Card Cheaters 2008 News Archive:


Card Cheaters ( was a news source about gambling cheating and scams which was run by Gambling Incorporated ( from January 2005 through February 2017. Although it continued to offer a newswire through December 2022, none of that was archived. Their archives are now available here.

A New Revelation
The long awaited edition of Erdnase’s Expert At The Card Table with Dai Vernon’s annotations and original photographs was released earlier this year. This new, over-size book was triggered by the discovery of more than 160 long-lost photographs of Dai Vernon’s hands that were taken in 1961 specifically to illustrate this manuscript. Also includes 100 pages of additional material and card and cheating techniques. For more information or to purchase from Gambling Incorporated click: HERE.(12/08)

Expert At The Card Table DVD Set
The classic 1902 Expert At The Card Table book by S.W. Erdnase comes alive on this beautifully packaged DVD set starring Las Vegas card expert Allen Ackerman with narration by Ernest Borgnine. The eleven-volume set of DVDs teaches all of the cheating concepts and techniques from the seminal book plus many interviews and pdf articles relating to the possible identity of the famed Erdnase. Also includes a pdf of the original book. For more information or to purchase from Gambling Incorporated click: HERE.(11/08)

Borgata Room Game Arraignments
The Borgata Room Game that was broken up prior anyone being cheated went to court on Oct. 27 with three of the men pleading not guilty at their arraignment. According to the Press of Atlantic City one of the lawyers stated that “The state has a complete misperception about what occurred here… At the conclusion of the case, it is my strong belief that all four defendants will be exonerated.” The article also described the original arrest, “…But shortly before the victim was to arrive, State Police searched the two hotel rooms, arrested the four men and seized the equipment.” To read the Oct. 28 article by Regina Schaffer titled “3 plead not guilty in alleged Borgata gambling scheme” click: HERE.(10/08)

Borgata Room Game Indictments
Indictments were announced regarding the arrests made at the Borgata last year. Most of the press reports at the time alleged that the team was targeting the WPT or players attending the tournament in a high-tech Poker scam. It turns out according to a Press of Atlantic City article that nobody was ever cheated and the games that were supposed to be used were Chinese poker, backgammon and chess. The article also reported that the four men are charged with “second-degree attempted theft by deception.” To read the Oct. 3 article by Regina Schaffer titled “Jury indicts 4 in alleged poker scam at Borgata” click: HERE.(10/08)

How Gamblers Win
The very scarce 1865 card cheating book subtitled “The Secrets Of Advantage Playing Exposed” attributed to Gerritt M. Evans has been reprinted in a beautiful hard cover edition. The book was originally described as “A complete and scientific expose of the manner of playing all the various advantages in the games of Poker, All-Fours, Euchre, Vingt-Un, Whist, Cribbage, etc. As practiced by professional gamblers upon the uninitiated. Together with a brief analysis of legitimate play.” The new edition features an introduction by David Ben and a foreword by Steve Forte. For more information or to purchase from Gambling Incorporated click: HERE.(9/08)

Mohegan’s Continue To Be Cheated
Six more people were arrested for cheating at Blackjack at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. According to a Norwich Bulletin article, “State police said Mohegan surveillance personnel reported to detectives that dealer RS, 28, of 435 Plainfield Pike, Plainfield, conspired with patrons SP, 21, of 40 Harrison St., New York, and JH, 21, of 4016 Pine St., Philadelphia, to cheat the casino out of more than $16,000.” The were also charged with, “…conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, first-degree larceny and cheating while gambling.” To read the Sep. 21 article titled “Casinos: Police say 6 cheated Mohegan tables” click: HERE.(9/08)

Bamboozlers For Fun & Profit
Just released is a pocket size booklet by Diamond Jim Tyler which is subtitled “The Book of Bankable Bar Betchas, Brain Bogglers, Belly Busters & Bewitchery.” It is full of amazing and funny things that can be done with common objects. It is a collection of bar bets, brain teasers, jokes, puzzles and magic tricks. Some of which are short cons which are of interest. Includes a foreword by Martin Gardner. For more information or to purchase from Gambling Incorporated click: HERE.(9/08)

Connecticut Craps Crimes
Craps scam caught at the Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. An article in The Day reported that “State police this week arrested the alleged ringleader of a scam in which dealers paid players for late bets and later collected payment for the favors. …They now say the scheme has widened to include 13 people and that the region’s two casinos lost $69,965. …Taylor instructed the dealers that the cheating players would use the code words ‘strawberry daiquiri’ or ‘hot chocolate’ when they approached the table. …The dealers told the detective that Taylor, who is also known as ‘Mr. Casino,’ ‘Mr. C,’ ‘Shorty’ and ‘Shaft,’ was a big tipper who would often place bets ‘for the dealer’ along with his own bets. They said he bragged about cheating at casinos around the country and said he and another man, known as ‘Big Al,’ had ‘pulled down $110,000’ in Las Vegas.” To read the September 6 article by Karen Florin titled “Craps scandal deepens at area casinos” click: HERE.(9/08)
>>>Read the September 10 follow up in the Norwich Bulletin by clicking: HERE.(9/08)

