Poker Protection

    Steve Forte

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My buddy Steve's at it again. Without a doubt Steve Forte is the world's leading expert at any type of cheating. His book "Casino Game Protection" has become the industry standard at all of the major casino's to train their employee's. Now Steve's tipping the work on what is simply the hottest game in the world...Poker.

Poker Protection Cheating and the World of Poker, is a significantly, expanded follow-up study to the acclaimed “Casino Game Protection - A Comprehensive Guide” that exclusively explores the game of poker. It presents the topic of cheating with scope and objectivity, covers a wide range of scams employed by both amateurs and professional cheaters, provides important perspective and historical background, and makes the clear distinction between the casino/card room game and the home/private game providing players, dealers, and industry executives with the first, modern treatment of cheating and its impact on the game.

Poker Protection was written for gamers and players, for all capacities and levels of experience, but primarily, it was written for anyone hungry for knowledge.

If you perform card magic you know that every time you pull out the old pasteboards the first question is either "do you play poker" or "can you tell me how to cheat at cards" or if you want to become my partner and move to Vegas." I think this is a must read for magicians. You definitely need to educate yourself so that at least in conversation you are "an expert." I guarantee you've never heard about the techniques, strategies and methods Steve tips that are used to take home everybody else's money.

Table of Contents

The following extended table of contents has been provided for you to browse the full range of information presented.

Poker Protection - Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 – POKER, A SHORT HISTORY
Games and Rules
Draw Poker
Stud Poker
Texas Hold’em and Variations

Cheating in the Cardrooms
Early Nevada Cardrooms
Gardena, California - Poker Capital of the World
The Industry Evolves

CHAPTER 2 - THE CHEATERS’ WORLD

Casino Cheaters and Private Game Cheaters
Specialists, Modern Cheaters, Reformed Cheaters, Road Hustlers, The Elite

Professionals and Amateurs
Knowledge, Experience, Judgement, Planning, Innovation, Technique, and Social Skills

Crews (Organization)
Captain, Takeoff Man, Mechanic, Support Players, The Inside Man

Motivation

The Elements of a Scam
Inside Collusion / Employee Theft
The Turn
Psychology
Signals
Gambling Moves - Purists, Technical Perception
Crooked Gambling Equipment - Electronic Cheating

Suckers

CHAPTER 3 - COLLUSION

Financial Independence
Strategic Independence
Local Courtesy
Playing Top Hand
Crossfire / Whipsaw / Middling

Prearranged Strategies
Sharing Cards
Other Partnership Scams
Playing Cousins
Perception
Collusion in Different Games

CHAPTER 4 - FALSE SHUFFLE SCAMS

Automatic Shufflers

Casino False Shuffles
Culling
Scramble / Wash
Slug Controls - The Short Shuffle, False Boxing/Stripping
Full Deck Controls - Push-Through / Pull-Outs (Strip Outs), Zarrow Shuffle
Nullifying the Cut

Shuffle Scams
The Kill
The Slug Scam - Seven-Card Stud, Hold’em, Bad Beat Jackpots
Stacking the Deck - Lay Stack, Pickup Stack, Riffle Stack
Dealing Known Holecards
The Perfect Shuffle
Peek Stack
Deal’em Back
Double Duke
Laying the Flop/Board Cards
The Delayed Stack, Slug, or Cooler
Chip Rack Cooler

Private Game False Shuffles
Overhand Shuffle
Off-The-Table Riffle Shuffle
Culling
False Overhand Shuffles - Slug Controls, Center Slug Controls
False Off-The-Table Riffle Shuffles - Slug Controls, False Cuts, Full Deck Controls
Nullifying The Cut
Shifts
Hops
Holding Out for the Cut
Laying Briefs - Without a Partner, With a Partner
Partner False Cuts

Private Game Shuffle Scams
Overhand Shuffle Stacking - The Haymow (Milk Shuffle), Injog / Outjog, Formula Stacking
Bottom Slug Stacking
Riffle Stacking - Bottom to Top Stacking, Top to Bottom Stacking, Slip Cut Stacking
Advanced Riffle Stacking
Laying the Set/Slug
Double Duking
Other Methods
Locators

CHAPTER 5 - HOLDING OUT

Methods and Considerations

Casino Game Scenarios
Seven-Card Stud, Hold’em

Private Game Scenarios
Five-card Draw

Mechanical Holdout Devices
Kepplinger Knee-Spread
Beanshooter
Slick Sleeve
Short Sleeve
Playing the Shirt
Bugs
Table Holdouts

Holding Out & Inside Collusion

Countermeasures

The Deck is Short!

