Is it true that casinos take cheaters into a back room and ...

Casino (1995) - Cheater's Justice

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AMA Request - Las Vegas Casino security guard during the "cheaters justice" days.

Meaning anywhere from the 60's through the early 80s when Tony Spiltro got killed. Thought about doing this IAMA after watching Casino for the millionth time.
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A not-so-brief rundown of letters J-L of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters J-L of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here ( There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here:
Jackson, Michael (Samuel Gen): Yes, this is a reference to MJ the singer. However, the numbers listed are not MJ’s. They belong to Samuel Gen, a lawyer for a financial advisor (Jerry Seinfeld’s brother-in-law) who worked for MJ for a while. This one was a reach for Epstein.
Jacobson, Julian: Likely a reference to a Managing Director at several London-based investment firms.
Jagger, Mick: World-famous lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Has been seen in photographs with Ghislaine Maxwell. Actress Rae Dawn Chong claims she slept with Jagger when she was 15 years old.
Jagger, Hatti: Former fashion director for Vogue, Harper’s, and Tatler. Also works as a celebrity stylist and at fashion shows.
jake: Not enough info.
Jameel, Mohammed: Saudi Arabian businessman. CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of family-owned businesses that specialize in transportation, investing, and real estate. Royal pervert Prince Andrew infamously partied on Jameel’s yacht during the 2011 London riots (source:
James, Susie: Founder and owner of 123 Send Ltd, a company that provides payment terminals.
Janklow, Linda: Literary agent and wife of Mort Janklow, the primary owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the largest literary agency in the world. Attended a party hosted by Sony Pictures with Epstein, although they are not pictured together (source: In 2007, Ghislaine Maxwell threw an exclusive party (80 carefully selected guests) at her NYC townhouse to celebrate the opening of a new shop by designer Allegra Hicks (granddaughter-in-law of Earl Mountbatten, who you can read more about in my G-I Epstein thread under India Hicks’s name). One of the eighty guests was Julie Landlow, daughter of Linda and Mort.
Jarecki, Nancy & Andrew: Andrew is a filmmaker, co-founder of Moviefone, and was a producer on Catfish, the documentary that launched the popular MTV show. Andrew’s family was reportedly friends with Jeffrey Epstein. There is an EXCELLENT thread on the connections between the Jarecki family (especially Andrew and Nick’s father, Henry) and Epstein here (source: Quick summary: Henry was born in Nazi Germany; flew on the Lolita Express; is an expert in psychotropic drugs; owns two islands in the British Virgin Islands; founded the first youth center in the British Virgin Islands; lived 2 miles from Epstein in NYC; owns and donates to many sketchy foundations, schools, and organizations; has donated at least $1 million to leftist organizations). Andrew’s wife Nancy created bettybeauty, a company that specializes in hair dye for your nether regions (not kidding).
Jarecki, Nick: The movie director brother of Andrew and son of Henry Jarecki (see link under Andrew & Nancy Jarecki for more info). Reportedly dated Courtney Love (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’) in 2015. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Gucci party (source:
Jason (canada): Not enough info. Could be artist Jason Wasserman based out of Canada. The second number listed traces back to Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Javier: Javier Banon is former Co-head of Merchant Banking at Lehman Brothers and current Founding Partner of Trilantic Europe.
Jeffries, Tim: Ownedirector of Hamiltons Gallery in London. Best known for dating models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’). Jefferies has attended fundraisers for ARK Academy and the NSPCC. He truly cares about children.
Johnson, Richard & Nadine: Nadine is a millionaire public relations guru. Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s. Some clients of Nadine Johnson include spirit cooking extraordinaire Marina Abramovic and hotelier Andre Balazs, good friend of Ghislaine. Richard is one of the most well-known gossip columnists and was the editor of Page Six for twenty-five years. There is a great thread detailing the Johnsons’ ties to the Clintons, Balazs, and others here (source: Basically, Richard Johnson is friendly with the Clintons and, as Page Six Editor, purposely did not report or downplayed stories on the Clintons and Nadine’s clients. He also took bribes. Considering Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine, it would not be a stretch to assume that Richard could have buried stories on Maxwell and Epstein. I could spend 10 pages on the shady connections these two have.
Johnson, Lucy: Not enough info.
Jones, Ann & Mick: Mick is the guitarist of Foreigner, an immensely popular rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His wife, Ann, is a jewelry designer, and friend of Ghislaine. Ann Jones was photographed at a party with Ghislaine and Donald Trump in 1997 (source:
Josephson, Barry & Jackie: Barry is a producer and the former President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Jackie is his ex-wife and also a producer.
Karella, Kalliope: Wife of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg. Kalliope is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Kastner, Ron: No info found.
Katz, Anton & Robin Plant: Anton is CEO and co-founder of Talos Trading, which specializes in cryptocurrency. Anton and Robin are friends of and have been photographed with Ghislaine (source:
Katzeneilenbogen, Mark: Long-time investment banker who used to be based out of South Africa.
Keeling, Sarah: There is a Sarah Keeling in London who is a former British government official with 20 years of experience in national security and intelligence experience, however, the phone number listed has a 410 area code, which leads back to eastern Maryland. Inconclusive.
Kegan, Rory: A nightclub designer and creator. Co-founder of the exclusive, celebrity-filled London nightclub, Chinawhite. Prince Andrew (source: and Prince Albert of Monaco are regulars. Chelsea Clinton has been there, as well (source: Other patrons include: Prince Andrew, Kate Middleton, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Keidan, Amanda: Owner of Keidan Jewelry.
Keidan, Jon: An entertainment executive-turned-venture capitalist. As an entertainment exec, Keidan worked with John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, and Nappy Roots. Keidan serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, a powerful group that some believe determines foreign policy. Former and current members include former presidents, current and former politicians, business magnates, and celebrities (
Keller, Georgie: Interior designer.
Kellette Frayse, Caroline: Fashion editor at Vogue and Tatler (both magazines constantly come up in Epstein’s contacts). Former girlfriend of Imran Khan, whose name has come up frequently. Passed away in 2014. Her husband, Jean-Marc Fraysse, is a French investment banker.
Kelmenson, Leo-Arthur & Gayl: Leo was an advertising and marketing guru who has been credited with saving Chrysler. Friend and advisor to Lee Iacocca, former President of Chrysler. He worked as Special Project Officer for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and AG Robert F. Kennedy. He had tons of connections. His former maid accused him of sexual harassment in 2010 (source: Kelmenson died less than two months after the story came out.
Kennedy Cuomo, Andrew & Kerry: Andrew is the current governor of New York. It’s no secret that Cuomo is willing to look the other way on sexual deviancy as long as he receives a payoff. Cuomo halted a probe into the handling of Harvey Weinstein’s case in New York after receiving $25,000 from Weinstein’s law firm (source: Andrew’s brother, CNN Host Chris Cuomo famously told viewers “not to get caught up in the intrigue of who Epstein’s friends are” (source: Perhaps, he was covering for his brother. Kerry Kennedy is Cuomo’s ex-wife of fifteen years, the daughter of RFK, and a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Supposedly, Kennedy provided Ghislaine with informal illegal advice (source:
Kennedy Jr. Ted: Son of Ted Kennedy and nephew of JFK and RFK. Ted Jr. dabbled in politics and currently works as a lawyer. His father, Ted, was a notorious sexual abuser (allegedly).
Kennedy, Bobby & Mary: Bobby is the son of RFK and nephew of JFK. Bobby is a known drug abuser and philanderer. Bobby kept a sex journal detailing his conquests while he was married (source: His ex-wife, Mary, committed “suicide” two years after their divorce. Before committing suicide, Mary told a friend that she “feared for her life” and Bobby told her that she “would be better off dead” (source:
Kennedy, Ethel: Widow of RFK Sr. and mother of eleven, including Bobby Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy II.
Kennedy, Jo: Joseph Kennedy II is the son of RFK Sr. and Ethel. Served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1999. In 1973, Joseph was convicted of negligent driving after paralyzing a young woman. He was fined $100.
Kennedy, Senator Edward: Brother of JFK and RFK, Ted Kennedy served as U.S. Senator of Massachusetts for 47 years. Besides politics, Ted is best known for the Chappaquiddick incident in which a young female speechwriter for RFK drowned to death when he lost control of his vehicle while driving across a bridge. He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and given a two month suspended sentence. Ted was also notorious for his extramarital affairs. Senator Kennedy once hosted a party at his house attended by Bill Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Rothschild wrote a letter to Clinton afterwards in which she mentions that they spoke about Epstein (source: It is unclear what was said or what Rothschild’s connection could possibly be.
Kersner, Sol: South African accountant and hotel and casino magnate who died of cancer in 2020. Kerzner was a close friend of Donald Trump. They even worked together to create The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of Dubai (source: Kerzner was also close friends with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (, Naomi Campbell (, and Bill Clinton ( Kerzner was very good friends with Nelson Mandela and built his casino resorts with Gerard Inzerillo, who you can read about in my G-I ‘Black Book’ thread.
