All about poker security

Feb 20, 2007 2:19 AM

Few books have been written about how cheaters operate in poker games — less than a handful this century — and there are few authors who are experts in the field.

Steve Forte wrote the classic Casino Games Protection three years ago, covering all casino games with a small section on poker. Now he has Poker Protection — Cheating”¦ and the World of Poker, (360 pages, hardbound, $50).

Forte explains how cheaters operate today and the history of the game and how the grifters operated a century ago. The chapter discussing tournament play, the chance of collusion; how final table deals may occur and the often heard term "chip dumping" along with deliberate slow play should alert novice players, inexperienced supervisors or tournament organizers what might devastate their casino or reputation.

The book should steer you away from trouble games, make you more alert to potential scamsters and their ploys and should be in the hands of supervisors, dealers, gaming enforcement personnel in every state and in every nation where honesty and integrity go hand in hand.

Illustrated with many black and white photos and indexed so you may isolate some particular concept or subject quickly, the book is well-priced and has larger than expected print size.

This book and more is available from Gambler’s Book Shop (Gambler’s Book Club). The store’s web site is, or call toll free at 1-800-522-1777.