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American Roulette: How I Turned the Odds Upside Down---My Wild Twenty-Five-Year Ride Ripping Off the World's Casinos

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In American Roulette, Richard Marcus tells his never-before-heard story, of ripping off casinos. The book follows Marcus, along with several of the world's great professional casino cheaters, as he travels from Las Vegas to London and Monte Carlo, pilfering large sums of money from casinos by performing sleight of hand magic tricks with gaming chips. As skilled cheaters, t ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 19th 2003 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published September 1st 2003)
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I wonder how much the gambling layperson will enjoy reading American Roulette? The book recounts the casino cheating career of "Richard Marcus", who was a past posting casino cheat. Marcus masters the art of past posting roulette and sometimes blackjack. Along with his team, he sets up pit bosses and dealers, by switching higher denomination chips under winning bets. Eventually the team uses a reverse past post, where the big bet is taken away instead of being added. The reverse past post greatl ...more
American Roulette by Richard Marcus is not what I would call a good book, but it is a good story.
Let's face it, the guy is a casino pastposter (one who swaps a larger bet in after it wins), not an author. The book is entertaining, but frankly gets a little old after a while. There's only so much "Then we went to this other casino, put in a few moves, they didn't have a clue, ha, ha, and then we went to another one..." you can take before it gets repetitive. His brushes with "the steam" in the ba
Jay Tate
Wow. You have to wonder how much of the tale is true. It's like Catch Me if you Can, for gamblers. Really good gamblers.

This book is why ghostwriters exist. In the right hands, this could have been a really interesting book, but if you can't write, just admit it and work with someone that can. Marcus gets too technical, so inside-baseball that you can no longer understand what he's talking about, and there's just way too much outright gloating and 'yeah, baby, who's awesome? This guy right here'. A good story ruined.
After working in a local casino for almost 2 years, I have always been interested in the mind of the player, and how some seem to make their own odds. This book is a great autobiography of the author and his partners life of cheating casinos world wide over 25 yrs. If you enjoy learning about a gamblers lifestyle, this book is a good read.
Learn lots of ways to cheat the casino
Absolutely thrilling. AND I learned some practical (legal) roulette skills.
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