How Casinos Unfairly Take Your Money…

First, I would just like to say that I never started out as being a “crusading player advocate”. I’m just sick of the B.S. from these stupid cheating casinos! I figure if I want to stay in the casinos and keep winning for years to come, then we need to make it so the games are fair once again. I can predict in the future that if nothing is done about this huge problem, then the casino/resorts might actually shut down – at least the gambling side of them anyway. Who would want to gamble – knowing that they are going to lose their money without even a slight chance of winning?

With the previous “normal” House Edge, it was hard enough to win, but at least it was a little bit easier. Now, with their additional “cheating edge”, it’s nearly impossible. In the past, you KNEW something was wrong when even your best systems fail – no matter how high your odds were. When I started seeing unusual trends, that’s when I began investigating and discovered things that just sickened me. I’m just really ticked off and I want this craziness with them to end! All I have ever wanted, was to play a “regular” fair game, with a “regular” house edge. That’s it. Is that too much to ask?

Now, I’m not saying that ALL casinos cheat…but I’m willing to bet they employ at least some of the unscrupulous tactics I am going to list.

Let’s begin by looking at some general guidelines on how to NOT lose your money when entering a casino.

First, Know the Winner’s Rules

Don’t drink and gamble. The more free drinks the casino gives you, the greater the probability you’ll lose your stake. Keep a drink in front of you to count cards in blackjack and avoid detection. Order another – even though your first might still be full – to let the casino think you’re a tourist. However, make it so that the drinks are non-alcoholic, but with a little umbrella or some fruit or something else “exotic” to make everyone else think you are drinking alcohol. In other words, give them the illusion of it. In fact, you can even “act” drunk as well. That will REALLY throw them off.
Know the rules of each game. If you don’t know how to play the game, your chance of losing is HUGE!
Don’t get caught up in the excitement. Ignore the story of the guy who won big. It might be true, but it’s the casino’s way of getting you to loosen up and bet more to recoup what it lost to that big winner. Also, sometimes this “excitement” is staged by “shills” to get you to play.
Don’t ever bet more than you intended. This is one of the signs that you have a gambling addiction, so be careful. Only bet what you can afford to lose!
Avoid Cash-advance machines. If you’re at the point of visiting a casino ATM, then you’ve probably already spent too much money as it is. There are also the fees of at least 6.6% for the casino PLUS an additional 2% for the credit card company. If you do this because you forgot to bring cash with you, you’ve already lost money without even placing your first bet!

Next, I am going to list some things that aren’t necessarily a “cheat” per se – mainly because their foundations are not based on fact and are very difficult to prove. The bulk of these, you’ll find that most casinos do today BECAUSE they are hard to prove. However, to the majority of the public, we know these tactics actually work.

FREE alcoholic drinks. I know we talked about this one before, but I cannot stress this one enough. Although this is not a technical casino “cheat”, it is STILL a good way to part you from your money. They look at the math. To them, what is the cost of a couple of stiff drinks in comparison to the hundreds, if not thousands, or even tens of thousands of dollars they could take from you when you’re intoxicated and not playing the game properly with your wits about you. I’ve actually sat next to players who said they played BETTER when they were drunk. REALLY??? Wow. I don’t believe that for a second.
Implanting subliminal “lose” messages into your background music is also not a cheat, but it’s still very unethical nonetheless. Players don’t need to be “programmed” to lose, when a regular house edge should theoretically make them lose anyway. They (the casinos) are just using this method as “insurance” to make you lose.
Improper use of Feng Shui is another method that is not a technical cheat, but is a trick designed to make you either lucky or a unlucky, positive or negative, winner or a loser, healthy or unhealthy, and many other metaphysical aspects – depending on how they have everything arranged in their casinos (to make you lose, of course). The Asians (especially the Chinese) notice this one BIG TIME, but still play anyway! I have never understood why. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, please do an internet search on Feng Shui. It’s pretty interesting. Essentially, it is a philosophy on how design (of a building, for example) can affect your metaphysical well-being.

A general statement about cheating by the casino comes from a former casino owner, Harold Smith Jr. He states in his book, “We could cheat all the time, and they would never know it. We’re far more expert at this business than they are.” By “they,” Smith is referring to the agents of the Gaming Control Board, who are supposed to be experts at detecting cheating. If Smith’s statement is true, how can the average player ever hope to spot casino cheating?

The most effective way for a casino to cheat a player is to manipulate the gaming equipment, or “rigging” the equipment to make you lose.

