Figure out how to legally beat a casino game – whether it’s through the rather benign act of card counting or by pulling off a play as audacious as Kelly Sun’s multi-million-dollar edge sorting move – and you’ll discover that getting asked to leave casinos is an occupational hazard.
“Have you ever caught anyone card counting?” As a croupier, working in London’s high end casinos, this was one of the questions I was asked most – often by people who’d never been to a casino, who wouldn’t even know how to play blackjack. The notoriety of this form of cheating is probably due at least in part to Ben Mazrich’s bestselling account of a group of card counting students who won millions in Vegas.
“Do you ever catch people trying to cheat?” As a croupier, I was asked that question every night, on my way home from work. After flagging a cab at four in the morning, the driver would ask if I’d had a good night out. When I told him I’d just finished work in a casino, it was fifty-fifty whether he’d ask me the most I’d ever seen someone win - or whether I’d seen anyone trying to cheat.
When you are at the casino, there is only one sure fire way to win every time you play, and that is to cheat. And Dustin Marks is arguably the most successful casino cheat in the history of casino gaming. Even though Marks cheating career only lasted a little over 4 years, he and his confederates were able to take casinos for tens of millions of dollars over this short period of time. His schemes were carried out daily and his scores reached as high as $150,000 dollars a night.