Khayat, Antoine, Jana, & George: Jana is an heiress and businesswoman. Jana is the niece of Galen Weston, a close friend of Prince Charles. George is her brother and CEO of Associated British Foods. Jana’s husband, Antoine, is a former banker and currently runs their vineyard.
Kidd, Jemma: Kidd is a British makeup artist, fashion model, and aristocrat. Married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, making her a Countess. Kidd is an interesting figure with elite connections. From 2005-2012, Ghislaine Maxwell served as Director of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Limited, a U.K. makeup company, which was founded by Kidd. Not only did Ghislaine serve as Director, but she was also a shareholder, along with the Rothschild family (source: If you click around the PDFs on this website (, you can see everything. The 16 JUN 2006 PDF on page 3 shows you a list of Officers and shareholders of the company. Jemma Kidd has also attended charity events for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) ( Her sister, Jodie, is also a huge supportefundraiser of the NSPCC, as well as the Help a London Child and Monsoon Accessorize Trust charities, both of which help out disadvantaged children (source:
King, Abby: No info found.
Kirwin Taylor, Charlie & Helen: Charles is an investment banker. He was former CEO of Credit Suisse in Switzerland, an investment firm which shows up a few times through Epstein’s contacts. His wife, Helen, is a journalist.
Kirwin Taylor, Peter: British financier. Was a member of the Pilgrims Society (, a group that has included the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other elites amongst its ranks.
Kissinger, Dr. Henry A: Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger has long been accused of committing war crimes (ex: carpet bombing Cambodia, installing fascist governments in Chile and Argentina, genocide, extending our stay in Vietnam, etc) yet somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Kissinger once said, “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” Kissinger served with Epstein on the Trilateral Commission. Kissinger has also been a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Bohemian Grove. Long thought to be an advocate for a globalist New World Order, Kissinger is a scumbag of the highest order. His connections with Gates, the Clintons, Bush Sr. and Jr., the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds are well-documented. If anyone here has ever done any research regarding the NWO, you have undoubtedly seen Kissinger’s name several times.
Klee, Rupert & Charlotte de: Rupert is a Director with Oakridge Group, a property development and investment company. His wife, Charlotte, is the producer of the religious plays at Wintershall.
Klesch, Johnathan: Former Director of Klesch Trading, which specializes in industrial commodities. It has offices in Russia, Malta, Surrey, and in London, down the block from Buckingham Palace.
Koch, David: Co-founder of Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Koch Industries has stolen oil from Indian reservations, committed hundreds of polluting, labor, and workplace safety violations. When he ran on the Libertarian ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 1980, Koch aimed to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare benefits, and minimum wage. Koch and Epstein were friends. Epstein even attended a party at Koch’s Southampton home ( Koch has also been photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell ( Thankfully, Koch died last year.
Kohl, Astrid: A businesswoman involved in pharmaceuticals. Married to Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein. Daughter-in-law of Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein. Niece of former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Kotic, Boby: CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game holding company. Used to run several electronic companies. From 2003-2008, he was a director at Yahoo! In 2012, he became a non-executive director of Coca-Cola.
Kotze, Alex Von: British businessman involved in the tech industry.
Kravetz, Anna: Not much info found. Has a degree in finance from Wharton School and used to live on Park Avenue in NYC.
Krooth, Caryn: A successful real estate agent based out of Los Angeles
Kudrow, Alistar: No info found.
Lal, Dalamal: Director of Akron Corp. & Akron (Nig.) Ltd., a food and beverage import company based out of Nigeria.
Lalaunis, Demetra: Daughter of Ilias Lalaounis, a pioneer in Greek jewelry and a world renowned goldsmith.
Lambert, Christopher: Well-known actor.
Lambert, David: Former partner, managing director, and VP at Goldman Sachs.
Lambert, Edward: Lampert is a billionaire hedge fund manager and former CEO of Sears. Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Rumored pedophile David Geffen gave Lampert $200 million to invest in 1992, when Lampert was just 29 years old. Lampert made Geffen $1 billion.
Lambos Duff & John: Karen “Duff” Duffy is an actress, model, and TV personality. She has had memorable roles as the love interest in “Blank Check” and as JP Shay in “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy has battled with sarcoidosis, a deadly central nervous system disease, since the mid-’90s. She credits Harvey Weinstein with saving her life ( John is a former banker with Morgan Stanley and current President of GCA-US, an investment banking company.
Lang, Caroline: An art expert and Chairman at Sotheby’s Switzerland.
Lange, Dieter: Former Partner at WilliamHare, an international law firm with offices in London, Berlin, the U.S., Beijing, and Brussels. Passed away in 2010.
Larsen Janet: The only one I can find is a Business Psychologist based out of London.
Laurie, Jonathan: Founder and CEO of Cheyne Capital Management, an alternate investment fund firm.
Lavlada, Laura D.B. de: Laura Diez Barroso is a Mexican businesswoman. She sold her stock in Televisa for $726 million in 1993. Since then, she has been the head of several other companies.
Lawford Christopher & Jean: Christopher was an actor and relative of the Kennedys. His uncles were JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. Many of his relatives appear in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’. His first wife, Jeannie, was an ad-sales associate for New York Magazine.
Lawton Paul: Two British businessmen with the same name come up. Both have extensive resumes. Could be either one.
Lazar, Christopher & Marie: Christophe seems to be a realtor in Paris, but I am not completely sure.
Le Bon, Simon & Jasmine: Simon is the lead singer of Duran Duran. His wife, Yasmin, is/was a fashion model. Yasmin is represented by Models1 in London. Models1 also represents Epstein and Ghislaine’s friend, Naomi Campbell. Le Bon has been accused of sexual assault in the past (
Le Fur, Jean-Yves: French businessman and magazine creator. He was once Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s ex-fiance. More notably, Le Fur was the one who discovered supermodel Karen Mulder (his girlfriend at the time) on the floor after she attempted suciide. Mulder blew the lid off the rampant rape and sexual abuse that she and her modeling colleagues had suffered at the hands of businessmen, royalty, celebrities, and government officials. She was even the protege of Epstein collaborator (allegedly), Jean Luc Brunel (
Le Marg Willie: No info found.
Lea, Piers: CEO of Learning Technologies Group, a workplace digital learning company.
Leeds, Jeffrey: Co-founder and Managing Partner of Leeds Equity. One of Leeds Equity’s partner companies is Endeavor Schools, which runs private preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools in Florida and 11 other states ( They are also partners with Fusion Educational Group (now Fusion Academy), which runs a chain of private secondary schools ( Former teacher Kris White, now the head of Fusion Academy in Palo Alto, allegedly told a student that he was in love with her and wrote her a note saying he was “obsessed” with her. ( This story was just published on July 12, 2020. Hypothetically, if one wanted to procure underage children, it would certainly help if the head of the school was on board and possibly a pedophile himself. According to this former teacher at Fusion Academy, “many students struggle with learning differences, behavioral issues, and/or addictions” ( In other words, the downtrodden and vulnerable. Fusion Academy refers to itself as a non-traditional school that focuses on individual students. Seems like a great opportunity. Leeds was also good friends with Epstein ( and has close ties to Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani (
Lefcourt, Jerry: Famous lawyer who defended Epstein in 2007. That same year, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice, where Lefcourt was a board member.
Lester, Dominick: Founder and owner of MortgageFlex Systems, a mortgage lending company.
Levine, Phillip: Ex-Miami Beach mayor and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He claims that he doesn’t know how Epstein got his contact information… all 13 phone numbers, including those of his driver and housekeepers (!
Liman, Doug: Popular Hollywood director and producer. He directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, and a couple of Tom Cruise movies.
Lindeman-Barnet, Sloan & Roger: Sloan has been a New York Times bestseller and an on-air and print reporter for NBC, ABC, and Reuters. Sloan and Roger also sit on the board of the Spence School in New York City, a private K-12 all-girls school ( Her husband, Roger, is the founder of and Chairman and CEO of Shaklee, a highly successful nutrition company. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Ghislaine Maxwell all attended the publication party for Sloan’s book in 2008 ( ; guests included Steve Mnuchin, Epstein and Maxwell chum Carol Mack, and a bunch of others also featured in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (Colin Cowie, Anton and Robin Katz, and Vittorio Assaf).
Lindemann, Adam & Elizabeth: Adam is a billionaire investor and art gallery owner. Brother of Sloan (mentioned just above). Elizabeth is his ex-wife. She is often photographed with many other people mentioned in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Lindemann, George(Sr.) & Freida: Now-deceased billionaire father of Sloan and Adam. George was the CEO and Chairman of Southern Union, a pipeline company and served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Opera Association of NYC. His wife, Frayda, is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lindsay, Alex & Jaclyn: Alex is a war documentary maker who rents out his loft at the address Epstein has listed (
Lindsey, Ludovic: Racecar driver.
