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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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Electro-slotsElectro-slots
According to an Associated Press article four Russian citizens are being charged in St. Louis for cheating in ten casinos throughout the US, using electronic devices to exploit slot machines. Casinos affected are in St. Louis, Kansas City, Missouri, Illinois, and California. To read the December 10 article titled "4 Russian nationals accused of casino scheme" click: HERE. (12/2014)

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Latent Blackjack BetsLatent Blackjack Bets
According to an NJ Advance Media article a man was caught cheating at blackjack at the Sands Casino in Pennsylvania by placing bets late. The article reported that, "Further review of surveillance video showed [that he] had collected fraudulent wagers on at least three other occasions, according to police. [He] is facing charges of prohibited acts and theft by deception. He was taken to Northampton County Prison where bail was set at $15,000 with a 10 percent option. Police said Sands Casino is also seeking $255 in restitution." To read the December 8 article by Alex Napoliello titled "Manville man tried to cheat while playing blackjack at Sands Casino, police say" click: HERE. (12/2014)

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Cheating CasinosCheating Casinos
An interesting story in BlackJack Champ discuses four methods that casinos used to use to cheat blackjack players. The methods discussed are ones exposed by Arnold Snyder and Mickey MacDougal with a mention of Steve Forte.  Methods include: The Anchor Blackjack Strategy, The Turnover, The False Shuffle and Second Deal, and The Short Shoe. To read the December 2 article by Joseph Larsen titled, "4 Ways Casinos Cheated Customers According to Arnold Snyder" click: HERE.(12/2014)
 
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A Bug In The SystemA Bug In The System
A fascinating story ran in Wired Magazine that outlined how two men found a glitch in the Video Poker software that allowed them to receive multiple jackpots. A simple explanation of how it was exploited is explained, "The key to the glitch was that under just the right circumstances, you could switch denomination levels retroactively. That meant you could play at 1 cent per credit for hours, losing pocket change, until you finally got a good hand--like four aces or a royal flush. Then you could change to 50 cents a credit and fool the machine into re-awarding your payout at the new, higher denomination." To read the October 7 article by Kevin Poulsen titled, "Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich--Then Vegas Made Them Pay" click: HERE.(10/2014)
  Court Ruled Ivey A CheaterCourt Ruled Ivey A Cheater
A Daily Mail article takes an in-depth look at how Phil Ivey beat the Crockfords out of millions and the legal arguments used to justify the edge sorting, "Ivey said he sees it as the professional gambler's job to 'exploit the weaknesses' of casinos, and try to even out the odds casinos always ensure are stacked in their favour. Edge-sorting, Ivey insisted in court, involves nothing more than using information available to any player simply from viewing the backs of the cards the casino chooses to use, and by making requests of the house which it is entitled to refuse…. Sadly for Ivey and 'advantage players' everywhere, Mr Justice Mitting, begged to differ. The judge, who admitted he has never been in a casino and sticks to bridge, commended the American on his truthfulness but ruled his actions amounted to 'cheating for the purposes of civil law'." To read the October 10 article by Tom Leonard titled "How a brilliantly cunning card sharp and his Chinese moll cheated a London casino out of £7million" click: HERE. (10/2014)
>>>For another take read the October 9 Washington Post article by Justin Moyer titled "Famed poker pro Phil Ivey, accused of cheating by casino, loses court case -- and $12 million" click: HERE. (10/2014)
>>>For an ethics take read the October 10 ESPN article by Jeff Ma titled "Why Phil Ivey got a raw deal" click: HERE. (10/2014)
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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)
  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)

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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)

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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)
 
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