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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
- Card Counting
- Advantage Play
- Asian Games/ Novelty Games
- Universal Scams
“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 – HardboundChapter 1 – Getting Started
Elements of a Scam
Electronic Player Assistance
What is Cheating?Chapter 2 – Blackjack
Outside Check Moves
Inside Check Moves
Strong Arm Cheating
Shoe MovesChapter 3 – Card Counting
Card Counting FundamentalsCard Counting Systems
The True Count
Bet Spread Mathematics
Card Counter’s Bankroll
Pseudo Counting Systems
Detection/EvaluationChapter 4 – Advantage Play
Bottom Card Steering
Playing the Turn
Pseudo Shuffle Systems
Science of Shuffling 228
Perspective 236Chapter 5 – Craps
Scams with Gaffed Dice
Controlled Dice Shots
Outside Craps Moves
Stealing From the Box
Setting the DiceChapter 6 – Roulette
Outside Ball Manipulation
Gaffing the Wheel
Dealer SignaturesChapter 7 – Baccarat
Strong Arm Cheating
Advantage PlayChapter 8 – Asian Games / Novelty Games
Pai Gow Poker
Sic Bo (Dice in Pairs)
Novelty GamesChapter 9 – Poker
Strong Arm CheatingChapter 10 – Universal Scams
The Work: Inside Systems
The Work: Outside System
DetectionChapter 11 – Detection
Industry Line of Defense
Table Game Procedures
Game Protection Mathematics
Myths and Misconceptions
Training, Sources, and Experts
Future of Game Protection
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.”
Pages 93 – Hardbound with Dust Jacket
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To date, this is the most comprehensive book written on Poker Protection. The chapters include:Chapter 1 – A Short HistoryGames and Rules
Cheating in the CardroomsThe Industry EvolvesChapter 2 -The Cheaters’ World
DefinitionCheaters – Who Are They?
The Elements of a Scam
SuckersChapter 3 -Collusion
Strategic IndependenceChapter 4 -False Shuffle Scams
Automatic ShufflersCasino False Shuffles
Nullifying the Cut
Private Game False Shuffles
Nullifying the CutPrivate Game Shuffle ScamsChapter 5 – Holding OutCasino Game Scenarios
Private Game Scenarios
Mechanical Holdout Devices
Holding Out and Inside CollusionChapter 6 – Peeks, False Deals, Coolers, and More
Tells for False Deals
Partnership Switching and Capping ScamsChapter 7 – Marked Cards
A Short History
The Work – Inside Systems
Defects, Unusual Systems, and Counterfeits
Tests for DetectionChapter 8 – Other Forms of Poker
Game Protection ConcernsChapter 9 – Protection/Detection
Casino Game’s Line of Defense
Private GameChapter 10 – Final Thoughts
Game Protection Training