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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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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)
 
More News
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)
  DaubingDaubing
A Straits Times article reported that a man, "…who is here on a social visit pass, used the ‘card daubing’ technique on high value cards so he would know which ones to bet on when playing games such as poker and blackjack. The 30-year-old applied coloured powdery substances to the back of playing cards when he got the chance to handle them. This was done either by hand, or using modified cash chips that would deliver the substances… But the ploy was discovered after he used a modified chip in a losing bet and a croupier noticed the irregularities on it." To read the April 3 article by Ian Poh titled "Nepalese man jailed for cheating in casinos by marking cards" click: HERE. (4/2014)
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Bridging A CoughBridging A Cough
The Bridge world was rocked by cheating, again. A Mail Online article reported that, "…the usually sedate world of bridge was in turmoil over the news that two world champions have been found guilty of cheating… The Germans apparently cheated during both phases. They allegedly coughed during the bidding phase to reveal which suit they were weak in, giving them an unfair advantage. It’s claimed they then coughed again during the second phase of the game, indicating the best card to play." After they were suspected of cheating the match was recorded and a "Subsequent computer analysis of the recordings apparently revealed the deception." To read the March 30 article by Harry Mount titled, "What a pair of knaves!" click: HERE. (3/2014)
  Cheating For Tips?Cheating For Tips?
A Grand Forks Herald article reported that, Prosecutors said Tessin was cheating the house while dealing blackjack in TJ's Sports Bar… making sure patrons won so he got bigger tips. The maximum prison sentence on the charge is five years if he was convicted. To read the March 12 article by Steve Lee titled "Man seeks deal in Grand Forks card cheating case" click: HERE. (3/2014)
 
Recent News
Maryland Live SurveillanceMaryland Live Surveillance
A Washington Post article about the surveillance systems at the new Maryland Live Casino quoted their general manager, "A number of known cheaters came in and tried to take advantage of us, because we were a new operation... To prepare for the onslaught, Maryland Live brought in specialists skilled at finding scammers who had hit other casinos. The security agents began ejecting cheats that very night… They really ran at us for about a month," Norton said, adding: "It hasn’t died down." The article also quotes George Joseph about how security systems have changed since the 1970s. To read the February 22 article by J. Freedom du Lac titled "At Maryland Live Casino, relentless surveillance operation targets cheats, thieves" click: HERE. (02/2014).

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Blackjack Counting MachineBlackjack Counting Machine
A Cleveland ABC story reported that a man was indicted for cheating at the Horseshoe Casino in Downtown Cleveland. The article states that, "Officials from the prosecutor’s office said the agents had been contacted by a casino manager who observed Harvey on surveillance and thought he had some kind of card counting device… State officials said counting cards with a device has been illegal prior to the casinos opening in Ohio." To read the February 21 article by Dena Greer titled "Man charged with cheating at Horseshoe Casino with card counter hidden in pocket" click: HERE. (02/2014).

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Piling On KarabourniotisPiling On Karabourniotis
A Ramona Patch article gave an update on the Archie Karas case which reported that they have surveillance videos of him marking cards during a blackjack game at the Barona Casino. The article concluded with, "Last year, Karl Bennison of the Nevada agency said they have investigated Karabourniotis multiple times, and arrested him on four occasions. He described the defendant as a 'threat to the gaming industry in many jurisdictions.'" To read the February 6 article by Michelle Mowad titled "Hotshot Gambler Headed to Court for Allegedly Cheating at Barona Casino" click: HERE. (02/2014)
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A Fatal FlushA Fatal Flush
An arrest was made in the Borgata case where T$800,000 in T$5,000 counterfeit chips were added to their tournament. According to a Press Of Atlantic City article, "Casino employees tackling plumbing problems at Harrah’s Resort last week discovered something more than a little unusual clogging the sewer pipes: $2.7 million in counterfeit Borgata poker chips that had been flushed down a toilet. …Spurred by the discovery at Harrah's, Borgata employees later found an additional 160 forged chips… and regulators canceled the tournament." In one of the many bizarre circumstances of this case a member of the 2+2 forum found a company in China who gave the perpetrator a quote for the counterfeit chips. That page can be seen by clicking HERE. To read the January 24 article by Jennifer Bogdan titled "$2.7 million in counterfeit poker chips found in Harrah's sewer pipe" click: HERE. (01/2014)
  Counterfeit ChipGateCounterfeit ChipGate
Counterfeit T$5,000 chips were introduced into event #1 of the Borgata Winter Open. The tournament was originally suspended at the beginning of day 3 with 27 players left out of 4,812 entries. The following day the tournament was cancelled until the investigation is complete. An Associated Press article quoted Tom Ballance, Borgata's president and chief operating officer, "Thus far, investigators have found that one or more tournament entrants improperly introduced a significant number of counterfeit chips into the tournament, gaining an unfair advantage and compromising the integrity of play for the event." To read the January 18 article by Wayne Parry titled "Borgata ends fake chip-tainted NJ poker match" click: HERE. (01/2014)
 
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