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    The consensus is in, gaming experts from around the world have hailed Casino Game Protection – A Comprehensive Guide to be truly one-of-a-kind, the finest, most in-depth study on casino game protection ever revealed…a jackpot, with the reader the winner!” 

    Preface from the book: 

    The following work is the culmination of 30 years of research into the arena of casino cheating, advantage play, electronic player assistance, and you name it. If a concept was designed, worked out, played, or dreamed of, and had anything to do with beating the casino – legal or otherwise – I’ve probably been there. Or close to it. 

    After many years of working in the industry, then as a professional gambler, and later as a casino consultant, you will, hopefully, find my perspective unique as the information to follow comes from both sides of the table. 

    Every effort was made to compile a comprehensive guide, and present the game protection topic with scope and objectivity. The scams and strategies presented run the gamut from old to new, from rank to sophisticated. Everything from marked cards and coolers to advantage play and electronic assistance is dicussed in detail. I’ve especially tried to address those million-dollar questions that come up over and over again, the questions that rarely get answered throughout an entire career. Is it possible to control the dice? What’s best way to shuffle and why? Do roulette dealers have signatures to their spin? 

    This work is not an encyclopedia or scams and strategies, nor is it intended to be. With certain techniques, such as false shuffles and card mucks, there are literally hundreds of variations. Describing them all doesn’t serve a useful purpose. In each area, I’ve tried to select a variety of moves that best illustrate that spectrum of technique. The same can be said of the Card Counting and Blackjack Advantage Play chapters. There is some unavoidable rehash, a genuine effort to give credit where credit is due, and I will try to point you in the direction of quality information for further study. Despite these concessions, the book will stand on its own merit. It’s a comprehensive guide. 

    There is also a fair amount of historical information presented, and for many gamers there’s a perceived antiquity with many of the older moves and scams. Don’t fall into this trap, and don’t underestimate the importance of a little history, as it will provide you with a deeper understanding of how scams, strategies, and procedures have evolved. This, in turn, may provide some sense of what to expect in the future. There is a time and place for every scam presented in this research. 

    There are many important game protection topics that don’t fit neatly into any of the specific game chapters. In the first chapter these topics are presented to set the tone and lay the groundwork for the detailed game information to follow. 

    After the games are covered, along with chapters dealing exclusively with card counting and advantage play (with a focus on shuffle tracking), we’ll look at many universal scams, especially marked cards. We’ll complete the work with a final chapter on the art of detection and related topics. You’ll also find a detailed bibliography of sources and recommendations-all the information you’ll need to continue your research. 

    The book was compiled sequentially, so each chapter should be read in order, yet studied as part of complete work. When you come across words and terminology from the cheater’s or player’s vernacular, definition are available in the glossary at the end of the book. 

    The book has been written from all capacities and levels of experience. If you are new to gaming herein lies an opportunity for you to separate fact from fiction, and to expand your game protection, this book will hopefully prove to be a helpful reference tool. 

    With hundreds of photos, stories, and sometimes colorful language, I hope you find the text both interesting to read and easy to understand. 

    When all is said and done, the primary goal of this work is to stimulate your interest and thinking about this very important industry topic. 

    The opinions expressed in this book are my own, I alone carry the responsibility. 

    – Steve Forte 

    Sample Book Chapters
     

    • Getting Started – Elements of a Scam
    • Blackjack
    • Card Counting
    • Advantage Play
    • Craps
    • Roulette
    • Baccarat
    • Asian Games/ Novelty Games
    • Poker
    • Universal Scams
    • Detection

    “Casino Game Protection is a landmark achievement and undoubtedly the most authoritative and definitive guide of its kind ever written…guaranteed to become an industry bestseller.”
    Ron Sheppard, Chairman, Grand Casinos Europa 

    “There has never been a more passionate, knowledgeable student of the game protection field. Steve deals with the topic like never before. Expect hard-hitting accuracy, detail, thoroughness, perspective, and more genuine knowledge of game protection than ever presented.”
    -Gary Saul, Legendary Casino Expert 

    “Steve’s knowledge and expert opinions on casino game protection have always been the industry standard. This comprehensive guide will fast become the bible on the subject, and belongs in the possession of everyone working in casino management and surveillance.”
    -Vic Taucer, President, Casino Creations 

    “I can’t think of anymore more uniquely qualified to write a treatise on casino game protection in this intelligent and insightful work, Steve describes all major scams and methodologies, debunks many industry myths and misinformation regarding the protection of casino games, and presents an amazing historical overview of casino game protection that spans many decades. A must read for law enforcement, surveillance, and casino operations personnel. The book will become a cornerstone in the continuing legacy of Steve Forte.”
    -George Joseph, President, Worldwide Casino Consulting 

    Pages 627 – Hardbound

     

