Ida Summers

June 15, 2020 at 3:18 am

Ida Summers The Vixen of Vegas

Ida Summers or better known as the Vegas Vixen, is one of the most notorious and successful casino cheaters of all time. A petite and attractive woman with bold cheating techniques earned herself thousands of dollars daily during the 1960s and 1970s across casinos in Las Vegas.

Summers Bold Cheating Techniques

Amongst many cheating techniques Ida Summers used, was her attractiveness. She would flirt with the dealers to the point that they lost focus and did not realise she was cheating them out of their money. She also used the process of hand mucking when she first arrived in Vegas. Hand mucking involves bringing one or two of your own cards into play, but you have to match the cards being used by the casino perfectly.

Often Ida Summers would steal cards from the dealers or at times convince the dealer to give her one of the casino’s decks so she could “practice at home”. Upon her return to the chosen casino she would hide the cards in her sleeve and swop them without being noticed so she could reach 21, Blackjack her game of choice.

As she grew bolder, Ida decided to use “cooler” as her new method of cheating. Cooler or Cold Decks were Blackjack shoes filled with pre-arranged cards that were flawlessly designed to beat the house. It was risky as it entailed shoe swopping, yet Summers managed to pull it off by recruiting several male friends to assist her in her efforts.

The End

The details on exactly how Ida Summers landed up getting caught is unclear. Assumptions were that the FBI had been watching her for several months gathering sufficient evidence to prove she was cheating. It is said that the FBI received a tip-off by one of her male companions. Ida Summers indeed cheated death too, because the Mafia ran the casinos at that time; instead, she got off with probation.

Johnny Chan

March 3, 2020 at 3:19 am

Johnny Chan Introduction

Johnny Chan’s life is a rags to riches story. He was an ordinary Chinese boy who went on to become a Chinese – American professional poker player. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets as well as the 1987 and 1988 World Series of Poker main events consecutively.

Chan was born in Guangzhou China in 1957 and arrived in the States in 1968 where his family settled in Arizona and later moved to Houston, Texas, where his family owned restaurants. This is where he first started playing cards. At the age of 21, he dropped out of University and moved to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player.

Chan’s Gambling Career

Chan had his first casino experience at the age of 16 where he managed to buy-in for a cash game, allegedly turning $500 into $20 000 in one night. However, he lost it all the following day. He was also the first foreign national to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The final round of the 1988 WSOP final heads up is featured in the movie Rounders in which Chan makes a cameo appearance.

In 1989 he almost won his third consecutive title, but instead finished in second place to Phil Hellmuth and lost out on an NBA championship ring promised to him by Jerry Buss the owner of the LA Lakers if he had won three consecutive events.

In 2005 Johnny Chan became the first player to win ten WOSP bracelets and is currently tied with Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson for second place. In addition to playing Poker, Chan also owns a fast-food franchise in the Stratosphere Hotel situated in Las Vegas. He is also a consultant for game makers and casinos and the author of the book “Card Player.”

Chan or Orient Express as nicknamed is a true American success story.


December 7, 2019 at 8:17 am

Nick Dandolos

December 6, 2019 at 3:20 am

Nick Dandolos Nick Dandolos or Nick the Greek was what one refers to as a well-rounded gambler and remains synonymous with gambling to this day. This professional gambler and high roller was born in 1883 in Crete and came from wealthy parents. He earned a degree in philosophy, and at the age of 18, he was sent to the USA and settled in Chicago until he eventually relocated to Montreal. It’s at this time he started gambling on horses where he won $500 000 on horse racing, and then lost it as quickly as he had won it. Nick, the Greek, then decided to move back to Chicago and take up gambling seriously.

Nick’s Gambling Career

Nick the Greek was a card and dice playing connoisseur and was a master of bluffing. He soon became a celebrity at Chicago clubs as he bet big, and this was when a legend was born. He was friends with Frank Sinatra, Telly Savalas and Aristotle Onassis.

Once he lost $1.6 million to a dice game in New York that lasted 12 days. At another event, he left with $500 000 after a seven-hour poker game. Nick then moved to Nevada when gambling was legalised in 1931, and the casinos in sin city became his playgrounds.

Nick was invited to play Johnny Moss by Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino. Binion, of course, took advantage of this by promoting the two Poker giants competition which lasted five months. The game was exhausting, and the two only took breaks to eat and sleep. Day after day, thousands changed hands until finally Nick was penniless having lost $4 million, so he stood up and said: “Mr Moss, I will have to let you go.” This memorable battle gave birth to the World Poker Series.

Nick died broke, however during his life he donated roughly $20 million to charity. He passed away on Christmas Day of 1966 after a poker game, how befitting to a great gambler.