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Mega Millions ticket
Industry, Insider Insights

What Are The Odds of Winning The Lottery & Why Do People Still Do It?

The odds of winning the top prize in some of the most popular lotteries range from 1 in 302,575,350 to 1 in 13,983,816. Or in other words, very close to zero. And yet, it is still one of the most popular and respected games of chance....

April 16, 2024 9 min read
Neon Vegas casino sign
Guides, Insider Insights

Behind The Neon Lights: How Do Casinos Make Money?

Casinos make money because every game has a house edge created for it. That edge is usually achieved in either of two ways. 1. The Casino Can Win More Decisions The first way is that the casino can win more decisions, such as the pass line...

April 3, 2024 4 min read
A casino table with a lot of chips on it
Insider Insights

Why Do People Gamble? An Expert Gambler’s Take On The Psychology of Gambling

Over 1.9 billion players played in casinos around the world in the year 2023. I got that statistic from Google,...
March 26, 2024 3 min read
Investing in crypto - often seen as a gamble
Guides, Insider Insights

Gambling vs Investing: Which Are You Doing & What’s The Difference?

The last few years have seen gambling and investing merge as meme stocks, dogecoin, and tesla options have all blurred...
February 19, 2024 5 min read
PokerTracker4 HUD
Insider Insights, Poker

10 Essential Poker Statistics That Will Change Your Game

It doesn't matter if you play live or online - understanding poker statistics is a vital part of the game....
February 9, 2024 5 min read
Trump and Biden
Insider Insights

2024 Election Betting Odds: Who’s The Next President?

Based on the latest election betting odds, the recommended bet is to back Joe Biden at 3.0 (BetMGM). 1. Donald...
January 19, 2024 6 min read
Donald Trump
Insider Insights, Top 10s

Political Betting In 2024 – 10 Bets You Can Place

Due to general elections in both the USA and UK, 2024 promises to be the busiest ever year for political...
January 15, 2024 7 min read
Cyber security
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Ransomware Risks

It’s still surprising to me that many people who have come to rely on home computers and online services are...
May 15, 2023 5 min read
playing cards
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Tonk, The Fast-Moving Game For Gamblers

A friend and I recently reflected on the number of games that exist with playing cards and how many of...
May 1, 2023 6 min read
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Taxi Scams

If you travel the world, ride share services like Uber, Lyft and others have become an invaluable tool to navigate...
April 17, 2023 6 min read
Rigged roulette wheel
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Rigged Roulette Wheels

Illegal gaming devices come in all shapes and sizes and have been designed to beat or cheat any game on...
March 20, 2023 4 min read
gambling myths debunked
Guides, Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

10 Of The Biggest Gambling Myths, Debunked

Whether you believe that casinos cheat or you could face prison time if caught card counting, there are tons of...
March 13, 2023 6 min read
Casino dealer
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: How Dealers And Players Can Work Together To Steal From The House

The peek is a powerful tool for crooked card players and can be used to steer valuable cards to one’s...
March 6, 2023 5 min read
Betsoft + interview
Industry, Insider Insights

Interview: Renata Banyar, Betsoft Gaming’s CMO, Reveals What’s In Store For 2023 and Renata Banyar, Betsoft Gaming’s CMO discuss how the previous successes of 2022 are the building blocks for 2023...
February 17, 2023 5 min read
Dealer at the casino
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Card Peeks

In this article, we’re going to explore one of the most powerful sleights available to crooked poker dealers or croupiers....
February 10, 2023 5 min read
Martin Nash - magician
Celebrities & Poker Pros, Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Charming Cheat

I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career to have known and befriended many of the great names in magic and...
January 24, 2023 5 min read
Rigged slots
Guides, Insider Insights

No, Slot Machines Aren’t Rigged. A Casino Worker Explains Why

As a casino worker, one of the questions that you’ll need to resign yourself to hearing every day is: “Are...
January 22, 2023 4 min read
Texting with phone
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: New Era Impostors

In the rogue’s gallery of con artists, a wing of that exhibit must be dedicated to impostors who have successfully...
December 26, 2022 5 min read
The Martingale System - Roulette
Insider Insights, Strategy

R. Paul Wilson On: Why The Martingale System Doesn’t Work

Gamblers love the idea of luck or fate and are often suckered by the notion of a system that can...
November 12, 2022 4 min read
Card counter - blackjack
Guides, Industry, Insider Insights

