Cheats & Scams 2
Players often try to cheat the casinos
but one of the best defenses is a dealer who is trained to follow
procedures that can prevent or detect cheating by players. The
Travel Channel visits Casino Gaming School in Las Vegas to find out
how owner Nick Kallos trains potential new dealers.
Cheats & Scams 2
visits Casino Gaming
School to learn how dealers are trained to help prevent
cheats and scams in casinos.
Casinos are a frequent
target of various cheats and scams
but they have developed ways of detecting players who try
to win money illegally.
Robert Boehmer of
the Nevada Gaming Commission explains
that the casinos depend on surveillance techniques and the
ability of their dealers to help prevent losses to cheating players.
Casinos have hundreds of
cameras that can provide multiple
views of any ongoing game. This is a view inside a casino's
Surveillance cameras can
zoom in on players who are
suspected of cheating the casino.
An important method of
preventing cheating involves the proper
training of casino dealers. The Travel Channel visits
Gaming School to find out how professional dealers are trained.
Nick Kallos, owner of
Casino Gaming School, explains that he teaches dealers the procedures
that help prevent and detect potential cheaters.
Nick explains the
procedures to use while shuffling the
cards in a multi-deck game.
The dealer learns to watch the cards and the bet closely when
a player looks at his cards and tucks them under the bet.
Cheaters often try to modify their bets after seeing their cards.
Nick evaluates the dealer
as she practices the correct
procedures for handling cards and chips.
Dealers practice their
dealing techniques in front of a mirror.
If the dealer can see
the hole card in the mirror when
he slides it under the top card, then the player can see it, too.
Dealers learn how to
check a new deck before putting it into
play. In addition to making sure that the deck is complete, the
cards are also checked for any marks that might help a cheater
identify them during the game.
A player may try to
mark a card by bending or crimping it. Nick demonstrates how a bent card
can be identified in the deck.
Players may try to
alter bets or claim that they were paid incorrectly. These moves
are usually detected by the dealer
or the surveillance cameras.
Nick says that
virtually all attempts to cheat the casinos are
detected by the dealer, the floor person or the surveillance department.
The gaming industry has had years to develop systems
and procedures that protect both the casino's money
and the players'