You know, I don't know...
Every alert sheet in the casino pit is from some casino's eye crew, not from outside agencies.
Maybe Grffin exists as some sort of remnant outfit, a shadow of its former great days; they had a lot of useful information (to casino operators, that is). But that info is becoming more dated every second.
I will say this:
1. if a casino can't manage its players by its lonesome, its in bad shape.
2. Casinos help one another. It just makes sense. An advantage player enemy to one casino is an enemy to all. (I use that word loosely).
3. Advantage Players don't have longevity: they get caught, they burn out, they join the other side (the good side?), they retire, they write a book, they set up an Internet site or forum (Not thinking mainly of Mike at all, but of Anthony Curtis, the Blackjack forum, etc.)
They (AP's) can even become spokesmen for the Gaming Industry - Max Rubin endorses Bad Beat Blackjack (invented by a very distinguished memeber here) for DEQ.
His quote - with smiling photo - on the product literature is:
"At last, a blackjack progressive side bet that makes the casino money while the players have more fun. Bad Beat Blackjack is a winner for everyone."
BJ counters and other AP's aren't cheaters...
The casinos often have a different opinion on that issue. A blackjack counter who varies his bets at even fairly low levels is still considered undesirable. Some Sweat The Money joints give heat and the shoulder tap to a counter at a five dollar table. It might dilute the value of a "black book replacement database" to have a five dollar counter be included in it but it could well enhance the wallet of the database owner.
@Dorothy - Griffin is still alive, called "Griffon Gold" now
Mr. Face, this is a most excellent response, which totally answers my question and gives even more insight than I could have hoped for.Quote: Face
@Dorothy - Griffin is still alive, called "Griffon Gold" now (or at least that's the name shown on the one we use, perhaps it's just denoting how "special" our version is). It still is filled with people from actual cheats (scammers, snatchers, cappers) to simple AP's. I don't know how superior Griffin was back in the day, from some of the comments it seems Griffin was THE blackbook. However nowadays, it's simply one of many tools we use in investigating people, and to my knowledge it hasn't been of any use at all to our operation. Basically, if an alert comes through, or someone is up to hijinks at our place, we run them through Griffin. 100% of the time (so far), they're not in there. It's probably the least useful of our resources, IMO. There's also a BOLO watchlist (BOLO = Be On Lookout For) which is just notices straight from casino's. They send info of a certain incident to the site, and the site forwards it to all casino's signed up for the service. In the last few years there's been a push from the guys who host the WGPC, and they're doing there best to...I can't really say "create", because they have no site, but they stay in contact with all sites that attend their conferences. Rather than continue the old stigma of "we got hit, let's keep it quiet so we don't get embarassed" they've encouraged people to open up their mistakes in an effort to educate and collaborate on how to stop it. It's my favorite of them all. Instead of a BOLO alert saying Joe Sunday capped at Casino X, it's a notice that he did it, then an explanation of how he did it, how they noticed it, how it was allowed to happen, and then a forum style commentary not unlike this one discussing what went wrong and how to put it right. Good stuff, but probably know one but protection personnel know about it.
Thank you so much.
Up until last year the maximum bet was $5 and on 2 occasions I saw players barred playing at a $5 min/max table. How asinine is that? No, not a SD game, but a 6 deck shoe, LOL! One was at LilyBelle's which closed after 6 months. Despite or because of the fees they were paying Resorts as a consulting firm.
Yeah, odious, that looks familiar. It's not exactly the same as ours, but reckon that it's close enough to call it so.
Mr. Face, this is a most excellent response, which totally answers my question and gives even more insight than I could have hoped for.
Thank you so much.
No problem, Ms. D. Happy to help =)