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The Payment of Teresa Videla A 70s quirky short art doc described as "a documentary film about an Argentine army officer who discovers the secret police use of political prisoners for sex exploitation film purposes and protests after the murder of a young girl. So if you're gonna play at home while watching sporting events on TV, watch the game you're in as well! Do not screw around with credit-card and identity-theft scams with online gaming deposits! I'm proud that one of his best comics now has a permanent place on our site. You bet--if you find enough multi-deck blackjack tables NOT using automatic card shufflers. Same with any copyrighted material available at paysites, that's obviously out.

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Well, we are the wrong crowd. Ideally, I'd like to see these charming titles cleaned up and translated into English — like Akujo is doing at Groovy Age of Horror.

Well, as someone who's comfortable in both French and Italian I find ludicrous some of those translations. I mean sometimes no translation is better than any translation at all. If all goes well, inventory at the comics section should double by the weekend. Over time, I hope it continues to grow steadily, but as I said, unless others contribute and show interest, it will soon become dormant. Just say what needs to be done aside from translations, you know, traduttore traditore , and I'll do my very best.

I, for one, enjoy the comics section. It could almost serve as a storyboard for a live-action B-movie if someone was looking to make the penultimate film in the genre.

As for "31", Rob Zombie has pulled together some good B-movie talent for his film. If his wife really is the damsel-in-distress, I wouldn't count on any gratuitous nudity mixed with bondage. I get the feeling it is going to be a "Saw" derivative of some sort, which may not be a bad thing if the bondage is strong which I doubt. I also wouldn't count on the concept art being in any part of the movie.

If it was storyboard art, then ok, but it looks more like promotional stuff. This site needs more pirate porn. The best I can do is this vidcap from "Poor Cecily". Great daily pic Ralphus Back when I wrote Alice and Melissa the versions now here on GIMP are substantial rewrites to correct the original hurried and sloppy prose I sent them to BDSMartwork in just the hope that one of their artists would choose to illustrate them as I can't draw for shit.

I'm in mid-polish on Dawn now, a fairly straightforward medieval religious persecution story. Has my obligatory breast whipping, of course, but I did branch out a bit. Yeah, but it's such a marvelous scenario! Shrieking noblewomen in the hands of cruel and unrestrained outlaws of the sea in a historical setting. Can't let accuracy get in the way of a good sadistic fantasy. I also confess to a personal bias.

The very first erotic sadism book I ever found, a revelation that I wasn't alone in my fantasy lusts, was a Tortura Press paperback Eneg illustrations named Buccaneer's Boundage [sic].

It featured a torture device called "The Breast Caresser! Hi, everyone, I have seen some comments by JD and Fritz as to the scanty response to the "Comics" section added recently.

That prompted me to step in. I think that "comics", "fumetti" and, to a smaller extent, "poser renderings" to give those a name offer great possibilities at illustrating historical GIMP situations, far greater than movies or even pics. It is the balance between the story and the illustrations that brings a "comic" to life.

Often, very simple though well-thought drawings are enough, if accompanied by a good story. Personally, I find most of the "renderings", even those superbly made technically, a bit "over the top", depicting unrealistically savage torments, which would have the subject out of the game fairly soon. I hope the "Comics" section keeps expanding in the future.

Belated Sweet Sixteen, Ralphus. Fritz, I just saw the nascent comics section for the first time yesterday. It looks like a very promising beginning. Stravinsky may have had a flair for the music, but you've certainly got a flair for the visuals! Could be better if filmed like this It's a very welcome feature, as far as I'm concerned, and your debut material was unexpected and totally new to me.

It's a rich format for the peril genre, so I do hope you continue your efforts to expand it! I asked Ralphus if there'd be interest in hosting a couple of my solo textless comics efforts. If so, get in touch with me through Ralphus and let's make it happen. Given the somewhat tepid response to the two new sections, I guess there aren't many comic fans here… or at least far less than those who like to discuss films.

I seem to recall a lot of queries about Snidely over the past year, so I'm surprised only a couple of posters commented that the collection has finally arrived. I don't think the response has been "tepid" at all. I did a quick check on the posts and there have been 8 thanks for the Snidely section and 9 for the Comics section, plus a personal e-mail thank you for the Snidely section via private e-mail. So that's 18 positive responses so far and the 2 features have only been open a week and a half.

I'd say that's pretty damned impressive. Snidely's Playground is pretty much a closed feature as far as growth goes, since Snidely is no longer around to draw more cartoons and we've now pretty much archived his entire collection here. It stated small, but there's a lot out there we can still add.

It's Fritz's section, but as far as what I would like to see, I like the English translated Fumetti's, but we don't want any duplication of the Akujo works that he's doing over at Groovy Age of Horror. I'm not real familiar with the work he's doing, but we don't want to take anything that he put his heart and sole into and just repost it here.

Same with any copyrighted material available at paysites, that's obviously out. But Klingsor sent me some old comic stuff, nearly all of it in a foreign language, and the images are striking, I just couldn't understand the text. So to get some of that translated and posted here would be something special, and something new and worth waiting for, even if it takes a while to convert it to English. I'm not sure if we want to see all the non-GIMP panels of the Fumetti's, especially if there's not a lot there except a small section of it, but just the GIMP highlights would be sweet.

I'd like to see the entire section carry on at that same high level. How about some high seas GIMP from the 70's? Not really traditional pirate but still a good scene. Came to me in an old newsfeed; probably scanned out of a magazine or something.

Although a few people but far from 18 by my count did mention the new sections, what I was hoping for was some feedback on the material. Recent posts are addressing that, so thanks to those who commented. Granted, there are only four selections in the comics section now, and three are by the same artist, so maybe we'll have to wait a bit longer to see what readers like and what they don't care for.

Of course a lot will depend on the contributions, so I suppose the best way to influence the content is to share what you enjoy. I'm not sure if we can continue to add comics which feature the amount of GIMPage in the current titles. Once you get past the copyrighted stuff, there'e not as much out there as you may think.

Also, I'm inclined to agree with JD that having some good stories punctuated by less frequent peril scenes can be fun as well. For now, expect new comics to be heavy on the GIMP action, but in time, I imagine there will be more variety in both style and content.

I'm glad to hear you've already received some candidates from Klingsor. I can attest that translations, if you know the language, are not particularly difficult, but they are time consuming because they involve erasing the original words and replacing them with something that not only makes sense, but fits in the existing text balloons.

As a result, I expect translated editions will be a special treat, and most non-English comics will be posted in their original language which seems to be some people's preference as well. Akujo has completed 20 translations for Groovy Age, and aside from one or two others, these are the only English fumetti I'm aware of. Only about half feature much GIMP content, so of the hundreds of peril-oriented titles, less than one percent are available in English. I suppose it's as good an excuse as any to sign up for Berlitz courses.

