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Poker Scams Revealed in 'Cheating at Hold'em'

Saturday, December 17, 2005

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Texas Hold'em, like all card games, has rules to keep the play honest, fair and fun. Unfortunately the reality is that 99% of all games can easily be cheated. Double George, LLC has developed a DVD program titled Cheating at Hold'em (The Essentials), designed to educate the general public about how poker scams work, how to detect them, and what steps to take in order to protect yourself from being a victim.

Gambling and especially Texas Hold'em has taken the world by storm. When gambling becomes popular, cheating also escalates but at a faster rate. Cheating at Hold'em (The Essentials) illustrates easy steps you can take to help protect your game (and your bankroll) from being compromised. Most of these precautions are procedural changes that can be made immediately. They are easy to implement, and will go a long way toward making your game above board, and honest.

Forget about fancy surveillance systems or devices to help you shuffle and deal. Within 10 minutes, anyone can learn to shuffle, cut, and deal a fair game. Also, just a few minutes of instruction can show you how to properly look at your cards (a technique known as peeking the hand, how to deal with onlookers and those not playing, and how to detect marked cards, sleight of hand maneuvers and various gambling devices.

How does the program work? Cheating at Hold'em (The Essentials) shows what various scams look like when executed. Each facet of the scam is then exposed, discussed and illustrated in detail. This enables you to spot and prevent cheating or any type of advantage play. Protection and Detection Tips are also discussed for each section, showing you procedural changes you can make to dissuade people from potentially cheating in your game. A hustler is looking for places where it is easy to get away with cheating. If you create an atmosphere that is unfriendly toward cheaters, they will leave your game alone.

"It's a common dilemma that surfaces when anyone gambles for money; some people feel at times that they may have been cheated," said David Malek, Chairman of Double George, LLC. "In fact, if you play Texas Hold'em (or any other poker variations) for money, or for fun, it is just a matter of time before someone will try and cheat you. Believe it or not, more money is stolen in private poker games by so called "friends" than is ever stolen in a casino. However, if you know what to look for and how to protect against it, you become a far more sophisticated player. Easy to implement procedural changes go a long way to make your game safe, fair, and fun for everyone. Some scams are so deceptive, subtle, and quick, that knowledge becomes your only protection. When money is involved, game protection must be your top priority."

Cheating at Hold'em (The Essentials), is an instructional DVD covering the essential details of scams used in the game of Texas Hold'em. You'll learn how to properly shuffle, cut, and deal the cards. You'll learn about Peeking (learning the identity of cards that should remain unknown), Flashing (giving up information before players are supposed to know about it), Second Dealing (dealing the second card from the top, rather than fairly from the top), Marked Cards (Block Out Work, Scroll Work, Crimping, and even Nail Nicking). In addition, you'll learn about Check Copping (a way to steal chips out of the pot), Splash Moves, and the Psychology of a Card Cheat, as well as Protection Tips to combat the most widely perpetrated scams.

Every section of this 90-minute DVD can have a huge impact on the way you see the game and the way your game is played. In order to eliminate the chances of being scammed, you must take game protection and security seriously. You will enjoy the game more, and so will the people you play with. It is easy to incorporate the different protection tips into your games, as well as keep them in mind when playing in a game you have less control over.

David Malek is considered one of the world's foremost experts on game protection. His sleight of hand skill with cards and dice is legendary. Mr. Malek puts on presentations for law enforcement, casino personnel and celebrity clients.

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