Lindsley, Blake: Actress who was in two movies directed by Doug Liman (also in Epstein’s book) - “Swingers” and “Getting In.”
Linley, David: Princess Margaret’s son, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, and first cousin of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Linley is a furniture maker and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. He used to be the Chairman of Christie’s auction house in the UK.
Liogos, Babis: No info found, but one of the numbers traces back to Thylan Associates, a real estate and investment firm.
Lister, Paul: Likely the director of legal services and company secretary for Associated British Foods, or it could be a conservationist. Not sure which.
Livanos, Arriette: I believe this Arietta Livanos, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Livanos. Arietta passed away in 1986.
Lo Cascio, Robert: Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a tech company that develops conversational commerce. LoCascio was photographed with Ghislaine at an after party in 2012 (
Loeb, Alex: Alexandra is the daughter of John Loeb, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan and former Delegate to the United Nations. John Loeb was also a special advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Alexandra is also a descendant of the Lehman family (Lehman Brothers). Alexandra graduated from Spence Day School for Girls (mentioned earlier under Sloan and Roger Lindemann-Barnett).
Lonsdale, Richard: British investment banker.
Lorenzoti, Eva Vivre: Founder of luxury online retailer, and is a TV spokesperson/personality. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell and a couple of Rockefellers were guests at her house for a dinner party in 2010 (
Lorimer, John & Lottie: John works as a private investor and as a realtor. His wife, Lottie, is an interior designer.
Louthan Guy J: Prolific British film producer and former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s book).
Love, Courtney: Famous drug addict, musician, and actress who likely killed her husband, Kurt Cobain. Courtney famously claimed that Prince Andrew showed up to her house late one night in 2000 looking for sex. She has since retracted this claim. The entries under Love’s name all say ‘Dana’ next to them. This is Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, Dana Giacchetto. Giacchetto was considered to be the “stockbroker to the stars” and was friends with JFK Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and many others. He ripped his clients off of millions. Even more telling, Giacchetto was involved in a sex abuse case against X-Men director Bryan Singer ( He died in 2016 after he partied too hard and overdosed (
Lowell, Ivana: Guinness heiress who wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse while she worked at Miramax in her book back in 2010 ( She also dated Harvey’s younger brother, Bob.
Loyd Mark: No info found.
Lucas, Colin: The godfather of Boris Johnson, England’s current Prime Minister. Lucas is a British historian and university administrator. Served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 1997-2004.
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10 Reasons Why CS:GO Doesn't Suck As Much As You Think

A YouTube channel by the name of Valve Guides just released a video titled "10 Reason Why CS:GO Sucks Right Now". I've seen a few videos like this from various channels, and have been getting increasingly frustrated at the misinformation these videos come with. Most importantly, I've become sad that people seem to have completely given up on CS:GO when it is currently better than it has ever been (as CS:GO, and arguably as a Counter-Strike game in general). So I've made this post in an attempt to counter the points in that specific video, while also explaining my frustrations in general at what I've heard over the past few weeks from other YouTubers and players.
  10 - Messy Gameplay   What? 1.6 was one of the clunkiest FPSs of its time, the pacing was pretty good but there were some stupidly-busted mechanics like wallbangs through insanely thick walls, not being able to move AT ALL after being shot (meaning first shot = kill 90% of the time, allowing for little counterplay other than reaction times), insanely reduced first-shot accuracy (especially due to that insanely huge crosshair that you couldn't really modify without some technical knowhow - further increasing the skill floor for first-time players), etc.   By "1.6 is clunky" I mean to say the movement system didn't mesh well with the object of the game. Bunnyhopping is a prime example of how the game was artificially sped up when the pacing of the rounds would've been much slower without them. By pacing of the round I mean, how much action is going on in a specific time frame (1 round or 30 seconds, etc.).
CS:GO's pacing is controlled by grenades currently, whereas 1.6 was more about the "glitches" like Bunnyhopping, wallbanging and "tagging" which isn't a glitch but arguably overly powerful. I don't know much more about 1.6's systems but I can say that after about 100 hours I just had the feeling that I had less control over my movement in 1.6 due to these more advanced systems (that I didn't, at the time, have the tools to learn about) than I do currently in CS:GO. This is more opinion based than the rest of the piece, and I feel like people are taking it out of context. I was just trying to tone down the 1.6 nostalgia-tinted glasses that seems to be going around where people are saying that 1.6 was 1000x better in every aspect and was the best competitive shooter in history (that title goes to Quake 3 btw ;).   9 - Balance issues   This one I'll agree with, there are things that can still be balanced but I think griping on this now, at a time where Valve has been at its most active in reaching out to the community and actually acting on our suggestions, is kind of mean-spirited and preaching to the choir at this point. Hitboxes are better than ever, they're actually trying to fix jumpshotting, spraying, first-shot accuracy, etc. in a meaningful way. xx   He also says something here I want to touch on. "Changes to a weapon can reduce your incentive to come back and continue playing." Really? If changes in a video game that force you to re-learn a skill stop you from wanting to play that game, fine, but you're in the insanely small minority. That's what video games are, constantly changing, ever-evolving. They're young, they aren't like most sports that have been around for a century or more and have fine-tuned their rules over that period of time. So it's just kind of a part of every game, not just CS - and it's something you have to deal with as a competitive player. If you don't want to, that's up to you, but it doesn't make CS:GO "suck".
8 - Skin Betting Ban   So this is part of the community SURROUNDING the game, not about the game itself. But I'll still say something about it.   Betting on sports in general has always been a touchy subject, especially in North America (where a lot of CS:GO fans are located currently - not all, just saying the majority of betting sites were located here, etc.). So it makes sense to continue the trend in NA and specifically the US to just outright ban it and force them to act illegally. It reduces the chance of under-aged people wanting to bet - by reducing the popularity, and reducing the # of legitimate players (i.e. streamers and pros) that advocate it. But it also de-legitimizes betting which was a large source of income for the CS:GO scene. So banning it has some positives and some negatives. The best route here would be for Valve to release an official betting system using skins and not just the "Pick 'Em" system they have now - similar to what CSGOLounge used. I still believe that the roulette-style sites are straight-up casino gambling and should always be illegal, regardless of currency used (skins, money, chips, w/e). Again, doesn't even come close to making the game "suck". I also don't really understand how Valve banning all betting sites (which are definitively illegal) makes the whole scene look "shady". If anything it has the opposite effect to onlookers in that it creates a sense that Valve have some control over the scene and want to legitimize eSports.   7 - Scandals   sigh Again, community - not the game itself. All communities have bad eggs. CS:GO is the biggest FPS in terms of eSport popularity, hands down. But it isn't the biggest eSport. DotA, League and Starcraft also have their fair share of scandals, so it's no big surprise to anyone that CS:GO has had some as well. It is also the first extremely large FPS eSport, whereas DotA and League have Starcraft 2 to thank (partially) for paving the way for their popularity, and their ruleset (as well, Riot in particular has done a stellar job in cracking down on illegitimate practices, reducing the # of scandals as the years have progressed). CS:GO happens to be the youngest large eSport out there, so the # of scandals currently should go down as things subside (and indeed they seem to be dying down, the last big one I can remember was IBP throwing as well as some fishy stuff going on at a tournament that I can not recall currently, over the summer IIRC). AGAIN, does not make CS:GO as a game suck. Just means it's a growing eSport and as such, Valve should be doing things to crack down on illegitimate behaviour...which it has been doing, and continues to do. Some might say too little too late, or not fast enough, but I prefer to say better late than never, or better a little than not at all.   6 - Toxic Community   Every multiplayer video game since WoW has had a toxic community. It's literally a meme at this point. Saying a game sucks because it has a toxic community is like saying a slice of bread sucks because it has a crust. It comes with the territory, and there's not much the developemanufacturer can do to avoid this. It's up to the end-user to tailor their own experience. With bread, you have a knife capable of cutting the crust off. With video games, developers give you the ability to mute your fellow gamers if you find their actions distasteful. It's not a fantastic solution because it requires effort of the end-user, and in gaming it hinders your ability to play competitively, but it is a solution. You can also play with friends to cut out the issue entirely, and you can make friends by adding people you find that are kind or communicative in solo-queue to your list and continuing to play with them. I just joined/started to form an ESEA team with some random guy I met while solo-queueing who happens to live <2 hours away from me.   So yeah, again - doesn't mean CS:GO sucks - just means the community is large enough where the toxicity is more noticeable. Just like every other major eSport (League, DotA, Starcraft . . . even larger MMOs like EvE & WoW, and casual FPSs like CoD and Halo, as he mentioned in the video).   5 - Hackers   Okay so this seems to be a heated topic in CS:GO for some reason, when it has never been in any game before...even though the # of hackers I've witnessed in CS:S, and other games like ArmA, DayZ, Battlefield, America's Army, and Call of Duty is far greater than I've ever seen in CS:GO. Maybe it's because the hackers have a greater impact on the game, due to matchmaking having ranks and people putting so much emphasis on having a good rank. Or maybe it's because the game itself takes longer to complete than most eSports, so you have more riding on it. Not sure.   