Hard to believe in this day and age, isn’t it?

The biggest reason for this is a “loophole” that the Nevada State Gaming Control Board (for example) has in it’s Minimum Internal Control Standards (or “MICS” for short).

According to these documents, there are no such industry standards when it comes to Roulette Wheels, balls, card shoes, card shufflers, dice, tables, chairs, or anything else used to run table games!

One of my NSGBC contacts (I’ll call him “Joe” for now…) told me “If they wanted to, a Casino in Nevada could use anything from a Golf Ball up to a Basketball to run a Roulette game.”

Don’t believe me? I realize how difficult it is to believe, but it’s all true! Check out the regulations on their website for yourself! Here is their website:

Armed with this knowledge, I dug a little deeper into famed Atlantic City, New Jersey. According to New Jersey State Gaming Regulations, there are also no standards about other gaming items such as the use of Card Shufflers (another HUGE casino cheat), Dice, Gaming tables, and any/all other equipment used in Table Games!

If this is possible for Vegas and Atlantic City, then you can probably assume it’s the same around the world too. In the past, Las Vegas has set the benchmark example for all other States/countries when they developed their own Gaming rules and regs.

“How can that be possible?” you ask? Well, my NSGBC contact “Joe” told me that most Casinos more or less use their own “assumed” standards, for balls, wheel maintenance, etc. and that the NSGBC sees no wrongful doings with theirs OR the Casino’s practices so far. Yes, the NSGBC may do casino equipment checks constantly, but what are they checking against? There is absolutely nothing in writing as far as the MICS are concerned! So, ALL of their checks must be using those “ASSUMED” standards – whatever they are!

So what prevents Casinos from using Golf Balls, loaded Dice, or whatever? Easy. It’s called “fear”. That is to say, fear that they will get a bad rep as a cheat! If they gain this bad reputation, then they lose money to their competition.

So, since there is nothing in writing, how can the Nevada Gaming Commission legally charge a casino of cheating, using rigged equipment? This is the “loophole” that allows casinos to legally cheat. It is VERY easy to see a link of collusion if one was looking for it.

So, to keep the money coming in, in these hard economic times, the ways they cheat us today is much more sophisticated, subtle, and covert compared to the ways they openly cheated us in the past.

Now, let’s examine some of the more uncommonly known cheats.


Specifically, the deck. Removing one or more ten-value cards and/or Aces from the deck can dramatically increase the house’s edge, and few players will notice the difference between a deck of 52 cards and a deck of 48, or even an eight-deck shoe from which half a deck has been removed.

What if the machine shufflers arrange it so that many of the 10-count cards are at the end of the shoe, behind the cut card? Isn’t that the same thing as removing them to give the House a huge advantage?

Let’s say that the machine shufflers put an above average number of 10-value cards in the middle of the shoe. By default, most people cut the shoe in the middle too. Now, the dealer places the front half of the cut to the back and puts the card in about a deck’s worth from the end. Now, there are a higher than average amount of 10-value cards that are no longer in play – thus, giving the House a HUGE advantage! This is why many players choose to cut the shoe more towards the front or the back, instead of the middle.

Think about this too: Do Dealers actually show you the cards from a machine-shuffled shoe, so that you can see that the cards are all present? Or do they just take it right out of the hopper and let a player cut it?

Even when a Dealer shows you the cards, do you actually take the time to count them and make certain they are all there? Probably not.

I have played blackjack for quite a while. It is always sooooo hard to win in the Indian casinos. I have always felt they were pulling 10 count cards. Also, depending on the state, there is very little regulation of the Indian casinos. Pulling 10 count cards gives them a very big advantage, impossible to beat, and cannot be detected by the player.

Alternately, instead of removing high cards, adding additional low-value cards (particularly fives and sixes) can also be devastating to the player.

Sleight of Hand (Dealing Seconds)

Another way casinos cheat us is to use a “hold-out shoe”. This is a shoe that holds the top card in place so that the second card can be dealt (seconds) and the top card saved by the Dealer for his own hand. A man in Las Vegas makes and sells these shoes. He gave one of my former students a demonstration. It is impossible for the average player to recognize this shoe. It is different in only one respect from the honest shoe. The face plate (which has the hole in it) is about one quarter of an inch higher. In this way, the dealer can get a peek at the top card from behind. You may detect such a shoe from the way the Dealer pushes out the cards.