Hand Held Card Counter
A Norwich Bulletin article reported that “Four New York residents were arrested Saturday morning after police said they used a cheating device at a baccarat table at Mohegan Sun.” The article continued, “State police casino unit detectives said the gamblers were at a mini baccarat table using a cheating device to determine the order of the cards in the deck before they were dealt. Surveillance spotted the group acting suspiciously after 5 a.m.” To read the September 7 article titled “Mohegan: 4 charged with using device to cheat at baccarat” click: HERE.(9/08)

Automating Blackjack Surveillance
A college student in Dublin is reported to have created “…an automated surveillance system that can spot if a player is ‘counting’cards. Using ‘smart’ video cameras and statistical analysis, [Wesley] Cooper’s system can build up a profile of players and spot anomalies during a game.” A Sunday Times article further reported that, “As part of his research, Cooper worked as a croupier in Las Vegas. ‘I learnt that one of the most important things in a casino is to build up a profile of each serious player, so they can identify the ‘profitable’ patrons and target them with complimentary drinks and food to keep them at the table,’ he said.” The article also mentions various cheating techniques. To read the August 24 article by Colin Coyle titled “Student exposes casino cheats” click: HERE.(9/08)

Sharps & Sharks Lexicon
An interesting article appeared in the Times & Transcript which looks at the meanings of “card sharp” and “card shark” and their history. The article reported that, “The first known print version of “card shark” only gets us back to 1942, whereas card sharp’s first known citation occurred in 1884, with a reference to “card sharper” occurring in 1859. Drop the “card” part though and check out “sharp” and “shark” to mean a cheater and you find “sharper” goes back to at least 1681 and “shark” to 1599. And remember, these are just known printed references or use of the words with the relevant meaning. Often such words will have been in the language well before they reach print (and they may have been in print well before too, and merely lost to time). The evidence is inconclusive.” To read the August 11 article by Norbert Cunningham titled “Sharps and sharks will cheat you equally” click: HERE.(9/08)

PokerStars’ Admitted Cheat
The winner of the last PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker who was disqualified for cheating confessed to the acqusations. A Poker Strategy article reported that “The Briton Natalie Teltscher went to court against this decision. There she had to admit though that she didn’t play herself under the account ‘TheV0id’. A not further named “agent” had used the account and supposedly used several other accounts during the tournament. At first it was assumed that Mark Teltscher is this agent, or at least involved in the case as he is the brother of the plaintiff and a poker pro himself. A confirmation of this assumption failed to materialise though.” To read the August 14 article by Drakhor titled “’TheV0id’ Admits WCOOP Cheating” click: HERE.(8/08)

Cherokee Dealer Scams
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee County, N.C. was apparently taken for $286,000 at the Blackjack table when one of the dealers started paying off losing hands to his partners. The FOX Carolina article reported that “A spokesman for the Cherokee Indian Tribe Police Department said no arrests have been made yet, because they are waiting to see if the FBI will take over the case.” To read the August 7 article titled “Nearly $300K Stolen From NC Casino, Police Believe Theft Was Inside Job” click: HERE.(08/08)
>>>To read the Associated Press story titled “Investigators uncover cheating ring at casino” click: HERE.(8/08)

Expert At The Card Table
Guy Hollingworth who is a highly skilled magician is presenting a one-man show this month at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival based on the famed book Expert At The Card Table. The show is described as “… Contains deception, betrayal and cheating at cards. Renowned conjurer Guy Hollingworth performs dazzling exhibitions of card chicanery and incomparable legerdemain whilst unravelling the mystery of its enigmatic author.” Directed by Neil Patrick Harris. The show runs at the Assembly@George Street Theater through August 25. For tickets and information click: HERE.(8/08)

Darwin Ortiz On Card Cheating
Just released on DVD is the 1999 video by Darwin Ortiz where he demonstrates and explains more than 50 techniques that can be used to cheat at virtually any card game. The DVD includes 21 false shuffles and cuts, 21 palms and switches, 8 false deals, 6 stacking techniques and more. Ortiz is an expert sleight-of-hand artist who has lectured to many casinos about how to spot and catch card cheaters and is well known in the industry as one of the handful of experts on the subject. For more information or to purchase from Gambling Incorporated click: HERE.(7/08)

