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by Vinny DeCarlo


Vinny DeCarlo is the author of How to Beat Casino Surveillance – Insider’s Secrets for Card Counters. He is a retired veteran casino man with over 20 years of upper management experience. His expertise covers the pit, security, and surveillance, and he even served as a General Manager for two different casinos. Currently, Vinny travels the states as a freelance reporter and a personal consultant to many Indian casinos. According to Vinny, there are two types of casino employees - those that know him, and those that claim to know him; therefore, never believe what you hear.

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(Memo from Vinny)

To: Card Counters

From: Vinny DeCarlo

Subject: More Winning Tips

Here for your reading pleasure is the top 10 ways to increase your odds of winning by using diversionary tactics and striking the enemy when they are at their weakest. Keep this confidential.

1. Cheap shots.

Yes, cheap shots, such as dumping a drink on a "south-bound shoe" to eliminate any heat associated with leaving the table on a deep negative count. Give the perception that "I have all this money burning a hole in my pocket and I can’t hang around here while you dry the shoe, cards, table and the cheques so I’ll just find another table to play at. Sorry about the spill. Can you send the cocktail waitress over with another long neck beer (the long neck beers aim better)?"

2. Sacrifice the ones you love.

You heard right. Set up, rent, or lease a couple of sacrificial "Griffinite’s" to circle the pit, attempting to land (always on the opposite side of your team players in action) but never actually landing (that act as heat seekers). They can draw the wondering-eyes of any good floor person. (This play eliminates the need for a B.P.)

3. Exploit your enemy during chaos and multi-tasking periods.

For example, the floor has to conduct player ratings, call for drink services, and be present during the table count (this alone keeps three suits tied up at the same table for six minutes then on to the next table in sequence to do it all again). The latter goes on for well over an hour. That leaves two sets of eyes that are blinded for over an hour (not to mention surveillance’s tape change … yes, tape change). Another rule of thumb is that most surveillance departments have a tape change during the count, and if not, they’re following the table count suits to verify the table inventory.

4. Two team members working the same...

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