In this shoe, in order to hold the top card, he must hold it steady through the hole with one finger while pulling out the second card from the bottom slit with another finger. The tell-tale sign is a Dealer using two fingers to deal, but only one finger is moving. At the second annual conference on gambling, a veteran gambler told us that there was a special Dealers’ School in Las Vegas where Dealers learned how to cheat with the shoe.

Another blackjack casino cheating method involves Dealers and sleight of hand tricks. Going further, some Dealers are so skilled that they can slip a player a bust card without anybody even noticing. Now it should also be noted that Dealers rarely have anything to gain from doing so, and very few casinos would ask their Dealers to do such a thing.

It’s also fairly simple, in a hand-held game, for the Dealer to manipulate the deck by picking up cards in a certain order (high-low results in more busted hands), executing false shuffles, and manipulating the cards that are dealt. With practice, it’s possible to manipulate the cards to come out in any order one desires, and to use sleight-of-hand to “double deal” them (to deliver a card other than the one on top of the deck).

Preferential shuffling is the act of shuffling the deck when the count goes positive, and the player has an advantage. If the count goes positive they shuffle, and if the count goes negative (of course) they keep dealing. This is fairly common in casinos that deal hand-held games, not as a matter of course, but done to players they suspect are counting cards. It is an easy way to get a card counter to leave without any back off or hassle. It is clearly cheating. In Nevada, the cheating law is NRS 465:

NRS 465.015 Definitions. As used in this chapter:

1. “Cheat” means to alter the elements of chance, method of selection or criteria which determine:

a.) The result of a game;
b.) The amount or frequency of payment in a game;
c.) The value of a wagering instrument; or
d.) The value of a wagering credit.

You can see that shuffling when the count is positive does “alter the element of chance…” etc. No casino has ever been charged for this. It is one of those laws that is never enforced. Just as under this law it is illegal every time a baccarat player writes down the outcome of the hands on the cards the casino provides.

Dealing With The Dealer

Knowing when and how to tip the Dealer can be critical to winning. Here is how to go about it. First of all, the general philosophy is to never give the Dealer any money as a tip. Whenever you tip him, place a bet for him.

This is very common in the casinos. The proper procedure is for you to put a chip in front of your chips on the upper part of the betting spot. All Dealers know exactly what this means. They know that this is a bet for them, and they know that if you win your hand, they will pay you and will also pay off this extra chip that’s sitting in front of your pile of chips. Again, when you tip the Dealer, always place a bet for him. His/her tip is always in the form of a bet.

There is a purpose to betting for the Dealer. One very important reason is to tell him that you are on his side and that you are looking after him. If he is a cheating Dealer, this may make him think twice before he begins to cheat you. He will cheat you anyway if you are winning money or if the policy in that casino on that shift is for them to cheat players regularly. However, he may wait a few minutes before beginning to cheat you to show his appreciation for the fact that you have made a bet for him. If you are playing against an honest Dealer, it is also a good policy to make a bet for him because he may a deal further down in the deck instead of shuffling up on you quickly. As soon as I win a big bet or as soon as I win several small bets, I immediately place a bet for the Dealer. The idea here is to make a bet for the Dealer as quickly as you can after you start winning so that he will not begin to cheat you or shuffle up on you right from the beginning.

Hit and Run

Most Dealers deal honestly when you first sit down to play. I’m not sure why this is the case. Perhaps they are waiting – wishing that you would win the first few hands so that you would make a bet for them. Or perhaps they are dealing honestly to see how good a player you are so that if you are a counter, then they know they must cheat you. Whatever the case may be, I have found on a lot of occasions that I begin to win money after 10 or 15 minutes at the table, then things turn around, and I begin to lose money, especially by losing big bets.

The reason for this is that most Dealers in large casinos are cheating Dealers to begin with, and that most of them are told not to let anybody win any appreciable amount of money. I also know that the Dealer’s livelihood depends largely on the tips that he gets from players. Now if a Dealer is going to get tips, then he must allow the players to win a few hands at least. Nobody makes a bet for the Dealer if they are losing (unless they are crazy). Thus, a Dealer may deal honestly at first, hoping that you will get up a few units on him so that you will make a bet for him. Then later on, he knows that if he is to keep his job secure, he must gradually or very quickly take the money back that you have won. This is when to run. As soon as you lose two or three large bets, quit right away.

The majority of Dealers intimidate players on purpose. Here is how they do it.