Oh, no, the GIMP forum is like an iceberg Still, the arrival of new sections, like the hot iron database two years ago, usually generates a bit more buzz. Now that I mentioned it, it seems a bit more of the iceberg has been exposed. I agree, but it's not about getting rid of the surplus, it's the time needed to find the peril scenes. I don't mind reading a hundred page comic that has only a few panels of GIMP, but I also can understand that many readers won't have the patience to do so.

We also need to consider that some contributors may have saved only the comic parts which interested them. The Terror Blu line consists of issues and 3 supplements. Some Terror Blus have only a few pages of female peril while others like the one slated to go up soon are packed with it.

I used to think the French and Italian versions were identical except for language, but it appears many of the Elvifrance editions are edited for reasons of either space or content censorship — usually with the most violent or sexually explicit panels missing. For example, the story in Terror Blu on deck has over a dozen pages more than the French translation in Serie Verte If you are lucky enough to have a choice, go with the Italian originals.

Easy for you to say, since you understand the primary languages used for the originals. Still, I'm guessing most people who don't would still prefer a bad English translation over trying to follow these often convoluted tales based on the visuals alone.

I too speak French and Italian as well as German, which came in handy for my first attempt , and I know it's almost impossible to get good results by relying on automation. But however Akujo does it, his efforts are impressive.

The Story Blu I keep mentioning was in Italian, so you can soon judge whether I succeeded in that language. Still, if people agree that no translation is better, trust me… I'm more than happy to post unadulterated originals.

I can enjoy them either way, but I'm assuming that most site visitors are fluent in English only, so I don't see the harm in posting translations now and again, even if they are less than optimal.

Even without the translation step not difficult, but the mechanics are time consuming , most fumetti and digitized hardcopies in general are poorly scanned and need some fixin' up. If you're serious about giving this a try and have access to Photoshop or some similar program, I can give you pointers on what to do.

E-mail Ralphus for my contact info. Thursday, 9 April Since hours she is pretending not to know anything Been on vacation, so a few comments: And any stories, pics from inside these issues? Wonderful eight delights being whipped. As Shakespeare also said: I enjoy the new comics section and realize it will take awhile to build to a healthy merciless section.

While I read a few languages, I usually ignore them in comics and get to the 'good' parts. Erodite likes to take them and rewrite her own stories. I knew I was forgetting to pack something back from the campground. An idea I had while looking at my Poser files I seldom use that I wanted to do. And having done it, I figured I may as well share. It's a group of seven perils where, once the victim orgasms, she meets with a particularly gruesome and very final fate.

Thanks for the extra fumetti details, many of them I didn't know. I agree that Akujo makes a better work than most. Some of the more difficult part in replacing text is that you can't simply mark the text balloon and erase, it looks weird.

Instead, one should clone the texture of the paper from a convenient white spot on the panel Long live Europe but defended by Uncle Sam! Finally one of my pet peeves are addressed. Boobs that doesn't defy gravity when subject is positioned upside-down. You hit it right, anyway. Clip of the day. Sara Malakul Lane in Jailbait One the minuses there's a monstrous boobjob any increase with more than 2 sizes over your natural size should be made illegal.

On the plus side, she cute and she got freckles. Nothing says more 'girl next door' than freckles. Then you see those giant hyperbolic boobs and magic is gone. But that's me, your mileage might vary. Thanks to Rapid Ralphus posting them in record time, some new titles are up in the comics section earlier than expected. These four selections will add a bit of variety I hope, though like the first set, none of them skimp on the GIMP.

I'll aim to include some lighter, plot-oriented fare in the future. Maybe some Archie outtakes. There's also a pics-only story by an unknown artist who's more than a little bit warped.

I hope you find something to enjoy. And remember, if you click on the icons, use F11 to view the slideshows in full-screen mode for best results. My ongoing obsession with Lana Clarkson's dungeon scenes in the "Barbarian Queen" films led me here.

I've watched the scene from the first film so many times I instantly recognize the sound of every little exhale, groan and moan Lana makes. So my Holy Grail has become any image that expands on these scenes and fleshes out their world beyond what we see in the films.

While I'd love to find more pics like this, I'm guessing they're non-existent. So I'd take the next best thing - photoshops! Anyone got some more clever "lost scenes" from the BQ series like the ones shared here a while back? Friday, 10 April Mikhail asked for Photoshop edits to Barbarian Queen dungeon scenes. So, here is one. Her black bikini underwear bottom is gone, showing bit of pubic hair! I share your obsession for the dungeon scenes in "Barbarian Queen".

Here is a very old pic I made years ago. Also very old and not made by me. Thanks for the behind-the-scene image. I think I posted that already. My idea of an improved BQ rack. Dead But Dreaming now on Vimeo! Okay, so what happened with my "You Cum, You Die" set is that it was too big for the set-up that my site uses. As such, I had to divide it into two parts, and I did a second cover for the second part. So, anyone who goes through Moraxian can get everything in one set, and through mine it is in two.

The price is the same for both, so if you were looking for my latest, both places have it. And, of course, I decided to post the second set cover here to share with all of you. Ralphus, I came across this article on Cracked. Since you said that you were interested in old movies I thought you might like to see it.

Due to the nudity, some of the scenes had to be shot twice for such countries as the UK. For the scene where Dargent is whipping the naked Castel, another scene was shot with her wearing a bra and panties. For the two other scenes, where Castel and Dargent make love, two scenes were shot: In the original scene where Dargent is being chased by the man, she was topless; in the censored scene, she was clothed.

I thought it's a new development due to the accursed PC. But here we talk early 70s'. He got that right!! Even though we have films like Maleficarum now, I still think Inquisition was the best rack scene.

It just had something Maleficarum doesn't if that makes sense lol Another great one was from water bondage. This was my other favourite. There's no point in just posting text, so here's a random sweaty girl. I'm glad you guys are enjoying these covers. I hope to get back to the MAM covers when I am done with this series. However, based on the website, [ www. Covers the Magnificent said: There's nothing more to my likinhg than a sweating gal. It's a 2 bucks atomizer bottle, for Pete's sake!

And it's improving a scene 10 fold! Fuck, here I am, ranting again. Thanks for the info on the artist. And for the MUBI website, had not come across it before. Just another reason why this forum is so good, someone posts something and I find a new artist to appreciate. And as for sweaty girls, never enough of them. Oh, that reminds me that erodite will be back soon. Saturday, 11 April One of my favourite Quoom stories in the daily pic I just wished the story had gone on longer - and I might have been tempted to use a cat rather than a bullwhip, but still And speaking of stories, I recently discovered the genius of SkatingJesus - some examples here: A true master in the class of Quoom.

