Beware the red mechanic

Jul 30, 2007 11:54 PM

Carol, I want to continue with another column on the "red games" of poker.

Today I would like to talk to the folks about the poker dealer.

If he is a "mechanic," you are in a very red game.

But first let me remind all the poker players, I know that this is a controversial subject and I don’t wish to accuse anyone nor make any references to a specific casino or card room.

Also, I would rather trust a poker player than any other professional — banker, lawyer, preacher, politician, doctor, accountant, policeman, car dealer, professor, plumber, contractor, stock broker, Indian chief or any other of the professions.

Yes, I have been cheated while playing poker. But I have been cheated more often and for more money in my lifetime by any and all of the other professions that I listed.

Here is a good rule: Where the carpets are the deepest you are at the most risk of being cheated!

That means look around at some of the heavily "carpeted" places and you will often find corruption. In recent headlines in the papers, you have seen the stories about the referees of the NBA!

And have you read the stories about the county commissioners here in Clark County going to prison?

I know, Carol, you want to know what I mean when I say that the dealer is a mechanic?

Well, in this case it is not one who works on your car nor is a hit man for the Mafia. In this usage it is a crooked dealer who can manipulate the cards, stack the deck, deals seconds or palms cards while controlling who the winner of certain poker pots will be!

You have seen the magician who can pull a card out of your ear? Well, all of the shows are not on stage. The magician is now called a mechanic and he will put on his show at the poker table, often ones found in high level poker games.

A few times I have heard my whistle go off — that is the sound the card makes when it is not coming off the top. The "whistle" sound is caused as the card is pulled through two ore more cards.

I’ll have more about poker dealers who were/are mechanics in the next issue. Come back next week if you can stand to read the truth!

OK-J Poker Tip of the Week

This comes from my daddy. There were seven of us boys and mother would not allow poker to be played in the home, so daddy had his poker game in the back of our store.

Daddy taught all of us boys how to live life honorably and to play poker honestly!

Moreover, he taught each of us how to protect ourselves in life and poker.

This was his advice on cheating in poker: If you think they are cheating you, quit playing in that game — do not pass go do not try to collect two hundred; and don’t try to correct the game or catch the cheaters — just quit.

Daddy went on to explain: "Son, even if you are wrong and they are not cheating you it will ruin your game, so you must not play in a poker game, even if you just think they are cheating!

Until next time remember to stay lucky.