If you should sit down alone at the table and begin to play, you’ll notice that the Dealer will start dealing quite slowly. Then very, very gradually, he will pick up the pace of the deal. He will be dealing gradually faster and faster, from shuffle to shuffle, from hand to hand. He wants to get you into his rhythm of play. Since the Dealer does this gradually, most players do not become aware of what is happening. What they do realize, though, after playing for 15 or 20 minutes, is that they feel rushed. Why? Most players do not want to admit that they can’t play as fast as the Dealer can deal, so they usually stand more often or don’t get as big a bet out as quickly as they otherwise would. Generally, they play an inferior brand of Blackjack. Don’t let this happen to you.

From the beginning, play at your own pace, and don’t let that Dealer get you into his/her rhythm. The way to play at your pace is to be very slow and methodical and give very clear signals to the Dealer. If you want a hit, scratch your cards. If you don’t want a hit, have a look at your cards first, look at them twice, then slowly put them under your chips. Take your time and really slow down the Dealer so that he is playing your game, instead of him forcing you to play his game. This can be done without effort, after you have consciously practiced it two or three times. After this, it will become your normal way of playing. Don’t overdo it, though. Don’t be too slow, or you may irritate the Dealer or any other players at your table.

Marked cards can be used for the benefit of either the house or the player, though the house has a greater advantage, as it controls the equipment. Players generally have to rely on visual cues such as smudges, folds, markings, or tears on the card, while the house can also use tactile cues, such as “pegged” cards that have a small indentation that is invisible to the naked eye, but can be felt by the Dealer. The markings tell the value of undealt cards, which can be used by the player (knowing the next hit), or by the house (in combination with double-dealing) to great advantage. Again, inspection of the cards at the end of the day makes this a dangerous proposition from the player’s perspective.

There are many other ways in which the Dealer can cheat, but they are all variations on those mentioned above. The important thing to learn is how to spot a potentially cheating Dealer or how to detect the fact that you are being cheated, without actually seeing it.


Most of what you’ve just read can be said for Baccarat as well. However, what I really haven’t covered was the actual equipment itself. First, let’s discuss the mechanical shuffling machines.

In my investigations, I found out these machines are actually programmed to overcome the “pattern bettors”.

Essentially, there are four major patterns that players generally bet with:

1. Avant Dernier (French meaning “before last”), which means you bet on the same as whatever the decision before the last was.

2. Follow The Last (popularly known as “FTL”), which has the bettor betting on exactly the same as what the last decision was.

3. Opposite Avant Dernier which, just as the name implies, has the bettor bet on the exact opposite of whatever the decision before the last was. And finally…

4. Opposite Follow The Last, again just as the name implies, the bettor would bet on the exact opposite of whatever the last decision was.

By themselves, these four popular bet selection strategies normally achieve about a 50/50 win to lose ratio. However, when applying certain money management strategies, you can usually make a modest profit in a relatively short period of time.

Knowing these very popular best selection strategies, the casinos hired a very large “Think Tank”, from the Eastern seaboard of the U.S., to develop a way to overcome these strategies. The result was a very expensive shuffler with about 4 computer chips that are specifically designed to do just that. Here is how they work.

Once your style of play is analyzed by the “Eye-In-The-Sky”, a remote signal is sent to these mechanical shufflers, which then programs the shuffle on the next shoe to put out a majority of decisions exactly opposite of what you are playing. If you won some money on the previous shoe, depending on your money management strategy (negative progressions being prevalent), you will usually lose it all back again, plus more! Obviously, the best way to overcome this is to simply play a single shoe. When it ends, move on – whether you have won or not.

The newest cheat is something called an “i-shoe auto”. It is a specially-designed shoe that will read how much money is on a specially-designed table that reads the RFID chips implanted in the gambling chips and will automatically shuffle the shoe (before it has officially ended) and make the betting position that has the most money on it LOSE! Check it out for yourself here:

Oh sure, they will try to put a positive spin on it (obviously for marketing purposes, and to hide their true purpose), but my sources say that these shoes will actually shuffle after their bets are put out – regardless if the cut card/ shoe end indicator has been drawn or not. Blackjack and Baccarat are in big trouble with this new device. So are other games, like 3-Card Poker, or Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, or even Texas Hold ’em…or ANYTHING that uses a shoe to deal the cards, for that matter.

This is a real game changer in the gambling industry! It’s like playing against those stupid continuous shuffler machines, which may or may not have the proper amount of cards in them to begin with too!

Yes, you guessed it. Nearly ALL of these machines are manufactured by the same company! And although I have not done the proper research into the background of these companies, it is almost a certainty that they are either owned by the casinos themselves, or have the casinos as major investors – probably using a false name or “dummy corporation” to hide their true identities.

