He also allegedly entered the casino illegally (which seems to be Singapore's casino's biggest problem thus far, as dozens have been busted for entering on false pretenses) by posing as Loh Siow Kok, who happens to be his brother. He used the brother's drivers license to get in.

He was then charged with another crime when he again showed the brother's driver's license to police inspectors called to the scene. He was then charged with stealing his brother's license! LOL! Some brother this guy is!!!...I mean Loo, the casino cheat/thief, not Loh, the brother/victim.

Bail was set at SD $15,000 for all of the above.

My take: This guy went through an awful lot to get himself busted doing a rank amateur move. Better luck with the next stolen ID he uses!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Is Ladbrokes Casino's New Live Dealer Blackjack Any Safer or Riskier Than Regular Online Blackjack as far as Cheating is Concerned?

Absolutely not. Although Ladbrokes Casino regularly appears as one of the safest all-around online casinos on my Top-10 Safest anti-cheat online casinos list, their new live dealer blackjack games do not make it any more or less riskier as far as cheating is concerned.

Here's an article by about Ladbrokes' live dealer blackjack:

Ladbrokes Casino has some exciting things going on for those that love live blackjack. Now, the online casino features a live dealer blackjack game. At the present time, this is the most life like blackjack game that you can find in any online casino. This game has been made possible by Microgaming, a leader in the development of online casino software.

This new blackjack game has some features that are new to online blackjack. The first of these is a feature known as bet behind. With this feature, you have the capability to make wagers on players that are seated at the blackjack table. Therefore, if you happen to observe a blackjack player that seems to have a good grasp of the game and plays well, you can choose to bet your money on his performance rather than actually playing the game yourself. Keep in mind that with this bet behind feature, you have no way of actually interacting with the chosen blackjack player. You will not be able to tell them how to play their hand. This is the same as in live land based casinos.

The other feature that is part of Ladbrokes�s latest blackjack offering is the waiting list. As the name implies, it is a waiting list for a specific blackjack dealer. You would add your name to the list and wait until a seat is open. What is nice about this feature is you can enjoy other casino gaming while on the waiting list. Names are added to the waiting list on a first come, first served basis. Playing while waiting is much more enjoyable than watching a table continually for a free seat to become available.

Along another line, this live dealer blackjack game also adds other aspects to the game in order to make a most realistic blackjack experience. The addition of video streaming technology permits players to see their hands being dealt by a live dealer. Secondly, this technology allows players to interact not only with the dealer but also one another. For those gamblers holding out for a more real life blackjack experience, this is the game for you!


Monday, February 22, 2010

Good Oldfashioned Poker Card-Swapping is NOT a Dying Art!

When you pick up a king with a four in a Texas hold'em game and you get a peek at the guy sitting next to you's cards and notice that he's holding a king with a five, and you think, "Wouldn't it be nice if I had his king and he had my four..."

Well, in some well-groomed and practiced cases this does actually happen, and the cards one player happens to see another player holding happen to belong to his partner in poker crime. I'm talking about amateur and professional card-swapping teams, and the good ones are quite effective and get your money very quickly. Read more about card-swapping here.

And it happens in other games besides poker, usually hand-held blackjack.

But then again, not all these poker and blackjack card-swapping teams are that great. Here's one that recently got busted looking pretty bad:

In South Wales (don't know how much action there is over there), a team of card-swappers got nabbed plying their trade in the city of Swansea's main casino. One 34-year-old poker player ID'd as Ozgur Aytekin (rough sounding name, like a terrorist!) was seen on videotape peeking at the playing cards of the man sitting next to him at the table and then switching a card with him. Apparently there were four members to this team that had claimed to be tourists visiting England and Wales. The three caught were jailed for four weeks while one got away and remains at large.

3-Card Poker Operation

Theirs seemed to be quite blatant. According to a casino official, the members of the cheat-team would discuss openly their strategies while showing one another their hands at the three-card poker table. Then the one member not playing would distract the dealer while the other three removed their bottom cards and swapped them under the table. Of course the main poker cheat, Ayetekin, would end up with the winning hand.

In addition to moving cards around the table blatantly, they also moved chips in the same fashion. Ayetekin was observed passing his chips to a man not playing who was standing behind him.

The casino claims it was cheated out of £75 and an additonal £425 was recovered at the poker table.

My take: What a mere pittance to go through all this for!