11th Tran Team Member Pleads Guilty
Another man pleads guilty in the multimillion-dollar scheme to cheat casinos and specifically the Emerald Queen Casino. A Technology News Daily article reported that he  “…admitted that on numerous occasions between approximately March 2003 and July 2006, he participated in gambling cheats together with other alleged members of the Tran Organization at casinos.” The article also reported that he “…is the eleventh defendant to plead guilty in the San Diego indictment.” To read the July 3 Technology News Daily article titled “High Tech Casino Cheats Plead Guilty” click: HERE.(7/08)

A Modern Con Man
In April Todd Robbins who is a sideshow artist and an expert on cons and scams released an entertaining book that features many short cons and bar bets that can be used to fleece your friends. It is also full of humorous facts and stories about the history of swindles, a glossary of con terms and much more. For more information or to purchase from Gambling Incorporated click: HERE.(7/08)

Evans Roulette Wheel Found
A gaffed Evans DeLuxe Roulette Wheel that was built in Chicago or Detroit in the late 1920s was recently uncovered by collectors Boyd and Sharon Cox who purchased it in 2000. An Associated Press article reported that it is “a one-of-a-kind piece of gambling history that has been talked about and written about but never actually seen by modern-day gaming regulators and insiders.” The discovered the gaff when they were renovating it and found hollowed legs with large batteries. To read the June 18 Associated Press article titled “Couple luck out with roulette table” click: HERE.(6/08)

Absolute Ultimate Cheating Online
Jay Lakin is interviewed in MajorWager about the recent poker cheating scandals at Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet and the “superuser” accounts that were used. “Asked what could be done to ensure incidents like that never occur again or that collusion doesn’t occur in Poker, Lakin said it was impossible. ‘If people are determined to cheat they will find a way. People can create virtual accounts, they can make up IP addresses, use Proxy servers, etc. The companies try to stop the cheating, but if someone is savvy enough they can get around it.'” To read the June 11 article by Hartley Henderson titled “An Interview with Jay Lakin on Current Poker Issues” click: HERE.(6/08)

Beau Rivage Surveillance
The Beau Rivage Casino security and surveillance systems are profiled in a Sun Herald article that also discusses how they foiled the recent Tran casino-cheating ring, “‘Nobody could figure out what they were doing,’ the agent said, but after reviewing hours of the Beau Rivage tapes, he noticed how the dealers were manipulating the deck with identical reverse sequencing. Tran members using cell phones near the blackjack and mini-baccarat tables were signaling the deals. ‘I can’t believe he just did that,’ the investigators said when the MGC agent showed them the tapes he’d put together with the Beau Rivage surveillance team showing dealers helping the cheaters.” To read the May 4 article by Mary Perez titled “Casinos beat the cheats” click: HERE.(5/08)

Past Posting Caught On Tape
A craps dealer who allegedly cheated Foxwoods Resort Casino out of $50,000 by paying off past posting bettors goes to court. An article in The Day reported that, “The director of surveillance told police, ‘These are not random mistakes of a new inexperienced dealer, but are deliberate and intentional acts of a person who knows the outcome of the game after the dice are stopped, and then places late bets on the table which negates the random outcome or final results.'” To read the April 30 article by Karen Florin titled “Craps Dealer Accused Of Paying On Late Bets” click: HERE.(5/08)

Cheating Ways
Vegas casino cheaters and their methods are the subject of a Las Vegas Review-Journal article that talks to the Gaming Control Board’s agents. The focus is on senior agent Jim Edwards who was conducting a “one-week academy on casino games to a group of gaming representatives from across the country.” Chief agent Jerry Markling pointed out that “Cheating and theft account for about 30 arrests a month in Nevada… About a third of arrests are employees.” The article explains many of the popular cheating techniques used. To read the April 1 article by Sonya Padgett titled “Some Will Try It: Cheatin’ Ways” click: HERE.(4/08)

Anti-Cheating Lab Opens In Iowa
A Gambling Lab opened in Des Moines, Iowa to train casino security agents. Lab Director Gene Meyer is quoted in a Radio Iowa story where he explained, “There’s no question that professional cheats travel across the country and try to cheat casinos. That’s what we’re always on the lookout for.” The story also pointed out that “In the last three years, DCI agents have resolved more than two dozen cheating cases in Iowa.” A related Omaha World-Herald article reported, “The vast majority of cheaters take an unsophisticated low-tech approach to beating the system, agents said. The most common offense is ‘capping’ or ‘pinching’ bets – putting extra chips on the table or pulling them off after a dealer has shown his cards.”
–To read or hear the Apr. 11 Radio Iowa story by Pat Curtis titled “DCI creates lab to help catch casino cheaters” click: HERE.(4/08)
–To read the April 11 Omaha World-Herald article by Tim Elfrink titled “Agents learning to catch cheaters in Iowa casinos” click: HERE.(4/08)

