Always read the small print

Article by Charlie Wright

At some point in your journey through the jungle, you may have come across JPG (John Piper).

They want agents to sell blackjack and poker software that “guarantees you never lose”.

My instant gut feeling was that this is too good to be true… like an everlasting wheel of cheese… a sexy electric car… or non-fattening lager.

I’ve looked into blackjack and poker software before, and most of it is designed for practice and improvement, not for turning you into a flawless gambling robot.

It IS possible to card count in Blackjack, which massively improves your odds… but GUARANTEE?

Anyway, I’ve had it on my site for a while, with an invitation for anyone to write in and tell me if my gut instinct was wrong.

I finally got a great email from a reader who explained his experience with JPG in great detail. I thought I would publish it in full. Even if you’ve not come across John Piper, you should read it, because it shows how these shoddy biz opps try to hoodwink you.

..and why you should always read the small print.

Over to you, ‘Anonymous Reader’…

John Piper (JPG) by ‘ANONYMOUS’

“JPG’s promotion promises:

“How would you like to play the online casinos and make Thousands every week? Our program tells you when you will lose, (place small bets) or when you will win, (place a large bet) See our free video and see it all happen before your eyes”

Sounds good doesn’t it?

Added to that, you get paid £1,000 a week to sell the software. If you don’t make any sales, you can earn £1,000 a week anyway. No advertising required, as the company handles that side of things.

First of all, let’s deal with the software…

If the software tells you you’re gonna lose, you put a $5 bet on. If it says you’ll win, place the maximum bet the table allows – say $2000. You see it all happen in the video.

Great, with such winning odds, who wouldn’t be prepared to speculate £2000? (Actually, it now costs £2,999)

Now we hit a snag. This is “specialist software”, and needs to be installed by a professional to ensure the Security Option is correct.

He charges £1500, plus travelling expenses from London to your home. (Great if you live in Scotland!) But don’t worry, the generous guys from whom you purchased the software will subsidise the installation by £1200 leaving just £300 plus expenses to pay!

But what’s this? The software has miraculously changed. It no longer tells you exactly when you will win and when it will lose … now it can only forecast the “percentage probability” of a win. It does this by ‘Card Counting’.

Oh, and did I mention that you will have to play the tables for 12 hours non stop so that the software can build up a database of moves?

Never mind. Think of all the $$$$ you’ll earn

The emails now tell you the software will average £2.90 an hour. Want to earn more? No problemo.

Just purchase more ‘bots. After all, the owner is making almost £50/hour (so he has 16 machines running). Each costs you £2999 plus installation charges.

So what is this marvellous software?

It’s a ‘modified version’ of a US programme called WinHoldem. It is sold in the States for 140. (I might add there are already several US law suits against the software originator)

But if the program is only £140, why the extra £2700?

Well remember, this is a ‘modified version’ that has extra Security Options built in to safeguard you. But the fact is, if the casinos find you using WinHoldem, they’ll instantly close your account and freeze any money you may have won.

That’s assuming they don’t take civil action against you for fraud!

But no problem. The security software running on a second PC will hide you from the casino.

What, didn’t I mention you needed a second PC?

The first one runs the casino software, which is what the online casino SHOULD see, and the other PC runs all the counting software… and then tells you the percentage you have of winning or losing a bet.

Effectively, it does electronically what many publications on various sites around the net advise; if your cards total 17 or more, then stick, otherwise twist if the cards are a certain value.

OK, so much for the software. Now what of the other part of the deal?

They claim, “Introduce this software to others, and you either make £1,000 per sale – or if you don’t get any sales, you earn £1,000 a week for 52 weeks just for trying.”

But look at the small print

Read the small print, and it says you will get “a minimum of 150 emails each time”.

So how many do you think you would get? 250? 500? How about 100,000! (The guy says that his current vendor is able to supply him with 30,000,000 opt-in emails, so he has a “back-log” of enquiries to deal with.)

In actual fact, most of these emails have probably been harvested, and many remain undeliverable.

From a batch of 60 sent out, 33 bounced straight back again!

Now how are you going to despatch all these emails? Via a bulk sender.

But sorry, you’re not allowed to use automated software. They must all be sent manually! So if you spend 10 seconds on each one, you’re talking 277 hours.

If you put in three hours a day before becoming brain dead at the monotony, you’re talking 92 days!

Plus, each email must be sent with a 70kb Word attachment, which also has to be cc’ed back to the vendor so he knows you’ve sent the email out.

A bit more maths shows us that based on a 28- day month, we’re mailing over 30,000 emails. Or put another way, 4,200,000,000 (4 gigabytes) or emails a month. Add to that your own monthly surfing, and you’re gonna be well above the monthly limit your ISP allows.

Being a progammer, I developed a script, purchased some webspace, and started the process of mailing 100 every 15 minutes. Co- incidence or otherwise, after 800 was sent out, the program was switched off, and the folder containing the script was “locked”.

Having now done some research, it transpires that the person hosting the script and sending the emails could themselves have been charged with processing SPAM.

I could have single-handedly got their business blacklisted, effectively meaning they wouldn’t have been able to send emails to any other webhost/server.

And it gets worse!

Oh, I forgot to mention. You’ve got to send out all these emails within 7 days or else you are not able to quality for the £1,000 a week no-sales payments!

Here’s another thing. All these emails are SPAM.
And they’re going out on YOUR email account via YOUR ISP.

Did that person contact YOU and as to receive email from YOU? No?

In which case YOU are violating the CAN-SPAM regulations, and could face a fine of $11,000 …
and imprisonment.

Now a crafty get-out “clause” states that if you DO NOT send all these emails, you will not get your agency deposit refunded! So you can see why this will probably cost me £2,000.”

Thanks very much for the review!

It’s always good to hear (and pass on) first-hand experiences. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the reviews on the website.

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