What is Daub?
Daubing is the act of marking or blotting a card so that when it appears in someone else’s hand, it can be recognized by a player even when the face is not visible. To daub, a card is something that is incredibly frowned upon within the gambling community.
If you’re not already aware of the term, then hopefully that is because you have only ever been associated with trustworthy individuals that would never think of carrying out any action that could be considered illicit or dishonest. However, as most serious card players will know, daubing is a very real problem.
To ‘daub’ a card means, quite simply, to mark it so that it can be recognized even when it is in the hand of someone else. The act of daubing is frowned upon by the vast majority of the gambling fraternity, with most people regarding it as a form of severe cheating. This does not, of course, mean that such actions never happen.
In 2015, a poker player by the name of Mihai Lacatos was found to have cheated casinos out of thousands of pounds after he subtly marked cards so that he would be able to read them at a distance.
The story revealed that the fraudster once fleeced a single London casino out of over £40,000 in just one week, and the crook admitted that he had been performing his act for over six years before he was caught.
By putting tiny dents and creases in certain cards he was able to gain an understanding of how the cards were stacked, and was therefore able to place bets accordingly.
Lacatos’ story is not a solitary one. In recent years hundreds of poker players have been caught out after attempting to make a quick buck. Fortunately, most card players value honesty and integrity, and would never dream of performing such acts.