But don't be fooled by the misadventures of this bumbling card-swapping team. There are lots of good ones operating, especially in California's huge poker card-clubs. I have written extensively about them in my book Dirty Poker.


Friday, February 19, 2010

DNA Casino Game Protection...Fact or Fiction? Will DNA Be Used as Evidence Against Poker, Casino and Slot Cheats?

You probably know that casinos began their high-tech war on poker and casino cheats by using biometric facial-recognition technology about five years ago, as well as RFID technology in the chips. But what about DNA? Can it somehow be used to thwart and arrest these poker and casino cheats? Let's look at some possibilities.

Scenario 1:

Back in 1996 at the Horseshoe casino in Tunica, Mississippi, I pastposted a $100 chip straight-up on number 32 after the roulette ball fell into the inner pocket for that number. As always, I immediately left the table as the claimer (person who claims the pastposted bet) moved into positon to begin his claim to get paid the $3,500 for the fraudulent bet. But that fateful day, my claimer, Lou Alaimo, who didn't last long on my cheat team, froze up and never opened his mouth. Then he shit in his pants and left the casino in a hurry, leaving the pastposted $100 chip lying there on number 32. My old teammate, the legendary Pat Mallory, was not involved in the laying or claiming of the move, so he was able to stay behind to gage the casino's reaction, which would have been fairly easy to predict after the dealer asked everyone at the table "whose winning bet is this on number 32?" The dealer was not the least bit spooked and only wanted to pay the right person the $3,500. But when no one responded, naturally things in that Horseshoe roulette pit began heating up fast!

When the dealer told his floor supervisor that no one at the table claimed the $3,500 payoff, he immediately got suspicious and called casino surveillance. It just so happened that the overhead camera had filmed me putting in the move. They also had some videotape of my face underneath the baseball cap I had been wearing.

The Horseshoe tried to mobilize as quick as they could to grab me up, but naturally I was long gone, at the casino bar in the nearby Sheraton casino. When Pat arrived to tell me what had happened, we immediately picked up the lame claimer Lou and got out of Dodge! I later learned that I was ID'd by Griffin Investigations and Mississippi Gaming as having been the "mechanic" on that aborted roulette move.

However, they only had overhead video shots, not enough to positively ID me in court.

But what if they had immediately closed down that roulette table without touching anything and called the local CSI (or the closest thing to it at the time), and a team of CSIs arrived at the casino to investigate the "crime scene"? They surely could have taken fingerprints off that pastposted $100 chip. That alone with the videotape would have nailed me, right?

What about DNA? I had been sitting at the bottom of that roulette table for half an hour before I put the move in. In spite of the ballcap, a hair or two or three had to fall from my head onto the layout, my chair or the floor, right? I know there could have been hundreds of human hairs in the vicinity, but they could have scooped them if they'd wanted. Then after gathering hairs, they could have taken the videotape evidence to a judge and probably gotten an order to get a DNA sample from me to compare with the hairs.

I would have been dead to rights again, right?

Back then DNA was already in use, as we all know from the O.J. murder trial a year and half before that. I always wondered why casinos still have not used DNA in poker, slot and casino cheat investigations. Will it happen soon? I would think so, especially if we see the likes of another giant slot machine scam where members of the cheat team leave DNA evidence on or near the victimized slot machines.

Scenario 2:

A juicy high-stakes poker game is going on at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. During the game someone notices what he thinks is a high-tech card marking on one of the aces. The highly skilled card marker gets wind of this and quickly gets up and leaves the table and the casino. Later, infrared surveillance technology confirms that a high-tech card marking operation had been taking place. The suspected card marker is picked up on video but he is not recognized by investigators and not in any of the facial recognition data bases. Fingerprints are taken off the particular marked ace and other cards, but they don't match any prints in the state or federal systems. Hairs are collected from the table, chair and floor where the card marker had been playing. They are put into evidence storage with the marked cards.

All this sounds like the guy would be cooked if he ever came back into the Bellagio and got apprehended, right? Or for that matter, if he ever got caught marking cards anywhere in the world.

So, did this scenario really happen at the Bellagio?

No...but when it does we will surely get a gander at it on a future episode of CSI...with the poker card-marking cheat opening his mouth and Marg Helgenberger sticking in the Q-tip.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Early Reports of Massive Casino Cheating in Singapore's New Casino!

