In 2012, British boy band One Direction was kicked out of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for being underage. Sure, they’re old enough to Casino drink and gamble in Europe, but the US has a strict 21-and-over policy for casinos. The lads experienced yet another disappointment later in their stay.
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One Direction thought they would be housed in the same suite where The Hangover was filmed. However, the 2009 comedy starring Bradley Cooper was actually filmed in Los Angeles. Guess they can’t recreate the wild “bachelor party” in the movie.
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2. Using a computer to cheat
Use any type of computer – such as not allowing the use of smartphones, devices, etc. to help better gamble at the casino. That’s why cell phones aren’t allowed at gaming tables, says an article on Cracked’s website. The author interviewed two casino security experts who revealed all the rough things they saw at casinos. “Mobile phones are banned at the dinner table, not only to prevent you from cheating or taking pictures, it also prevents you from checking the time,” Cracked wrote.
Smartphones are not only something that gamblers can use to cheat, but also a “slot machine bill verification device”. CNBC detailed how the device works: A device disguised as a $1 bill is inserted into a slot machine and will be programmed to read any $100 bill.
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3. Card Marking
This is when players mark playing cards in a certain way to differentiate them, CNBC. Card marking may include writing on the card, making small imperfections on the card, or even drawing on the card with invisible ink. In 2011, the BBC reported that this was what Frances had done with four players who played at the Cannes Film Festival.
Described as a sophisticated scam, three Italians and a French man were caught marking cards with invisible ink. A player wears a special contact lens that allows them to see invisible ink. Sneaky indeed! The four used the technique to defraud a casino of $88,000. Suspect these guys originally grew up at Prince Casino.
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4. Not following the rules
Recounted by Philly.com in 2009, NBA player Allen Iverson was kicked out of two Detroit casinos for inappropriate behavior. On the Detroit News’ Pistons blog, the blog called Iverson a loser who was known to throw chips or cards at the dealer. He was said to be loud, disruptive and rude to casino staff.
Rest assured, this can happen to you if you are underperforming at the casino. Security guards will escort you from the premises and may even ban you from the casino forever. It’s a good idea to take precautions to prevent bad behavior (limiting alcohol and recreational drugs).
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5. Counting cards
All Things Vegas says it’s not technically illegal, but casinos can still ban you from counting cards. According to CNBC, this involves maintaining statistics of card value to determine the proportion of high and low cards remaining in the deck. In Ben Affleck’s case, security approached the actor at Hard Rock Casino.
TMZ said in 2014 that security believed he was counting cards at the blackjack table and banned him from playing blackjack. TMZ reported that a car was called to take Affleck back to his hotel. Initially, Affleck denied card counting, but apparently admitted it later in an interview with Detail magazine.
6. Using cameras in casinos
The best Vegas and thrillers say the most a casino can do is ask you to put your camera away. According to CNBC, some people have been known to use hidden cameras to cheat in casino card games. Here’s how the scam works: Players hide a hidden camera in their sleeves to record when the card is cut.
When players cut cards, they pick up the cut cards and drag them across the deck, making sure to keep the cards slightly apart from each other, CNBC said. Hidden cameras record the cards and send footage back to the accomplices. The information is then forwarded back to the player.
7. Past Posts
This is also known as “late betting”. The Nevada Gaming Control Board describes the ruse this way: “Betting or raising a bet after knowing the outcome of the game or other event that is the subject of the wager.” Players may not know the exact outcome, but have an advantage. A roulette-centric website called Roulette Online details how past posting scams have been successfully implemented.
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