Video appears to show online live blackjack dealer switching cards. Super High Roller Bowl adds seats to resolve signup dispute. And can playing cards actually help solve a murder?

Caught on Camera

Ever since real-money online gaming first became a reality, anxieties about game security have abounded. Without physical cards or dice to inspect, players are forced to trust in a random-number generator whose workings they don’t understand and the promises of a regulatory agency with whom they have no direct interaction. That’s one of the major reasons that live dealer online games have become popular in recent years: intuitively, it feels safer.

That may be something of an illusion, however. Human dealers can’t be scrutinized to the same extent as computer code, and we all know that cards can be manipulated.

As reported by CalvinAyre, Twitch-streamer Michael Morgenstern has accused a Betonline dealer of having cheated during a game he played there while streaming. He says the move was spotted and pointed out to him by one of his fans.

Betonline has not publicly addressed the accusations, but the video evidence certainly looks pretty damning. Played in slow motion, it’s impossible to miss the dealer flicking the first card in the deck out of the way in order to grab the second, and their reversal results in a house rather than a player win.

Of course, it should be mentioned that Betonline is a skin on Chico Poker Network, which operates in the unregulated (i.e. illegal) US market. Without legal options to play online, US gamblers and poker players flock to such sites, many of which end up finding themselves embroiled in scandal. If these allegations prove correct, it’s yet another example of why it’s foolish to trust those who break the law in one way not to break it in others.

Quick Hitters

– Aria’s Super High Roller Bowl got more entries this year than anticipated. Having blundered in dealing with the issue, they’ve made amends by simply expanding the tournament field to 56 to allow everyone in who wanted in.

– Inspired by the “Most Wanted” decks distributed to US troops during the Iraq war, Colorado’s state prisons have commissioned a deck featuring the victims of unsolved murders. These will be distributed to inmates in the hope is that they’ll jog some memories and help to unravel these cold cases.

– It’s best not to anger a cop, even one who’s off-duty. An officer from Portland, Oregon was fired after what appears to be an extreme case of tilt. After storming out of a home poker game, the officer returned with his gun and threatened to shoot another player in the head.

– Also in crime-and-punishment news, Jeremy Johnson, a former bank employee involved in the events leading up to Black Friday, now finds himself in still further legal difficulty. Already serving 11 years for other white collar crimes, Johnson is now being slapped with contempt of court for refusing to testify in the trial of former Utah Attorney General John Swallow.