But I will say that the # of hackers in CS:GO is on the decline, and continues to be due to tremendous efforts by Valve. Despite what many believe, VAC actually does its job! gasp I know, hard to believe. But it does its job, and does it well. It acts in secrecy because it must, if it gives status updates of any kind it also gives coders a way to discern in what way they are being detected and allows for hackers to stay ahead. By operating in secrecy, it allows Valve to catch up to the hackers (or attempt to) and detect many hacks at once (which is why bans come in "waves" - when a system is detected VAC takes several days to collect data on as many people using the hacks with that system implemented as possible, and bans them all at once).   I will also say that Valve has taken a good starting point with the Prime Matchmaking system. I have noticed a significant drop in hackers in my games at the DMG-LEM range (where I've been since Prime started, and for many months prior) since its release, and I know that even though the # of hackers in GE is higher, it still seems to be less for most people across the board. There are also 3rd-party clients that help to alleviate this issue, but I won't give them too much credence as they aren't truly a part of CS:GO as a game.   So while yes, CS:GO has cheaters, Valve as a developer is doing a good job (in my humble opinion) at deterring and punishing cheaters, and can't be held accountable for every single time you witness a cheater in a game. Especially if it isn't a blatant cheater, due to human error in accusing people of cheating they can't spectate, which I think creates this image that the problem is larger than it appears.   I also want to address the video here. It makes light of VAC by spouting a meme at the end (unprofessional, and more importantly demonstrates ignorance of how VAC actually works). But the video also states that some pros have made it to LAN tournaments (I think that's the inference by saying "pros make it to ESEA"?). There's been no proof that any pro has used a cheat during a tournament. There are a few that come to mind (KQLY, and I know of at least one other whom I can't recall the name of) but I can't recall any time where there was video proof of cheats. (#FreeKrimz #ImNotAProfessionalYouTuberSoICanMeme)   4 - Deranking Updates   Ranks don't mean anything. I repeat, ranks don't mean anything. Pros don't care about their ranks. Really good players shouldn't (and often don't) care about their ranks. The ONLY rank that counts right now is ESEA, and that's a new thing. It only matters because S Rank is a way for players to showcase their skills, and reaching that really is a testament to how good you are and can potentially launch an eSport career.   But to say that CS:GO sucks partially because Valve balances their rank update to better distribute skill across their ranks is ludicrous. There's really no other way to put it, and no way I can articulate why it's wrong other than to say that balancing your game is important, and allowing people to play against those with the same rank is paramount to the success of a game. Just think of it this way - if you deranked, that means MOST people at your rank ALSO deranked. So everyone that WAS Supreme was deranked to LEM (or whatever the case was with the literally one time this happened in the past 2-3 years). It's a good point that players might become disinterested after seeing their hard work "go to waste", but honestly it only goes to waste if they quit, because only then will the work have been for nothing. Losing your rank doesn't strip you of the skill you acquired. So it shouldn't matter what rank you are, only how good you perceive yourself to be. And if a random image next to your name validates your perception of yourself, you might want to look deeper at why you play CS:GO in the first place.   3 - Lack of Support   I said a lot of what I would normally say here above at #9, in that Valve has been more active with updates and support in the past year than from launch to the beginning of this year, but I also want to add one more thing. The narrator mentions in the video that TF2 received way more support than CS:GO has. And I want to explain why that's total bullshit. &nsp; The first major update that added new content to TF2 was 4 months after its release, however of course many updates were done prior on balancing. CS:GO had maybe a dozen updates in the months prior to its release (I can't find any evidence this was so for TF2 but correct me if I'm wrong). And the first major update (a new mode) came 2 months after release (competitive matchmaking and skill groups). Another mode (DM) was launched 2 months after that, and the first map 3 months after that. There have been consistent updates at least once a month since release, seen here (since launch) and here (since December 2013).   A few specifics to address. VAC bans I've already covered, but the reason pros are banned is because they are high-priority targets as they affect revenue streams on a greater scale, and proof is the only thing required. To VAC ban someone who plays the game normally, you can't go around banning everyone with proof because that would take forever (hence the Overwatch system), so VAC banning is automated to when it detects a cheat. Valve doesn't need to detect a pro player's cheat client to have them VAC banned. Problems that take months to fix is a moot issue now, as they have proven they can be fast at fixing issues when they are presented in a meaningful and easy-to-reproduce way. And for the console version, he already covers why that's again a moot issue. I'd also add that very few people most likely play CS:GO on console, and that Valve developers can choose which projects they want to work on which most likely led to the decline in updates for that platform. An excuse and not a reason, but yeah, I can see his point here - it kinda sucks to abandon part of your playerbase, however small it is. But seriously, #PCMasterRace.   2 - Bad Updates   Again, another moot point. Valve just recently introduced a Beta platform that has been used to great effect in reducing the number of issues an update causes when pushed to the live servers. None of the problems he lists have been since that was implemented. And again, he says "Months to fix issues" where again this has changed.   1 - Betraying Trust   I don't really have much to say here, because everything he said is true but I don't think Valve ever betrayed our trust in them to the point where the game ultimately sucks. They are still trying to win our trust back, and for some of us have succeeded. And I choose not to believe that they ever willingly chose to betray our trust. I truly believe that all changes they've made is with their community (and bottom line) in mind. And it would be very bad for their bottom line to betray their community on a fundamental level. I think they did that a few times, but never willingly, because Valve operates as a business first and foremost and business operate under the true meaning of "The Customer is Always Right" which means that the customer knows what they want, give it to them mentality. In gaming, developers have to be careful because not all their customers want the same thing, so it is a fine line in knowing what to do and what not to do, but it does come down in the end to our faith in their ability to create a solid game.   And in the end, I truly believe Valve has done that. They continue to support it through major tournament pots and prizes, major updates fairly frequently (one to two a year, that continue to produce content for a month or two due to the nature of the drops these updates bring), and balance changes (that admittedly are sometimes done poorly). Again, I truly believe that Valve want the best for this game and for its community, and I believe that they have shown that in the past few months. They have shown that they believe in their community, and they have shown that they have the ability to do CS:GO's community justice. And I don't think that making a video that says CS:GO straight-up sucks is the best course of action, and I've been seeing quite a few videos to this end.   If you truly cared about Counter-Strike and its playerbase, you wouldn't say the game is terrible and tell people not to play it, because that will just cause Valve to abandon it all together. Encourage them to speak out about what they dislike without completely dismissing the game as a lost cause (which is what, in my opinion, saying a game is fundamentally "bad"/sucks, does). Encourage them to educate themselves on the development process, on the ins and outs of the game's mechanics, and how to give your own input like many redditors have done in the past. And in general, just enjoy the game for what it is without worrying about the future. Because currently, in many people's opinion, the game is quite fun to play. I know it is for me.
TL;DR: CS:GO doesn't suck, it really hasn't ever sucked - at least not for quite some time. Valve has proved itself worthy again, in the last few months, by releasing Prime Matchmaking, Beta Versions of updates, and timely fixes for issues found by the community. The game is in quite a good spot, with quite a few gripes about the game (mechanically-speaking) being non-issues now. So, with that in mind, I disagree that making videos such as the one listed above is really helping anything. In fact, I believe it's a detriment to CS:GO as it might make people shy away from the game where they otherwise wouldn't have.  
In short: Play the game. Inform yourself about the ins and outs of what is and isn't possible for Valve to do, and what is and isn't realistic in terms of expectations for updates, and the timing of those updates. And give constructive criticism in whatever form you can. But please, don't abandon this game. Help make Counter-Strike great again.
EDIT: Thanks to everyone who has participated (and continues to participate) in the discussion! I think I've said all I wanted to say, if you have questions look in my comment history for my opinion and if you don't see it feel free to PM me and I can explain anything unclear about my opinion specifically.
But I think we can all agree that ValveGuides was just view-baiting with the title and content, the arguments for each of the points (except #10 it seems) are all flawed, and most of you understand the point of my post. Some were just here to fanboy 1.6 and complain about how bad CS:GO is in comparison, and I understand that nostalgia and time spent playing a game you loved when you're younger can taint your opinion so I won't take it too harshly the amount of illogical and false statements made. I'll stop replying to comments on this thread, though. Have a good night everyone!
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Day 3: Justice must prevail!

Our department's photo
This is has somehow become "a thing."
If you don't have Facebook but want to see our department photo, here you go.
Backstory: It started with the friendly Halloween department costume photo contest that our company does every year. Each department dresses up and posts a picture to our internal group page, employees vote and the top three go to our public page to determine a winner. Employees are encouraged to share the photo and promote the page to get Facebook "likes," and the department with the most votes on their photo gets a pizza party.
