- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Rge Publications; 1st edition (January 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0910575096
- ISBN-13: 978-0910575096
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Detect Casino Cheating at Blackjack 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Although cheating is rare in today's modern, highly regulated casinos, the proliferation of casinos throughout the U.S. and around the world has created new opportunities for crooked dealers, and new dangers for honest players. Never before has any casino insider revealed the hidden "tricks of the trade" of the scam artists. Zender describes in vivid detail the short deck, the cooler decks, the selective up card, switching the hole card, and dozens of other cheating techniques at casino blackjack that cheaters have been using for decades to separate honest players from their money. Dont make another bet until you know the game is on the level.
About the Author
Bill Zender, a former Nevada Gaming Control Agent, worked his way up through the Las Vegas casino industry. In his 20-year career, he worked as a dealer, a floor manager, a pit boss and a shift manager, before he became Director of Casino Operations and part owner of the Aladdin Hotel. Now a highly paid consultant to the industry, he is widely respected as an expert on table game protection. Blackjack is his specialty.
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Top customer reviews
The second area he focuses on is the methods casinos use to cheat, and how to detect them. I have played in casinos outside the US, and have personally seen casinos cheating (in Curacao). As a card-counter, I could have been financially wiped out if I played there unaware of what the casino did.
This book is a quick read - it is entertaining with the antecdotes, but also includes good documentation on how to identify cheating, including illustrations. Another book to consider if you play many casino games is "Casino Game Protection" by Steve Forte.
This book deals with a controversial subject -- insider cheating in casinos. Although the days of unregulated bust-out joints is over (at least in the US it is) it is not impossible to encounter some kind of cheating at casino blackjack tables. According to the author (who worked as a casino exec for a number of years), nowadays insider cheating in casinos is rare and it mostly happens by the floor staff running their own scams; not by the house running a scam against their customers. Even if the establishments are not to be blamed for such occurrences this book made some noise in the casino community simply because these establishments do not want the subject of the possibility of insider cheating even mentioned. I say, wherever money passes hands there will be some fast hands and the subject can not be ignored.
Those who are already familiar with some standard blackjack cheating techniques and strategies will have to read through some descriptions they already know. However, I still found some fresh ideas and even the author's opinion on the subject is well worth the read.