Twenty years ago if you thought about cheating at a casino, it meant figuring out a way to beat the house – in person (and also getting banned from the casino for life too, but that’s another story). This generally referred to card counting or “shifting,” which have often been glamorized and simplified in conversation as a fast and easy way to make the big bucks. What is missed is how much of a science it is to actually learn such “methods,” as can be seen in the movie “21” with Kevin Spacey about this very topic. In this film the brightest students at MIT are selected to participate in a casino scam by their professor, and then endure weeks of intense training to prepare them for the (mathematically-close-to-impossible) task. Even these brilliant minds however, are unprepared for the pressure they will feel when it comes time to perform under the lights of Las Vegas.
On top of the skill needed to even attempt cheating, there’s the extremely realistic threat of the dire consequences coming your way if you’re caught. Have you seen Goodfellas? Casino? Think it’s just Hollywood? Think again. The risk you are taking to try to pull something that huge off while the best security systems and the largest men who can be hired watch your every move, is ludicrously massive.
Which brings us to the point: it’s silly to try it at an online casino too. But don’t think that stops people from trying. Hell – if you were one of those that considered trying it in real life, imagine what a cinch it seemed when online casinos appeared! How could you get caught now when nobody could see you?
The first trick tried by many was to create two accounts at the same casino. “I know… I’ll just play at this seat… while the other me plays at that seat.” Um…no. In fact, this idea was so obviously going to be attempted that the casinos knew from the start to only allow “one account per household.” (Damn). Next! After that came the tech geeks, the hackers, the brilliant minds cracking all the systems, but what you’re dealing with here are computer algorithms and codes so clever that even if you had access to them, you’d have to be Einstein to crack them. Nope. Afraid it’s just not possible. Plus, online casinos blacklist “abusive” players and they share those lists – so it’s probably not even worth it to mess around because you’ll be blocked from playing online at virtually all reputable casinos.
So in this case, the only gambling done should be the fun kind at the tables, not the dangerous kind with legal (or worse) consequences. Yet I’m still aching to ask…do you know anyone who’s tried?