It's all in good fun, and not like it's a cash prize or anything, but when everyone is sharing their photo to Facebook the department with the most people in it ends up winning every year. Our IT department photo won the employee vote by almost double, but after the top photos went public, we were losing about 350 to 250 on Wednesday afternoon (it doesn't help that it was supposed to be a photo contest, but the public post asks people to vote for the best "costume" -- a nuanced difference but, well, we put a lot more work into our photo than the costumes themselves).
I decided to try and even the odds, and made a post here asking for help which resulted in a decent bump and Wednesday night we were ahead, 1500 to 500 or so.
Thursday, people accused us of cheating and "hacking Facebook" and making fake accounts to vote. Mostly joking and good-natured fun, nothing hostile. We're just coworkers competing for pizza, after all. Thursday afternoon (right after lunch, sadly) a pizza was delivered to our office with "HACK" and "CHEAT" written in pepperoni, which we took to be a joking accusation, but perhaps it was a bit of foreshadowing...
Thursday night at 20:00, we were ahead about 1800 to 700.
Thursday night at 22:00, we were suddenly tied at 1900.
Friday morning at 09:00, we are losing about 4000 to 2200.
Nearly all of the 3000+ mystery votes appear to have come from either Brazil or Indonesia, many with accounts that are only hours or days old. I don't want to throw around accusations lightly, but that's at the very least a good deal more suspicious than me reaching out to an online group of professional colleagues.
Call to action: It's not over! Voting ends at noon (eastern) today (Friday, November 2), or about three hours from the time of this post. At this point it's not even so much about the pizza as pride and some semblance of justice.
If you have a Facebook account (and haven't done so already), I'm asking one last time for people to go vote for our photo with a "like" on Facebook. Beyond that, if you have an extra moment just to show those cheating cheaters that you are in fact a real person, leave a little comment on the photo to mention something you like about the photo!
That'll show them.
Or maybe it won't, and maybe we won't be able to keep up with a paid Brazilian Facebook "like" farm (how is that a real thing?), but I believe in you, redditors!
Summary version: Our company has a Halloween photo contest decided by Facebook likes, that is perennially won by the department with the most people in it, because numbers. This year, I reached out to reddit for help and got a nice bump of 1500 votes, which brought forth accusations of cheating (it's not). Then the other department seems to have turned to actual cheating and have gotten over 3000 votes in a few hours from days-old accounts in Brazil and Indonesia. I'm asking reddit to step it up and show that the little guys can win in the face of extreme odds -- and outright shameless cheating.
Update: As of the end of the contest, our photo had 2200 likes and the other one was around 6600. Friday night they had climbed to about 10k and stopped (at exactly 10128, for about four hours), then another 12k that night, to about 18k as of this update on Monday morning. Their vote total seems to be growing in spurts of exactly 2000 likes within the course of a few minutes.
As to what's happening with the actual contest, I have no idea. We are going to get pizza regardless, and the hotel said that if they won the contest they would buy us lunch (Chinese food, apparently, per request of our IT director). The marketing department handles the public contest, and the rumor I last hear was that someone from marketing was helping the hotel with their illicit voting ring (which makes more sense than anyone there knowing how to do it). To the various department heads, it has pretty much become a joke, so what happens next is anyone's guess.
I guess there are a few things that could happen:
The actual voting on the public contest gets ignored, and they revert to the voting results of the internal photo contest, in which case IT would win.
They go by the vote counts, hotel is declared the winner, we get pizza anyway as well as Chinese food. No bragging rights, but satisfaction of knowing we did a good job.
They attempt to figure out legitimate votes, maybe restrict to only votes places in the US and Canada or something, but that seems like he least likely scenario because Facebook doesn't have the tools for anything like that. If they did, though, I have to assume we would win.
They disqualify the hotel photo for cheating. Seems unlikely especially if marketing helped them cheat.
They disqualify both IT and hotel for cheating. Also very unlikely, if for no other reason than a photo of five security guys in their normal clothes posing with a paid performer shouldn't win anything, ever.
Most likely scenario, in my estimation, though, is that the whole contest is ignored. Marketing never declares a winner. Hotel and IT both get pizza, paid for by whomever, and hotel still claims victory buys us Chinese.
In the end, it's a bit hollow, but we know we won, and they had to resort to openly and brazenly cheating. Thanks to everyone who took the time to look at our picture and give a like, and the whole thing was an event we'll be talking about for a while, at the very least.
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The 42 Aphorisms of Audacious Outlaws: For Prospective Pirates & the Discerning Brigand

  1. Embrace refuge in audacity, as that which is so ludicrously unbelievable to the observevictim is likely to remain such to authorities.
  2. Do unto others. If done unto first, respond in kind.
  3. As is custom, nothing goes according to plan. Thus, endeavoring to plan drunk or otherwise impaired is to be truly audacious.
  4. To familiarize oneself with all types of piracy is to better one’s professional integrity.
  5. Senseless marauding and murder diminishes professional integrity.
  6. One should not endeavor to appropriate/disintegrate a vessel’s entire inventory. One bankrupt/dead trader is one less for discerning brigands to pillage in the future.
  7. If one is to burn a mark, remember the prime order of operations: Pillage, then burn.
  8. Honor among thieves is subjective.
  9. The classic outlaw tradition of stealing a vessel for one’s own use is to be adhered to. To waver from this sacred task is to be deemed unfit for criminal grandeur.
  10. Kastak Arms, Joker Engineering, MaxOx, Apocalypse Arms, Drake Interplanetary. Embrace the brand.
  11. When dealing in places of allegedly ill repute (Spider, Olympus, Levski, etc), commit no act of treachery.
  12. If one notices a fellow brigand has painted their Dragonfly with a Hello Kitty Pink color scheme, one shall not poketh fun nor berate, for such a craft is masterfully audacious.
  13. Greed is good. Crime does pay. Liars & cheaters do prosper. Finders keepers.
  14. Endeavor to make your diversions as audacious as the primary heist action itself. Example: Everything, including space stations, can be used as air support. Once.
  15. In atmosphere, a Starfarer with full fuel tanks maketh a handy ingress ram.
  16. Remember: Piratical audacity is not necessarily measured by explosive action. Security camera footage of stealthy figures in Osoian fauna helmets stealing UEE logistics data will puzzle authorities just as much as a swarm of pink Hello Kitty Dragonflies assaulting a Hull-E convoy. More or less.
  17. Being pursued by bounty hunters is a fundamental factor of the discerning brigand lifestyle. If possible, aim to keep your favorite, preferably inept and most relentless pursuer alive and in adequate health. This enables hilarious confrontations at likely inopportune moments across the galaxy, thus creating pleasant memories and interesting conversation pieces for brunch in the future.
  18. Choose one’s running comrades wisely. Ensure they are not drooling simpletons nor boring stick-in-the-muds. They must be equally audacious as oneself and willing to commit to a life of puckish capers. There is no room on a discerning brigand’s mobiGlas friend list for filthy phillistines.
  19. If one is to fly a Cutlass, they must never relinquish the cockpit fan. It is a sacred item that commands respect.
  20. If one’s target is planetside near a highway, bring Dragonflies. Every self-respecting audacious outlaw ties a highway hoverbike chase into their exit strategy.
  21. If one’s target is or lies within an Origin 890Jump or Genesis Starliner, consider infiltration as a strategy. Regale oneself of the in-flight entertainment, beverages and facilities before risking life and limb.
  22. Derelict spacecraft are potential cred-mines. While one is not busy with chasing piratical glory, keepeth thine eye out for these dead vessels and the hidden riches within.
  23. When inevitably faced with horrifying man-made or alien monstrosities aboard derelict spacecraft, adhere to the discerning brigand’s colloquial adage for said scenario and promptly “picketh up sticks and get the fuck out of there.”
  24. If given the opportunity to overtaketh a Bengal carrier, do endeavor to turn it into a casino/nightclub/den of interstellar iniquity. We need one of those.
  25. If one is the owner of a Drake Interplanetary Caterpillar, opening all side-doors for traditional broadside combat is a fundamental audacious act. Whether it be Dragonflies or fellow brigands wielding Apocalypse Arms Scourge Railguns (available at all Apocalypse Arms retailers), it is considered an essential undertaking at least once in one’s career.
  26. Should one find themselves interrogating an individual for information, holding them over an active spacecraft thruster with the threat of reducing them to motes of cosmic dust is the plucky and universally successful method. With a 4% higher success rate than the traditional “airlock expressway” threat.
  27. When interrogating an individual, controlling a crowd or kneecapping an adolescent in front of his family to get thine point across, be sure to maintain an affable composure and personality. Ideally, a discerning brigand should be so likable that their victims thank them for the experience.
  28. When kneecapping a minor, be sure there are ample medical supplies on hand. Never harm infants.
  29. Psychological harm on infants is acceptable, so long as it is clear they revere the image of the discerning brigand and will one day join our distinguished ranks.
  30. Affiliation with or against political groups is to be done at the discretion of the individual outlaw. Note that privateering under official government sanction ceases to be considered piracy in the domain of discerning brigands.
