in Nevada you may run into a cheating dealer. A dealer
is always subject to the temptation to play Robin
Hood by cheating you to aid a friend. A dealer who
cheats to let a friend win must then take extra money
from other customers so that the total table win is
about normal. Table hopping will keep you from getting
wiped out by one cheat, but the experience can still
can be done in many ways, sleight of hand with hand-held
cards is much more common than marked cards or missing
cards or anything else that would be hard evidence.
Most cheating dealers rely on peeking at the top card
and then deciding whether to deal it or the second
card. It is possible but extremely rare for a cheater
to be so skillful that you can be alert, be cheated,
and not spot evidence of cheating. You can spot almost
all cheating if you know what to look for. Most customers
do not look and do not know what to look for.
Peeking at the
top card can be accomplished in various ways when
the cards are hand held, but two ways are the most
common. The dealer can bow the top card with a thumb
and peek at a corner of the face. Watch the top of
the pack. If you see the dealer's thumb move and a
flash of white, the dealer has peeked. Alternatively,
the dealer can make the top card swing away from the
rest of the pack as if on a hinge while picking up
losing bets and used cards at the end of a round.
If that top card is an ace or 10, you know who is
going to get it. Dealing seconds is accomplished by
pulling the top card back slightly with the thumb,
pulling the second card out, and pushing the top card
back in place with the thumb. Do not play against
a dealer who moves the thumb back and then forward
while pulling a card, as this motion is useless except
for dealing seconds. The most skillful cheaters use
the same thumb motion when dealing from the top as
when dealing seconds. There are several excellent
video tapes showing cheating; one of the best is Steve
Forte's Gambling Protection Series. For further discussion
of cheat-ing and photographs of cheating moves, see
A. D. Livingston’s dealing with Cleats.
gambling discussion groups began with rec .gambling.
That eventually spun off the poker discussion group
rec .gambling. poker, widely known among participants
simply as RGP. Participants are frequently called
RGPers. RGP has always been an unmoderated discussion
group and is discussed at some length in the main
text, so I won't repeat myself Here.
group has all the advantages you would expect to come
along with freedom of speech and lack of censorship,
and many of the expected disadvantages, too. There's
a trade-off in access for the need to accept abusive
and or irresponsible conduct.