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Steve Forte - Blackjack Player

Read the Dealer Author Steve Forte

A Profile of Steve Forte

Steve Forte is an expert on gambling, a magician, and the author of Read the Dealer. Forte currently works as the president of a consulting firm, International Gaming Specialists, which provides casinos with information and advice regarding:

  • cheating
  • advantage play
  • detecting and preventing both of the above

Not only does Forte and his company provide advice and instruction for casino employees, they also offer demonstrations, reviews of procedures, and audits. Some of their clients include:

  • MGM Grand
  • Mirage
  • Flamingo Hilton
  • Imperial Palace
  • Caesars

Before his career consulting, Forte was a professional blackjack and poker player. His 1986 book, Read the Dealer, is one of the best-known examples of innovative ways to beat blackjack that doesn't involved card counting. His writing has also been featured in The Las Vegas Sun, Gaming Confidential, and Cigar Aficionado.

Read the Dealer was the first book to explore the concept of dealer tells in blackjack, and how to use the dealer's reaction after peaking at her hole card to adjust your playing strategy in order to gain an edge over the house. Many casinos have changed their dealing policies as a result of his book.

Steve Forte has also produce a video series called Casino Gaming Protection, as well as being featured on a television show called Gambling's Invisible Thieves. You can visit one of his websites at Casino Game Protection.

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