  31. When infiltrating a UEE installation, it is customary to leave a crude insult or tag on bulkheads, scorched into the remaining crater, or embedded within the local network.
  32. If one’s piratical career garners the attention and/or ire of the UEE’s Office of Executive Services branch, one should [redacted]
  33. Harlan’s Hangar in Odyssa on Borea makes a mean jambalaya.
  34. Shooting civilian escape pods is considered morally reprehensible, even to pirates. To do so is social suicide for one’s reputation and shall be met with space justice.
  35. Commercial trafficking/relocation & indentured servitude of sentient beings (or “slaving,” being it’s indelicate term) is met with division amongst outlaws. This enterprise is to be left at the individual brigand’s discretion.
  36. Owners of a Drake Interplanetary Caterpillar must enter through the foyer upon first entry. If first entry was made elsewhere during the illegal appropriation of said Caterpillar, then “first entry” is after such time that new reg-tags are forged/purchased. To do otherwise is considered unlucky and thus detrimental to the audacious outlaw’s career.
  37. Every ship a pirate “owns” must be given an original name. To fly without a name is considered unlucky and thus detrimental to the audacious outlaw’s career.
  38. If one is to deal in narcotics (SLAM, WiDoW, Neon, etc), one should not sample one’s own supply. Especially when working with fellow brigands. This typically results in paranoia and division among co-workers, and can worsen depending on the drug.
  39. When threatened with imminent lifetime incarceration, the line between murder and self-defense dost blur. If one is to kill for thine freedom, do so swiftly and with brutal efficiency. Instill fear. Exhibit the ferocity behind the affable face of the discerning brigand. One’s fellows shall understand.
  40. When an outlaw becomes a galactic household name, their name will be on the lips of billions. If you are that name, aim to create trillions of opinions of it.
  41. Drink rum.
  42. “In an honest service there is thin commons, low wages, and hard labor; in this, plenty and satiety, pleasure and ease, liberty and power; and who would not balance creditor on this side, when all the hazard that is run for it, at worst, is only a sour look or two at choking. No, a merry life and a short one, shall be my motto.” - Bartholomew Roberts, Golden Age Pirate King and great great great great great great great great great grandfather of Chris Roberts. Probably.
  43. Greatness is not an innate quality, but a set of habits. These habits include wit, audaciousness, honesty, sincerity, integrity, brevity, meditation, mindfulness, and judicious practice with all weapons ship based and carried. All other paths lead to failure. - ARogueTrader
TL;DR - Pirate stuff. Authorities and do-gooders need not read.
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Tai Voe - Jedi Peacekeeper

Name: Tai Voe
Age: 34
Homeworld: Nar Shaddaa
Race: Kel Dor
Gender: Male
Alignment: Lawful Good
Affiliation: Jedi Order
Faction Rank: Jedi Knight
Force Sensitive: Yes.
Appearance: Tai Voe wear's armored robes, making his status as a Jedi unmistakable and always clear. His skin is bright orange and his life support system has been clearly modified apart from other Kel Dor.
Equipment: Aside from his armor, Tai's lenses have been enhanced with different optical modes, including infra-red and night vision. On his utility belt, he carries binders, a lockbreaker, a glowrod, a grapnel and line, his old toolkit, and of course his lightsaber. Even that has been customized. Tai's lightsaber has a heavy and durable frame with a second hilt jutting out. Giving it the appearance of a police baton. It also has shock teeth built into the base for non-fatal and non-maiming strikes.
Personality: Tai Voe is quite humorless. He doesn't take anything lightly and one would find little in the way of laughs with him. Despite this, he's not at all dour or quick to anger. He's actually quite warm and personable, just not one for the jokes. His brain thinks in a straight line. So things such as playful insults or self-effacement simply don't match the way he thinks. Given his "say what I mean and mean what I say" attitude, it makes sense that he would usually look to solve a problem through direct action whenever possible. Not for lack of intelligence, he simply believes it better to look one's adversary in the eye and make no deceptions about what your intentions are.
Strengths: Ironclad conviction. Once Tai Voe has deemed a villain an enemy of peace and justice, he cannot be dissuaded from bringing them down. Through the Force, his clarity of purpose becomes an unyielding vehicle of justice. Even when investigating lesser cases, fighting small military skirmishes, or combating low level gangsters, he still brings all his tools to bear. Tai Voe has the hardy build of his people on top of wearing armored robes. Like most Jedi, his body has been as well trained and honed as his mind, making him strong, fast, and agile. After traveling with Reen and learning that their enemies were fond of ambushes and multiple points of attack, Tai Voe made it a point to learn Form III, a style that he regularly employs. Though he also strongly gravitated to Form V, to the point of mastering it before his more commonly utilized Soresu.
Weakness: When called upon to use any form of deception, including stealth, Tai Voe would rather storm the gate. What he acknowledges as the smart and sensible option nevertheless feels like a deep, compromise that he's not comfortable with. While he's not without a sense of tact, his blunt honesty can sometimes be off-putting. In contrast to his master, Tai Voe is not a survivalist. He functions best in urban environs. While he would never give into vengeance and anger, Tai Voe can appear to be quite indecisive and overly passive at times. In truth, he's in careful meditation about how to best allocate his energies but very often this can cost time.
Backstory: Tai Voe was raised on Nar Shaddaa. While both of his parents weren't really present in his life, he was not lack for support as he had his extended family to help raise him, all owning part of a family business in luxury ship design. By far though the most important person in Tai Voe's life was Mik Todar, a Neimoidian hotel and casino mogul.
When he was young, Tai Voe was gifted at tinkering, with some help from his family's technological experience. He crafted and modified his own life support systems even. Seeing an opportunity to break into a new market by having their ships dock directly at places of rest and recreation, the Voe's struck a deal to apprentice Tai to Todar as a personal mechanic. The move proved more beneficial than any could anticipate as Tai and Todar's relationship blossomed from boss and worker to surrogate father and son. As impressed as he was, Todar allowed the Voe's a sizeable portion of his company.
Mik, despite the reputation of his people, was an honest businessman with an ironclad sense of fair play and honor. More than once, a deal had gone bad when he tried to be duplicitous and deceitful, as was expected of him, but refusing to compromise had yielded far greater profit. He passed these lessons on to his young friend. Cheaters and liars never prosper in the end, honesty truly was the best policy.
Unfortunately, Mik would pay dearly for this honesty when he was framed for rigging the games in his casino. Voe's family taking it into their hands as a small consultation. Tai knew he was framed, he didn't exactly know how he knew. Beyond the word of his mentor, there was this sensation, not a feeling at least not his own feeling, it was like he was feeling what Mik was feeling. Shock, surprise, outrage. No guilt though. Tai had to prove him innocent. All his life he had been a passenger, simply riding on the good will of others. His family due to blood and Mik due to his talents and personable warmth. Now was the time to act.
Tai started his investigation by checking all of the machines. Once again, that feeling struck him, but this time it wasn't an emotion, it was just a feeling of something being off. Like hearing a star engine make a noise that you didn't need to be a pilot to know wasn't good. Tai followed this "noise" until he found a particular chance machine. Checking its innards, he discovered that it had indeed been tampered with, a warping device had been placed on the inside to mess with the mechanisms. Making the machine produce a set win-loss routine rather than be completely random as Mik made ALL of his games. He should know, he helped build and fix all of the games still working. Now with proof that the machine had been tampered with, Tai was ready to go right to the authorities and demand Mik's release. He was stopped though by a strange man.
The stranger revealed himself to be a Gand who called himself Reen. Once a Findsmen and now a Jedi. Reen told Tai that the device wouldn't be enough to free his friend. Tai insisted that others would see the truth but Reen shook his head. Stating that if Tai truly wanted to free Mik with the truth, it would take more than the circumstantial evidence he had. Likening it to declaring the hunt over after finding a single footprint.
Through a series of trackings, chases, slicing, and interrogations, Tai Voe was horrified to discover that the culprits for framing his friend, a powerful criminal syndicate, were his own family. Heartbroken and betrayed, Tai Voe stormed into his family estate with Reen in tow, bowling through his confused relatives. Tai kicked down the door of Dre Voe, the family's patriarch and his uncle, with unnatural strength and confronted the man. Now Tai felt it, guilt, shame, regret. Not just in Dre but in all of his family members who overheard. Dre explained he wanted to bring Tai into the family business gradually, and that getting close enough to Mik Todar to reveal a weakness they could exploit was his first task to doing so.
Without thinking, Tai pulled his uncle across the desk with the Force and was about to start a vicious beat down on him. Reen though, raised his objections. He told Tai that Dre more than deserved his wrath and that it wouldn't damn him to lay out his treacherous uncle. Tai wasn't expecting this, he thought that the Jedi would tell him not to give into anger, that vengeance wasn't justice. Instead Reen told Tai that while his uncle's betrayal against a friend felt like a deep wound, it was far from the most heinous crime committed on Nar Shaddaa.
