What is a ‘Crimp’?
A crimp is one of the most common methods card cheats use to mark a card in a casino. Its advantages are that first, the cheat won’t leave a permanent mark and second, he can make it look like part of the natural process of picking up or dealing a card. All the cheat has to do is to a create a little v mark in the corner of the card by pressing his index finger on the back.
There are many reasons why a cheat will crimp a card. In poker, he may do it mark the place where he wants the dealer to cut the deck. If he crimps more than one card in a row, he will ensure the dealer will cut the cards at the required place, without being in on the scam. In blackjack, a cheat will crimp all the 10-value cards so he can identify the dealer’s hole card. He will then play his own hand accordingly.
A card cheat may get away with a crimp among friends, or during a small-scale card game, but is hugely unlikely to get away with it at a casino.
A successful casino keeps a very close eye on all of its dealers and players. They will zero in on anyone they think is enjoying a little bit too much success. The 888 casino blog states that casinos can even subject their employees to polygraph tests to ascertain whether they are colluding with any of the customers. If a cheat is caught, they can receive a sentence of up to 17 years in prison!
Outside the confines of a casino, a dealer can check that no one in the gaming party has crimped the cards by flipping through the cards like a cartoon flipbook. If it creates an animated effect, someone has marked the cards.