how con men win at 3 card monte, or the cups game.

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I want to know how these games are rigged.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

Generally a slight of hand, where the money cup or card is shifted into a different starting position than what the player believes it to be. Since the player is tracking the wrong card/cup, the odds of them winning fall below 50/50, letting the dealer profit.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Generally a slight of hand, where the money cup or card is shifted into a different starting position than what the player believes it to be. Since the player is tracking the wrong card/cup, the odds of them winning fall below 50/50, letting the dealer profit.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Generally a slight of hand, where the money cup or card is shifted into a different starting position than what the player believes it to be. Since the player is tracking the wrong card/cup, the odds of them winning fall below 50/50, letting the dealer profit.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Sleight of hand – these guys are basically doing a magic trick disguised as a legitimate game. And just like a good close-up magician, they can always have the card where they want it at the end.

The person shuffling the cards, or the cups, is very good at palming the card/ball and keeping it out of sight. If you see 3cards, there are actually 4 cards – and the winning card is never available for you to choose. So no matter what you pick, it’ll always be wrong, and he’ll subtly switch them when he shows you where the winning card was.

They pair this with tiny “mistakes” to make you think you’re going to win. They’ll shuffle them slowly so that you think “Oh, the winning card is definitely on the left,” or they’ll bend the edge of the winning card so that you think “Oh, the card with the bent edges is the winner, I’ll bet big.” Then when the card is turned over, you’ll realize that another losing card was bent, just like the winning Queen you thought you saw.

If you ever see anyone offering a 3 card monte style game, know that it’s not really a game, and they aren’t playing by the rules. If you see someone win, it’s either someone they’ve planted in the audience, or else it’s one person they let win a small amount to encourage other people to bet – or to encourage that same person to try to win even more, and end up losing it back.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Sleight of hand – these guys are basically doing a magic trick disguised as a legitimate game. And just like a good close-up magician, they can always have the card where they want it at the end.

The person shuffling the cards, or the cups, is very good at palming the card/ball and keeping it out of sight. If you see 3cards, there are actually 4 cards – and the winning card is never available for you to choose. So no matter what you pick, it’ll always be wrong, and he’ll subtly switch them when he shows you where the winning card was.

They pair this with tiny “mistakes” to make you think you’re going to win. They’ll shuffle them slowly so that you think “Oh, the winning card is definitely on the left,” or they’ll bend the edge of the winning card so that you think “Oh, the card with the bent edges is the winner, I’ll bet big.” Then when the card is turned over, you’ll realize that another losing card was bent, just like the winning Queen you thought you saw.

If you ever see anyone offering a 3 card monte style game, know that it’s not really a game, and they aren’t playing by the rules. If you see someone win, it’s either someone they’ve planted in the audience, or else it’s one person they let win a small amount to encourage other people to bet – or to encourage that same person to try to win even more, and end up losing it back.

Anonymous 0 Comments

Sleight of hand – these guys are basically doing a magic trick disguised as a legitimate game. And just like a good close-up magician, they can always have the card where they want it at the end.

The person shuffling the cards, or the cups, is very good at palming the card/ball and keeping it out of sight. If you see 3cards, there are actually 4 cards – and the winning card is never available for you to choose. So no matter what you pick, it’ll always be wrong, and he’ll subtly switch them when he shows you where the winning card was.

They pair this with tiny “mistakes” to make you think you’re going to win. They’ll shuffle them slowly so that you think “Oh, the winning card is definitely on the left,” or they’ll bend the edge of the winning card so that you think “Oh, the card with the bent edges is the winner, I’ll bet big.” Then when the card is turned over, you’ll realize that another losing card was bent, just like the winning Queen you thought you saw.

If you ever see anyone offering a 3 card monte style game, know that it’s not really a game, and they aren’t playing by the rules. If you see someone win, it’s either someone they’ve planted in the audience, or else it’s one person they let win a small amount to encourage other people to bet – or to encourage that same person to try to win even more, and end up losing it back.

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve heard that while everyone is paying attention to the game, pickpockets go nuts on your wallets & bags

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve heard that while everyone is paying attention to the game, pickpockets go nuts on your wallets & bags

Anonymous 0 Comments

I’ve heard that while everyone is paying attention to the game, pickpockets go nuts on your wallets & bags

Anonymous 0 Comments

With 3-card Monty the winning card is hidden and is not one of the three options presented to the guesser (even the one with the bent corner you are sure is the card). Similarly none of the 3 cups have the ball under then.

When it comes time to reveal where the winning card/ball is they use slight of hand to show you that the game was “fair”.

The people you see who “win” are working with the the dealer/cup master/magician. They get a cut of the winnings.