Michele Mercier plus others in Women of Devil's Island I tried to include all the bondage moments, as there's no actual whipping on-screen.

But still, lots of gorgeous ladies in chains. Female prisoners are shipped to Devil's Island penal colony. They are indoctrinated into the prison life from abusive guards and then a new prison governor arrives with planned reforms. I'm not the only one who likes sweaty girls bodies in bondage then! Mary Anna Reyes getting interrogated. Shame the rest of the film was a pile of senseless crap lol. I ever start my own bondage site, I will be sure to all of the DiDs are at least moistened a bit.

Suffering torture has GOT to be hard work and the gimp's body should show that. A little delayed, but great image! Medieval torture chambers have a special place in my sick little heart and you do a nice job with them. Mike B, if you liked Alice and Melissa, get in touch with me via email crueltiercel gmail. I'm still running into that frustrating windows "default email" problem and so couldn't contact you directly.

Excelent job with the 'Tyrant of Hywunz', Fritz. I used to have a bad Italian version and a good French version. Alas, the French version was missing 6 panels the midget hanging by the breasts of the heroine and the ones with the poles sticked into her orifices from the lower plane.

Your version Sir is the best of both and firmly made its way into my vault of disreputable materials. I was just thinking that one of the recent pics posted of Amy could almost fit into this pirate theme And ye shall now kiss the gunner's daughter.

For those that don't know Not only nautical but also could be used for a college band showing a cheerleader the true meaning of the school's fight song. My alma mater's song is "Bare Down". Sunday, 12 April As Barb Wire was mentioned, I checked my copy and found it to be a rather crappy one. Being a perfectionist and completist myself that's it, I wanna have everything ever made in best quality, how moronic me I looked for a blu-ray.

Here's the result of my search. I love that scene and how evil the shock devices look and the control panel having so many buttons and dials to vary the settings; and being tortured in front of a group adds a bit of an extra something to the interrogation experience.

The Payment of Teresa Videla A 70s quirky short art doc described as "a documentary film about an Argentine army officer who discovers the secret police use of political prisoners for sex exploitation film purposes and protests after the murder of a young girl.

Night and day, I say. Commenting on a few recent posts Some really good stuff, and all of it new to me except for "Bizarre Museum" but I was already a big fan of that series anyway. Eric Stanton was one of the early pioneers of bondage artworks, and he came up with some real unique bondage torture devices.

I'm proud that one of his best comics now has a permanent place on our site. BTW, I checked, Bizarre Museum was published back in , so that makes it 64 years old, and still just as good today. And admit it, some of those old movies looked pretty good, didn't they? They always have over-the-top titles, and this one is no exception.

Can you imagine being a young man in and reading filth like this? It certainly would have helped shape him into the pervert he no doubt became. But the real reason to check out the story is to see the fantastic restoration job Fritz did on the inside scan.

It's amazing how he's able to recreate missing parts of the original pages where no elements of the picture are there to work with.

For this one, for instance, the woman kneeling in the center of the picture literally had her foot cut off on both sides of the scan because of the seam in the middle of the magazine. He had to crib another lady's foot from a different MAM scan and digitally Photoshop it into the picture. The fact that the final result looks so seamless literally is a testament to his artistic talent. One the minuses there's a monstrous boobjob any increase with more than 2 sizes over your natural size should be made illegal Nope, my mileage was the same as yours on that one.

Now, I love women, but I wonder sometimes what they're thinking when they make these embellishments to their bodies and tell themselves this a positive move. I mean, the girl was cute, but she went and made herself look like one of Kathyrne's plastic bondage models.

Maybe Kathyrne should chop her head off for that. I've been meaning to post this for a while as one of first forays into 3DArt, but my procrastinating nature kept finding other things to do. I titled it "Interrogation of the Conspirators," imagining the Queen overseeing the interrogation of a noblewoman, her sister, and their personal maids, both on the wheel. I'll post some close-ups later says the procrastinator-in-chief! The second episode of Salem has many young teenage witches set on fire and burning and screaming for about a minute long scene.

Also Lucy Lawless is a wicked witch and has a bound gimp in the closet scene. You think you can catch the rerun of it on WGN this week. Monday, 13 April JD Thanks for the amazing find on the "art" short. I haven't seen anything like it before. The woman, the filming, the performances, the theme were all riveting, and the gimp keeps me going back to it.

I was thinking about working on this month's 13th image this morning, but I caught up with the forum and I'm not feeling very motivated any more. I hope you will not stop posting simply because of a few recent comments about big boobs. Although I'm a B-cup fan in real life I like your pics no matter what size the lady is. I certainly know the sudden lack of interest in one's own new work, that might take days or months to get back to. I think that is why Quoom will suddenly stop a series then go back and fill in another series.

We all have these moments so don't let a few comments made in general let down your spirits. Thanks for Barbwire movie scene..

I remember similar scene from "Machined Reborn". I look forward to your posts I seek them out and look at them first I have to tell you I am a lover of big breasts I love my curves on a rubenesque lady!!! I'm afraid I may have inadvertently hurt your feelings with my last post.

I used the wrong words when describing the digital figurines that you and other computer artists use when you create artworks. I still don't know what to call them, but obviously "plastic bondage models" was not the right term.

It was certainly not meant to imply that your art was "plastic" or artificial or whatever. On the contrary, I love your artwork! You really should know that by now. And I love having you around to grace the board with your new creations. As far as comparing the actress in Jailbait to one of your models, I was poking fun at her ridiculous breast implants, and was in no way attempting to disparage you.

It's just that you're obviously known for rendering characters that have cartoonishly large breasts which I love, BTW. So it was definitely not a knock against you, and I sincerely apologize if my comments hurt your feelings.

It was not intentional at all. I hope you'll accept my apology. I'm sorry if my comments on huge boobs offended anyone's feelings.

Certainly not my intention. I'm sure there is an loyal audience for every kink in the fold. As for today's update, here's a rather lame and tame rope play in a mainstream from Tina Aumont in Lifespan. Those of us who have been around for a while know that Ralphus is a pretty transparent guy. It's not hard to tell when there is malicious intent in his comments -- eg. I hope you will accept his apology, which I know is sincere, and continue to post your artwork on the forum.

Please forgive the Boss; I don't believe he meant any insult to you. And look at the photo in his post. Is there any more appropriate looking dog to use in an apology? If he was being sarcastic, he would have used a pit bull.