So, how do you overcome these cheats? Find a hand shuffle game and hope the dealer is honest. The less experienced Dealer – the better…one who hasn’t been “corrupted” yet by the casinos, or just hasn’t had the time to hone their skills yet.


Some casinos won’t change out their dice for days…even weeks or months, like they are supposed to! They do this because their current dice worked well to give them a “cold table”, thus making them more money, as people don’t normally bet on the Don’t side. These dice are referred to as “biased dice” and are usually unbalanced and/or predispositioned to 7-outs. The longer dice are used the more chipped up, scratched, and worn-looking they become. If you see this, it’s usually a good indication to bet the dark side.

For now, it’s still not an actual cheat per se, but still unethical anyway. Again, this is because there is nothing in the MICS about gaming devices/equipment, like dice.

These biased dice can usually be found especially on weekends when High Rollers are invited in with big promotional giveaways. Other than that, evenings, when there are usually a LOT of players, is the other times you’ll see biased dice.

Almost every member of the MGM corporate casinos in Las Vegas use a common marketing ploy – have 1 table with fair dice that is near a major casino walkway with Craps patrons winning and yelling (probably packed with “shills”). Potential Casino customers walking by will hear and see the excitement and try to get on the hot table. However, it will be full so the unsuspecting customer will gravitate to any of the other tables employing unbalanced and biased dice. So while the casino may have 1 table losing money, it will have up to 11 other tables making money.

Avoid this trick and save your money.


There is a very big casino cheat here that has been going on for decades – maybe longer. It’s related to the skill that Dealers have to shoot against you! Yes, it’s a very real skill and I’ve had it personally demonstrated for me.

If dealers can alter the elements of chance, then isn’t that considered cheating? According to NRS 465.015, it is!!! The problem is, no one out there believes this skill is possible. So they therefore considered it “rumor”. However, when you’ve actually had Dealers demonstrate it for you, you have a tendency to believe it!

Learn more about the science and mechanics that are involved in this cheat by downloading a FREE system that will overcome it below. The system itself is a bit more complex, but this is really more or less designed to be informative about the cheat itself. VERY important to learn if you are a Roulette player.

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In Conclusion…

Folks, I’ve only just touched on the things a casino can do to us to improperly take our money. I know I’ve painted a very dark picture here. Almost sounds like I am saying that no one should gamble because they ALL cheat. Right? No. I’m not saying that at all.

The purpose of this article is to simply open your eyes to the possibility of being cheated. Once you are familiar with the cheats, it’s easier for you to avoid or perhaps overcome them.

Again, I must stress that I am not saying that ALL casinos out there do these things.

Did you notice that the majority of what I reported on had a common theme?

…the Dealer!

It is my belief that some of them may be doing it on their own. Maybe they want to get back at a drunken player who had been insulting them all night. Maybe they want to get even with the people who don’t tip. Maybe they feel pressured that if they don’t bring in a certain amount of money, they will lose their job. Who knows why they do it?

Ladies and Gentlemen, the one thing I’ve always said about the casinos is that you should think of them like the Carnivals you see at State Fairs. All they want is your money and they will stop at nothing to get it…including rigging their games.

Best thing you can do is:

Fast hit-and-runs. Don’t allow them the chance to analyze your play and deploy their counter-measures.
Remember my tipping advice.

Doing all of these, you should have a well above average chance of getting out of a casino ahead of the game (no pun intended).

There is an even BIGGER question here that no one seems to want to answer.

Why don’t any of these states have any statutes in place within their respective Gaming Commissions, regarding the Policing of their table games? Seems like this should be a very basic thing to put in place in order to govern the Gaming Industry in general, right? Should’ve been in place at the very beginning too! That leaves room for speculation that the answer to this basic question could be because the casinos have paid off these commissions to “look the other way”? Remember, this is a billion dollar a year industry. ANYTHING and everything is possible.

Makes one wonder, doesn’t it?

Remember what I said about the NSGCB using “Assumed standards”?

Assumed standards???? Give me a break!!!

They must think we are pretty stupid.

The first step to avoiding all of this is getting educated on it and gaining awareness.

That’s why you’re reading this right now. Right? :-)

So, beware and take care, my friends!

P.S. If you know of other cheats, please let us know about them and we’ll get them posted! They need to be real, though.

