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Month: November, 2013

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Sorts are my personal favorite type of marked cards. They are actually not even marked – at least not by any conventional means of altering the cards. In effect, they are marked by altering the entire deck. Sorts, also known as assorted cards, or sorted decks can be divided into two most-popular categories: white-border sorts, and border-less sorts. In addition cards can be separated into different groups by color, texture and some other inconsistencies. Let’s begin by examining a border-less Bee deck. infrared marked cards

One can purchase many decks of cards and divide (sorts) the cards into groups. On Bee backs the cards are factory-cut in such a way that the back design extends all the way to the edges of the cards. In fact, it would be almost impossible to cut them consistently. As a result every card looks different around the edges. The picture shows close up corners of three different cards.

One could almost say that the cards have already been marked at the factory, all one needs to do is sort them into groups. This is easier said than done. First of all, you never know how many decks to buy to be able to complete a sorting system; and you have no idea how many sorted decks you’ll end up with. The other challenge is that it is really hard to come up with a good system that is easy enough to use in a game. When a card has been cut to make the upper left corner in one way it automatically alters the lower right corner in the opposite way (that corner becomes the upper left if you turn the card around, which happens in the course of a game). All this needs to be taken into account while sorting the deck. So, only so many combinations can be used effectively. After all, sorts will only help if they can be read quickly and accurately.

For that reason cards should never sorted into too many groups: two groups is plenty (and practical), three groups is challenging, and four groups is already confusing and totally unnecessary. For a blackjack game one can gain a tremendous advantage by just grouping the cards into ten-value cards and non-tens. Same edge can be achieved by sorting the cards into high-cards and low-cards. In a two-group system the aces can either be grouped with the high cards (or tens) or the low cards (or non-tens). An additional edge can be gained by sorting the aces into its own separate group, or if a three-group system is achieved by sorting into lows, neutrals, and highs.

As mentioned above, sorts do not necessarily have to be of the all-over back design type. Cards with white borders are also cut inconsistently at the factory and therefore may be sorted into groups in pretty much the same way as already explained. It is also very likely that white-border sorts are far more common than border-less ones.

The photo on the left shows three cards that could be used for that purpose: the first card is centered, the second cards has a vertical and horizontal shift, and the third card has a counterclockwise rotation. Sorts with white borders are much easier to read, especially from a distance, but they do have two major disadvantages. First, they are more apparent and therefore easier to detect. Chances are low that anyone actually would spot them but they do present a slightly greater risk.

One of the reasons why US casinos use border-less cards is precisely because of the ease with which white-bordered cards could be sorted, and later played by casino cheats. Those same casinos use white-border cards on their poker tables, however, they do not have any stake in those games. Incidentally, there are so many security holes in poker games that a few sorts would probably not make a big difference anyway. luminosu contact lenses

The US Playing Card Company [USPCC] recently introduced Stinger™ cards. Stingers are simply Bee cards with white borders, except that the white borders are separated from the printed area by a faded edge, instead of the usual outline. This idea is an attempt to make it more difficult to spot the imperfections in the alignment of the back design. So, if you see Stingers in your next game I guess you should just sit back, relax and enjoy the show. I bet a lot of casino cheats are waiting in restless anticipation for the day casinos decide to switch to Stingers; I have a few decks and personally have little trouble spotting the misalignments.

The whole faded-edge idea is just a way to avoid the real issue. The issue is not the white border, the issue is good old quality control. However, it turns out that the USPCC is not having much success with the Stinger campaign anyway, so we’ll probably never see them in casinos (unless they decide to use them in poker rooms).

Another possibility of sorting a deck is to use decks purchased at different times; better say, manufactured a different times. The USPCC is notoriously inconsistent with the color of their cards. Two decks purchased only a few months apart may be of two slightly different shades of the same color. Although this inconsistency may be the pain in the necks for the painters who will always have to mix their matching dyes from scratch, it is a blessing for those who use sorts.

