Originally posted by Steve V':
Interesting point..... I don't think many detectives sell themselves as experts on how to commit murder but as how to solve murder cases. I can see the argument that if one is an expert at cheating and have never been a cheat then they are an expert on methods of cheating instead.
It's true that most homicide detectives don't bill themselves as experts on how to commit murder, but they are experts on murder nonetheless. Likewise one can be an expert on cheating, without ever having been a cheat. You wouldn't suggest that all the Civil war experts have been dead for a hundred years would you?
I would much rather have a person that has spent his life in and around gaming and cheating consult my casino than someone who has moved a few times and made off with a couple of hundred bucks.
Keep in mind that most cheats specialize. The guy who has past-posted at roulette once or twice many not know a darn thing about slot protection, or craps protection, or hole-card play, or dealing known hole-cards at poker, or marked cards, or any of a number of other things.
Which would you rather have consult to your casino, someone who's taken down one or two games and is technically a "thief", or Darwin Ortiz, who's never cheated at cards, dice or what have you, but has spent the last 20+ years studying cheating methods?
I'll take Darwin thanks.