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31. Gets Booked, Writes a Book
A man convicted of writing bad checks to
has written a book that he predicts will
a national bestseller. Entitled A Casino Is Born
Minute, the 250-page book details James Duncan’s successful
unsuccessful attempts to beat casinos. Duncan is serving
five-year sentence for grand larceny in the Las
city jail. He wrote 18 bogus checks, ranging
value from $3,000 to $10,000, at 17 different
. “My only mistake was cashing that last check
the same casino I had cashed the first
at,” said Duncan. “They were waiting for me.”
only has a few months left before he
released from the jail. During his incarceration, he
the library facilities and computers to write his
. He completed the book two months ago and
now shopping it around to various publishers.
gambling and casinos are very popular. People like
read about gangsters, beautiful women, flashy cars, posh
, and the exciting possibilities of winning it all
losing it all. Duncan says he was the
card-counter in Las Vegas. He claims that he
almost $1 million at blackjack. Then, other card
started copying his technique.
“They abused the system,”
Duncan. “They got greedy. If they’d been like
, and just won some here and there, different
, and different nights, the casinos wouldn’t have gotten
so fast.” When the casinos realized what was
on, they started using two or more decks
the blackjack tables to thwart the counters. They
out anyone they suspected of counting cards.