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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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 8th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 1st 2003)
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RiskingTime
Aug 11, 2014 RiskingTime rated it really liked it
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
Brian
Nov 14, 2007 Brian rated it it was ok
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
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Jay Tate
Dec 03, 2014 Jay Tate rated it really liked it
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.

Aaron
Feb 27, 2012 Aaron rated it did not like it
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.
Todd
Aug 02, 2011 Todd rated it liked it
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.
Steven
May 04, 2012 Steven rated it liked it
Learn lots of ways to cheat the casino
Mex
Dec 11, 2009 Mex rated it it was amazing
Absolutely thrilling. AND I learned some practical (legal) roulette skills.
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