CHAPTER 6 - PEEKS, FALSE DEALS, COOLERS and MORE

Peeks
Top Card Peeks - Back Peek (Heel Peek), Bubble Peek, Little Finger Peek, The Two-Down Peek
Bottom Card Peeks
Shuffle Peeks
Flashing

False Deals
The Second Deal
The Bottom Deal
The Greek deal
The Center Deal
Other False Deals
Tells for False Deals

Shiners

Coolers
Casino Coolers
Private Game Coolers - Dealer Cooler, Cutter Cooler

Partnership Switching and Capping Scams
Private Game Techniques
The Spread
The Brush
The Snatch
Discard Switching
Capping the Deck

Other Scams
Double Discarding
Playing Heavy
Switching the Dealer’s Hand
Casino Variations
Check Copping
Sending the Hand Over
Cheap Shots
Theft

CHAPTER 7 - MARKED CARDS

Short History & Background
The Plastic Card
Poker and Marked Cards - Combinations, Reading the Work, Card Control
Marking Systems: How Many are There?

The Work - Inside Systems
Blockout, Enlarged Diamond, White Diamond, Scroll / Line Work, White Ink
Cutout
Shade - Line Shade, Juice, White Flash, Partial White-On-White, Natural White-On-White
Sorts
Trims
Sand / Scratch
The Shine
Luminous Readers
Rounders
Touch Work - Punch, Rough and Smooth, Blackline, The Flex
Strippers

Outside Systems
The Bend
Daub & Daub Substitutes
Nail Marking
Knockoff Sticks
Unusual Systems, Defects, and Counterfeits

Tests for Detection
Box/Wrapper
Order/Pip Configuration
Manufacturer’s Code on the Ace of Spades
Ribbon Spread
Riffle Test
Size Test
Angled Light
Bevel Test
Shade Tests
Gun/Squeeze Test
Comparison Test
Touch Test
Filters
Black Lights
The Eyes
Evaluate the Play
Other Methods

CHAPTER 8 - OTHER FORMS OF POKER

Tournaments
Trading Pieces
Final Table deals
Chip Dumping and Related Scams
Other Tournament Scams
Tournament Rules
Rebuy Tournaments

On-Line Poker
Game Protection Concerns
Lack of Regulatory Oversight and Legislative Protection
Random Number Generators (RNGs)
Programmers and the Number #1 Myth
Collusion
One-Person Collusion
Multiple Accounts in Tournaments
They Can See My Holecards!
Computer Players (Bots)
Computer Analysis
Poker Cheat Products
Other Problems

CHAPTER 9 - PROTECTION / DETECTION

Casino Game’s Line of Defense
Cardroom Manager
Shift Managers and Floor Supervisors
Dealers
Surveillance
Law Enforcement / Gaming Control Boards / Outside Investigative Agencies
Players

Poker Procedures
Which Procedures are Best?

Dealing the Game
The Scramble / Wash
The Riffle Shuffle
Stripping the Deck
Boxing the Deck
The Best Shuffling Procedures
The Cut
The Deal
The Discards
Game Management

Detection Skills
Game Protection Philosophy
Awareness
Working game Protection Knowledge
Avoiding the Myths and Misconceptions
Identifying the Crooked Game
Suspicions
Detection Tips

The Player’s Checklist - Casino Game
The Cardroom and Management
Dealers and Players
Basic Rules and Procedures
Scramble / Wash, Shuffle, Cut, Deal
Protecting Your Hand
The Deck Hand
Discards
Your Opponents’ Hands
Playing Cards
The Games
Taking a Closer Look at Yourself

If You Detect Cheating in the Casino Game

Private Games
General Rules
Other Considerations
Equipment
Cheating in Private Games
Protecting Yourself

The Player’s Checklist - Private Game
Location and Game Environment
Who’s Running the Game
The Game’s History
House Dealers & Players
Professional versus Private Game Procedures
Dealing the Game
Protecting Your Hand
The Playing Cards

If You Detect Cheating in a Private Game

CHAPTER 10 - FINAL THOUGHTS

Perspective
Paranoia
The Game’s Reputation
The Incidence of Cheating

Game Protection Training & Further Research

The Future of Poker
The Games
Players
Cheaters
Poker Technology
Online Poker
Final Words

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