Casino cheaters and how they did it

Casino cheaters and how they did it

Imagine playing a card game and being able to see all the cards in the dealer’s deck. That would be pretty crazy wouldn’t it? Well that’s pretty much what a group of people did by exploiting a major hole in the game of Baccarat.

Baccarat is a game where the dealer usually asks a player to cut the deck after he finished shuffling. When one member of this group would cut the deck he would drag the cut card over the top of the deck while separating them with his index finger. While doing this a tiny camera placed in his cufflink would record the card order. Of course he could do nothing with the photos he had just taken without actually seeing them.

So he would excuse himself and go to the bathroom where an accomplice would quickly analyze them and create a cheat sheet. Then the initial player would casually walk back to the game and win as much as he possibly could. At the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas this meant more than $1 million in one night. Although three of the members were caught and arrested in the Philippines, most of them are still out there and they continue to cause damage to other unknowing casinos.

Our second case is pretty old, taking place between 1972 and 1982. It revolves around a man named Keith Taft who built a small personal computer so he could cheat at blackjack. Make note of the fact that computers were still football-field sized monstrosities who had the computing power of a modern day calculator.

He would stash his electronic helper around his gut and he would control it through switches hidden inside of his shoes. During Blackjack games he would input the cards that were dealt into the computer. After some quick calculations the computer would transmit codes for the cards that remained in the deck through some LED lights that were hidden inside his glasses. I know, this all sounds like something out of a James Bond movie.

So there you have it, 2 ingenious ways of cheating that some truly dedicated people came up with. Although the grand majority of cheaters get caught, some still have so luck left and continue to roam casinos for nice but unfairly won payouts.


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