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7 thoughts on “How Casinos Unfairly Take Your Money…

  1. Here are some other ways they have cheated. In blackjack. You have a hard 12 and hit and receive a 9 for a total of 21. They scoop away your cards first and quckly and say too many cards then take your bet. If you are tired it works. Other ones you ask for a hit, the just quickly go to the next hand. Or, a round ends, she is to put the remaining cards left on the table in the discard rack then hers ontop of those. When it benefits her, clumping, she will take her cards and scoop backwards from first base. First base cards are still on the bottom in the discard rack and third base are the very top cards in that rack, but now hers are at the bottom underneath the first base players cards. Or when she scoops her cards, instead of from her right, she will do it from her left. If you see this happening, you can see how she is trying to put like cards together.

  2. Oh, yeah, just one more to look out for:

    The Atlantic City color up trick!

    Even after I watched this a couple times I still couldn’t grasp exactly how it worked. It’s sorta like the shell game. You lose $100 every time.

    So you’re finished playing and you give the dealer several piles of black. He reforms them into his own known piles and separates the left overs. Then he matches your piles with his piles but does a lot of moving the piles.

    I don’t know who the hell they do it but you end up $100 short every time.

    Always know how much you are giving the dealer and only give him an even amount. Keep your own excesses. And TELL the dealer how much you are giving him.

    I’m embarrased to say I don’t know how they do it. But it has cost me over a thousand dollars before I wised up.

  3. I didn’t say much about slight of hand cheating in Baccarat because there isn’t much.

    Just a couple things:

    There was this dealer at Turning Stone:

    Again if you don’t want me to name your casino, it’s simple – don’t cheat.

    Anyway the rules say: a card to Player, a card to Bank, a card to Player, a card to Bank.

    I won’t mention his name but “to speed things up” this dealer didn’t do that.

    He pulled the cards normally with his left hand. But instead of them going straight to the table, they went into his right hand. Then he “snatched two cards with his left hand and they went to the Player. The other two, of course, went to Bank.

    Yep, it sounds innocent enough – even looks innocent.

    But here’s the thing. You couldn’t tell which two cards he snatched.

    All you knew is if you were the high bettor, you lost – every single time.

    So, do you report this dealer?

    Hell no! Just DON’T be the high bettor! And always bet AGAINST the high bettor. You win every hand!

    Foxwood high stakes Bac 14 player table. Watch out for the Breakdown trick! It’s smoothe as silk. So there’s a Bank run! Everybody is on it betting higher and higher. There’s a lot of money on the table! So the hand it over but not yet paid because the deaker is figuring the commissions back at third base – position 14. Nobody is paying attention because the hand is finished. They are all jibber jabbing about their next bet while waiting to get paid. The pit boss yells “break down those bets”. Sounds innocent enough. Looks innocent enough. Whereupon a crew member will break down everybody’s bet into two piles.

    Think about that. There is no good reason to do that except to cheat.
    So players look up from their score cards, see two piles and think they got paid and pull in their “winnings”. They rarely get caught but if they do:

    “It’s your fault! You pulled down your bet before we paid you.” The perfect scam. So did I report them? To whom? The Indians? I was winning thousands there. I didn’t want to get myself barred – or worse.

    Just always know how much you bet and NEVER pull down your bet before you get paid – even if you DO see two piles. Smoothest scam I ever saw – again and again. Even my good friend Aegis (John) fell for it when I wasn’t watching but SHOULD have been. We bet the same every hand but at the end of the night he had $400 less than me. I didn’t think to warn him about the breakdown trick. I’ll never make that mistake again!

    While we are at it:

    There is no way to cheat in BJ.

    But Bac, well you just can’t say that….

    7 player full commission table late night. Everybody, especially the dealer, is a little tired. You’re at first base – the first position at the extreme left of the dealer. You bet a black on Player but Bank wins. The dealer immediately takes your black chip. Then she’s doing the third base commission at the extreme other end of the table. So you put up your next bet – a black on Bank,- Ha, don’t get greedy. She’s busy with commissions around the table but finally gets to you – and pays you off!. Perfect! If she DOES catch you she’ll merely push your chip back and wag her finger at you. If that happens, don’t try it again. But if she pays you off, you can keep doing it on Bank wins all night. You’ll probably end up staying up a little later than you had planned. Just sit there and bet on player. If Player wins you win. But if Bank wins – you don’t lose. Might cost you a little sleep! Oh, and don’t forget to tip!

    Do that a few times and you paid for your manual already.

    Ha, just don’t tell them that Ellis sent you. Of course I would never do such a thing. Of course not! Hmm.

