By Allan Kronzek
It’s no information that dishonest pervades American tradition. americans cheat on taxes, exams, activities and spouses. however the biggest area for dishonest should be on the poker desk! With an envisioned 60-80 million americans enjoying poker each week—for the top stakes ever—you might be certain that no longer everyone seems to be enjoying by way of the principles! during this attention-grabbing examine the cardboard sharper’s art—from its origins in Renaissance Italy to the high-tech tools of today—deception specialist Allan Kronzek unearths fifty two of the main diabolical scams ever invented. issues contain codes and signaling platforms, hidden cameras and miniature ear items, fake shuffles, cuts and offers, peeking and flashing, deck and card switches, culling, speedy stacks, marked playing cards, “location play,” the “cooler,” and dozens of alternative devious units. each one bankruptcy zeroes in on a unmarried dishonest thought and gives specialist suggestion on easy methods to spot and foil the rip-off (when possible!). You’ll research the secrets and techniques of colour, flash, and juice—the subtlest marking structures; why slicing the playing cards doesn’t warrantly a good deal, how a crooked broker can stack the flop in carry ‘em, why on line casino card rooms will not be a hundred% secure, and the way dishonest crews weigh down the competition with no marked playing cards or sleight of hand. completely illustrated and researched, and enlivened with historic sidebars, fifty two how one can Cheat at Poker is key interpreting for someone who performs playing cards for cash— or an individual drawn to the creative methods cheats thieve your cash whereas showing to do not anything in any respect.
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Indeed, even if you suspect what’s going on, there’s no evidence to uncover, no card up the sleeve, no slug of high cards on the bottom of the deck, no prearranged winner. Attention, therefore, must be focused on the procedures leading up to the deal, as the deal itself is legitimate. Are discrete packets of discards being kept off to the side? Do these end up on top of the pack, or the bot- R 14 52 Ways to Cheat at Poker tom? Watch for the basics discussed elsewhere: crimps, bridges, false shufﬂes, and bogus cuts.
The cheat uses both hands to lift the inner ends of the pocket cards. The left hand, holding the inverted deck, is apparently there to prevent exposing the cards to the player on the left. At this moment, the card is peeked (Fig. 3). A peek can also be made with the deck perpendicular to the table and close to the body. In that case, the move needs more cover. Some sharpers keep a drink or a stack of chips to their left for just this purpose. As the right hand moves across the body to pick up the drink, the left hand “gets out of the way” Fig.
Take note of the player who habitually drops out before his deal and aggressively goes after the deadwood. Does he toy with the discards, changing their order? As noted earlier, culling procedures often go unnoticed because they take place out of frame. The same is true for these stacking procedures. The more you pay attention to what goes on between hands, the better the chances of catching this kind of thief. ♣♦♥♠ 12 MARKED CARDS—AN INTRODUCTION They read ’em. You weep. —Frank Garcia M arked cards—also known as paper and readers—are responsible for stealing more money than all other cheating methods combined.