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Ever since man created ways to gamble, there have been people who have tried to cheat in order to win big. Since players were clearly going to attempt to cheat, there has been a battle going on between the casinos and the players, trying to stay one step ahead of each other. These days, it has become a lot more difficult to cheat, especially in the world of Online Casinos, but there are still many players who are attempting to break through an Online Casino’s high-tech security to give themselves an advantage.

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History of Cheating: The Wild West

While it’s unlikely that cheating at gambling games started in the Wild West, this is where it got famous. This is where people hear countless stories of people being accused of cheating and getting into a gun fight over it. While the Wild West may not have been as lawless and violent as movies and legends would have you believe, these legends were in fact based on true events. While not as common as the movies would have you believe, they certainly did occur.

One of the most famous events happened in Texas when John Wesley Hardin, a well-known gunslinger, decided to enjoy a card game on Christmas day. The game started off well but soon he got into a heated argument with his opponent, James Bradley. The pair eventually decided to settle the argument with a duel. Despite Harding’s skill with a gun, it was actually Bradley who managed to shoot first. Luckily for Harding he missed, allowing him to shoot and kill Bradley.

History of Cheating: The birth of the Casino

As civilisation spread, so did gambling and most of it took place illegally. This meant that it was not safe and the entire industry suffered. It started to become clear that gambling would have to get a lot safer if it was to continue, so official, legal and safe casinos started to be built in places like Las Vegas. This almost immediately started to attract any one who wanted to gamble and quickly killed off the majority of the underground gambling rings.

By the 1950s though, most casinos were owned by organised crime, so they still weren’t entirely safe. The games were mostly fair though, as the organisations behind them wanted a way to make legitimate money, even if the money being used to fund the initial construction was accumulated by illegal activities.

Cheating Today

These days it has become far more difficult to cheat a casino than ever before. When we’re talking about land-based casinos, there are cameras everywhere and the actual gambling equipment, like dice, roulette wheels and so gets tested very regularly to make sure there are no issues.

As for online casino, this becomes even more difficult as players would need to be able to hack into the systems. This requires a lot of technical experience and the casino software is going to be extremely difficult to crack. Because of this, when most people talk about online casinos and cheating, they tend to talk about the casino itself cheating its players with unfair odds and so on.

This is why it is so important to make sure that whatever online casino you decide to pay on, it has been tested and licensed by a third-party organisation, which will test the games for fairness and let the players know if the casino is trustworthy or now. However, no matter how many tests are run and how many independent regulators say a particular online casino is far, there will also be those who believe otherwise.