Over the years, Bill Zender, former Nevada Gaming Control Agent and Director of Casino Operations at the Aladdin, has been widely acknowledged as one of the most thoughtful and progressive casino insiders in the gaming business today. He has quite literally written the books on Pai Gow Poker and Blackjack card counting from the casino’s point of view. His training methods and careful mathematical analysis of casino games gave the Aladdin one of the highest hold percentages of any Nevada casino. In his latest book, Zender has tackled a taboo topic, that of the cheating of players by casinos in the game of Blackjack. It is unusual enough that someone has written a book on this controversial topic, but for it to be written by a casino insider is truly astounding, but the public is the beneficiary of Zender’s considerable expertise on the subject.
Having been a casino operator, responsible for the day to day management of everything that happens on the casino floor, a Slot Gacor gaming control agent, responsible for investigating allegations of casino cheating, and a Blackjack card counter, having made his living for a while on the players’ side of the table, Zender is uniquely qualified to tackle this topic. In his book, Zender draws on real situations he encountered during his tenure as a casino employee, actual cases he worked on as a gaming control agent, and has access to the first hand accounts of events as happened to some of the most respected names in Blackjack. All of this data, along with a light, but well considered narrative, make this book useful as well as entertaining.
The first couple of chapters focus on the history of cheating at Blackjack and the rumors that surround the industry. Zender goes to great lengths to emphasize that casino cheating, especially in the large, established gambling jurisdictions, is an extremely rare event. However, with the proliferation of legalized gambling, and the fact that careful gambling control has not spread quite so rapidly, some cheating is always a possibility.
Zender is well aware that in the hands of a …