Although John Finn[ 1 ] played almost exclusively in private poker games because of their greater profitability, he did spend the summer of 1976 playing public poker in the Gardena, California, card clubs and in the Las Vegas, Nevada, casinos. In both the clubs and casinos, he discovered professional cheaters operating in the higherstake games. John's public-game experiences uncovered six common cheating methods used in public poker. He also learned how to protect himself from professional cheaters in public poker. More importantly, he learned to identify and thus avoid those cheating situations that he could not beat -- the beginnings of Neocheating that would soon invade private poker.
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