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Theft and the Blackjack Blues

28 October 2014

By Frank Scoblete
FROM BILL: Read recent article on casino thefts of slot tickets and what various States did. I believe article said Pennsylvania was very aggressive in stopping people from removing tickets from a machine which wasn’t theirs.

Recently I was at Saratoga Racing Casino in New York State. I had played a machine and I thought I cashed out ticket. I remember the exact amount; it was $101. But then I checked my pocket it was not there.

I rushed back to machine and it was cashed out. I saw this guy showing his wife the ticket and laughing about it. I approached him and he said it was his.

I decided to go to security, they immediately took my name and players card #. They asked me amount of ticket and what machine or area it was in. A half-hour later they came to me and said the New York States laws are it is my responsibility for ticket. They can get ticket back but it is my responsibility to charge the individual.

After explaining this they said they found the ticket and the man gave it up. The sum was now $90. He had taken ticket from machine and started playing other machines. I got the $90 back but was unhappy that this man actually stole this ticket and knew it wasn’t his.

In Ontario the casino will call police and have a man charged and he has right to reimburse if not he is charged with theft.

I was happy to get $90 but unhappy that New State isn’t more aggressive and charge these people. It is theft.

FRANK RESPONDS: I guess you could say you were lucky to get anything back. Perhaps you put a chain on your player’s club card with a small note: Remember: Get your ticket!” That might help.

I would love to send you a copy of one of my two books “Confessions of a Wayward Catholic” or “The Virgin Kiss.” You choose.

FROM JAMES: I have enjoyed your various articles on casino gaming for several years now and always look forward to learning new strategies and perspectives. Recently, I read a Do's and Don'ts column where you advised against progression betting.

Are you referring to both positive and negative progression strategies? I have frequently Seen both during my life and I am coming to the same conclusion. More times than not, I watch my lovely flat-betting wife, who does not even follow perfect basic strategy, walk away winning more than me. Am I merely spinning my wheels trying to perfect this elusive progressive betting strategy?

FRANK RESPONDS: Positive progression or negative progression dopes nothing to change the house edge on you. They are both losing strategies. Sorry about that.

I would love to send you a copy of one of my two new books, “I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack” or “The Virgin Kiss.” You choose.

FROM PAUL: I know exactly what you're talking about when it comes to players trying to tell you how to play when they don't have a clue.

I was playing recently at a full table at third base. The guy next to me would let everybody know I didn't know what I was doing without directly addressing me.

Case in point, it was a double-deck game, no surrender, and I had a soft 18, dealer had a ten up card, so I hit. This guy couldn't believe it! Unfortunately I received this hand three or four times over the course of playing, and each time I would hit he would talk to the other players about how dumb I was to hit, all the while standing with his 15 or 14 against the dealer up card of 10.

I finally had enough and told him I was playing correctly, but he wouldn't hear it. Unfortunately I couldn't prove him wrong because I lost every time I made that play! Guess the blackjack gods were against me that day but I'd rather play correctly. Of course he went belly up and I ended up winning a little.

FRANK RESPONDS: At blackjack it seems these people exist to be PITA – Pains in the Ahum.

I’d love to send you a copy of one of my books, either “Confessions of a Wayward Catholic” or “The Virgin Kiss.” You choose.

Frank’s newest books are “I Am a Card Counter: Inside the World of Advantage-Play Blackjack” and “Confessions of a Wayward Catholic.” Available from, Kindle or at your local bookstore.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at


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