Size, female or male, reaches a point where it is just silly, and therefore, not erotic. Last month I looked in a couple of times at a site called exgfbdsmgallery at Tumblr which I think I found somewhere here on the Gimp Forum. Anyway, today, Tumblr says it's not there. So it would seem another wonderful site bites the proverbial politically correct dust.

Anyone know of this? That is such a cute hound dog! Have to save that for my files. Firstly, to Ralphus, I never thought it was an intentional insult or anything.

It just hit me wrong this morning was all. Hence why I said I might be back later, once I had time to process it emotionally. Secondly, I didn't mean to imply "I am going forevah! I was hoping to be back today, as I do like to try and post something on every 13th my mild depression issues permitting. I didn't intent to kick up such a fuss. Thanks for the support, y'all. Was very nice of you.

So I am hoping this clears this up. And, I did manage to get something together for the 13th after all, so I hope that y'all enjoy. I'm not so good with the "bending forward" poses, because Victoria 3 almost looks broken if you bend her that way, but I gave it a shot anyways. Dear Kathryne, You should know that your artwork is a treat for many of us.

While the breast size of the poor victims of your art may be considered exaggerated, I do not believe there is an actual complaint from anyone. Even those that prefer their live models with a more modest chest aren't bitching about artwork such as yours. For those that may not be into such excess, the term 'Take it or leave it! And certainly, when one thinks of excess, one may consider your deadly themes at least as much as the poor victims' large bosoms--and that is not a complaint either, I might add.

For those whose eyes glaze over when seeing oversize breasts on real models or in art such as yours--and as many know me, I am certainly a major proponent of that with or without torment applied to them , more power to you. I applaud anyone who has the ability to apply their artistic talent. And I am especially pleased to see those artistic talents applied to Girls In Merciless Peril--even moreso when the put upon females are well endowed.

Keep up the 'bad' work! I'd like to chime in and say even though I don't post that often, you should definitely be encouraged Kathyrne. You got a lot of fans 'round these parts. Pedro mentioned that he is preparing a Roman movie. Few weeks ago there was a lot talking about his project. Tuesday, 14 April Kathryne's big perky boobs look great to me. The bigger the better I say and compare real woman with big boobs Kathryne's look sexier to me for sure.

I asked Pedro about this last week. The movie changed from a Mood Pictures film to an Elite Pain film. Max Lomp is making it, so Pedro is working on another film instead. The Roman footage has been shot and it is in Editing right now. Above is a vidcap from the rough footage get it? Roxy makes an appearance and looks better than ever but three new girls get the lion's share of the work, particularly the girl with her back to the bars. I was hoping it would be another "History of Pain" film and have a crucifixion, but apparently it is a different type of Roman film, with a storyline and paid actors.

From what I've seen, the girl with her back to the bars is a petite little hottie who can actually act, so hopefully we will see more of her in Pedro's film. I also like the girl in the yellow dress. She has an actual acting role in the film, too, and does a decent job of it. And, of course, there is Roxy, who never disappoints.

Can't say I'm surprised after they torpedoed me. I strongly suspect that there is a contingent of zealous tumblr folk who do little more than look for sites to offend their righteous sensibilities and then protest it to tumblr management. Anything that appeals to a sexual minority becomes indefensible fair game.

The tumblr search engine just makes it easier for them to zero in. Adding a "bdsm" to your blog name probably draws them like flies. I am tempted to restart my murdered eroticsadism blog and call it "Cute baby animals and correct thinking".

Yeah, that's the ticket. After visiting three quarters of Europe I would put their female population at 1, easily. Unless there are lots of beauties in obscure places like Albania or Feroe Islands. Today vid is from a classic, Shogun's Joys of Torture Same thing you should do if you see Roger Clemens or Barry Bonds at your poker table: That is the best way to pay Lance Armstrong the disrespect he deserves The best way to answer that question is to invoke the old adage "Nothing is foolproof and can't be cracked.

In ranking that difficulty, I would put it just below cracking source codes and hacking one's way into online poker sites to see players' hole cards. It's the same theory. No one is predestined to become a poker or casino cheat. And no one grows up dreaming of cheating poker and casino games. Nearly all professional and amateur card, dice and slot cheats get involved in cheat scams because of events in life that eventually led there.

In poker and casino cheating, it usually starts by losing lots of money gambling and then trying to get it back. Besides the high-tech and computer cheats who turn to casino and poker cheating without passion and look at it solely as a business, people who become cheats usually start on the path leading there at an early age. But this does not mean it is in the blood or predestined. Beatable by card-counting and cheatable by various methods, most of which require dealer cooperation but some of which is as simple as casino cheaters pastposting the side bets.

In some casino areas, notably in Canada, the dealing of EZ baccarat has gotten confusing to the point of being out of hand. Cheaters and advantage EZ baccarat players are indeed making their paydays there. I could be wrong, but as far as I know there is no such device that allows you to scan the order of blackjack cards coming out of a legitimate shuffle. I've heard stuff about this, but until I see it I don't believe it.

Not the ones I consult for! Really, besides Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun, Native American casinos and poker rooms are actually harder to cheat because their staffs pay extra attention to game and asset protection.

So if you're a poker or casino cheat living far from Connecticut, my advice is to go to Vegas or Atlantic City to do your moves. Online poker sites that pay to advertise on Google or on other websites have the cash to do so, and they are usually more successful and cheat- and scam-free than online poker sites that don't buy links on Google and other sites. So thr stuff online that says online poker sites you find with paid links are more likely to have cheating going on are full of it.

The fewer people involved in a cheat scam the better. All these big casino scams that happen with inside help and a bunch of participants always come apart. Just look at what happened in the recent inside craps scam at Foxwoods in Connecticut. There were at least 12 dealers involved! Remember, any crime planned, casino related or not, is a conspiracy if more than one person is involved. Inside scams are very dangerous for this reason. A dealer caught cheating will give up everyone in the scam.

On the brick and mortar side of poker it is much less frequent, although you may run into a poker cheat team using digital cameras relaying images to computers relaying audible messages to cheats at the table. However, don't worry about this so much.

In other words, dice setting is a step in the practice of dice control. Does any of this matter? Probably not, as I don't believe anyone can beat the casino by controlling the dice no matter how they set them before throwing them. The answer is that the safest online poker and casino sites are constantly changing. This is why I keep track of them with information from multiple reliable sources.

To see today's online poker rooms and casinos with the least amount of cheating going on, go to Richard Marcus's online poker and casino cheat-free safety rankings.

They are updated every day! This is certainly one area where casinos can effectively fight the cheats. It is also fairly easy for them to spot consistent roulette winners. However, there are some laser scanners and other types of ball-tracking devices that continue to operate successfully inside casinos, but those using them still have to be very careful to avoid exposing their operation at the manual level.