The giant Resorts World Sentosa Casino has barely been open for 72 hours and already I am getting reports of hordes of professional casino cheating teams going thru the casino the way the Allies went through Normandy in 1944. This D-Day-style attack on the Resorts World Casino is seeing top-notch pro cheat-teams from Italy, France, Germany, Russia, and of course the US, which among these casino-cheating allies are the best. Most of this first assault wave of casino cheating is pastposting and bet-switching, the latter occurring on the casino's dice tables. I have not gotten word on any inside false-shuffle baccarat scams, but don't worry, they will be coming, probably at a pace that rivals Macau.

Of course the world's best card-counting and advantage play teams have joined the feast, working over the blackjack and baccarat tables.

Funny, but the casino itself is admitting to nothing of the kind going on. According to press releases from Resorts World Sentosa and independent Singaporean news articles, the main casino cheating problem is just people breaking the law simply to get into the casino. There have been underage people using phony IDs to get in. But a bigger entrance problem is for the native Sinaporeans who, unlike foreigners allowed to enter free, have to pay SD$100 to gain entry for a single day, which is roughly $71 US dollars. This must be the highest casino entry fee in the world! Imagine paying seventy bucks to enter a goddam casino! The yearly fee to Singaporeans is a whopping SD$2,000, that's $1,420 US. There should be a huge outcry over this...better yet, a revolution!!!

I also heard that one angry loser in the casino, apparently a Singaporean who may have also been upset with the entry fee, was later arrested at the airport for stealing communications equipment from a passenger in transit.

My take: This casino is going to get KILLED by the cheats. The professional teams will run over the tables and the rookie surveillance crew, despite its state-of-the-art video technology, have no chance in hell of stopping the invasion, or even slowing it. The same thing will occur when Singapore's second monster casino, the Sands Marina Bay, opens up later this year. When new casino areas open, the casino-cheat shelling usually lasts a year before the casinos start to learn how to defend themselves. No new casino area will ever take the "welcome-to-the-casino-cheat" shellacking that Atlantic City did when it opened up in 1978.That bombardment, of which I was an integral part, lasted a good six years!  


Doyle Brunson Denies Poker Cheat Allegations!

In a recent article written by legendary poker player (and poker cheat for many) Doyle Brunson for Cardplayer magazine, the old poker-face of poker took on the cheating allegations head on. He wrote, "My daughter Pam called my attention to a blog written for Cardplayer by Dusty Schmidt and the comments that were posted. The comments were insane and some of them are downright comical. The one I like best was that I cheated Andy Beal and was threatened by Andy and had to return 16 million dollars. Do people actually hear these kind of stories or do they make them up? Did Andy say he would kill me if I didn�t give him all that money? Do you supposed he would have intimidated me more than Tony Spilotro did when he tried to get me into his cheating schemes? The next time I see Andy, we will have a good laugh about this little gem.

As far as the other negative stuff about the old time cheating, I spent two long years defending myself about that. I don�t intend to go through it again. For the record, I never had any involvement in cheating in poker from any era. This is America, believe me or not, I really don�t care any longer. It does look like there would be some evidence somewhere besides wild stories."

My take: LOL! Come on, Doyle, you are (or better said, "were") at least as big a cheat to poker as I was to casinos! You're right, this is America, the land of the home and the brave...and the cheats!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Isildur1 Back Playing Full Tilt After Online Poker Cheat Scandal!


There have been possible sightings at Absolute Poker, and he�s been seen at some lower stakes here and there. But his brief appearance yesterday, and his much more exciting re-debut today, Isildur1 has been harder to track down than Elvis and 2pac since he got bitch-slapped by the card player fellow�s.

Since he�s been gone, we at 4flush have been forced to do some crazy things, like call an earthquake a hurricane, misquote some very dull drama, and throw crumpled up balls around the news room to amuse ourselves.

Isildur1 was spotted by playing a wicked stretch at Full Tilt Poker where he met up with LuvtheWNBA (who�s bankroll he lightened by about 120k.), also known as Isaac Haxton, and Justin Bonomo known as Zeejustin when he�s playing poker online. Isildur was down to Haxton early on but he picked it up, before moving on to accept a game with ZeeJustin,

Zeejustin lost $550k to isildur1 in one hand. Amazing.

Good news for Bonomo though, according to High Stakes News, a buddy had a piece of his action, cutting his laws. After dumping 550k + at tables, ZeeJustins backer, backed out. He told Isildur1 he could continue playing, but he�d half to drop down to the $100/$200 tables, Isildur1 passed, claiming he was to tired for that, and the two bid each other good night.