Backgammon Cheats Beware
The fifth and final of the George Joseph Cheating At DVD series has just been released by Gambling Incorporated. Previous DVDs included Poker, Blackjack, Craps and Gin. This DVD deals with Cheating At Backgammon. Techniques and strategies explained include Dump Shots, peeks, killed die, Hold Out Dump Shot, Slick Shot, tops, Juice Joint, gaffing fair cups, Butterfly Cup, dice switching, palming, Doubling Cube Hustle and more. For more information or to purchase the DVD click: HERE.(3/08)

Video Game Offers Advantage Play Practice
Midway’s upcoming video game “This Is Vegas” (available for PC, Xbox and Playstation) simulates an adventure in Las Vegas that features casino games with advanced artificial intelligence and opportunities to cheat. A GameInformer article reported that “The game puts its own spin on gambling, though, with the introduction of a system the team calls Advantage Play. Basically, it gives players a competitive edge over the house. For example, players can use a device to rig slot machines or can mark cards while playing poker.” To read the March 6 article by Jeff Cork titled “Bet On Red: This Is Vegas Preview And Interview” click: HERE.(3/08)
–To purchase the game click: HERE.

Past Posting Player Picked Up
Police arrest a man for cheating Sam’s Town Casino at the Craps table. The Shreveport Times reported, “Quinn was captured on the casino’s video surveillance “past posting” or betting after the outcome on numerous wagers while playing craps between May 26 and 27, 2006, said Doug Pierrelee, Troop G public information officer. In that two-day period, Quinn allegedly past-posted on 32 hands of craps, illegally winning $61,400.” To read the March 8 report titled “Blotter: Man accused of cheating casino” click: HERE.(3/08)

A Exclusive:
George Joseph’s Poker Cheating
George Joseph’s latest book demystifies the world of Hold’em Poker and Cheating at Poker by answering the 101 Most Asked Questions About Texas Hold’em and Poker Cheating. It is a fun read with a lot of valuable information about the game of Hold’em Poker and the many methods used to gain an advantage in the game. There are quite a few cheating methods revealed in the book that are not commonly known. To read the exclusive excerpt about false shuffles click: HERE.(3/08)

A Deck Full Of Cheating
“52 Ways to Cheat at Poker: How to Spot Them, Foil Them, and Defend Yourself Against Them” is the title of a new book by magician Allan Kronzek which will be released on March 25 by Plum. The book is described as a “…fascinating look at the card sharper’s art — from its origins in Renaissance Italy to the high-tech methods of today — sleight-of hand expert, Allan Kronzek reveals 52 of the most diabolical scams ever invented.” For more information and to purchase the book click: HERE.(2/08)

Video Poker Cheating
A Chippewa Herald article reported about two men, who have been hitting bars with illegal Video Poker machines and cheating them out of payouts. The article reported, “Horn’s alleged partner, Gibson, was located in the hotel and the two were found to be in possession of a roll of double-sided tape, laminate paper, scissors, a roll of 4-pound fishing line, and a cut $20 bill — all allegedly items used to make a “pull bill” to cheat the machines. To read the February 11 story by Mark Gunderman titled “Video game sting nets two Kentucky men” click” HERE.(2/08)

The Real Hustle
The Real Hustle is a new reality television series about a team who scams and cons innocent bystanders. The stars of the show include expert pickpocket and magician Apollo Robbins, magician Ryan Oakes, and actress Dani Marco. It is based on the original British series that is now in its sixth season. The show airs weekly on TruTV (formerly CourtTV). For more information click: HERE.(01/08)

Dice Tapping
An article appeared in the Detroit Free Press about different types of gaffed dice. The article explained “Most casinos today use transparent, numbered dice with their logo on them to reduce the chances of crooked ones being introduced on the game. An alert bowman on a crap game will periodically hold the die loosely between his thumb and forefinger at diagonally opposite corners and gently spin it. A fair cube will spin smoothly, and its revolution will stop in a natural way. A loaded die, because of the eccentric weight, will pivot back in a distinctive manner at the end of its rotation.” To read the January 24 article by Mark Pilarski titled “Tapping into dirty dice tricks” click: HERE.(01/08)

RF Surveillance
An interesting article in Casino Player about new casino security stated that “The technology also thwarts one of the more common cheating practices: players sneaking extra chips on top of their original bet after they’ve been dealt a strong hand. Antennas hidden under each player’s spot on the table allow the dealer to push a button before the hand, and take a quick inventory of who is betting what. It can also detect card counters. Game activity can be measured against statistical models. Management will be alerted to any suspicious betting patterns or winning streaks.” The article by Rob Wiser titled “Cutting Cards On The Cutting Edge” appears in the January 2008 issue of Casino Player.(01/08)

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