To read more on my thoughts about this click here. Not on your ass! In fact it has increased. You're just hearing less about it because all the cheating news in the online poker world has been recently dominated by the big inside hole-card-reading scams at UltimateBet, Absolute Poker and elsewhere.

In fact, very little. Sleight of Hand is used in street scams such as 3-card monte and envelope switches, and also in home poker games by card mechanics, but in casinos and public cardrooms it is practically useless.

So do not believe Sal Piacente, Darwin Ortiz or any of the magicians and card tricksters out there who tell you that sleight of hand is a tool of the professional casino cheat. Cheating is about timing, not about the hand is quicker than the eye. Do you really think that for a hundred bucks or so this kind of software would be available?

The answer is a flat NO! Don't fall for it! Believe it or not, I'm stumped by that one! But I'll tell you this: Watch for the telltale signs of poker collusion cheats both online and off. I wouldn't say it is a lot in proporition to the amount of cash games taking place, but where it is happening it is very significant, and if you find yourself at one of the tables hit by skilled poker cheats you can get hurt.

The key person that they need to guard against is the dealer, so if you notice someone at your poker table seated next to the dealer on either side who is talking too much to him, check the opposite side for possible card-swapping cheats in action.

There have been hoards of casino and poker cheating teams, both professional and wanna-be's, flooding the Asian Peninsulas to hit the casinos in Macau and Singapore, but this could mean both good and bad. When there are lots of cheating teams operating in a specific gaming and poker area, you might have the misfortune of falling into somebody's heat, especially if that heat has something to do with the type of cheating team you are. So you pick up the chip Should you run right to the cage and cash it out?

Then play a few hands, spins or rolls of the dice, THEN go cash out. Just answer those questions truthfully, but don't tell them you found the original chip! As fast as iPhone blackjack card counting came, it is going to go. Soon iPhone counters are going to find themselves skulking around blackjack tables just to enter the count. And besides, counting cards at blackjack with an iPhone is soon going to be considered felony cheating in most areas of the US because using any gadget to help you beat casinos is a crime!

So my advice to you iPhone users is to have fun with them and chat away, but do the card counting in your head. It's sure as hell trying but I do not think it will succeed.

But stay tuned as the battle wages! They are everywhere these days, aren't they! Not yet but they're working rapidly on it. To read more about this fascinating poker cheating subject, click on my magazine page and read the article entitled "New card-marking threats". Okay, so you read my powerful reverse baccarat scam performed in casinos. So how can you protect yourself from falling prey to that or a similar reverse casino or poker scam?

Well, first off don't be greedy! This is especially true if you just met the person proposing the scam and potential victim to you, or you don't know him well. Even though you are probably wrong, and probably losing to either bad luck or better skill if you're playing poker in the casino's poker room, but it is unlikely you are a victim to poker cheats and casino cheats. But even if you really believe you are, there is nothing to do about it except leave the poker room or casino and find somewhere else to play.

Complaining to gaming commissions or other authorities is not going to get you anywhere, except maybe filling out lots of forms. So if you think you are being cheated at poker or any casino game, just take a hike or take a break! These would be the online poker cheat sites that are set up by cheats looking to rob you blind through credit card fraud, identity theft or just not paying out money to winners. Avoid playing on sites that you find inadvertently and have never heard of, or at least investigate them thoroughly before opening an account and giving up your credit card and personal info.

Don't get hooked by the fly-by-nighter online poker cheat sites. If rigged means there is cheating on online poker, then the answer is yes. If rigged means that the online poker sites themselves are systematically cheating players, the answer is no.

Remember that these huge online poker cheat scams we hear about are only isolated instances of online poker cheating, no matter how big any individual online poker cheat scam may be. Most of them are just trying to get you to buy their tracking and cheating software, however, some of them to provide useful information on cheating poker online.

For a more in-depth look into this subject, read this richardmarcusbooks blog entry. Seriously, cheating your casino from the inside just doesn't work. You may get away with it for awhile, but then the problem becomes, when do you stop? The greed factor is a huge destroyer, and lots of times, even before you get too greedy and scam from the inside for too long, surveillance will catch on to you.

In the end, it is just not worth it. Keep your dealing job and keep dealing honestly. The answer to this one is rather simple: Because no matter how many times they get caught, they have nothing really to worry about besides a tarnished reputation. There is no risk of jail time or fines, at least for the time being. Heck, I might be surprised if even the greatest alleged online poker cheat of all-time, Russ Hamilton, who is the accused UltimateBet scandal mastermind, ever does any time or pays a fine.

In the United States it is a definite No because any use of equipment to gain an edge on the casinos is considered a felony! In the UK, it is still unclear whether a roulette computer is considered a cheat device, and how serious a problem it is if you get caught using one depends on who you talk to.

In other areas of the world, there are no laws against using roulette computers, so do some research to verify which ones if you have a computer or are thinking of purchasing one. Depends on how long you get away with it for and how much money you make. Go to today's blog entry to read about the latest couonterfeit chip scam. If your bet on Well, of course I am only kidding, but I did do this several times, and had a heck of a lot of fun doing it!

If you do want to read about some of my thrills running out of casinos with losing bets, click here. It's difficult but can be done. One way I've seen it is when a player touches his face-up cards with a chip that he then gives the dealer as a tip. While doing so he'll say something like, "Keep the good cards coming," which is a psychological ploy to remove the dealer's attention to the fact that he touched a card. The result is that a tiny nick is left on the card that the player can see when the card is later in top position inside the shoe ready to be dealt.

More and more these days, poker and casino cheat videos are appearing on You Tube--and some of them are darn good! There are even videos of my famed "Savannah" move. Does this mean that you can watch them umpteen times, learn the moves and then go out to the casinos and do them?

So the answer to the question is really NO! They may be pretending to be drunk at your home poker game, but they're not! Happy New Year to you all!

Do not dare cheat the casinos or anyone else on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you do, you might have to answer to someone a bit more revered than casino surveillance or a gaming commission Get what I mean? If you're asking yourself why they would do that, the answer is simply to catch people talking about scams and how they're going to rip off the casino, with or without the dealer's help.

In my 25 years of cheating casinos, I never actually spotted anything on a table I thought was a bug, but I have heard rumors that casinos in London employed the practice. I never heard about this in any other gambling venue. So, don't worry much about bugs in casinos, but don't make it obvious your scheming in them either! When you're playing in a legal public cardroom, then you certainly should complain to the supervisors if you suspect someone is cheating.