    Chapter 1 – Getting Started
    Cheaters
    Advantage Players
    Other Games
    Elements of a Scam
    Electronic Player Assistance
    What is Cheating?
    Chapter 2 – Blackjack
    Mucking
    Switching
    Shiners
    Outside Check Moves
    Cutting Techniques
    Dealer/Agent Scams
    Coolers
    Peek/Flash Scams
    Inside Check Moves
    Strong Arm Cheating
    Shoe Moves
    Chapter 3 – Card Counting
    Short History
    Card Counting Fundamentals
    Card Counting Systems
    The True Count
    Playing Strategy
    Betting Strategies
    Bet Spread Mathematics
    Card Counter’s Bankroll
    Pseudo Counting Systems
    Counting Devices
    The Players
    Perspective
    Detection/Evaluation
    Chapter 4 – Advantage Play
    Playing Holecard
    Bottom Card Steering
    Playing the Turn
    Shuffle Tracking
    Playing Location
    Slug Tracking
    Sequence Tracking
    Pseudo Shuffle Systems
    Shuffling Machines 
    Science of Shuffling 228
    Perspective 236
    Chapter 5 – Craps
    Dice
    Crooked Dice
    Dice Switches
    Scams with Gaffed Dice
    Detection
    Controlled Dice Shots
    Outside Craps Moves
    Dealer/Agent Scams
    Stealing From the Box
    Setting the Dice
    Chapter 6 – Roulette
    Past Posting
    Outside Ball Manipulation
    Dealer/Agent Scams
    Gaffing the Wheel
    Biased Wheels
    Inspection
    Roulette Computers
    Visual Prediction
    Section Shooting
    Dealer Signatures
    Chapter 7 – Baccarat
    Slug Scams
    Strong Arm Cheating
    Card Counting
    Advantage Play
    Chapter 8 – Asian Games / Novelty Games
    Pai Gow
    Pai Gow Poker
    Sic Bo (Dice in Pairs)
    Novelty Games
    Chapter 9 – Poker
    Collusion
    Shuffle Scams
    Holding Out
    Strong Arm Cheating
    Chapter 10 – Universal Scams
    Subs
    Chip Cup
    Administrative Scams
    Marked Cards
    The Work: Inside Systems
    The Work: Outside System
    Other Methods
    Detection
    Chapter 11 – Detection
    Industry Line of Defense
    Table Game Procedures
    Detection Skills 
    Game Protection Mathematics
    Myths and Misconceptions
    Training, Sources, and Experts
    Future of Game Protection
    Final Thoughts
    Bibliography
    Contributors
    Glossary
    Index
  • $44.95

    Introduction Excerpt from Book:

    “How Gamblers Win or the Secrets of Advantage Playing Exposed is an important contribution to early American card-sharping literature. The earliest American expose on cheating is An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling with the author listed only as a”An Adept.” The third major contribution to this body of information was How Gamblers Win or the Secrets of Advantage Playing published in hard cover in 1865 and attributed to Gerritt M. Evans. When republished in soft cover a few years later. Evan’s name was omitted and the author was simply listed as “A Retired Professional.” Why the sudden need for anonymity? One can speculate that Evans may have experienced heat from the gambling/card-cheating fraternity (as did Green), but no one knows for sure.

    The first thing that grabs you with how Gamblers Win is the graphically stunning jacket design featuring a devil standing on a giant die with cards in one hand and a dice cup in the other. The caricature is spectacular and the cover alone make this title a favorite with collectors of antique gambling books. Next is the terminology “Advantage Playing” in the subtitle, employed by cheaters. Although Green and An Adept both referred to the advantages practiced by cheats, neither used the catch-all phrase of Advantage Play or Advantage Players as synonymous with cheating or cheaters. Evans was the first, I believe, and the terms were later adopted by other authors.

    How Gamblers Win presents a comprehensive treatment of the different advantages practiced by the professional sharper in short cards, banking games played with cards and dice, and gambling cons. There’s some limited history along with a “brief analysis of legitimate play” as stated on the title page. All of the popular games of the day are addressed with one striking omission. Faro, a game covered in detail by both authors previously mentioned…

    ..How Gamblers Win is a curious, revealing and important early card-sharping title that will make you want to pick up a deck of cards and explore the technical possibilities or pick up another book on cheating to make historical comparisons. It’s loaded with more than enough gambling moves to satisfy the technicians; plenty of historical relevance to appeal to the historians; and for those who read for entertainment, the work is replete with amusing metaphors, anecdotes and showy terminology. How Gambler’s Win is a bonafide classic and a cinch to become a showpiece in any gambling or card-sharping library.”

    -Steve Forte

    Pages 93 – Hardbound with Dust Jacket

  • $125.00

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    To date, this is the most comprehensive book written on Poker Protection. The chapters include:

    Chapter 1 – A Short History
    Games and Rules
    Cheating in the Cardrooms
    The Industry Evolves
    Chapter 2 -The Cheaters’ World
    Definition
    Cheaters – Who Are They?
    The Elements of a Scam
    Suckers
    Chapter 3 -Collusion
    Financial Independence
    Strategic Independence
    Chapter 4 -False Shuffle Scams
    Automatic Shufflers
    Casino False Shuffles
    Nullifying the Cut
    Shuffle Scams4
    Private Game False Shuffles
    Nullifying the Cut
    Private Game Shuffle Scams
    Chapter 5 – Holding Out
    Casino Game Scenarios
    Private Game Scenarios
    Mechanical Holdout Devices
    Holding Out and Inside Collusion
    Chapter 6 – Peeks, False Deals, Coolers, and More
    Peeks
    Flashing
    False Deals
    Tells for False Deals
    Shiners
    Coolers
    Partnership Switching and Capping Scams
    Chapter 7 – Marked Cards
    A Short History
    The Work – Inside Systems
    Outside Systems
    Defects, Unusual Systems, and Counterfeits
    Tests for Detection
    Chapter 8 – Other Forms of Poker
    Tournaments
    On-Line Poker
    Game Protection Concerns
    Chapter 9 – Protection/Detection
    Casino Game’s Line of Defense
    Poker Procedures
    Detection Skills
    Private Game
    Chapter 10 – Final Thoughts
    Perspective
    Game Protection Training
    Final Words
    Bibliography
    Glossary
    Index
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