Friday, August 21, 2009

Online Gambling... and cheating at online poker

This blog post is long overdue. To be honest, I never intended to make a blog post about this, but here it is.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article titled Online Gambling, on CARDSHARK Online. The article got a lot of attention and I've received a decent amount of feedback. So, in case you've still haven't read it, and in case you ever gamble online (or play online poker, which some say is not the same thing as gambling) you may want to spend a few minutes reading what I had to say on the subject. Admittedly, I am not an expert on poker sites, or online gambling in general. But I do know that poker has a "criminal record," and we all know that poker sites operate outside the law and far from the gaming regulatory authorities. Not that I really put much faith in gaming regulatory authorities, but I do have an opinion about what you are likely to get when you let complete strangers (i.e. poker site owners) handle your money and self regulate. Well, we all know what happened with the banks that were left to self-regulate, in 2008/2009. And those were banks. Here, we're talkin' poker sites.

The article also talks about poker bots, how the work and how they can/may be used.

There are a lot of myths surrounding poker bots. But there are also some facts. The one fact that you can take to the bank is that no one in the right state of mind would be dumb enough to sell a poker bot that really makes money for the user. But there are always enough people that are dumb enough to buy one (sorry if I've offended anyone).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

SHARPS and FLATS: the Secrets of the Cardsharps, now online

It's been over two years since the last entry on this blog. Time flies...

Straight to the point. CARDSHARK Online just published a new web site SHARP and FLATS: the Secrets of the Cardsharps. Those of you that have interest in card cheating and crooked gambling know that Sharps and Flats is a classic gambling book, from the 19th century.

Sharps and Flats was written by John Nevil Maskelyne, and published in 1894. There are two versions of the first edition: the London edition and the New York edition. Although there have been other books written about crooked gambling, prior to Sharps and Flats, his book was the first thorough revelation of the secrets of cheating at games of chance and skill. In short, the book became an instant classic on the day of its publication.

Due to the fact that CARDSHARK Online is now celebrating its 10th anniversary, we decided to commemorate this by publishing the first online version of Sharps and Flats. The entire text of the book is in the public domain, now, so there are no copyright issues. This online edition is heavily annotated and in due time there will be plenty of extras, to update the materials.

Maskelyne died in 1917, a long time before anyone had ever heard of the internet. There is not doubt that if he were alive today, he would definitely have a web site of his own. So, last but not least, SHARP and FLATS is also published in honor of this great man.