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by Vinny DeCarlo

Vinny DeCarlo is the author of How to Beat Casino Surveillance Ė Insiderís 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. He also appeared on the Getting the Edge radio show from Las Vegas ( 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.

This story, though funny, isnít for Ron the Rascal because this was his best scam ever ... with one small twist ... it was a scam against him.

Ron was into everything that promised him a buck at the end. He was one of those people connected to the mob guys (if there was such thing as a Mob, they would have eliminated him to prove their existence).

Ron was good with "card mucking" or a switch or color change, and even a quick change if he needed $50 change from $40.

Up to this point in time (roughly 20 years), Ron has been carving out a living, eating hand to mouth. However, when baccarat came to town, he decided to join the Dunes under a prearranged "hit and run scam" that Major Riddle (the owner of the Dunes at the time) would never figure out because Ron was taking all of his operational ideas from (what he called) the "china man."

Ron knew he could easily whoop a china man at his own game so he began a dealing gig at the Dunes for Major Riddle. The casino numbers went south but the Majorís consultant told him to make sure every light bulb was on outside, as this was a clear sign that his luck would change and he would again become a winner (BTW: He died a loser). Therefore, Ron dealt and, now and then, he would dump the game to his friends to fade his rent (or other payments that he couldnít con his way out of).

Ron thought he had it all covered except for that sneaky eye-in-the-sky that played no part in this scam. After roughly four months, the Eye had enough evidence on him to take it the full nine yards. It seems one of his loyal, so-called friends, was nailed on a drug possession charge so instead of playing the fiddle, he cut a deal to sell out Ron. The Gaming Control boys were itching for a bust; however, because Ron was careful about whom and when he would dump a game, it took them four months to gather enough evidence to surpass the "felony" threshold. For the first time ever, Ron was worried that his goose just might be cooked this time; however, he thought he had an ace mucked up his sleeve, and the poor bastard was led to believe it too....

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