In a 2016 article, Elie Bursztein collects and describes a gadget used to cheat at the card table.
In 2015, I stumbled upon a post in an underground forum, discussing how someone was ripped off at a poker table by a very advanced poker cheating device. From what I understood at that time, the post being in Chinese, the device was able to remotely read card markings to inform the cheater who will win the next hand.
Intrigued, I decided to follow the trail of this fabled device to see if people were indeed cheating at poker using devices that would fit naturally into a James Bond movie.
Without spoiling too much of the rest of this post, let’s just say that the high-end cheating device that I was able to get my hands on far exceeded my expectations and it really is an outstanding piece of technology.
I’ve watched the video demo of one of the gadgets (embedded above) and didn’t figure the trick out. I won’t spoil it for you, but for saying it’s a $5000 fully functional Android smartphone with extra hardware: “Note that taking a screenshot of the cheating app turned out to be more difficult than expected because the ROM is hardened against analysis”