Tai Voe released his uncle, vowing to turn him over to the authorities. Reen gave his approval, telling Tai to save that righteous zeal for the wrongdoers that truly deserve it. The entire Voe family industry was liquidated and auctioned off, many of Tai's family serving prison sentences for a number of financial crimes. Unfortunately the damage was done as part of their assets included Mik's casinos and hotels. Although Mik was freed and cleared of charges, he was now a man with almost nothing to his name.
While Tai was once again angered by the injustice, especially as it was his family's doing, Mik waved him off. He still had enough money for a startup. If he made it once, he could do it again. Not on Nar Shaddaa though. The price of doing honest business here was never to appear weak. Being sent to prison showed he could be gotten to. It was time to move on.
Tai was more than happy to join Mik but Reen made Tai an offer. He revealed that he had been watching Tai for a long while now, sensing that he was strong in the Force and had the conviction to be a true Jedi Knight. Tai was flattered but felt he couldn't abandon his friend, when it was actually Mik that advocated Tai go with the Gand to become a Jedi. Saying that if what he taught Tai didn't compel him to live a life of honor and truth the best way he could, he failed as a teacher. Moved by this, Tai gave his friend and the closest thing he had to a father one last hug before Reen took him to the Jedi temple on Lothal.
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Tai Voe was taken under the wing of Master Reen himself as a padawan. They spent ten years together, training and going on missions. Tai Voe proved himself the devout and honorable knight that both his mentors saw in him. He took Jedi teachings and study of the Force very seriously. This gave him a very orderly view of the Galaxy. That the laws of civilization were shadows of the Force's natural order of the cosmos. Tai Voe more than once clashed with his own master. Not that the two men had anything but respect for each other. It was just that Reen himself was a former Findsmen who operated best in border towns or the wilderness. Giving him a viewpoint that was a little more unorthodox even by the standards of the now less stringent Jedi Order. Whereas Tai Voe grew up in the city and even while training now to become a Jedi, was more comfortable with the pace and atmosphere of an urban metropolis than a frontier settlement. Still, the two of them worked together well, complimenting each other's skills and covering the other's weakness. Both of them, pious as they were, used tools and skills from their backgrounds as well as their powers to become more effective peacekeepers. Reen was already an expert tracker, cook, and marksman. Whereas Tai Voe kept his technical skills and knowledge of ships sharp and useful. One particular misadventure of theirs though, lead to the accidental creation of a foe who would come to haunt Tai for years.
In a fortified and well hidden facility on Taris, a scientist friend of Reen's named Galo Skeel summoned him for a wonderful discovery of his. Despite the Givin man's exuberance, Reen sensed something very off about his friend. When Reen and Tai Voe got to Galo's lab, they both sensed the Dark Side. It was heavy around and in the facility, like a bomb primed and given unnatural desire of its own explosive function. Being lead inside by 8-TS, Galo's research assistant droid, and Kolee, the excitable and affectionate Akk dog, both Reen and Tai Voe were horrified to see the scientist in the possession of a Sith holocron. Galo was quick to assure the both of them that the artifact was secure and that's why he called them. He had devised a machine that could safely contain the energies of the Dark Side so that the Jedi and others could open the Holocron and access its secrets from relative safety. Both Tai and 8-TS advocated against this experiment, Tai adding that they should call the Jedi Council this instant to confiscate the holocron. To the shock of both of them though, Reen said they should give Galo a chance. Reen trusted his friend and said there was nothing inherently wrong with attempting this as long as it was safe. The Jedi and his padawan stayed the night but Tai Voe couldn't sleep. He had a terrible dream that in hindsight he was sure was a vision. Of a beautiful shroud covering the stars suddenly being torn to ribbons by the multiple grasping claws of a fiend. When those same claws reached out to tear apart Tai Voe himself he was violently awoken by 8-TS shaking him. The droid told him that Galo was attempting to open the holocron, that his master had gone mad.
Bursting into the lab, Tai Voe saw his master Reen on the floor, bleeding. What looked like a power tool was jutting from his wound. Galo Skeel stood at his console, hands flying about, like a man possessed. Perhaps not "like" at all. The holocron's containment field was being wildly distorted, the energy being absorbed by the device it was meant to contain. Tai Voe ignited his lightsaber and demanded the scientist put his hands in the air. Galo screamed for the Jedi to stay away and not interfere when the containment field around the holocron failed at last. The Dark Side exploded out, released from its prison. The lab and entire facility began to shake; sparks and shrapnel began to blast through the air, and bolts of purple, super-heated, plasma arched out of the holocron. One of these struck Galo Skeel, killing him in moments as he howled in agony before being flung back against the far wall where he fell his last. 8-TS called out to his friend as he was struck down. Tai Voe would give the fool his final blessing if he himself survived this. For the moment though, he pleaded that 8-TS knew how to stop this. The droid said there was a failsafe in case this very thing happened, something that would destroy the holocron all together but it required a catalyst that could produce an immense charge. Such as the kyber crystal of a lightsaber. With one last look at the weapon his master helped him build, with another glance over to Reen himself quickly loosing blood, Tai Voe disassembled the weapon, and held the chamber that contained the crystal tightly in his grip. 8-TS explained that Tai had to place the crystal into a chamber on the far side of the room.
Tai Voe was harried each step of the way, no longer content with merely destroying their surroundings, junk and machine parts were now flying at Tai, who barely dodged them and outright tanked more than a few hard knocks. A flash of Force lightning landed right at Tai's feet. Casting his eyes over, he felt the Dark Side hone in on him with the holocron as a focus lens. Even if it wasn't sentient, it counted Tai Voe as a threat and was using the Force to protect itself as it spread its influence to the whole facility and beyond. Without his lightsaber, Tai had no defense against the signature electric wrath of the Sith, but he pressed on through the pain, centering himself and ignoring his physical agony in favor of his true self in the Force. Just before he could get within distance to place the crystal within the chamber though, Kolee leaped from the shadows and tried to maul Tai. Gone was the loving pet. In its place, a furious beast that knew only territoriality and viciousness. Now Tai was without a weapon and the holocron still wouldn't let up its storm. Tai had an idea. Baiting Kolee, he stepped in front of the holocron and waited for the beast to pounce. Diving out of the way at the last second, poor Kolee's life energy was sucked away by the device driving it to madness. Tai Voe had a clear shot to shove his kyber crystal into the chamber. 8-TS ran the program as soon as he got the crystal into the system. Two, large, industrial, arms descended from the ceiling and reduced the cursed icon to slag. Tai Voe could feel the Dark Side die as he passed out, his life support system damaged.
After that particular mission, it was decided by both Reen and the Jedi council, that this adventure sufficed as a Jedi trial and Tai Voe was knighted. He didn't have long to enjoy this as the war with the Reformation broke out. Tai Voe volunteered to serve in whatever capacity the order wanted him in. Due to his history of investigating deeply embedded criminals, it was decided that Tai Voe would make an excellent counter-intelligence asset. Even if he himself lacked the talent for subterfuge, he was surprisingly effective in this role. He rooted out Reformation spies, saboteurs, and turncoat Republic agents with his trademark zeal and disgust with traitors and liars.
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Hell on Wheels (season 4)

I don't know if others have been talking about it, but I have been recently catching up on watching the tv-series "Hell on Wheels" again, about building a railroad across the US, with a post-civil war theme. What was interesting is seeing the private city Cheyenne, Wyoming being taking over by "the government" (four guys appointed by general Grant, who had "reconstructed" Atlanta).
They make a mark in the city's casino, when walking in. A guy kills a cheater by shooting him, which is common law in the city (he says "everyone knows this", and all around him nods). The four guys are the judge, jury and executioner and make "justice" by making a small trial, where any killing is illegal. He's hanged just after. The owner of the town gets angry in the process also claiming common law, but knows he's powerless, and the episode ends with the government hanging their gang banner "Wyoming Territory" on the building.
The provisional governor told the city owner that they needed four new buildings: a townhall, a court house, a sherif department and a treasury... The city owner said that they could buy/lend the land, but since they would tax his land now, it would be more in his interest to give it to them, to have less of it.
Interesting to see that the private city was somewhat functioning (a lot of violence, but the owner didn't really care and could have had his own sheriff) without any government in the first place, just like Deadwood. The american frontier was very anarcho-capitalistic, when not counting in the government money that flow into the projects.
-- my 2 cents
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[Table] I am a former casino surveillance tech. AMA!

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What was the most you ever saw someone win? What were they playing and how did they react? There was an elderly couple that liked to travel a lot. They usually made a yearly round to our casino/hotel because of the resort/spa area. They never gambled, that we knew of.
This particular time, however, the old man had $5 in his pocket and decided to play a slot. That particular slot happened to be on the Wheel-Of-Fortune national progressive slots. He rolled twice and won all $2.4 million + some change.
