Cheating (casino)

Cheating (casino)

Cheating in casinos refers to actions by the house or the player which are prohibited by regional gambling control authorities. This may involve using suspect apparatus, interfering with apparatus, chip fraud or misrepresenting games. The formally prescribed sanctions for cheating depend on the circumstances and gravity of the cheating and the jurisdiction in which the casino operates. In Nevada, for a player to cheat in a casino is a felony under Nevada law. In most other jurisdictions, specific statutes do not exist, and alleged instances of cheating are resolved by the gambling authority who may have more or less authority to enforce its verdict.

Advantage play techniques are not cheating. Card counting, for example, is a legitimate advantage play strategy that can be employed in blackjack and other card games. It is not cheating to use any form of devices to aid advantage play, except in Nevada, where auxiliary devices have been outlawed due to the unique ability of the large Nevada gambling industry to influence legislation. In almost all jurisdictions, casinos are permitted to ban from their premises customers they believe are using advantage play, regardless of whether they are in fact doing so and even though it is not cheating.


Methods of cheating by casinos

Using a rigged roulette wheel.
Using a deck of cards with non-standard composition.
Using a Cold deck.
Short paying, not paying or confiscating winning bets or refusing to pay jackpots.
Using loaded dice.
Using rulesets not sanctioned by a gambling control authority.
Using slot machines which pay lower than the statutory minimum.
Directing vexatious claims of cheating against a winning player in order to prevent them encashing their chips.
False advertising by not paying advertised promotions
Mail fraud or sending a mail offer but not honoring the offer once the customer is at the casino, also called bait and switch
Rigged video poker machines, such as the Vegas "American Coin Scandal"
Rigged drawings, such as at The Venetian, Las Vegas
Corrupt regulators, such as Ronald Dale Harris
Taking back casino comps previously won by customers
Mechanic's grip, dealing seconds, etc.
MindPlay, or using a computer to gain an edge, which is illegal in most jurisdictions
Distracting the customers so that they make mistakes, through excessive noise, bright lights, escorts, alcohol and drugs, etc.

Methods of cheating by players

The methods for cheating in a casino are often specific to individual games and include

Past posting 
After a bet is won, one replaces smaller-denomination chips with large-denomination chips.
Hand Mucking 
Palming desirable cards, then switching them for less desirable cards that the gambler holds.
Marking Cards During Play 
Various methods.
Introducing Previously Marked Decks Into Play 
Usually involves "inside" help, i.e., the collusion of casino employees. There are many different ways to mark decks of cards, some of them very difficult to detect.
False Deals 
Ability to deal the second card from the top (used in conjunction with marked cards), or the ability to deal the bottom card of the deck (used in conjunction with placing desirable cards at the bottom of the deck.)
False Shuffles and Cuts 
Ability to seemingly mix and cut the cards while retaining certain cards or the whole deck in a desired order.
Shuffling Machines 
Various arraignment of the cards.
Slot Machines 
Methods exist for altering the outcome of slot machine games.
In poker games, the practice of two partners signaling to each other the values of their cards; this can be very difficult to detect. There is also such a phenomenon as dealer cheating at gambling world: a player bribes a dealer and they share the winning after the game. Though this method is rather risky for dealers, some of them do not mind to take part in it.[1]
Using auxiliary devices (in Nevada) 
In Nevada casinos, using any device which helps to forecast the odds or aid in an legitimate strategy such as card counting is regarded as cheating; such devices have been outlawed due to the unique ability of Nevada's large gambling industry to influence legislation. Auxiliary devices are not generally regarded as cheating and can be increasingly difficult to detect as electronic aids become smaller and easier to hide.
Top hat 
In Roulette, players place a bet after the ball has landed. The chips are disguised using a third party's chip - the top hat.

Prevention of cheating

Proper Procedure
This means certain standardized ways of shuffling cards, dealing cards, storing, retrieving and opening new decks of cards.
Eyes in the Sky
Most casinos are obliged to have an extensive array of cameras and recorders which monitor and record all the action in a casino, which can be used to resolve some disputes. Some casinos use facial recognition software to detect known cheats or card counters/advantage players as they enter the casino.
Casinos use software to analyze game play to uncover any unusual betting patterns or winning patterns and thus discern cheaters (as well as non-cheating card counters and socalled "advantage players" or winners).


See also


  • Forte, Steve. Casino Game Protection. SLF Publishing, 2004.

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