In all seriousness though, the question we�re all dying to see answered is this: Will Isildur1 face Brian Hastings (and team) again? According to High Stakes Poker News, the Swedish poker player�s bankroll should be right around a million bucks right now.


Should Probability Tell You You're Being Cheated in Your Home Poker Game?

Well...the answer to that is a bit sketchy. But what probability analysis can clearly tell you is that there is a POSSIBILITY, or even a good possibility that you're being cheated. However, probability can never dictate unequivocally that you are being cheated.

One good idea for analyzing probability deviations is to consider them strictly as evidence. For instance, if you are playing poker with your buddies whom you know fairly well, especially their abilities at the poker table, and you believe you are a better player than most or all of them, and you are consistently losing to them over a significant period of time, then this deviation might be telling you that one of your buddies is moonlighting as a poker cheat!

The best way to do this sort of analysis is to use a sample grouping, say the number of hands played over a long period of time, say 20 to 40 sessions at the poker table. Remember that the smaller the sample group, the more the influence of luck, usually bad luck. If your sample group is too small, you most likely are looking at a run of bad luck where your amateur poker buddies are just getting lucky...or maybe they're just better players than you had thought. What you should do is use probability to figure what your win rate per hour should be, and then if there is more than a 30% negative deviation from that over a period of 10 sessions, you should begin to look into the possibility of cheating going on. I would say that deviations of 10 to 20% should not set off any alarm bells unless they go on and on and on. The long-term negative deviation difference between 10% and 30% or more might also be reflected by the ability of the poker cheats in question to cheat.

Remember one thing that is very important when you are trying to determine if somebody in your home game might be cheating: the cheating poker player has nothing to fear legally from his attempts to cheat in home games. True, he might risk getting the shit kicked out of him if exposed, but that is a helluva lot better than going thru the legal system and possibly ending up in prison, which are the results of getting caught cheating in public cardrooms. accurate is my assessment of home games poker cheating?...100%


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.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Negative or Counterproductive Casino Surveillance and Security

What does this mean? Well, it is when casino and poker room surveillance staffs (floor staffs as well) screw up and create problems for their poker rooms and casinos. For instance, you may have noticed that lately there have been several lawsuits filed against poker rooms and casinos across the US by people who have been detained and even arrested for committing casino and gambling crimes only to have been found innocent upon further investigation by the casinos and poker rooms themselves, and then let go.

These HUGE errors in judgement by casino staffs, almost always by surveilance people, cost their casinos lots of money. Lawsuits like this are always open-and-shut cases with the plaintiffs walking out of court with between $50,000 and $500,000 depending upon the size and power of the casino involved, as well, of course, as the judge or jury.

Casino surveillance staffs are supposed to safeguard the casino's assets, which in turn is supposed to save the casino money that would end up in poker cheats' and casino cheats' pockets. But when people are detained and arrested for cheating and then let go (which is far worse for the casino than being found innocent in court), the surveillance operation proves to be negative or counterproductive.

The main reason for these horrific lapses in casino surveillance and security is simply that the huge majority of their staffs are trained by people, the so-called "game protection consultants," who really have no clue about real casino surveillance themselves.

This is why the casinos who do not use my training seminars ought to be calling me instead of the incompetent people they hire to teach them surveillance academics and game protection.


Poker Cheat Teams Working Morocco...Should You Worry About Their Poker Room and Casino Security Upgrades?

Source: John M. Gaming Zion

According to Moroccan gambling law, most forms of gambling are legal in the nation. This is likely a result of its being quite popular amongst the locals and the government�s realization that, through gambling, they can provide the nation with social benefits and a better stream of revenue.

Morocco is one of the most popular gambling destinations on the entire African continent, including both tourists from Africa and other parts of the world. As a result, Moroccan casinos and gambling centers are often abuzz with life. The huge crowds that can be found in Moroccan casinos are a plus when it comes to revenue, but can also lead to some problems. Players are always trying to get an edge on casinos and to find an easier path to free money. Due to this, Moroccan casinos need to have pretty high security levels.

In order to guard against sleight of hand, substitution of dice, theft of chips and inappropriate card counting and other issues that plague brick and mortar casinos, The Casino Agadir Atlantic Palace, one of Morocco�s most popular casinos, is making efforts to upgrade security. They are doing so by installing networked megapixel cameras and speed dome cameras which are capable of panning at a rate of 400 degrees per second! These steps to deter cheating are likely to benefit the casino greatly.

