Great and Horrible Wizard of Pastposting
Who knew that a boy, who was fooled by his schoolmates in childhood, would revenge… the gambling world? It all started from the baseball cards. Little Richard lost his entire collection. It was like a poker game, where a dishonest dealer deals the stacked cards.
Later Richard started betting on horses and playing poker. When he turned twenty he bought a Mustang convertible and moved to Las Vegas.
Welcome to Las Vegas!
There he lived only on the winnings but soon he blew out everything and happened to live under the bridge with other casino fellows who have lost all their money. But he didn’t stop there. He realized he needed to survive anyway, so he shook off the dust and went to apply for jobs. Guess where he got a job? Four Queens Casino … dealer … in baccarat and blackjack games. It was not an accident, as some time later he met there Joe Classon, who offered him “cooperation.”
Everything started from Four Queens set up for baccarat. The dealer didn’t even suspect that the cards in a shoe were stacked. The idea brought the team $21,000. It was only 1977.
Richard Marcus was a casino devastator for over two decades… but it was later. Back then, he joined the team, where he was taught different past posting methods in all the games, where bets were possible. His knowledge of being on both sides of the table gave incredible results. He improved some moves of the team, where were four other people: Jerry Palmer, Duke Swenson and Joe Classon.
Gathering New Team
In 1989 the team severed and Richard started looking for other partners. He met Pat Mallery, who was inexperienced casino gambler. Richard taught him and gradually he became one of the best. In 1994 they started betting $ 5,000 chips.
And in 1995 they developed famous Savannah move (named after Richard’s favorite stripper in Las Vegas). You bet with a $5 chip and a $5000 chip underneath. You slightly push forward the top chip, so that the dealer would not see the bottom one from his angle. If your bet wins, you leave it alone and get your $10010, if it doesn’t– you quickly take the bet away. The dealer notices that and shout to put that down. And you put down… two $5 chips. The dealer will never argue, as he saw two chips, but he never saw the bottom one.
Marcus quit business in 2000 with around £7,000,000.
He wrote five books. “American Roulette: How I Turned the Odds Upside Down - My Wild Twenty-Five-Year Ride Ripping off the World's Casinos” is about the Richard’s life a scam and all the methods he used during the“career”.
His second book “Dirty Poker: The Poker Underworld Exposed” is about modern cheats, the reasons why the professionals cheat, cheating online and evolution of the poker cheating.
“The Great Casino Heist” covers professional cheats in gambling cultures in Monte Carlo, London and Las Vegas, where Marcus and his team traveled.
“Identity Theft, Inc.: A Wild Ride with the World's #1 Identity Thief” is about “business” life of the authors of the book Richard Marcus and Glenn Hastings, how they used business and marketing skills to improve their profits. It is not only about scamming casinos, but also American mortgage lenders.
“The World's Greatest Gambling Scams” narrates about ten best gambling scams. It covers the psychological and high-tech schemes, including marking cards with dye solution, which can be seen only through special lenses and disappears in an hour.
Probably you will want to know, whether he was ever arrested or sued. He was detained but he never filed a lawsuit against him because of lack of evidence. Possibly it is the reason they called him the best cheater ever lived.
Wonderful invention of the casinos in Las Vegas. They inscribe in it everybody, who was brave enough to cheat and win millions on that but later was caught red-handed, imprisoned and nobody wants to see him/her in the house.