The inconsistencies can also be reflected in the grade of paper. I managed to find some older decks (circa 1995) that have been printed on off-white paper. In effect the off-white paper appears to have a yellowish tint when the cards are compared side by side. The inconsistency is weak enough to miss unless someone is to point out the subtle difference but it is just strong enough to stand out when the off-white cards are mixed in with brighter ones. This method can be used to mark (sort) all the face cards and aces, for example. Since the paper is most exposed along the white borders this method can easily be adopted for edge work.

I accidentally discovered yet another sorting possibility that works with KEM Plastic Cards. I’ve noticed that KEM cards can be drastically inconsistent with their finish. Some cards feel like rough sand paper, others feel smooth. (Such inconsistencies are also present with USPCC paper cards, manufactured at different times, but the inconsistencies are not as drastic as I have seen it with plastic KEM cards). You only have to sort cards into rough and smooth and you’re in business. However, this method is more of theoretical interest because KEM cards are very expensive so it is not practical, especially because the rough cards will eventually wear off.

Nevertheless, a friend of mine suggested a clever solution to group KEM cards into rough and smooth. He suggested the use of an abrasive cloth, such as the scrubby cloth used to wash dishes, to smooth-out the finish on some of the cards. Naturally, such procedure would no longer fall under the category of sorts.

Many poker rooms use plastic KEM cards. However, their procedures may often be stupid from the security point of view. Many card rooms want to use their plastic cards forever. They wash them and then they replace the damaged cards with new ones. Many smart cheats have recognized the value of such irresponsible procedures. For this reason some cheats damage cards on purpose because they know they will be replaced by new ones; sometimes replacement cards will look like they came from another deck (which, come to think of it, they did). This is better than planting your own paper; the management is actually helping you sort your own decks.

The presence of sorts is impossible to prove. Although very unlikely there is always the possibility that the cards were arbitrarily arranged in that way at the factory. Precisely the reason why sophisticated cheats like them.




Woodpecker remembers receiving money in the Chinese restaurant. This is one thing that everyone agrees on, although none of us really remembers what the amount of the transaction was. infrared marked cards

Two days later he remembers playing backgammon in our hotel room with Blowfish, Bill, and Craig. He remembers throwing the $7,000 on the bed, but doesn remember anyone in particular picking it up.

The crux of his argument is this: Woodpecker is known as a meticulous record keeper. We all know the story of him as a young man, taking a girl out for coffee and pulling out a small pad and writing offee 50 cents.

He claims that the only way there would be no record of this transaction in his books is if he repaid the loan within a couple days. Otherwise, he updates his books every week, and in counting his money he would have noted the extra $7,000 and entered it in his books as a transfer from Bill.

My team, on the other hand, has a reputation for keeping the worst books. When we tried to update them with Woodpecker in August of 87, we were originally off $80,000. Through 48 hours of painstaking work, we accounted for all that except $7,000 which we thought went to Woodpecker, and another $7,000 that we chalked up to currency fluctuations. (During the 14 months in question we were shuffling money around in four different currencies.)

Woodpecker also brought up the fact that Bill has no records at all because he burns them at the end of each bankroll. (So he抯 a little paranoid.) Woodpecker claims that as poor as our records are, we could have misplaced the money anywhere.


Bill remembers the money in the Chinese restaurant, doesn remember getting money in the hotel, although admits that they had all been rather stoned that night. He remembers having to meet Blowfish in the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. He thinks to give him money, but he unsure.


Remembers the restaurant, not the money in the hotel, and doesn remember meeting Bill in Las Vegas. Blowfish records are very well done and he has many transfers to and from people, but no transfer of $7,000 from Bill or anyone on our team.

At one point Blowfish stands up and says (in his best Perry Mason imitation), “Mr. Woodpecker, isn it true that when suffering a big loss you have been known to go back to your hotel room, and, shall we say, pleasure yourself?” Woody acknowledged this to be true. “And isn it true that on one occasion you found yourself insufficiently aroused and to remedy the situation you plunged your John Thomas into a bucket of ice?” card cheating

“Yes, but what does that have to do with anything?”

“Nothing, I just love telling that story.” So you can see that Blowfish was treating this proceeding with the respect he thought it deserved. After all, it wasn his money.

