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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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In The News

Out Of RetirementOut Of Retirement
According to a Star Tribune article, "A geriatric foursome [in their 70s] ran a quick and nominally profitable cheating scheme while playing poker at a Minnesota casino one night last summer, according to charges. …All four have rap sheets with convictions for cheating while gambling in other states spanning many years [since 1984]. …According to the charges: Three of the men sat at a three-card poker table, and while one of them distracted the dealer the other two, seated next to one another, palmed cards and swapped them under the table." To read the August 23 article by Paul Walsh titled, "Charges: Geriatric poker foursome cheated casino" click: HERE. (08/2014)

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Luminous Marked Cards In PlayLuminous Marked Cards In Play
An article in The Day reported that, "A man flagged by casino security officials as a 'known card cheat' pleaded guilty Wednesday in New London Superior Court to using invisible ink to mark cards at Mohegan Sun on Sept. 15, 2013." The article also reported that he, "…has cheating convictions in Nevada, Iowa and Illinois and is facing charges in Baton Rouge, La." The way he was caught was interesting, "The ink he was using could only be seen when the video was viewed in black and white. …The police removed from [his] jacket pocket a small piece of fabric with ink on it attached to a small piece of a dollar bill. [He] was wearing both eyeglasses and contact lenses, [he] admitted the contacts, 'were designed to see things that you normally wouldn't be able to see.'" To read the August 20 article by Karen Florin titled, "Known 'card cheat' admits using invisible ink to mark cards at Mohegan Sun" click: HERE. (8/2014)
>>>To read the August 22 New York Times article by James Baron titled, "The Invisible Ink Tha Wasn't" Click: HERE. (8/2014)

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More Edge SortingMore Edge Sorting
An article in The Day reported that, "Three gamblers are suing Foxwoods Resort Casino in federal court, claiming the casino owes them more than $1.1 million they won playing mini-baccarat in December 2011, as well as $1.6 million they had deposited with the casino to cover any losses. Foxwoods has refused to pay because it believes the three cheated." One of the gamblers is Phil Ivy's accomplice in the "edge-sorting" cases that are currently in litigation and the emphasis of the case is that "edge-sorting" should be legal. To read the August 11 article by Brian Hallenbeck titled, "Was trio gambling or cheating? $1.1 million at stake in lawsuit" click: HERE. (8/2014)
>>>To read the August 11 Cardplayer article by Brian Pempus titled, "Phil Ivey's Alleged Accomplice In Borgata 'Cheating' Case Also 'Edge-Sorted' At Foxwoods" click: HERE. (8/2014)
 
More News
Caught Using Real NameCaught Using Real Name
One of Nevada Gaming Control Board's seven most wanted offenders, was arrested on July 23 at the Sands in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He got caught when he used his real name to get a players card. A TribLive article spoke to Sal Piacente about the methods employed to cheat, "…capping, pinching and past-posting bets are longtime cheating methods that remain popular even with the availability of miniature cameras and computers. …Pinching, capping or past-posting does not require a magician's sleight-of-hand skills but only a moment of distraction. 'It's a fast move. You act like you're straightening your bets,' he says. 'When the dealer gets distracted, bam, he's going to get hit over there.'" To read the August 3 article by Mark Gruetze titled, "Players Advantage: 'Most wanted' casino cheater used old tricks, police say" click: HERE. (8/2014)
>>>To read the July 27 Los Angeles Times article by John M. Glionna titled, "Mistake finally trips up 'most-wanted' cardsharp" click: HERE. (7/2014)
>>>To read the July 26 New York Times article by Dan Barry titled, "Sought in Vegas, a Swindler Is Dealt a Losing Hand Far From Home" click: HERE. (7/2014)
  A Grand Opening DayA Grand Opening Day
A Columbus Dispatch article reported that, "The last of 10 people charged with cheating at Hollywood Casino Columbus during its first weeks of operation has pleaded guilty to a casino gaming offense." The article also names all of the others that were arrested, and for what, right after the casino opened in October 2012. To read the August 1 article by John Futty titled, "Judge sends casino cheater into drug program" click: HERE. (8/2014)
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Three Known CheatersThree Known Cheaters
A BlackJack Champ article profiled three known cheaters and their methods. The premise was, "In blackjack, professionals use advantage play techniques like card counting systems to gain an advantage over the house. In luck-based games like slots and roulette, however, there isn't much you can do to tip the scales in your favor. That's where cheating comes in. We wouldn’t advise you to do it, as it's easy to get caught and will result in a lifetime ban from any casino as well possible criminal charges. But some skillful cheats have used a range of genius techniques to beat the casino over the years." To read the July 29 article by Joseph Larsen titled, "3 Famous Gamblers Who Cheated the Casinos out of Millions" click: HERE. (7/2014)
  Repeat Offenses Of Past PostingRepeat Offenses Of Past Posting
An Associated Press article reported that a man was sentenced to 17 years in state prison for cheating in three Atlantic City Casinos. According to the article, “Prosecutors introduced evidence that showed the 57-year-old Bayonne resident had posted bets at the craps tables after the dice had already come out. The incidents occurred at the Borgata, Resorts and Revel casinos last August. Bethea was convicted in 2001 and 2005 for similar crimes.” To read the June 13 article titled, “Bayonne man sentenced to 17 years for casino cheating” click: HERE. (6/2014)
 
