Store Selling DVDs that Teach How to Cheat at Poker

Store Selling DVDs that Teach How to Cheat at Poker

Tannen’s Magic Shop is selling a set of four DVDs that can teach viewers how to cheat at poker and other card games, but are being sold under the pretense that they provide protection from other cheaters.

It’s been said of the game of poker that it takes minutes to learn but a lifetime to master. But if you don’t want to wait a lifetime to get that good, there’s now a way to become an expert in just minutes. A New York City magic shop is selling DVDs that teach you how to cheat at poker!

Four Magical Steps to Cheating

Tannen’s Magic Shop, which claims to be the largest magic store in the world, carries a wide variety of magic supplies including close-up magic tricks, stage illusions, magic memorabilia, books and DVDs. Among the DVDs sold by the shop and advertised on its website are four that teach you how to cheat at cards. One video is general instruction on how to cheat at poker, a second is specific instruction on how to cheat at Texas Hold ’em, a third is instruction on how to cheat at blackjack and a fourth is instruction on general all-around card-cheating.

A description on the website of the DVD titled “Cheating at Poker” says the DVD, “…demonstrates and explains many sleight-of-hand techniques that are used to cheat at poker. You will learn about false shuffles, false dealing, peeking at cards, switching cards, marking cards, controlling cards during shuffles, bend work, culling discards, crimping, palming, cold decking, false cuts, daub work, nullifying cuts, holding out and much more.

“Each subject is further covered with demonstrations and discussions about related variations and techniques. This is a crash course in what is possible at the poker table. Sold for educational and entertainment purposes only. Millions of dollars are lost every year to card cheaters and we recommend that anyone who plays poker be familiar with these techniques in order to protect themselves.” The DVD sells for $19.95.

”Protection” from Cheaters

The video entitled “Cheating at Hold ’em” says the DVD, “…will give you the edge you need to protect yourself at the poker table. You’ll quickly have the knowledge you need to prevent hustlers from scamming you, in any easy-to-understand format that is both fun and entertaining. The best players in the world cannot overcome the advantage a cheater enjoys, and there are dozens of ways your game and your bankroll can be compromised.

“When it comes to dealing with cheating at the poker table, the knowledge in ‘Cheating at Hold ’em’ is your only protection. You will, in just a few short minutes, become a far more sophisticated player, a player who’s informed, alert and up-to-date. This knowledge base will enable you to protect yourself and level the playing field whenever and wherever you play, whether in a casino tournament, table stakes game or a friendly home game.” The DVD will cost you $35.

“Cheating at Blackjack” is a DVD which “demonstrates and explains many sleight-of-hand techniques that are used to cheat at blackjack (including) false shuffles, stocking, second dealing, push-through shuffle, false running cut, capping the deck, the elevator, playing slugs, the turn-over, curl peek, flash peek, one-hand second, front-loading, shiners, crimps, edgework, juice and flash, sand work, hole card switch, card mucking, two-card switch, the brush, topping the deck, chip-copping, capping the bet, capping overpay, toke stealing, the sub, confederate play, the gambler’s stock, the Kentucky set-up, the cold deck and much more.

“Sold for educational and entertainment purposes only. Millions of dollars are lost every year to card cheaters and we recommend that anyone who plays blackjack be familiar with these techniques in order to protect themselves.” The DVD is being sold for $19.95.

Con You Way to the Top

A description on the website of the DVD titled “Darwin Ortiz on Card Cheating” says the video will teach you “60 techniques that are among the closely-guarded secrets of the card-cheating underworld (including) 21 false shuffles and cuts, six stacking techniques, eight false dealing methods and 21 palms and switches…(also) one of the most diabolical card scams ever created, the three-card monte, used by hustlers and cheats around the world to separate suckers from their cash!” The DVD sells for $35.
The four DVDs are sold under the guise of learning the card-cheating techniques others use, but doing so in order to protect oneself. But the DVDs can also be used to learn how to cheat so you can cheat casinos or other players. If you want to become a great poker player, why waste time reading books about poker? Just watch a video on how to cheat at poker, and you can con your way to a World Series of Poker bracelet.

Tom Somach
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Tom Somach
Tom Somach is an American journalist who has covered the gambling industry for more than 20 years. Although he has covered every aspect of gambling from bingo to baccarat, his specialities are poker, sports betting and Internet gambling. His work has appeared in newspapers such as the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Edmonton Sun and the Las Vegas Sporting News, and on websites such as Gambling911.com, PokerHelper.com, BettorsWorld.com and RollingGoodTimes.com. In addition, he is a radio host and producer, having appeared on and created numerous radio shows in the USA about poker and sports betting.

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