Casino scammer used infrared contact lenses to read marked cards

By Shawn Knight
Sep 30, 2013
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  1. For as long as there are casinos and gambling establishments, there will be people trying to cheat them. The latest cheater story includes everything you’d expect to see in a big-budget Hollywood film – the French Riviera, marked playing cards,...

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  2. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,810   +884

    Wow, the things people will do for money...
  3. Greed is really some people downfall, he could win like 15.000 a month, just one night every 1-2 month at the casino, leave without suspicions, repeat and have a more than comfortable living pretty much forever
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,332   +381

    I used to count cards playing Blackjack and was busted by one casino. Very embarrassing. But I did win a few bucks doing before I decided the effort wasn't worth what I was getting.
  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 961   +84

    This was interesting! It's a good story because they didn't catch the technology. Instead, they caught the guy based upon his behavior. Just old fashioned greed caused him to become noticed. Seeming like if he would have been somehow aware of his outside appearance he might still be in the game.
  6. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 632   +116

    I am pretty sure that's how they catch 99% of the cheaters, not by seeing them do it but by seeing what the statistics say. Even if the guy came in and won 15,000 every month as guest suggests I would bet he would still get caught. That's an obvious pattern if you were to see the data of all the players who come in each month. I think gambling is ultimately foolproof in the long run because numbers don't lie.
  7. I dont know what is the problem with "counting cards"

    its not like we are using any device or something, we are using our brain, if the employees of casino have problem, would they tear our brain apart? no.

    that rule is sh**..
  8. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 632   +116

    Their game, their casino, their rules! Perhaps you could start a casino where counting cards is legal. Or to save time you could just give me all your money now.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,818   +1,431

    Forgive my ignorance, but is counting cards simply not part of the strategy to playing any card game? I'll bet there is not one dealer that doesn't do the same.
  10. Card counting is completely legal. They can't take your winnings, but they can ban you from playing at the cosino
  11. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TechSpot Guru Posts: 632   +116

    I am by no means a card games expert, but I believe true "card counting" only really applies to blackjack where you assign points to certain sets of cards. You then keeping a running count based on what hands have been dealt and it helps you beat the house edge. That's simple way but you can make it as confusing as you want really depending on how accurate you want to be. There's no marking of cards or anything. In a casual game I guess this is fine but the casino's get pissed real quick when you mess with the house edge. In this case I would guess he was playing some form of poker since he "folded". Traditional card counting does not really work in poker. You have to mark cards like this fellow did so there's not much brain to it, much different that blackjack card counting.

    It's all very fascinating. Basic card counting is relatively easy with practice, (despite hollywood's depiction that you have to be a savant) but some of the advanced systems really take a lot of brain power, especially if you want to do it and still sit there all casual like, like your just another patron.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Card_counting
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  12. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 194   +24

    How did the casino know he folded when he had a "good" hand?
  13. Obzoleet

    Obzoleet TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 166   +7

    Cameras in the table
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,935   +726

    I used to count cards as well and I kept coming up with the number 52. It got boring so I stopped. :)
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  15. jagdpanzerIV

    jagdpanzerIV Newcomer, in training

    Sounds like something from a novel or spy movie,
  16. Steven Childs

    Steven Childs Newcomer, in training

    Don't ever cheat, that is not cool! Use your memory to count cards and make your best move, that is real fun.


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