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Compete Expose of the Secrets of Cheating in Card Games
THE SUNDAY CALp. 5 be accompanied with a system of mark- Ing. The most successful method of marking cards that has come to light Is as follows: The sharp first procures two small tin boxes, puch as you- would put ointment Into. He then makes a small hole in the top of the box about the size of a dimo. Inside the box I? placed a piece of tin un derneath which Is a small spring, spiral shaped. The boxes are then filled with a composition of the following- ingredients: Olive oil, enmyhnr ami stearin*, mixed with analine nf the color of the cards. To make thN composition- requires t a .good d*al of dexterity, and ns the receipt itself will accomplish nothings without tne knowledge of maicintr it up 'no .harm 'can be done by thofe nnvious to "experiment. The advantage of this preparation is that It can be taken off the card by rubbing M on your coat or handkerchief. Armed with the above; preparation and being master of the Fjrccnii deal the sharp is in vincible. Having m.iiked.- we 1 will Fay the acrs and kines, no matter where they lie in the pack, he can control them when It comes to his deal. I will now show tb« methods of the •very day sharp, who also depends upon manipulation, but not nearly so advanced a method as the foregoing chevalier de rindustrle. The work. I am about to -ex pose will hold good In almost any game where there is no game keeper to protect the players. If there are : any wise fish Bitting In the g&me the. sharp usually ¦ re tires. . Bookmakers and sporting men gen erally will not tolerate this work. The the three nines together, put them on top of the. pack, make a false shuffle and > of fer them to be out. Tho cut being made, lie «hen makes the pass, bringing them bark to the top of the pack. If his con federnte has a pair he make* a full hand on nines and the next man who comes in with h pair makes a full on sixes. If the confederate has not a pair, he draws four card* just to make his ante good, and as h*» sets the three .sixes and one of the» nines bents out/the -man who makes two pairs. This is not done at'evrry deal, but about four fir; five timts In an evening's play will generally win. The two methods I have Illustrated are boyond nil cavil and doubt the most up to date.-': Years ago machinery was used by sharps who c-.uld not manipulate, but Owing to the amount of prominence given to tools of this description and the fact of '.its' being a penitentiary offense to be caught -using; thorn.", the modern sharp leaves ¦ them severely ¦ alone. Those that are manufactured find their, way Into mining .-camps and county fairs. I will- now pass on , to the game . of games; one that ought to be above sus picion.. I refer, to whist. . In America there is very lfttlo cheating at. whist, the reason being; that it is rarely, played for high stakes.': In*Europe the case is dif ferent. In London, "Paris and Berlin .it takes the .place : of poker from . the gam bler's point of, view. Thus the sharp is en couraged to get : in hln *; fine work. The only i method • by - -which : a ¦ cheat can ' ¦ be successfully worked : without the aid of a confederate la as, follow*:: -,.-,¦, , thirds of the pack are used. Euchre, be ing the king of short-card games, finds most favor in his eyes. To cheat at this game does not require nearly as mucli dexterity as at whist or poker. The short c.ird man is" the worst type of blackleg and usually finds his victims among tho poorer classes,' most of his cheating bein;; *lone in saloons. As his customers are usually an illiterate class he Is not as h rule particular what kind of .work be does, his -object being to get the money as quickly as; possible. - For! short-card work a pack 'of, strippers a"re -usually x employed. .-. For - euchre the cards are trimmed, in such a manner that the two jacks out of; the four usually -of the same color can be drawn out at will. This is accomplished by £ these two cards being: a .trifle wider than the, balance of th© pack. When it is the sharp's turn to deal alb he has to- do is -to bring tha two -stripped jacks to the middle of tha pack, 1 ; at the same time making -a crimp as shown in the illustration.. His opponent will, ninety-nine. times out of a hundred, cut to it, thus making the two jacks tfia last cards in the pack. It Is herethe'ad vantageof working without a full pack comes in. the sharp being : able to make what Is termed the bottom : deal; this sleight is the easiest of any used by gam blers, and. • like second ; dealing, becomes Invisible with practice. Some sharps^ do not take the trouble or probably have not the ability to lea.rn.tha bottom deal, but resort- to the extremely dangerous method known as the "top r palm." Few. persons would be blind to this method. CARD r harpers ar* divided Into two classes. One is the fin do eleclo sharp, who, having the entree to the best society, takes little or no rhanee of being detected, on account of the brilliancy of his work and because he has rot to rush things like his less dex trous brethren. He can afford to watt until his pigeons are ready to be plucked v I shall take the game of poker, to illus trate first the method of the gentleman sharp. The sharps who can sit. in any kind of a game and beat it can almost be counted on the fingers of your hand; in my twenty years' experience as a card manipulator I have not met more than a dozen, and they all depend upon one thing to 'win out. viz.. second dealing. . All other card manipulation Is as a turnip to an orchid. To deal seconds so that they be invisible takes years of constant practice. A man must also be in pood physical condition. as the slightest faux pas would mean ruin. The object of the second deal Is to be able to deal to yourself any cards that will either help your hand or weaken your opponents'. It must also mere fact of one man being too lucky arouses their suspicions. Outside of the work shown In the first part of my arti cle, It is not possible to operate without the aid of a confederate. There are sev eral methods of cheating with aid. The one I will show is that by which the most deadly results are obtained and is popu lar with nine sharps out of ten. It Is termed the double draw. In this instance only one of the sharps does the. manipu lation, the other acting as a stall. On« of the advantages of this work is that the dealer does not win the money, but the confederate does. The sleight neces sary for this work is called the two handed pass and must be- accomplished by a certain ability to locate cards. We will take for instance a game of | five, handed draw. The two hawks sit next to each other, contriving if possible to have the pigeon with the most money sit next 10 the sharp who does the stalling. This is not absolutely necessary, but just as well. Operation? usually start in about the third or fourth deal, or just as soon as the dealer has got the general run of the cards. We will say that the dealer has a pair of sixes and his confederate a pair of nines. It is his turn to deal. He will have located another six and nine. He would then place the three sixes and The sharp first locates any number of cards of the same. suit. This' Is th« qulntescence of simplicity, as he has only to pick up two tricks to.haye eight trumps ready. Having: done this we come to the manipulation required. Next to second dealing this Is the most difficult thing tc accomplish. The located cards are placed on the bottom of the pack, It Is the sharp's turn to shuffle. Taking the card.* he deliberately Interleaves each half twice in sucesslon. It . is the inter leaving that does the work. He then offers them to be cut. "This done the double handed pass Is brought Into play. This pass in the hands of a clever manipulator can be made from eighty-five to one hundred times a min ute. The work can only be done with good playing cards that are aJmost new, but as a new pack of cards is used aboul every fourth deal in a -first-class club thh Is not an obstacle to the sharp. You no. doubt have often heard or read the expression in police descriptions that the prisoner was a well-known "short card man." For the benefit of the uninitiated I will explain the meaning of the title. It means a sharper who makes a specialty of cheat ing at games of cards where only two- By ¦pfoF.essof Ben*©^ "-'The :WnS --OF Cards."