But in other venues where you are not protected by a security force, you must be very careful about who you accuse of cheating, whether or not they are guilty. In home games, accusing someone of cheating can be very dangerous, especially if you don't know whom you are dealing with. Things in this fashion can get out of hand and become violent, as it recently did in a home game in the Philippines when poker cheating accusations turned very bad and led to murder.

Read about that ugly incident on my blog. What does this mean? It means what it says: Can it be done? Well, yes, but not easily. To read more on casino cheat piggybacking, click here. The vast majority of them are BS artists who are really no more than magicians or people that read about scams and watch casino videos of scams taking place. They then just simply pass off that info at their game protection seminars. My answer is gonna be short! I bet you think Las Vegas is the riskiest place for cheaters to cheat and that the "green" Indian Reservation casinos are the easiest, right?

In fact, it's the opposite. Vegas surveillance people think they know everything and they really don't. I have always made more money with the least problems in Vegas than anywhere else.

People who work at the Reservation casinos are much more conscious about their jobs and do them better. So if you're a new cheating team starting out, why not start out in Vegas?

Depends on the city. Many people think Las Vegas has the best intercasino surveillance and that if a cheating team hits one casino, the rest of the casinos on the Strip will know about it within minutes. In fact, Las Vegas lags behind most of the world's casino areas not only in intercasino surveillance communication but in basic surveillance efficiency as well.

I have seen much better surveillance operations in Reservation casinos than in Las Vegas. But the absolute best intercasino surveillance communication is in London.

The Brits running casino surveillance over there alert all the city's casinos so fast when something goes down it will make your head spin! They're also the best at most surveillance operations. It's when someone says to you, "I bet you even-money that I can roll double sixes box cars at least once in 25 rolls. Therefore, they take the bet thinking the person proposing the bet is a sucker. But when the proposition is over the course of multiple rolls, cumulative probability takes over, and the break-even point for rolling double sixes is around 23 rolls.

So if you take the bet, you're the sucker! Yes, but only moves that do not get dealers or floor personnel involved. For example, my classic blackjack move where I bet a small amount, then switched in larger chips after getting paid and claiming the dealer paid me wrong, could not be repeated at the same table simply because you can't claim the dealer made the same mistake a second time on paying the same person.

But moves where bet sizes are altered before the payoff or where bets are moved from a losing number to a winning number at roulette before the dealer marks the winning number can be repeated until they take heat. If you ever notice someone in your poker game constantly rubbing or feeling his arms, especially when wearing a long sleeve shirt or jacket, it may not be an itch he's tending to but rather an adustment to his holdout device.

Although rare in public cardrooms, cheaters often employ holdout devices in their sleeves in which they hide a card they'd earlier removed from play and then snatch it back out when they need it.

Often cheaters wearing these devices have to adjust the fit, or are just unconsciously touching it due to nervousness. Just like in any other field, legit or illegit, what you wear has an immediate effect on those observing you.

Because even though quality leather is classy, it is often perceived as slick. You don't want pit bosses observing you and thinking you're slick. Now on the other hand, provocative dress can often help your cheating cause.

Especially if you're decking out a hot babe who's part of your cheating team for the purpose of creating a distraction. But most of the time, the credo "low key is low risk" is a good one to follow. Not unless he's a bad one! Cheating dealers who are good at dealing second cards will not leave you a telling sound as he slides that card out of the deck. In fact, the best way to catch on to a "second-carder" is to watch his eyes when he peeks at the top card. Honest dealers have no reason to look at the deck as dealing is a robotical function, so if you see a dealer's eyes repeatedly going to the deck just before the deal, watch out!

Also, a dealer wearing sunglasses that shade his eyes is another sign of a cheater. Only people who know how to do the trick. But the problem is that when the con man running the game spots a potential winner, he will immediately close up shop to prevent him from betting. What I mean is of course you can keep lying away while playing poker, but you can't take any drugs to enhance your play.

Nearly everyone thinks that if you are betting one color or denomination chip and then you press your bet or switch it for another bet when knowing the outcome but before being paid, you cannot do it with differnet denomination chips because of different colors.

That is completely false. By keeping that conformity, I was able to psychologically outwit the dealer. But that's not the real question. The important one is "can they predetermine with accuracy a group of numbers or a certain section on the inner wheel where the ball will land?

Although I receive hundreds of e-mails from losing roulette players testifying to the lack of their numbers coming-in defying reality, to the point that their numbers come in as soon as they leave the table, I cannot believe legitimate casinos playing with a 5.

For those of you thinking you may have been victimized by casino roulette-ball-control, I suggest you chalk it up to extremely bad luck EVEN if is has happened to you repeatedly in the same or different casinos. Of course you can They are the safest game in town! Collusion play is less than at conventional tables, there are no marked cards, no online bots, no crooked dealers and no hacking into the system If you don't know which horse or dog is fixed to win the race, then in effect the race isn't fixed.

At least not as far as your bet is concerned. Casinos often look to catch cheaters they missed at the tables cashing out at the casino cage, but smart cheaters know how to skirt that.

Smart roulette computer teams will know how to camouflage their advantage play and therefore get more action before casinos eventually pick up on them. What they do is first play blackjack, baccarat punto banco or craps to establish themselves as legitimate high rollers before moving in for their kills at roulette.

I basically did the same when setting up casinos for my moves. Big football games on TV are prime working conditions for home game cheaters. While the honest players are busy watching and cheering at the screen, the cheaters are busy fixing, marking and doing anything else with the cards they need to in order to fleece you. So if you're gonna play at home while watching sporting events on TV, watch the game you're in as well!

And this goes for European football, cricket and rugby as well. I am hearing more and more stories about online casino players who are running into problems getting paid their winnings because of the casinos finding out that they have duplicate accounts.

Most players complaining about this claim they didn't know about their previous existing account or simply forgot about it, but whatever the case, this is not a game you want to get involved in. They won't care about taking your money when you lose having duplicate accounts; I've only heard about the issue with players having difficulty withdrawing their winnings.

So just avoid having duplicate accounts. The answer is yes, but only when one is trying to. Remember, standard casino cameras are never zoomed in that close without a specific reason, for instance when trying to detect card-marking scams or tiny electronic devices. One thing their cameras could never detect, though, was the color of the bottom chip sticking out slightly in my Savannah moves.

It also ran in the Los Angeles Times. But did this famous craps system work, or did all those people get ripped off by cheating hucksters? They got ripped off. Ain't no craps system that works And as far as that dice control stuff goes, those guys called the "dice dominator, terminator and regulator" and anything else that ends in "or" are all full of shit, and I wouldn't trust 'em as far as I could throw 'em Have you ever heard this statement: Casinos make too much money on the square and therefore would never risk purposely cheating their players?

