World Game Protection

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Social engineering is the art of manipulating people into divulging confidential information (in the case of computer hacking), performing an action or agreeing to an arrangement that is not in their best interest. There's an old adage that covers this situation: "If it looks too good to be true, normally it is too good to be true."
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While most casino table games are at risk of being beaten by advantage players, blackjack side bets have game protection problems that few acknowledge and even fewer understand. With so many side bets available and so many ready to come to market, the turnover rate for blackjack side bets is very high, making them a game protection enigma.
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Our industry is so focused on card counting that sometimes we fail to notice the non-counting advantage play. The player return of the following advantage play technique’s “crush” the return experienced by the professional level card counter.
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I have been preaching for some time that there is a new world of game security having to do with proprietary table games and side bets. With the flood of new games in the market, there is hardly time to keep up with the new opportunities. Every popular game needs to be analyzed for advantage play.
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The gaming world was in a dither after Dr. Eliot Jacobson published his finding on EZ Baccarat’s Dragon 7 side bet on the Wizard of Odds website last year. Eliot’s information pointed out that the Dragon 7 side bet was susceptible to card counting, but then again, all side bets on deck depletion dependency games (i.e., blackjack and baccarat) are subject to card counting. It’s whether or not they can be counted profitably.
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The question of why advantage players do what they do is answered in the popular media by images of glitz, glamour, parties, piles of chips, cat and mouse, and youth. The motive is greed and the timeframe is now. But there is another class of advantage players (APs) who definitely do not fit in this Hollywood stereotype. I’m talking about the professional APs – the lifetimers.
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With years of blow back from what comes out of my big mouth, I have come to the conclusion that companies that create proprietary games often don’t know their game’s weaknesses, don’t want to know their game’s weaknesses, and don’t want anyone else talking about their game’s weaknesses.
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Nightmares happen in our industry all the time. The following is a scenario that could happen in your casino and is “loosely” based on a real incident. This narrative is meant to help educate, and not to embarrass any parties who were involved.
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From time to time the question of card counting in baccarat comes up. Because baccarat is dealt from a shoe, it follows that the odds for the banker/player/tie bets change as cards are dealt. As more and more cards are dealt, a counter will get an ever more precise estimation of the composition of the cards that remain.
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During this past July, a husband and wife team from Argentina allegedly beat several Las Vegas Strip casinos out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by using a dice cheating technique known as a “dice scoot” or “dice slide.”
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