I work on the floor as a dealer. Do you ever pick up on mistakes we make and decide you can't be bothered calling down to fix it? Like of we accidentally took a winning bet or gave out a few bucks too many? Normally the personnel (I was a technician, so I wasn't one of those dedicated people) have some sort of uber hawk-eye power that they notice when you don't award winnings as small as 50 cents. Yeah I don't get it either. Normally, no matter what happened, we always called down to the pit manager and advised on what happened and then at that point usually they'd let the player know and advise the dealer on what happened. If the incident was resolved, it may or may not be noted against the dealer.
If the mistake costs the casino money and the player walked out before the correct funds could be collected, the incident would be put on record for that particular dealer. Not that it made much of a difference, though. Most experienced dealers had something like 50+ mistakes over the course of 10 years or something like that. In the end, we're all human.
Sounds like a pretty interesting job seeing how things work behind the scenes. How often do you encounter people trying to cheat the games? What is the game you saw this sort of thing on the most? I imagine blackjack, but what do I know. Any cool stories of things that went down? Finally, They aren't watching me when I pee are they? (I shake a third time to be sure!) Blackjack and card-counting go hand in hand (as you know), and that's usually the most action anyone in surveillance is concerned about. They're usually labeled as "Advantage players" and if they're not blatantly counting, they still get tabs put on themselves for winning a lot of money every time they visit the tables. Usually the people actually watching the monitors are former dealers and etc and also know how to count cards themselves, so they can counter-count (contradicting?) and try to spot a method/pattern. The only actual cheating I ever witnessed live was someone using their phone during a Hold 'Em game. The only reason they almost got away with it was because they would only look down through shades and type things in without looking down continuously. I wouldn't recommend trying it. I once saw some coverage of a guy walking through one of the mid-floors in the hotel area at about 5-6am wearing nothing but bubble-wrap around his waist. He kinda drunkenly walked up to a low-hanging dome camera, tore it out of the ceiling, and stumbled away like nothing happened.
Is there an amount of winnings after which a person starts getting "watched" playing Blackjack? I don't know if I can give an exact amount, but it would be more than $15K per sit-down. In blackjack, that's a lot.
edit: Though, if they do it once or twice and then never again for a while, they won't be watched every time they get to a table. Most of the time the amount and player is noted and then isn't looked at until it happens again.
Have you ever seen any extreme reactions to someone loosing / winning a vast amount of money? I've seen elderly people literally fall over and die from heart attacks from winning $30K+
I've also seen grown men cry from losing continuously at dollar slots.
Where do those winnings go? In that particular case, the casino was nice enough to let next-of-kin have the winnings.
This may just be in the movies but what do I know, I've only been in a casino 3 times in my life... Do some casinos beat the shit out of cheaters or card counters or what's their punishment? Also why did you quit? No, since most casinos are strictly governed by either gaming commissions or state/regional committees, it'd be very hard for them to get away with beating someone over the head for counting cards.
Getting beat by other players that lost because of the cheating is an entirely different story. ;)
I quit because there was no chain of command in place for me to follow without stepping on someone's toes, and as a result, when shit hit the fan, I had no one to go to and and things like that kept piling up.
It got to a point where I was about to be fired for something that could have been avoided had I had a co-worker on the same level to assist me/understand the situation, I ended up resigning to avoid it looking bad for me.
Is facial recognition used at all? The short answer: Kinda.
Is it used while someone is gaming randomly? No. It's used when someone previously suspected of counting/advantage/cheating arrives. Usually their face is in a database from another property.
Usually their face is in a database from another property. I assume you share data between casinos that are owned by the same company. But, do you also share such data between companies? Yes and yes. Usually only other casinos/companies in the same region. If the player has a criminal background and has been known to travel to your area, then sometimes the information is shared from quite a distance.
I've heard surveillance members are never allowed back onto the gaming floor because of blind spots in the camera set-up you learn about. Is this true? When I quit, I learned I was not allowed back on property for a maximum of 6 months, unless otherwise noted. We didn't have blind-spots. I know because I've seen every camera's shot.
You could literally get away with nothing, unless the action had audio. We rarely recorded audio.
Is that true for other casinos/companies? Maybe. Definitely wasn't true for the casino I worked at, though.
How much money does the typical casino spend on surveillance? Well, most casinos are still using non-digital recording tech, believe it or not. Some of those systems were state-of-the-art in like 1980.
Luckily I worked somewhere where all recording was digital and stored on servers, but that also made everything hell-aciously expensive.
I'd say ours was worth somewhere in the $10-20 Million range, with over 3000 cameras on property and enough video storage capacity to record the entire lives of 100 people easily.
Although i'm sure they're very far fetched and dramatized, how much truth are in films like 21, Oceans 11 and Runner, Runner? Card counting is real. I'm sure there are tons of people that get away with it.
Is it even possible to trick the system like that? However, robbing a casino blind with thousands of people around? Not even close. At least, not when you have a surveillance team that works uninterrupted for 24 hours a day. The system has backup power and backup power for the backup power. I never remember the lights going out and us losing coverage of anything.
What is the most common thing you have to throw people out for? Drunk & Disorderly. Kinda the casino's fault though. A lot of the popular video-poker areas are literally built into the bar, right next to the bartender and the alcohol.
I've seen postings for our casinos for video surveillance operators. Would you recommend this position? Could this position lead to others in security? It's a great position -- just be sure to have experience with table games prior to applying. They're gonna want people that know how to watch games, and very few offer a lot of training. Mostly, they look for ex-dealers.
So, What kind of vacuum do you have? You know what? It was actually some really really really old floor vac that we used as a shop vac. It actually broke when I was hired because they made me use it so much (being the new noob).
We ended up getting an "electronics-safe" GE hand-held shop vac to replace it. It used Lith-ion drill batteries to operate.
How much have you seen someone lose in one sitting? $151,600 on roulette. He was a veteran member of the casino and was probably loaded to begin with.
Are there really cameras everywhere? Bathrooms and bedrooms too? How many cameras were there in your casino and how many people does it take to monitor everything? By law, there were no cameras in any bathrooms or bedrooms. That also goes for 99% of all casinos.
I can't give you an exact number of people that monitored the cameras (it's in the single digits), but there were 3000+ cameras on property. You wouldn't flare your nostrils on the gaming floor without a camera seeing it.
How long are video recordings kept? My state's law requires all cameras, gaming, non-gaming, or otherwise, have a minimum of 14 days coverage stored back.
What quality is it stored in? That's a lot of data. Normally anywhere from Standard 4:3 @ 480p, 60fps to 720p hi-def. My particular workplace had over 3000 cameras continuously recording at any given time. There was a LOT of space needed for it. Most of the data pools were 36TB in single-unit capacity.
Besides the elderly couple winning 2.4 million, what's the biggest amount someone has won while you were there? I was there when the $2.4 Million was won, but alas it was only through a surveillance monitor.
Walking through the gaming floor, though, I've personally witnessed several smaller jackpots. $14K, $130K, $29K, etc.
Whats the craziest thing you've seen? I once saw some coverage of a guy walking through one of the mid-floors in the hotel area at about 5-6am wearing nothing but bubble-wrap around his waist. He kinda drunkenly walked up to a low-hanging dome camera, tore it out of the ceiling, and stumbled away like nothing happened.
Any stories of CHEATER'S JUSTICE? Nothing that brutal, no. There was never any blatant cheating going on. That's usually just movie stuff.
Every now and then, though, someone does something (usually unknowingly) that might be considered cheating and they get scared because by law we have to call the gaming commission to investigate them. (The gaming commission is a department of the state police here.)
Yes. I never stated I was a dealer prior to. I actually just recently answered a comment that asked about the type of experience needed to apply.
Edit: why the downvotes? He clearly states that he was previously a dealer elsewhere ITT. I had no gambling experience when I signed up.
Honestly, are any of the games rigged in anyway? BJ for example? Also once there is a rule that if the BJ table gets wet they shut down and clean it up. Are there sensors under the table? Thanks. No, but there may be ((cough)) cameras closer than you think ((cough)) watching your every move.
How often do people attempt to use casinos to launder money? I don't know exactly, but there was a TON (A TONNN) of counterfeit laundering and not just at my casino. It was everywhere. 10s, 20s, even some 5s.
People were getting arrested for it left and right because they were stupid about using it. They even found some dude's stash of $100,000 in counterfeit bills in his hotel room.
What is your personal opinion on advantage players or card counting? Some people would say that just because a player is better at a game the casino should't be allowed to prevent them from playing. Thanks in advanced. While I agree with you, even though it's just a "game", it's also a lot of money. You have to remember that a casino is a business and they have the right to reject anyone that potentially hurts their business.
Could anything in the Oceans trilogy (oceans 11, oceans 12, and oceans 13) be even remotely possible given security measures? A whole team of people working together? Yes.
Them getting away with robbing a casino blind? No.
Your ID looks a little cock-eyed. Hohohoho I see what you did there.
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