Introduction Casinos offer freebies to some of their players as a way of building loyalty and keep gamblers coming back. These include things like free meals, hotel rooms, slot play, and free bets. In order to track play to give comps, casinos require their players to use a player’s card. Should advantage gamblers use these … More Should You Use a Player’s Card?
Introduction In an earlier post, I explained that casinos cheat sometimes, even though a rational person would not do this. In another post, I explained that regulators are rarely helpful if a casino does something wrong, because they are funded with casino taxes. In my first post in this series on cheating methods, I talked … More Cheating Methods: Short Shoes
Introduction The books for card counters mostly talk about the method of counting. What system to use, index plays, how to spread your bets, etc. Less is written about getting away with card counting. And very little is written specifically about heat: what heat looks like, how it starts, how to react to it. Heat is … More How To Handle A Back Off
Introduction In my previous post, I challenged the idea that casinos do not cheat. They do. Regulators generally do not care. It gets worse. Authorities, such as police officers and prosecutors, often favor casinos. This post describes some ways that the authorities treat players unfairly, or even assist casinos in illegal, immoral, or nefarious activity. Casinos … More Authorities Favor Casinos
Introduction In my previous post, I discussed the reality of casino cheating. The reality is that casinos often do things that we, as players, would be punished for doing. This post exposes one of the allegedly legal methods that casinos can use to cheat their players: preferential shuffling. The House Advantage The house advantage in … More Cheating Methods: Preferential Shuffles
Introduction I constantly hear APs tell me the standard opinion that “casinos are heavily regulated, they would never think of cheating.” Here’s how the reasoning goes: Casino licenses are valuable Casinos have regulators constantly scrutinizing their every move Therefore, the cost of being caught cheating is higher than the gain from cheating Therefore, casinos don’t … More Guess What…Casinos Cheat!
Introduction This series of posts is dedicated to killing sacred cows about “cover” (I use quotes because I think even the basic mental assumptions of cover advice are bad). The purpose of these posts is to challenge the conventional wisdom on cover, and shamelessly sell our class “Getting Away With It.” A Flawed Paradigm Nearly … More Cover Part I: Cover Plays