  4. Nobody knows casino cheating like I do. I’ve been using their own cheating against them for more than 30 years. THAT is what I’m teaching YOU to do.

    Look, casino cheating is not a bad thing. Not for us. We WANT them to cheat because THAT is how they expose their weaknesses. ALL of the systems I have designed and teach you are based on known casino cheating.

    Since most of you are here for Baccarat, let’s take BJ first since that is where I was first exposed to rampant casino cheating. I’ll be quick about it. I got barred everywhere because I learned how to use their own cheating against them.

    I can guarantee you if you ever played BJ, you were cheated. I’m not talking about the many slight of hand tricks like dealing seconds at Palace Station, the Bahama hole card trick at Caesars – just one of many, Short decking, rampant all over Minnesota, slipping the 5 in Atlantic City, and I could go on all day. Those you need to be alert to – or else.

    I’m not talking about that kind of cheating…

    I’m talking about REAL cheating – fixing the cards. Yep, both games!

    Ha, I counted sixes out loud – VERY loud – one Saturday night in a SIX deck MN game. I got nearly the whole casino counting along with me. I emphasized 24 because we already got to it half way through the shoe. We got to 35 before the cut off card! Do the math! No, they didn’t throw me out. They couldn’t because the whole casino was watching to see what they would do. They closed the whole pit on a Saturday night – cost them a fortune. It hit the newspapers the next day. I singlehandedly cured MN of short decking hopefully forever. You can’t get away with that with me. I’ll know! And I will make them pay dearly!

    I learned the Bahama hole card trick in the Bahamas. I caught them red handed at Caesars Vegas. Hey, if you don’t want me to name your casino – that’s simple, don’t cheat!

    The rules are that the dealer’s FIRST card is ALWAYS her up card and her second card is ALWAYS her down card. Not so at that pit that day at Caesars. The dealer was turning up her HIGHEST card! That increases the odds againt you 14%. You have no chance at all. You find yourself hitting against a dealer ten up far, far more often than 4 out of 13.

    Ever seen way too many dealer 10 ups? Now, you know why.

    So I stopped the game – full table of MY people – and called in the pit boss.

    Who said: “I teach ALL my dealers to do that!” “Get the Casino Mgr out here!” – which he promptly did. Who said: “You can’t do that – it’s blatant cheating! Give them all their money back!” I’m thinking great but what about the rest of the pit??? Dumb bastards! Yep, Caesars Vegas! If you can’t trust them you can’t trust anybody. But if you try that crap on ME, I’ll catch you!

    But, I’m not talking about the slight of hand tricks in BJ. I’m talking about their biggest cheat – fixing the cards by picking up the break cards first!

    Picture a 7 player game – not that I ever play those. I never play with more than 4 players. But it’s easiest to see in a 7 player game.

    So the round is finished. Let’s say 4 players break and 4, including the dealer, don’t. The dealer picks up ALL the break cards FIRST and puts them in the discard rack! Think about that! THAT continuously rigs the game more and more each hand. Do you get it yet?

    LOOK!, break cards are mostly low! Non break cards are mostly high! The dealer is continuously fixing the cards in the discard rack into clumps of mostly low followed by clumps of mostly high.

    But Ellis, they shuffle the cards!

    Ha, not really. They give the cards a cursory shuffle designed to increase clumping – not dissolve it. The rules state that every card must be shuffled twice! But who wrote the rules? The casinos did! They know that it takes a minimum of 7 shuffles to randomize a single deck. 8 decks takes 7 to the 8th power! The dealer will be shuffling for a week! So much for the shuffle – it might as well not even exist.

    In a mature game Lows SHOULD follow lows and highs SHOULD follow highs HALF the time. Basic Strategy absolutely DEPENDS on that! But that isn’t what happens! Is it/!/! Count them yourself! It’s easy.

    Count 2-7 as low. 8-K as high. Aces swing. Count them hi when they follow a high and low when they follow a low.

    Your count SHOULD be 0. Not even close!

    In a Saturday night 8 deck game your count can go into the 30s real easy.

    Card counters think a +30 is a great game. They’ll be making huge bets! AND they will LOSE nearly every one! Dumb bastards!

    Why? Because they play perfect Basic Strategy and clumping completely destroys Basic. Edward O Thorp missed the boat on that one.

