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Cheating is dangerous and often illegal. Although there are many professional card cheaters, they would be stupid to publicly advertise that fact. There are some that are considered "converted" and have come clean to write about their exploits. The majority of information on the subject is written and produced by researchers, journalists, consultants, gamblers and magicians who have studied the art of cheating. The people who are represented here should not be confused with "card cheaters" and we do not recommend that anyone pursue this as a career. Acquiring knowledge about the subject is however invaluable to anyone who plays cards.

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Governments & Casinos Punish Winners?Governments & Casinos Punish Winners?
An interesting article in The Federalist looks at the Phil Ivey/Borgata case. The article explains that, "The practice, known as 'edge sorting,' did not violate any of the rules of baccarat, nor did it conflict with the terms agreed upon by the casino and the gamblers. Nevertheless, Borgata cried foul and sued, claiming Ivey and Sun ‘knowingly engaged in a scheme to create a set of marked cards and then used those marked cards to place bets based on the markings.'" The article continues, "New Jersey casinos, beyond being required to eject certain people with criminal records, may also throw out 'any person who disrupts the operations of its premises, threatens the security of its premises or its occupants, or is disorderly or intoxicated.' In their case 'disrupts the operations' has been construed to mean 'wins too much.'" And concludes with, "Support for legalized gambling seems like a pro-liberty impulse, but with the government is on their side, casinos and the government have stacked the deck against the average citizen." To read the January 13 article by Kyle Sammin titled "Gambler Phil Ivey Can’t Get His Millions Because Casinos Are Too Big To Fail" click: HERE. (1/2017)

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Ed Thorp Is BackEd Thorp Is Back
Edward Thorp changed the world of Blackjack with his first book "Beat The Dealer." His new book "A Man For All Markets: From Las Vegas To Wall Street, How I Beat The Dealer And The Market" looks at his life and life lessons. A Forbs article quoted him, "My life has been an adventurous journey through the worlds of science, mathematics, casino gambling and Wall Street.  I thought readers would enjoy my stories of the people I met and the challenges I faced." About cheating he said, "My book tells how you have to be aware of cheating in both of these worlds. At blackjack, it can be marked cards, second-dealing, or a stacked deck. On Wall Street, it can be Ponzi schemes and other frauds, such as insider trading, fake news, or stock price manipulation." To read the January 6 article by John Navin titled "The Math Professor Who Beat Las Vegas And Wall Street" click: HERE. (1/2017)
>>>To Buy the new book go: HERE.

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Should Poker Cheats Go After Bigger Fish?Should Poker Cheats Go After Bigger Fish?
An article in the Post Bulletin recounts a papering event but also asks an interesting question, "My biggest problem with poker cheats is the missed potential that could have been directed toward more meaningful pursuits. Because there have been some genius attempts at scoring a free buck over the years from those who probably could cure cancer if they'd applied their smarts to medical science." To read the December 30 article by Chuck Blount titled "An old-school cheating method works on paper" click: HERE. (12/2016)
 
More News
Pennsylvania Prosecutors To Ignore CheatersPennsylvania Prosecutors To Ignore Cheaters
The district attorney in Pennsylvania threatens the Sands Bethlehem Casino to pay their disputed taxes or they will not pursue or arrest gambling cheaters. A Legal US Poker Sites article reported that, "John Morganelli, whose office handles county-level prosecutions in matters involving Sands Bethlehem Casino, gave the casino a warning it needed to pay its taxes. If they did not, then Morganelli 'would not feel honor bound' to prosecute a variety of criminals who might try scams on the Bethlehem casino. That includes anyone caught cheating or passing bad checks at the casino. Morganelli wrote in his letter to Mark Juliano that he ‘would not, in good conscience, be able to justify the use of my limited resources to help a profitable, billion-dollar corporation while the Sands maintains the position they are an island unto themselves.'" To read the December 26 article by Steve Larson titled "Pennsylvania District Attorney Sends Sands Bethlehem Casino a Warning about Host Fee Payments" click: HERE. (12/2016)
  Another Black Book EntryAnother Black Book Entry
A Las Vegas Sun article reports that a known Blackjack cheater is about to be added to the notorious Black Book. He already had, “…two felony convictions in Nevada, one felony conviction in Iowa, one in Connecticut and one in Louisiana,” said James Taylor, deputy chief of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s enforcement division. “All of these crimes involved marking cards on blackjack games. The latest convictions were in 2014 when we started considering him for the Black Book… The reputed card cheat was added to New Jersey’s version of the list early last year, also for attempting to swindle casinos.” To read the December 22 story by Thomas Moore titled “Gambler who marked cards on blackjack games could be added to Black Book click: HERE. (12/2016)
 
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Maryland Casinos Ban Thousands Of PlayersMaryland Casinos Ban Thousands Of Players
A News4 I-Team story reported that, "Maryland casinos have evicted 3,600 players since casinos began operation in the state in 2010, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. Almost 200 of those gamblers were booted for cheating, but the state agency which oversees Maryland casinos does not publicly disclose the reasoning for the other evictions." The article concluded, "Maryland gaming industry analyst James Karmel said local players continue to attempt to cheat, despite well-known and widely placed casino security and surveillance. 'Cheats still think they can scoot an extra chip when they have a good hand and think they're going to win,' Karmel said." To read and watch the December 5 story by Scott MacFarlane titled "Thousands of Gamblers Ejected From Maryland Casinos Since 2010" click: HERE. (12/2016)

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https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/03/poker-player-loses-appeal-against-london-casino-over-77m-edge-sorting-winIvy vs. Crock Finale?
The latest rulings on the Phil Ivey case in the UK is reported in The Guradian, "On Thursday in the court of appeal, Lady Justice Arden said it was common ground that there was an implied term in the contract not to cheat and the meaning of cheating for that purpose was to be determined in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005… In particular the actions which Mr Ivey took or caused to be taken had a substantial effect on the odds in the game and Crockfords were not aware of this at the relevant time. In these circumstances, no lower standard applied in this case because Mr Ivey was an advantage player who was in an adversarial position with the casino." Ivey countered, "The trial judge said that I was not dishonest and the three appeal judges agreed, but somehow the decision has gone against me. Can someone tell me how you can have honest cheating?" To read the November 3 article by Nadia Khomami titled "Poker player loses appeal against London casino over £7.7m winnings" click: HERE. (11/2016)

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More on Ivy And The BorgMore on Ivy And The Borg
A summary of the Ivey/Borgata case appeared in Poker News where they reported that, "A federal judge has ruled that Phil Ivey did not commit fraud with his partner during a baccarat game at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City in April 2014, but that Ivey did breach casino contract, according to NorthJersey.com." To read the October 21 article by Katie Callahan titled "Court Opinion Split on Phil Ivey's $9.6M Baccarat Win" click: HERE. (10/2016)
  G2E Cheating TrendsG2E Cheating Trends
This year's Global Gaming Expo's cheating trends are discussed in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that quotes several experts in the field. James Taylor explained, "Between 250 to 500 casino employees are arrested by the GCB each year, he said, making up about 25 percent of all GCB arrests annually. Of that 25 percent, 27 percent are table game operators, 18 percent work in the cage, 3 percent are security personnel, and 23 percent are in management." Sal Piacente, explained, "For example, dice-switching is still commonly used and still difficult to catch. A cheater will switch the dice being played on the table with dice that don’t have any losing numbers, but they're typically only used for two rolls during a game." To read the September 26 article by Nicole Raz titled "Basic casino cheating scams hardest to catch, gaming experts say" click: HERE. (9/2016)
 
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