How Casinos Catch Card Counters And Why You Should Avoid Trying It

The math on card counting has changed over the years. I don’t mean the raw numbers governing the true count,...
November 3, 2022 8 min read
media manipulation
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: How You’re Being Manipulated By The Internet Without Even Realizing

A great wave is coming. Not of water but of truth. Not real truth: Selected, approved, manipulated and fabricated truth...
October 30, 2022 5 min read
Roulette wheel
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Norman Leigh And The Reverse Labouchere System

My main profession these days is as a filmmaker and while I remain fully committed to beating scams, collecting cons...
October 8, 2022 5 min read
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Wire Scam

One advantage of taking an interest in various forms of deception (or disadvantage, depending on your point of view) is...
September 26, 2022 5 min read
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Do Casinos Cheat?

After the success of The Real Hustle, I’d meet all sorts of people from both sides of casino games: Managers,...
September 20, 2022 5 min read
Shop door
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Psychological Tricks I Learned As A Pitchman

I’ve mentioned my past flirtation with the art of the pitchman and I remain a big fan of their methods,...
September 15, 2022 5 min read
Industry, Insider Insights, Top 10s

The Top 10 Dos And Don’ts Of Casino Etiquette

I have spent more than 30 years on the casino floor, and one of the things I wish I could...
September 13, 2022 12 min read
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: A Sneaky Trick Known As “Splashing The Move”

Con artists thrive when they can adapt to a situation or blend into a scenario where they go unnoticed and...
August 29, 2022 5 min read
US flag
Insider Insights

Politics Betting: Mid-Term Elections Betting Preview

Recommended Bets Mark Kelly (D) to win Arizona Senate @ 1.73 – Bet365Katie Hobbs (D) to win Arizona Governor @ 2.25 –...
August 8, 2022 5 min read
Exchange rate sign
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Currency Exchange Scams

It seems that western countries are accelerating towards cashless societies where every payment or transaction might be monitored or tracked...
August 1, 2022 5 min read
trojan malware
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Avoid Falling Victim To Trojan Malware

It’s no secret or surprise that most of us carry an entire suite of surveillance devices in our pocket. But...
July 12, 2022 4 min read
playing card tricks
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (3/3)

This final instalment of how to play games where you become the house and have an unbeatable mathematical edge (over...
June 13, 2022 4 min read
coins in someone's palm
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (2/3)

This is the second in a three-part series on how to turn yourself into “the house” and reap the benefits...
May 30, 2022 5 min read
Dice hustle games
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (1/3)

This is part one of three from our series on games where the odds are in the hustler’s favour. I...
May 16, 2022 4 min read
Lottery tickets and balls
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Why The Lottery Is A Waste Of Your Time

One of my favourite performance pieces is an absolute miracle with a borrowed deck of cards, created by the Spanish...
April 19, 2022 5 min read
Roulette wheel and table
Guides, Insider Insights, Top 10s

10 Things Casinos Never Want You To Know

Casinos are a hot house of fun - we all know that - but they are a business at the...
April 4, 2022 5 min read
Casino chip
Industry, Insider Insights

How Casinos Spot Fake Chips (And Why You Should Never Use Them)

About a decade ago, I was tasked with the unique job of going through all the floats (the racks that...
March 25, 2022 4 min read
Fake casino chip
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Fake Chip Collateral Scam

Late night in Las Vegas, in a dark corner of a quiet bar, a discussion becomes heated until it is...
January 27, 2022 6 min read
Donald Trump
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

2024 US Election Betting: Will History Repeat Itself?

Recommended Bets Back Republicans to win Presidency @ 1.88 (Betfair)Back Elizabeth Warren to be the Democrat Nominee @ 32.0 (Betfair)Back...
January 24, 2022 4 min read
Dai Vernon
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: When Sleight Of Hand Magicians And Card Cheaters Collide

Over the years, a few sleight of hand magicians have sought out card cheaters and crooked gamblers to share ideas...
January 15, 2022 5 min read
2022 politics betting markets
Insider Insights

Top Political Betting Markets In 2022 (And What You Should Bet On)

Recommended Bets Buy Brian Kemp for Republican Georgia Primary @ 44c (PredictIt) Back 2022 for Boris Johnson Exit @ 2.96...
January 7, 2022 4 min read