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Gambling is one of the most popular past times in America, with over 47 million people playing games of chance. Las Vegas is the gambling Mekka which offers the opportunity to strike it rich or loose everything. And with the invention of online gambling the opportunities are many to try your luck. In order to increase your chances to leave the tables as a winner, we are providing you with ebooks on strategy and game play as well as the best teaching and training software. Do not bet your money in a game you don't understand. Be a smart gambler, invest the time to study the games you would like to play and then go out and have fun while playing the best and most informed you can.

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    Wanderings of a Vagabond by John Morris    The Little Secrets by Frank Bonville    Fools of Fortune by John Philip Quinn    The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table by Harry P. Dodge    Gamblers' Tricks With Cards Exposed and Explained by Jonathan H. Green    The Highway to Hell by John Philip Quinn    Koschitz's Manual of Useful Information by Koschitz    Protection: the sealed book by Joseph Ernest Meyer    Inner Secrets of Crooked Card Players by S. Victor Innis    Grafters of America by Clifton R. Wooldridge    Bug House by Brick Tilley    Blistr by Chris Wasshuber    Card Punch by Chris Wasshuber    Short-Changing by Penny Ante Jim    China's Song by Brick Tilley    Spot the Spot by Brick Tilley    How It's Done by Edward A. Litzau    Gamblers' Tricks with Cards by Jonathan H. Green    The Second Deal: Advanced Concepts for the Card Table by T. Hayes    The Best Short Change Scam Ever by Devin Knight    The Open Book by J. H. Johnson    How To Sell Snake Oil by David Devlin    Monte Carlo by Anonymous    How Psychics Locate Missing People by Devin Knight    Carnival Games Exposed by Stephen Ablett    How To Sell Bridges: a book of dirty tricks and bamboozlers by David Devlin    Gambling Card Sharps: How to Beat a Cheater by Scott Edward Lane    Blue Book 1960 by KC Card Co    Why Gamblers Win by John Philip Quinn    Advantage Card Playing by F. R. Ritter    My Confidential Tips To Poker Players by F. R. Ritter    Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker by F. R. Ritter    Catch 33: Three Card Monte by Lee Asher    The Manual of The Three Shell Game by Eddie Joseph    The Punters Retirement Plan by Col. Wingate    Craps for Low Rollers by Alan K. Long    How to Cheat at Cards by Daniel Madison    Card Sharpers by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & William John Hilliar    Secrets of Gambling by Hugh Miller    The Score: playing card marking system by Daniel Madison    The Winner's Guide to Dating: What I learned about love and sex from playing Texas Hold 'em by Randall Klitz    John Scarne's Newsletter by John Scarne    How Gamblers Win - Secrets of Advantage Playing by Gerritt M. Evans    Three Card Monte by Audley V. Walsh & John Scarne    Scarne Compilation by John Scarne    Scarne on Cards by John Scarne    Scarne's Encyclopedia of Games by John Scarne    Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling by John Scarne    Scarne's Encyclopedia of Card Games by John Scarne    Scarne on Dice by John Scarne

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Craps for Low Rollers

Alan K. Long

Craps for Low Rollers by Alan K. LongThis is a Craps Championship winning strategy.

This is an ebook about "how to win" at playing craps. It covers all of the basics of the game so you will have a working knowledge of the table layout and various bets. