For as long as casino’s have existed, so have those that would try to cheat a
casino. Most of the more common attempts at cheating a casino today
involved casino employee’s cheating. Oftentimes cheating the players.
That in itself makes this article all the more important, though there may be
the few readers that will try the cheats we will outline here, and perhaps end
up in lovely new concrete home, with a meal service for no extra charge, our
hope is that many other’s learn how to protect themselves from casino cheaters,
thieves and other undesirables.
One of the more recent cheating scandals was brought to light by players in a
poker room at a casino in Las Vegas Nevada. The con could however be pulled off
anywhere in the casino where the dealer pays the player in chips.
Casino Dealer Palms Players Winnings
In this particular case, the dealer split a stack of chips between two players
following a poker hand. The dealer calmly palmed a $1000.00 chip from the stack
of each player.
One of the players at the table noticed that the money was missing, no one
actually saw the dealer palm the chip. The cheat was revealed later.
Now it’s actually pretty unheard of that the actual casino will cheat the
players. Face it, if they want more money, they’ll just skew the slot odds a bit
further in their favour.
Raise the price of the Buffet, and who knows, maybe charge non hotel guests
for using the bathroom.
Casinos don’t want you to feel like they might cheat you, it’s not
profitable, not to mention multi billion dollar risk they take by risking their
gambling licenses getting caught.
If that weren’t enough to deter would be cheating establishments, then
perhaps the criminal charges that they surely face would be enough.
It’s also been rumoured that some cruise ships have been known to cheat
players. In fact, the casino cruise lines are rumoured to be notorious cheaters!
Cheating By Un-stacking The Deck
Any game played with cards is open to cheating attempts from both sides of the
table if not properly regulated. For instance, a player, or dealer might remove
a key card or two from the deck. Imagine a game of blackjack missing 2 ten value
cards per deck, now that changes the odds a touch doesn’t it?
If you were playing on a cruise ship, and the cards were manipulated
unfavorably. It’s not to much to fathom a six deck shoe, missing all the ten
cards from 2 decks. You wouldn’t notice that would you?
This particular casino cheat is much easier for the casino to pull off
however than for the player. The player has to get the cards back into the deck
somehow, and the shoe counts them… so to make a difference a blackjack player
for instance would have to be palming two’s like nobodies business, and then get
them back into the deck without the dealer noticing he handed back to many
cards, all before the next shuffle!
Maybe you would notice if half a deck was missing from a six deck shoe. Would
you notice if the jacks, queens, kings, and tens from one deck were all replaced
by low cards, 2-6?
Hey! Anybody Got a Pen, Pin, Nail File?
Marking of the cards is a pretty common casino cheat actually. This is found
quite often in holdem games, and any other game played with a deck of cards.
Players have been known to dog ear cards, scratch them, wrinkle and crinkle
them, to mark them.
Since the cards belong to the casino, a crooked casino is a very dangerous
place for your bankroll to be. The house can use any manner of methods to mark
cards in the deck. Or they can simply utilize well placed mirrors and have a
look at what they want to see.
Perhaps you’re familiar with brail? Crooked cruise ships have reportedly used
a brail method of marking the cards, placing dents and bumps in the cards that
you won’t see, but the dealer feels.
I wouldn’t want to be a player on a cruise ship using any of the above
methods however, with the ocean as my only escape…
Betting Less More or Less - Mid Hand
A simpler cheat to pull off is adding or removing casino chips from your betting
area during play. For instance, you realize you have a terrible blackjack hand,
while asking for a hit, you take a big chip off the top of your bet.
Try it a few times the next time you’re playing a poker tournament get bored,
just palm the chips off the top of your own chipstack. See how easily you can
train yourself to tap the top of your stack with the palm of your hand come away
with a chip.
Which leads to a whole other form of casino cheating. Out and out theft of
someone else’s chips. The best way to combat theft of your chips in a casino is
simply to keep an eye on them.
Just in case you happen to glance away however, keep the smaller chips on the
top of your stack, and the larger chips at the bottom. This way if someone
attempts to palm a chip or two and succeeds you’re only out a couple bucks, and
not a couple hundred, or worse, a couple thousand.
If you decide to leave your chips on any table while you go anywhere else
i.e. the restroom, or on a dinner break if you’re playing poker, have them
Insist upon it. Oftentimes you’ll be reassured that no one will dare to touch
your chips ‘here’. That may well be true, but , no harm in covering them just in
case. Most casinos have glass chip covers go right over your chips just like a
Collusion: Group Cheating in Casinos
Another common method of cheating in casinos is called collusion. This is when a
group, or a team of players help each other to gain an advantage. For instance,
players sitting at different tables, with decent vantage points can often see
the dealers hole cards at another table.
That player then signals his teammate and alerts him using a signal.
Signaling is not allowed in any casino. To combat this form of cheating,
dealers usually keep their cards very low to the table. Especially when checking
for a blackjack.
In the movie 21, we also see a form of cheating that involves a team of
players counting cards, and signaling to each other when the count is favorable
for larger betting.
This article wasn’t intended to give you pointers for cheating during your
next casino visit. In fact, that career is only recommended for very large and
burly fellows named butch that might be able to hold their own during long
periods of incarceration. This guide to cheating was written to provide
you with incite and to help you protect yourself, don’t be a victim, cover your