Croupier
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May 12th, 2012 at 11:20:13 AM permalink
A fun article about casino cheats.
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odiousgambit
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May 13th, 2012 at 3:03:08 AM permalink
Love this stuff, thanks. Although I would say the author was more interested in injecting humor than getting the story right. At least the Ron Harris story suggests this would be the case, since he shortens the story to omit that cheating at Keno is what did him in.

I greatly value my integrity and would never attempt to cheat like any of these stories. So why do I like reading them? I guess that means I can recognize another side of me that I have to suppress. Either that or the temptation has to involve extremely large amounts of money with an element of "can't get caught"! [g]
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
LonesomeGambler
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May 13th, 2012 at 7:42:20 AM permalink
Cool, the number one "cheat" was a move that the author admits was not considered cheating at the time it was employed, and then he goes on to call Taft's teammates "cheats" a few paragraphs later. The use of computers to aid in playing casino games was deemed cheating and subsequently made illegal in Nevada in 1985, FWIW.
Croupier
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May 13th, 2012 at 12:43:55 PM permalink
The article was form a mainly comedy website. I thought the trade off in accuracy was worth it for the humour.
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LonesomeGambler
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May 13th, 2012 at 3:04:09 PM permalink
Fair enough. I get a laugh from time to time from that web site, for what it's worth!
ahiromu
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May 13th, 2012 at 3:28:18 PM permalink
I found #2, chip sleight of hand, to be absolutely genius. I always wondered why chip designs are intricate on the sides, never really hit me until now.
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dwheatley
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May 13th, 2012 at 6:09:11 PM permalink
This is my favourite line from the article:

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The only reason anyone knows about it is because once he was rich enough to retire, Marcus wrote a damn book about his life as a casino cheat.



Having not read the book, I wonder what the story is behind this. How do you admit to a series of felonies without serving serious time? One hell of a deal, I'm sure.
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Ibeatyouraces
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May 13th, 2012 at 6:20:59 PM permalink
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DUHHIIIIIIIII HEARD THAT!
buzzpaff
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May 13th, 2012 at 7:27:28 PM permalink
How does Sammy The Bull walk away with time served for 20+ murders ?
LonesomeGambler
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May 13th, 2012 at 9:12:41 PM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

Statute of limitations is my guess.

If I'm not mistaken, he lives overseas. Off the coast of France, I seem to recall? He certainly has warrants out for his arrest in the US, but nothing that would really demand extradition. I could be wrong, but I seem to remember reading this somewhere.

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