My Take: I don't think much of anything can help Moroccan poker rooms and casinos safeguard against cheating. Remember, all improvements to video surveillance and gadgetry are subject to the knowledge and intelligence of the people looking at the images and deciphering the information.


Another Casino Facing Lawsuit Over Falsely Accusing a Gambler of Cheating!

This time it's a false cheating accusation on slot machines.

Source: Kelly Holleran Southeast Texas Record.

A Jefferson County woman has filed suit against Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel, alleging she was wrongfully accused of cheating the casino, detained by employees and arrested.

Connie Sue Broussard claims she and her husband decided to travel to Delta Downs in Vinton, La., on Feb. 5, 2009. Arriving between 11 a.m. and noon, Broussard proceeded to play various slot machines for several hours, winning money on some machines and losing on others, according to the complaint filed Feb. 4 in Jefferson County District Court.

After several hours, Broussard claims that when she attempted to cash her ticket vouchers several employees approached and detained her, the suit states. "When she inquired about the detention, an employee of Defendant Delta Downs publicly stated that 'you know what you did' and further publicly and falsely accused Plaintiff of 'milking' the casino 'for over $13,000,'" the complaint says. "Employees of Defendant Delta Downs then publicly seized the casino money vouchers as well as all cash in Plaintiff's possession."

According to Broussard, defendant Travis Waters then led her to an isolated room where he and other employees interrogated her for an hour and a half. Broussard said they accused her of tampering with one of the slot machines so it would pay her more often, according to the complaint.
The suit states employees took all of Broussard's money from her, then took her to jail.

On Nov. 16, the casino dropped the felony theft charge against Broussard and the money was returned to her on Jan. 15, according to the complaint.
Nonetheless, Broussard claims she experienced humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, mental anguish, fright, anger, aggravation, worry, loss of enjoyment of life, deprivation of liberty, invasion of privacy and pain from the incident. The suit alleges the following acts of negligence on the part of defendants Delta Downs and Waters:

Failing to properly control security staff;
Allowing security staff to falsely arrest and detain a customer;
Failing to properly inspect the operating function of the slot machines;
Failing to maintain proper control of the premises; and
Failing to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.

Broussard is seeking up to $75,000 and other relief to which she may be entitled.

My Take: It looks like this casino is in trouble! I don't see how they say she actually cheated the slot machines in the first place! This is another case of bad casino surveillance. Surveillance operators must not only know how to recognize scams they see but also recognize that the scams they think they see are not scams at all!


Sunday, February 07, 2010

New Online Poker Cheating Scandal Connected to Stoxpoker and Instructor Jason Ho! This Time it's Ripping Off Players Trying to Learn How to Avoid Being Cheated Online!


Over the past several years, as online poker players have evolved from a sea of fish to a more overall competent player pool, players seek out to get whatever edge they can. Whereas in the past, players sought advice in books from successful players, the technological age has paved the way for virtual teaching methods from online coaches. Some of the more successful training sites include and

The formula is simple. The established sites seek out highly profitable players and offer them positions within their company to teach other aspiring players the tricks of the trade. Often times, they create instructional videos in which they video their online sessions and they use voice-overs to explain what they are doing. The videos are then archived online and made available to paying customers through the use of a username and password they obtain through paying a membership fee to the site. Other times, the individual instructors offer actual lessons to customers for a higher rate.

This is the very situation of the controversy swirling around instructor Jason Ho. On his website, Ho claimed to have earned over $1 million playing online poker in 2008 alone. By making this incredible claim, Ho was able to lure unsuspecting students for private lessons at exorbitant rates. One by one, player have been coming forward claiming they have been bilked out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In addition to overcharging for sub par lessons, Ho also allegedly concocted a scheme around Pot Limit Omaha in which he obtained an undisclosed amount of money from prospective business partners. To date, none of the partners has received a single penny for their investment and Ho has cut off all communication with them. He has since been dismissed from his association with Stoxpoker and has taken his blog offline, leaving cheated customers angry and without their money.

Stoxpoker maintains no liability in the matter saying that ultimately it is up to individuals to do their own due diligence before entering into business alliances with any possible coaches or mentors.

Among the most exorbitant claim is a player stating that he paid $7,000 for what he believed was a week long one-on-one training session with Ho in Macau, and was surprised when other customers arrived. In addition, Ho spent a large amount of the training time locked up in his hotel room.

To date, no one has filed any legal complaint and Ho has yet to issue a statement as more and more players come forward.


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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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