What is an ‘Agent’?
In casino terminology, an agent is the partner of a fraudster or cheat. The agent may be another player or a casino insider, and they frequently work with other insiders in order to make a dishonest profit from the casino establishment. Agents are also people who act as representatives for casino games, luring in inexperienced players who can be taken for all of their funds by the others at the table.
A casino agent operates a secret identity to some extent. They might be a worker at the casino or have friends on the staff, which gives them access to methods of cheating such as deck stripping or holdouts. Agents might work alone on the floor, with a partner behind the tables. They might also be part of a hustling team or a cheating ring.
The agent is not usually the player who is cheating, but they form a partnership with a cheat and assist them in their objective. Occasionally, the term agent is used to refer to the partner of a card counter. Card counting is not illegal but it is forbidden in many casinos, as it is a form of advantage gambling. Cheating and other forms of fraud are strictly prohibited by law, so operating a scam or cheat is tricky unless an agent is there to watch out for trouble.
Agents are sometimes used to lure players into dishonest poker games, where one or more players in the game will use underhand techniques to steal the victim’s cash. The agent gives the game an air of respectability and makes the unsuspecting player relax, feeling that the game is legitimate. Agents often direct casino visitors to ‘after-hours games’, which take place at some other venue where the casino is not monitoring activity.