If an auditor wants to answer questions that have
no convenient reports - such as, does the punter flat-bet
like a disciplined advantage player or hop around
on hunches - he will have to dig into the raw data.
If the bettor has been at it for awhile, there will
be streams of numbers to sift through. When looking
at that volume of data, the first numbers seen from
the beginning of a session will provide the first
impressions. It makes sense to act more like a gambler
early in a session when the first records are made.
Make bigger bets - stay high after wins, go down on
losses, but start out strong. It also makes sense
to try several games. Software sales brochures regularly
mention that their reports are broken down by games,
so token play on a bunch of them can communicate a
fun-loving image. The first glance will suggest a
player who likes lots of games, and that is good.
The fewer careful observers out there will notice
that the customer is really a online blackjack games
player who dabbles in other things, but there's nothing
suspicious about that.
Internal database reports are useful, but they do
little against the problem online casinos are most
exercised about: credit card chargebacks. Because
the cardholder is not present to sign a slip, Internet
sales are considered high risk, and banks will not
shoulder the cost of customers who contest credit
card charges. people can contest the charges on any
number of grounds and the banks will back them. The
merchant loses not only the We, but is fined $15 per
chargeback, above a certain grace number. Internet
businesses without careful screening are said to lose
as much as 50 percent of sales revenue, with chargebacks
being the loss-leader.' This problem is purported
to have almost destroyed the early telephone pornography,
psychic hotline, and 900-number industries before
extensive use was made of negative databases. It is
no wonder, then, that web casinos regularly have desperate
warnings to people not to rip them off.
addition to chips, tables, chairs, music, and refreshments,
make sure you have the following items at the tournament
least two new decks of cards (of different colors),
cut cards, and a dealer button for each table. Also
throw in a few decks of replacement cards.
2. A countdown timer.
3. A printed list of your pre-registered players,
with room at the bottom for walk-ins. Make columns
to check off 'buy-in payments and re-buys.
4. A copy of the tournament structure and your standing
rules. v A pen and a calculator (for figuring prize
5. Optional: A laptop computer, perhaps with a feed
to a TV PowerPoint can display the current level and
blinds, and you can download timers that everyone
will be able to see on the screen. While we're on
the subject, there are programs and websites available
to help you run big tournaments.