Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Blackjack Single-Card Switch

This is a Blackjack Dealer-to-Player Single-Card Switch. It involves one or more signals from the player, and a sleigh-of-hand maneuver by the dealer. The purpose of this switch is to cheat the house by making the player win.

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Dice "Chip" Switch

A dice switch used to cheat at casino craps.

The purpose of switching dice is to plant any of various types of crooked dice. Most people suspect a switch to happen during the actual roll. Although that is one way to switch dice it is not the only method. The fact is a dice mechanic has the opportunity to switch dice any time he touches them. One such opportunity is at the beginning of a hand, when the shooter is given a choice of five dice, and must choose two for the roll(s).

In this case I perform a switch during the initial selection of two dice. To better illustrate the switch I switch a pair of red dice into a green pair (for a game the cheat would use the same color dice, obviously). The dice used are regulation casino 3/4 inch size dice.

The entire switch consists of two maneuvers:

1. During the selection many craps players are known to rattle and roll the five dice in order to see which two may be the "lucky" ones (nonsense). I use this action as a cover for the actual switch, which happens at the end of the selection of the "lucky" dice (the "lucky" dice are easily recognizable on this video due to their green appearance).
2. Now I have to ditch the original two dice, so that I can shoot with a clean hand. To cover the ditch I toss a chip "for the boys" (this is commonly accepted to be for good luck - more nonsense). In the case of this video the actual ditch happens off camera. For this particular ditch I would need to have a special pocket sewn inside a jacket, and to perform the ditch correctly I would have to have been standing by an actual craps table. Since it was not practical for me to do this for this small video I chose to simulate the ditch by reaching off camera. However, such pocket is commonly called a "web" (by gamblers), or a "booster bag" (by shoplifters). Furthermore, I wanted the video to focus on what happens on the table, i.e. the switch, and not the ditch.

Once the dice are switched all that remains is to roll - this is the easy part. However, the job of the dice mechanic does not end here. Later he will have to perform yet another switch to clean up, i. e. to take the crooked dice out of the game so that they are not discovered.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Stud Second Deal

A second deal used to cheat at poker or casino blackjack.

This demo shows a typical crooked deal that could be used by a bustout dealer to deliver hit cards to the players in a single-deck blackjack game. In a gaming situation the dealer may gain secret knowledge of the top card. If the card is favorable for the dealer he may use this crooked deal to retain the card on top of the deck for future use.

In this demo the ace of spades is clearly shown on top of the deck. Then three cards are dealt face up, but the ace of spades remains on top of the deck.

In addition to blackjack this crooked deal could also be adopted for other games that require some of the cards to be dealt face-up. A good example would be stud poker.

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"Back Alley" Dice Switch

A slick single-handed dice switch used to cheat at street craps games.

I call this switch the "back alley" switch because is a switch that is most commonly used in street games. In order to execute this switch as best as possible the dice mechanic should shoot the dice on the ground while squatting. The cover for the move are the actual dice being rolled far away from the hand.

In order to keep all the action contained inside a small video frame, and in order to show a nice close-up shot of the hand, I did not roll the dice far off screen, as would be actually done in a game. Furthermore, I conclude the action with an additional action to reveal the original dice - in a game the mechanic would use one of several methods to ditch the dice.

For the purpose of clarity I switch a pair of red dice for a pair of green ones. Both pairs are regulation casino 3/4 size dice. It should be noted, however, that this switch would rarely be performed with such dice. Usually much smaller candy-store dice would most likely be used in a street game.

It should also be noted that this switch would most likely not be performed by the shooter. Cheats do not like to perform tricky moves when all eyes are on them. Instead the switch would most likely be performed by a bystander, who would casually toss the dice back to the shooter. The shooter could be a dupe, or one of the cheats from the gang.

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