Card counting – putting the threat into perspective

•How does it work?

•How do we detect card-counters?

•BJ Voice Survey – will this protect us?

•What can we do to make card counting ineffective?

•Really, how serious is the threat in today’s games?

•How much can a competent card-counter make per hour

Shuffle Tracking - professional level techniques

•How does it work?

•Can our software detect shuffle tracking?

•What makes a shuffle vulnerable to shuffle tracking?

•What is clump tracking?

•What can we do to detect shuffle trackers?

•What are we looking for?

•What can we do to make shuffle tracking ineffective?

•How much can a competent shuffle tracker make per hour?

Ace Sequencing – the Holy Grail of advantage play

•How does it work?

•Can our software detect ace sequencing techniques?

•What do we look for if we suspect ace sequencing?

•What makes a shuffle vulnerable to ace sequencing?

•How much can a competent ace sequencer make per hour?

We will look at all the above and more – drilling down into the math behind all these advantage play techniques.  

One-2-Six auto-shuffler – cutting away the hype

•How does the One-2-Six work?

•Is it a truly random shuffler?

•Can an advantage be gained by counting?

•Can an advantage be gained by shuffle tracking?

•Can an advantage be gained by ace sequencing?

Analyse the One-2-Six in depth and watch a real player sequencing aces through the One-2-Six with great success.

Have an in-depth look at the recent report regarding counting the One-2-Six and put this threat into perspective.

Rebate on loss – how to turn this into one of the most lucrative of advantage plays

See how a couple of blackjack players pulled the wool over a casino’s eyes and drove a truck through their rebate-on-loss incentive.

Find out why they were so successful and how they turned a low variance game into a high variance game.

Device use – with a little help from Intel and Microsoft

•Can electronic devices produce a greater advantage than cerebral techniques?

•Will an electronic device turn an unskilled player into an advantage player?

•How do we detect device use?

•What counter-measures are available?

•How affective is Casino Guard and other detector/countermeasure systems?

An in-depth, hands-on look at several devices to help gain an understanding of the underlying principles.

Learn how the microprocessor and a competent cerebral advantage player differ in their approach to the game.


Biased wheels – are there still any left out there?

•What is a biased wheel?

•Is biased wheel play or ‘wheel watching’ the same as ‘clocking’?

•What causes a wheel to become biased?

•How many spins do I need to record to be sure that I have an exploitable bias?

•How do I identify biased wheel play – what are the ‘tells’?

•What countermeasures can I employ against a biased wheel player?

•How much money can a biased wheel player make per hour?

The Drop Zone – it’s easier to find a drop zone than a random wheel

•How do prediction techniques differ from biased wheel play?

•What causes a wheel to become a target for prediction?

•How do I identify a suitable target for prediction?

•How do prediction techniques work?

•How do I identify ‘wheel clockers’?

•How much money can they make per hour?

•What countermeasures can I employ to neutralize prediction techniques?

Electronic devices - prediction for the masses?

•How do roulette computers work?

•How effective are they?

•How are they deployed?

•How do I identify device use?

Look at several vastly different types of roulette prediction devices from around the world and use side-by-side comparisons to determine their accuracy.

Actually use these devices to predict roulette – the only way to really understand how they work is to do-it-yourself.

Baccarat – Punto Banco

Can baccarat be beaten without cheating?

•Is baccarat a target for professional advantage players?

•What are the conditions that make baccarat a target for advantage players?

•What is ‘first card advantage’?

•What is second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth card advantage?

•How is card knowledge obtained?

•How is card knowledge exploited?

•How do I identify advantage play at baccarat?

•How much money can be made per hour?

•Can shuffle tracking be used in baccarat?

Electronic device use in Baccarat

•How do baccarat computers work?

•How are they deployed?

•How do I identify computer use?

•What sort of device do I use to obtain card knowledge?

•What are the signs that someone is using a device to obtain card knowledge?


If you’re getting air under the hole card, someone’s getting under it

•Why is Three-card-poker very, very attractive to the professional?

•How is 3CP beaten?

•What are the conditions that make 3CP exploitable?

•How do I identify hole-card play?

•What can I do to neutralize 3CP advantage players?

•How much money can they make per hour?

Candid Camera

•How do players obtain hole-card information?

•What is hole-card information worth?

•How are cameras and transmitters deployed?

•How do I identify camera use?

•What is the modus operandi of a camera team?

View footage of several camera team operations and participate in hands-on demonstrations of current professional camera equipment.

Card Marking

Super high security inks, phosphors and powders are finding their way into the lucrative business of marking cards in high-stakes games and games with high progressive jackpots.

Look at several ways to mark cards in live play, some of which cannot be detected by conventional ultra-violet or infrared detection techniques.

The math

Getting a legal edge is all about the math.

If we don’t understand the underlying math behind our games we stand little chance against professionals who do.

We take a close look at Standard Deviation and volatility together with running simulations and combinatorial analysers to see what can and will happen to our expected win rate.

See just how dangerous it is to assume that our edge will take care of itself.

Examine the ‘long run’ to determine just how long it is and if we are prepared for it.

Determine our edge on every game and put it into perspective – learn how professional advantage players narrow or reverse the house edge.

Look at cold, hard data and let the numbers speak for themselves.

What’s next?

Looking into the crystal ball

There’s no doubt that the gaming industry lags behind professional players when it comes to discovering and exploiting holes in math and procedure, but many of these holes have been plugged and more will be plugged as we educate ourselves.

Does this mean that professional advantage players will give up and get a real job?


As games get tighter and casinos more aware, the professional advantage player continues to develop more innovative ways to beat them.

Is the casino industry shooting itself in the foot by relying too heavily on technology to protect them?

The algorithms for many EGM systems, TITO, auto shufflers, progressives etc. are held in removable EPROMs, EEPROMs and microprocessors – how safe are they?

Is a technician going to be the next conduit to riches?

Getting an edge with off-the-shelf consumer goods

There was a time when if you wanted to do some covert processing or other electronic chicanery, you had to make it yourself – no mean feat, it required skill in electronics and machine code programming.

These days you can do all the processing you need on an unmodified cell phone.

Camera transmitting and recording systems with better than DVD resolution and small enough to fit into a key fob or cigarette lighter can be bought on the Internet for less than twenty bucks.

We will look at many of these devices and try and guess what will be around next month

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