Recent News
Cheating Panel DiscussionCheating Panel Discussion
CBS Las Vegas ran a story about an upcoming panel discussion about casino cheating at the Mob Museum in Las Vegas. The article reported that, "The panel will include George Joseph, the owner of Worldwide Casino Consulting, and an expert in gambling surveillance. …Joseph will join two other experts. …Joseph says he’s been there before cameras were installed, and watched the changes through the years. Now, everything is recorded." To read the May 21 article by Dayna Roselli titled, "Mob Museum Holds Casino Cheating Panel" click: HERE. (5/2014)

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Only Way OutOnly Way Out
Roderick Dee [who is known to magicians as Rod The Hop] was removed from the notorious "Black Book" after his death. According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal article, "Dee, who became the first new member of the list in almost four years when the Nevada Gaming Commission made him the 34th entry last July, died in December. Earlier this month, the commission granted the control board's request to remove Dee from the list. Death is the only way a person can be removed from the Black Book, which makes it a felony for that person to enter a Nevada casino." To read the April 21 article by Howard Stutz titled "Convicted slot cheat included in Black Book dies" click: HERE. (04/2014)
>>>To read the official 4/17/14 GCB Notice click: HERE.

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Chipgate ResolutionChipgate Resolution
After three months of investigations the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and The Borgata have released information about the resolution to the cancelled tournament in January that was flooded with counterfeit tournament chips. It appears that the entire cheating scandal was perpetrated by a single individual. The statements from both bodies discuss the distribution of the frozen funds that will be distributed as refunds to the affected players that busted out and a prize of $19,323 to each of the remaining 27 players. (2014/04)
>>>To read the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement's official "Final Order" click: HERE.
>>>To read Borgata's Resolution details click: HERE.

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Ivy League Edge SortingIvy League Edge Sorting
According to the New Jersey Law Journal The Borgata has filed suit against Phil Ivy, his accomplice and Gemaco Inc. to recover 9.6 million dollars in losses at Baccarat. The article explains what happened in detail and points out that, "It is the automatic card shuffler that makes edge sorting possible, because it keeps all cards facing in the same direction. A dealer shuffling the cards by hand would turn part of the deck. During a 16-hour session at the table on April 11, 2012, Ivey won $2.4 million. [His partner] sat with him and she gave instructions to the dealer in Mandarin on how to lay down and flip over the cards. …Ivey told Borgata that he sought the special accommodations because he was superstitious, but Borgata says that was a pretext and his 'true motive, intention and purpose in negotiating these playing arrangements was to create a situation in which he could surreptitiously manipulate what he knew to be a defect in the playing cards in order to gain an unfair advantage.'" To read the article by Charles Toutant titled, "Borgata Sues Baccarat High Roller For $9.6M Won Gaming the Deck" click: HERE. (04/2014)
  Tournament Chip UpgradeTournament Chip Upgrade
The Borgata Casino which hosted a tournament where counterfeit poker chips were found earlier this year has decided to take large tournament hosting seriously. According to an Associated Press article, "A cheating scandal at a casino poker tournament has led to new security measures, including chips that are more intricate, have more colors and include an authentication element that can be checked under ultraviolet light." The article continued, "Part of the new security measures will include spot checks of chips in play during games. 'We will be checking chips randomly throughout the day using a new process involving the UV lights,' Lupo said. He described the checks as 'part of the new normal.' The Borgata also will add more staff and will do more chip counts each day during its tournaments." To read the April 8 article titled, "Poker tournament gets high-tech chips after casino cheating scandal" click: HERE. (4/2014)
 
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