So then is the aforementioned statement true? Virtually all casinos in North America, most of Western Europe and Macau are totally safe and free from organized casino cheating by casinos against the players.

The last incidents of this type of casino cheating in these "safe zones" were in the Caribbean in the s. However, as casino gambling has sprung up in far-flung places all over the world, don't think for a second that the word "casino" in a public place means you can gamble without the slightest fear of being cheated by the house.

In some Asian and Eastern European casinos, I am not so sure. Crooked casinos are rare but they do exist--even today. The best thing to do is simply be aware that it happens, and when you note drastic playing-style changes of a player you're up against, it's very likely that it's not the same player, so you might have to adjust your style--without selling your account!

If you're a baccarat or mini-baccarat player, learn the third-card rule and pay attention while you're playing to make sure the dealer doesn't make mistakes when following it. Unless, of course, a mistake is in your favor. As baccarat, especially mini-baccarat, becomes more popular in casinos, more inexperienced dealers are thrown behind the tables, and they often make mistakes applying the rule, because it is a bit complicated.

I would say that one mistake per 50 hands is a reasonable estimate even for experienced dealers. So if you fancy the game, learn the rules! Many roulette players feverishly spread their bets over the layout as if in a race against time, which is sometimes the case when you're making loads of bets and the dealer wants to spin the ball.

Can you remember every bet you made? There are chip thieves posing as regular roulette players who know that you cannot , and they go out there and scoop up some of your chips while laying down some of their own.

You might think, "Well, what good would my non-redeemable roulette chips be to them? There are many scams that casino cheaters and chip thieves do with other players' roulette chips, so watch out for yours!

Most people dealing the cards in home games, even those playing in big stakes home games, are not very experienced in dealing the cards, at least not in the professional sense where the cards must never leave the surface while being shuffled and not be held too high while being dealt. This reality leads to a vulnerability that allows the top cards coming to the players to be "peeked at" before they hit the felt. It's not easy to do, but with the help of shiny jewelry on hands resting low on the table and soda cans, cheaters will definitely get good reflective peeks some if not most of the time.

Make sure home dealers follow procedure and beware of excessive shiny jewelry and soda cans that just look too shiny. Here's a guideline how to acoid falling prey to such a scam: Tell you what, I'll let you buy them for four hundred bucks each. Maybe you're suspicious but you're also sure the chips are real.

Should you buy them off the guy? See what I mean? You could find yourself in hot water, and when asked where you got the chips, you better hope the casino believes your answer that "I bought them off somebody. So don't do any buying of casino chips unless the seller is the casino.

Because they don't want you to know what time it is. And if there were clocks in casinos, people would invariably notice what time it is, which would naturally trigger some of them to leave the tables and slot machines and head elsewhere, which they might not have done had they not noticed the time from a clock on the wall.

If you think you are playing against a bot, a quick and easy way to ease your mind is to chat with the suspected bot. Say hello, ask him, her or it where they're from, ask if they saw the football game last night. Heck, how 'bout posing them this question: Are you a doggarn bot?

If they get offended and cuss you out, at least you know they are not a doggarn bot. But if they don't get offended, and worse say nothing at all, they might just be a bot, doggarned one or not!

Of course if someone doesn't respond doesn't mean that they are a bot; they might have either turned off the chat box or got really offended and chose to ignore you. If they don't respond to your first question or comment, keep trying. Although there have been several baccarat scams across the world since the huge Tran Organization False-Shuffle scam, the baccarat-scam hysteria that exists in casino surveillance departments today is merely the result of a creation by Willy Allison of the World Game Protection Conference and Gaming Consultant Bill Zender.

They are hyping up the baccarat scams and hugely exaggerating the amounts of money they take out of casinos solely to enhance their own businesses, which is getting casinos to pay them to teach them how to combat these scams. If you get burned by an incredible bad beat, you may have been cold-decked. The reward-verses-risk ratio is horrible. Any robbery even without a weapon risks serious prison time.

So you would be risking years in prison for a grand or two at most, that being the low-denomination stolen chips you could have somebody else cash out for you. Like anything else in life, online software can come with its fair share of glitches.

Internet connection delays can be detrimental when it happens in the middle of a hand. When you are frozen out, your opponents are not. By the time you are back on track the hand is over. Your chance of winning it is gone. Most of the time these glitches are caused by PC viruses. So be sure to protect yourself with anti-virus programs and anti-spyware.

No, I am not joking! The truth is, more than half of all home games have some kind of cheating happening in them, and the cheater or cheaters may be the person or persons you would least expect.

Therefore, if you are suspicious that something is going on and you're not sure by whom, be sure that you are the victim! Which doesn't mean you're the only victim. If you'd like to learn about some common and not so common home-game poker scams, check out that chapter in my book " Dirty Poker. Slot Machine Cheating, which nowadays is either all high-tech or casino-employee driven. Cheating today's state of the art high-tech slot machines without inside help is very difficult to do, but there are still some select master slot cheats out thee manipulating million-dollar jackpots.

The major negative with slot cheating is that if you get caught you will face much harsher penalties than cheating other casino games.

This is because casinos are scared shitless of slot cheats and want to put them out of business whenever they get the chance. Actually you should be. But if you don't know much about cheating moves you won't spot the action of a cheating dealer ripping off the pot.

So my advice would be to learn the basics No, I'm not talking about being careful when crossing the street. Had I been doing that, I would've had to add "Look to your left, look to your right" to satisfy pedestrians on both sides of the Pond. However, when sitting at a poker table or standing at a craps table, it is not a bad idea.

In poker, you want to be aware of who's sitting on either side of you, as they could be colluders, peekers or even chip-sweepers, meaning you could get sandwiched between a hot babe distracting you and her parter lifting some chips off your stack--I've seen it happen. But more dangerous with this kind of move is at craps tables where the babe distracts you and her partner reaches into your chip rack and pecks away at your horizontal-lying chips. That's why the move on a craps table is known as rail-birding.

And believe me, it goes on all the time. I've done it myself. Once, my partner who wasn't even a babe! At one point during his hot roll, he looked down on his rack of chips and exclaimed, "Geez, I thought I was winning more than that! Before leaving the craps table, make sure you've left no winning chips on the layout!

Remember that all good cheaters and cheating teams will disguise their cheating moves the same way any good military operation uses camouflage to hide themselves and their real objectives. For instance, when my cheating teams hit casinos to do roulette moves, we showed them a lot of phony big action in order to camouflage ourselves and make the bosses believe we were legitimate high rollers.

Often we enhanced the camouflage by showing this fake action on craps tables and baccarat tables, to hide the fact that our true attack destination was roulette. The reason for this is that players speaking a foreign language at the table, especially a very foreign language like Farsi, Pashto or Dari, may be exchanging information crucial to the game, such as what cards they have in the hole.