I was in the restaurant and remember Woodpecker receiving money. I wasn抰 in the hotel room or in Vegas.

Ahh, the missing evidence. CB, who was keeping our books at the time (or not keeping them), has a scrap of paper with the amount of cash each of us had at the beginning of that bankroll. Bill figure has been scratched out and a new figure is in its place that is $7,000 less than the old one. Over on the other side of the page is a scribble that says� “loan to Woodpecker.” Down in the lower left corner is written “$7,000 Korea.”

Craig claims we may not write things down very often, but when we do it must mean something! He claims this means that Bill gave $7,000 to Woodpecker, and Woodpecker would pay us back in Korea. No one else would figure that out from this scrap of paper, but he is the guy who wrote it.

At this point I must add that this is an honorable profession, and nobody would make up false records or lie just to get this money. Now our arbiters adjourned to make a decision.

I told CB at this point that I thought our case was pretty bad and maybe we should just withdraw our case. If they come back and say Woodpecker owes us $7,000, I going to feel bad and not want to take it. I don抰 think he owes it. I think Bill felt pretty much the same way, but Craig felt that we had come all this way and spent the time, so we might as well hear the decision. He felt the strongest because they were his records.

The arbiters decided that it was pretty much up in the air whether or not Woodpecker had paid us back, but decided slightly in his favor.

They awarded us 45%, or $3,150, and admonished us all to keep better books. It been over a week since Woodpecker transferred the money to Bill. As far as I know, no one has written it in their records.

[It should be noted that this journal entry is over a dozen years old and the Canadian dollar is worth nowhere near 93 cents anymore. Some casinos will still give a small premium on Canadian dollars, but it is nowhere near as profitable as it once was.] ♠

To Read More Stories About Professional Gamblers

For more stories about professional gamblers, see Arnold Snyder’s Big Book of Blackjack or his novel, Risk of Ruin, about professional blackjack hole-card players. It contains numerous scenes of blackjack hole-card and team steering plays based on Arnold Snyder’s playing experiences.

For interviews with professional gamblers, see Richard W. Munchkin’s Gambling Wizards: Conversations with the World’s Greatest Gamblers.

New Kind Of The Bingo Game: Internet Bingo

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How Outdated Is the Average On the web Bingo Player?

A lot of suppose that bingo is mostly preferred with an older demographic, but this assumption is proving to be untrue. Historically, gamers at bingo halls tended to be older and female, but the migration from bingo hall play to on the net bingo has dramatically impacted these stats. Bingo portal Bingo Port lately carried out an extremely helpful research which quantified the most prevalent age of an on the net bingo player – and the solution is guaranteed to surprise you. The most frequent age of members at on the net bingo web-sites is only 25.

It seems that that these under thirty comprise a sizeable portion of on the web bingo gamers, and webpage operators much continue being cognizant of this truth when it comes to their marketing and advertising campaigns. So why is on the web bingo significantly much more well-liked with young persons as were bingo halls? The primary solution relates to the truth that they younger generation grew up with the World-wide-web – and they tend to embrace all the things on line. Including the excitement of web page themes like individuals deployed by Bingo Hollywood, Gossip Bingo, Posh Bingo and Mecca Bingo along with promotional events only probable on line has brought bingo to a new degree.

Some Words About On-line Bingo Games
If you consider that Bingo is an effortless matter then glimpse at this article and judge the game for by yourself. There are categories as to the which means equally in the game, art, folks and the location. This form of game is broadly known in the United Kingdom the place the consumers there refer to it as the housey. It is described as a game where an unspecified selection of players mark off the numbers on a ticket as the numbers are getting named out. There is a variation concerning the game in UK and the game in US in the sense that the UK a single provides a thorough description of equally a typical housie and the small business feature of the game. The game in UK is recognized for its exhaustive checklist of calling the nicknames.