    His player Kenny Uston kept coming back to him and saying: “But Ed, I DON’T have a 6% advantage – I don’t have ANY advantage! Kenny was right! Thorp was wrong! Blasphemy! NO, And I’ll say the same thing to Thorp right to his face. He always wondered what happened to his 6%. The casinos took it! How? Clumping Highs vs Lows, right under his freaking nose – and yours too. Thorp is a GREAT Mathematician. But it’s not about math. It’s about rigging the game. Thorp never thought of that! But I did and I won. Kenny lost his shirt. I know, I played with him in Atlantic city enough times to know. Kenny ended up quitting BJ. He wouldn’t listen to me. “Perfect Basic Strategy LOSES perfectly.”

    So OK, some of you guys know me and know that I speak the exact truth.

    But some of you don’t and think I speak blasphemy!

    Don’t take my word for it. It is easy to prove to yourself.

    At home, take a deck of cards and put 2-7 on the bottom and 8 -K on the top. Put the aces anywhere.

    Now deal yourself a game – just you and the dealer.

    The first thing you’ll notice is the dealer virtually NEVER breaks let alone 28%.

    Play perfect Basic Strategy!

    You might win 20% of the hands – maybe not even that.

    Why do I keep saying Saturday night? Because that is when the cards get maximum play with a maximum number of players

    In other words – Maximum Clumping and Minimum dealer breaks.

    Perfect Basic Strategy loses perfectly! Shoe after freaking shoe.

    Did you ever play perfect BS in a 6 deck game on a Sat night and only win 20% of the hands???

    Well, now you know why! YOU wern’t the only one!

    How long have the casinos been using clumping to beat you? About 30 years. Do you get it now? And you thought you were just unlucky while the dealer’s luck was impossibly extreme. It is not about luck. It is not even about math. It is about rigging the game against ALL Basic Strategy players.

    End of the game? No, not by a long shot.

    Watch my lips!

    If the cards are not random – what ARE they???

    What is the opposite of random???

    Predictable !

    Look, highs are following highs and lows are following lows way way too often! THAT is the real world fact we face.

    Don’t fall victim to that situation. USE IT!

    I’ll teach you in detail later. But I can give you a little taste right now.

    Forget Basic. It loses for sure.

    Forget the dealer’s up card! It’s only HALF her freaking hand.

    TRACK the dealer break rate! It is a perfect measurement of clumping.

    Whenever you stand with less than 17, you are, in fact, betting the dealer will break. See that?

    That’s fine if the dealer is breaking 28%. That is how Basic Strategy is designed.

    But what if the dealer is only breaking 5%???

    Why in hell would you sit there betting the dealer will break???

    The cards don’t know who’s dealing!

    If the dealer can’t break – neither can you! Hit your freaking hand.

    It is virtually impossible for either of you to break in a low card clump.

    And in a high card clump, neither of you will have to hit at all. Do the math!

    Are you starting to get it?

    Well hell, we haven’t even got started.

    I play and teach real world Blackjack – not some fictitious computer game.

    Is the dealer’s hole card high or low? What if you just knew that?

    Think that might help?

    Does the dealer have a ten under that Ace?

    What if you knew that with 90+% accuracy? It pays 2 to 1 you know.

    You get a first card ten! Your chances of winning the hand just went to 74%

    Think it might help to KNOW with 90+ accuracy WHEN you are going to get a first card ten even before the first card of the hand is dealt??? Think you might bet a little more?

    Or what if you knew you are most likely to get a low first card? Think you might bet a little less?

    I’m just scratching the surfacev here. Just giving you a little peek.

    I’m trying to give you just a hint of what you are in for.

    Baccarat? It is just as rigged as BJ. I’ll teach you how to use their own rigging against them. THAT is WHY I got barred!

    No worries. I’ll teach you how to avoid getting barred. I learned the hard way.

    If you follow me, I’ll lead you into a whole new world of gambling – the REAL world.

    Many here already know that – just ask them.

    But you new guys – you’re in for a huge awakening.

    Both games! As I teach you, light bulbs will start turning on for you.

    I’ve created 3 millionaires so far. That’s not nearly enough. I want more!

    That’s what I do! And it is a very rewarding life.

    I’d like you to be a part of it.

    Yeah, yeah, I know. My manuals cost a little money. Big whip!

    Not nearly as much as you’ll lose W/O my help.

    There are ways to beat BOTH games. I did it for 30 years. A lot of guys right here are doing it right now. So can you.

    Yep, casinos cheat. But that’s how we beat them!

  5. The casinos will always do what is in their best interest, their bottom line profit when a player is winning big money only.

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