I am in no way accusing any native speakers of these languages of being more likely to collude than anyone else, just using the uncommon languages as an example of conversation that would rarely be understood by non-native speakers of them. The curious thing about minority players in terms of being foreigners at the game speaking their native tongues at the poker table is that often they fall into playing collusion without even realizing it, just having a laugh and innocently telling their comrades what "a lousy hand I have," or "finally I have a pair of bullets!

So if you find yourself in that situation, gently ask the floorman to inform the foreign-language speakers, "English only please! Search my blog for more information on casino cheating involving RFID chips. She's not flirting with you because she likes you. She's rubbing her body up against yours to get your attention away from your expanding rack of chips. On the other side of you is her partner, undoubtedly the guy she's sleeping with, who is nibbling away at your chips while your attention is garnered by the babe.

Watch out and keep your eyes on your chips Dealers take winners for pushes more often than you might think. It happens on average 1.

Conversely, they make mistakes in your favor less frequent, so be vigilant at the blackjack tables. Doing so will save you a betting-unit every hundred hands.

Programs like Poker Tracker are able to monitor hand histories on the poker sites with a great amount of detail. What they do is create databases of games that occur on the site. Then they run through them to look for statistical inconsistencies.

They search for unusual deviations in deck shuffles, draws and other details picked up by their trackers. By using them you not only can analyze your own play and improve on it, you can also analyze the play of your opponents, and by doing so, pick up on various cheating scams going on in the games, especially online collusion.

What do good teams do now? All their members sit at the table and play as ONE person. Of course they all bet, but when the count goes up they mix up their increased increments; for example, one guy betting two units, another three units, and a third only one unit. Then the next hand at the same count they switch around their bets, keeping the same total.

Then if the count goes up higher, one player might actually decrease his bet while others at the table bet threefold or even more. This type of betting effectively disguises the card-counting team because if each individual is tracked by the casino, none will be exposed as a counter. This method even fools casinos' card-counting detection software! This opens avenues of cheating, mainly collusion, softplay and chip dumping.

Most brick and mortar poker rooms have the policy of assigned seating for their tournaments, but many still don't. If you happen to live near poker rooms that only offer open-seating tournaments, just be a little more aware of collusion groups in your tournaments.

Watch for the telltale signs of collusion--lots of re-raising, and chips placed in different positions on hole cards by the same player or players. For more on collusion sign languages, see my book "Dirty Poker" or refer to my "Collusionspeak" article in Bluff Magazine's October edition Bluff Europe as well. Although cheating by blackjack dealers in casinos is rare, it does occasionally happen.

When it does, ninety-nine percent of the time it's in handheld games, where the dealer can peek at the top card and deal seconds. Usually this involves a dealer helping his partner playing on the game win, and in order to conceal this, he must help other players lose. So if you're not counting cards you have nothing to gain by playing the single and double-deck blackjack games.

Just go find yourself tables using card shoes and automatic shufflers. This means that there are lots of crooked players in home games, some of whom you may work with or even be friends with, so always be on the lookout. When the games are at their houses, they have more opportunities to cheat you, i. But when they come to your house, they can't really insist on using their cards, can they? By adopting this practice in public cardrooms, you will cut down on opportunities for others to cheat you.

Most professionals won't look at their hole cards until it's their turn to act. There are intelligent reasons for this, and it's definitely something you should do yourself. Because there's simply no upside to looking at your hole cards before it's your turn to act.

You shouldn't need much time to decide whether you want to play the hand, especially if you're seasoned. But more important than this, if anyone's out to snatch up your hole card information, they will have more time to do so. With the advent of hidden micro cameras, this high-tech cheating is now a reality. Most poker players like to believe they have faces of stone. They think they're incapable of revealing any physical tells. This is not true. Everyone has tells, even professionals, and if you watch players at the table carefully, you'll eventually spot them.

The same thing applies to you. In other words, when playing a poker variant with "low poker" the best hand is one that contains the lowest cards and it can get further complicated by including or not including flushes and straights etc.

So while the "majority" of poker game variations are played "high hand", where the best high "straight, flush etc. To summarize, there can be variations that are "high poker", "low poker", and "high low split". In the case of "high low split" the pot is divided among the best high hand and low hand.

Poker has many variations , [1] all following a similar pattern of play [2] and generally using the same hand ranking hierarchy. There are four main families of variants, largely grouped by the protocol of card-dealing and betting:. There are several methods for defining the structure of betting during a hand of poker.

The three most common structures are known as "fixed-limit," "pot-limit," and "no-limit. For instance, if the required bet is X, an initial bettor may only bet X; if a player wishes to raise a bet, they may only raise by X. In pot-limit poker, a player may bet or raise any amount up to the size of the pot.

When calculating the maximum raise allowed, all previous bets and calls, including the intending raiser's call, are first added to the pot. The raiser may then raise the previous bet by the full amount of the pot. In no-limit poker, a player may wager their entire betting stack at any point that they are allowed to make a bet.

In all games, if a player does not have enough betting chips to fully match a bet, they may go "all-in," allowing them to show down their hand for the amount of chips they have remaining. Other games that use poker hand rankings may likewise be referred to as poker. Video poker is a single-player video game that functions much like a slot machine ; most video poker machines play draw poker, where the player bets, a hand is dealt, and the player can discard and replace cards.

Payout is dependent on the hand resulting after the draw and the player's initial bet. Strip poker is a traditional poker variation where players remove clothing when they lose bets.

Since it depends only on the basic mechanic of betting in rounds, strip poker can be played with any form of poker; however, it is usually based on simple variants with few betting rounds, like five card draw. Another game with the poker name, but with a vastly different mode of play, is called Acey-Deucey or Red Dog poker.

This game is more similar to Blackjack in its layout and betting; each player bets against the house, and then is dealt two cards. For the player to win, the third card dealt after an opportunity to raise the bet must have a value in-between the first two. Payout is based on the odds that this is possible, based on the difference in values of the first two cards.

Other poker-like games played at casinos against the house include three card poker and pai gow poker. In a January article [3] published in Science , a group of researchers mostly from the University of Alberta announced that they "essentially weakly solved" heads-up limit Texas hold 'em with their development of their Cepheus poker bot.

The authors claimed that Cepheus would lose at most 0. Less autonomous poker programs exist whose primary purpose is not to play poker by themselves, but is instead to calculate the odds of certain hand outcomes.

For example, one might input a hand which contains three 7s and two unrelated low cards, the program in question would then return that holding just the 7s results in a From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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