There are numerous Bingo Key terms that you are bound to encounter as you appear across this game. These Bingo keyword phrases are explained that they develop your overall performance of the game. Examples of this kind of keywords and phrases are the internet bingo, no cost bingo, bingo palace and several people that can not be listed here seeing that they are several. Bingo cards are regularly printed in strips of 6. A strip of 6 cards has each variety amongst 1 and 90. Quite a few of the persons normally get 4 cards that means that the other two cards are normally wasted. The provider that manufactures the bingo cards has worked out a way in that they print strips of 12 so that there would be much less waste, and so that any six tickets has all the numbers 1 to 90.

The Best Poker Players Of All Time

The best of anything is a matter of opinion and perspective, and this is absolutely true when trying to decide who are the best poker players. This also has to be broken into tournament play, cash game play, and the type of poker game. Some poker players are great in certain games like Holdem and not so great in other games. According to what is said about Chip Reese, the great poker player, many professionals think he would be the choice, even though his WSOP wins are not as prolific as Brunson, Chan, and Hellmuth. However, Reese won three WSOP tournaments before his death in 2007. In 2006, Reese won the prestigious $50,000 Buy-in Horse Tournament at the WSOP. The Horse tournament is difficult to win, as it combines several poker games in one tournament. These are Holdem, Omaha, Razz, Seven-card Stud, and Seven-card Stud Hi Low. Reese’s long time friend, Doyle Brunson, considered him one of the best poker players he ever played against. That is high praise from a player many considered the Godfather of Poker. Brunson, Hellmuth, and Johnny Chan are considered the best when it comes to playing Holdem. Hellmuth has the most wins at the WSOP at this time with eleven wins all in Holdem. poker lenses

The Poker Kid, Daniel Negreanu, after a failed try at Las Vegas poker when he was 21, has come on very strong in his play in TV tournaments like the WPT and other tournaments that were TV oriented. Negreanu is also considered a very tough cash game player, unlike Hellmuth who is considered an excellent Holdem tournament player, but an average cash game player. The top cash game players are supposedly happy to see him show up for the big cash games in Vegas.

T J Cloutier, another long time opponent and friend of Doyle Brunson, has long been considered one of the best players in the poker world. His consistency is amazing in showing up at final tables. His cash game prowess has always stood him in good stead. Like Brunson, he makes few mistakes, and players who win against him are usually just a shade luckier than he was in the tournament.

One of the long time faces at final tables is the player, Dan Harrington. He made the final table two years in a row against huge fields in the WSOP. That is a testament to his skill at playing tournament poker. In one website vote, he was voted the best player of the professionals.  infrared contact lenses

Some of the recent winners of the WSOP main event have become money leaders, or very high on the list of earnings due to the huge 1st place prize money. However, few if any are considered the best poker player in the world at this time. It will take several years to see if these winners were a one trick player or have the real skill to get to final tables again.

The public has little knowledge of another group of players that are extremely good players. These are the players that take a seat in some of the biggest cash games in the world. Las Vegas has long been the place to play if a player wanted to play in a poker game which had the highest stakes Almost every day, you can see some of the best cash game players play in places like the Rio, the Bellagio, or the Venetian casino. These games are not only for solid players, but also for players with ample resources to play in a game where a bad day could be well over a $100,000 loss. This play not only takes money to play, but the courage to take that level of risk on the turn of a card. These players have to live with the risk that a better hand can crack a solid hand. Many of these player-participants are only known to the cash players and are rarely seen on TV. The only place some of them have been seen is playing in the High Stakes Poker program that is now on TV. But when you watch their play, you can easily see that they do not play bad hands. It is also obvious that they are not prone to making playing mistakes or bad calls. Some of these players cannot afford to play in tournaments, as they would lose too much time and would make less money than they do in cash games. The only time you will see them is in a game like High Stakes Poker, or in a big cash game in a casino. Yet, several of them could be rated in the running for best poker player. Their play warrants it as well as their annual winnings.


The best poker players of all time come down to personal choice and perception. Most of the well-known names in the current poker scene have shown they know how to play very well. Current old timers remember some of the old time players as the best they ever played against. The problem is most people never saw them play. Stu Unger was a kid when he first won the WSOP two years in a row. His play was the best, say the players who tried to beat him. Unfortunately for him, he was a drug addict and addicted to other forms of gambling like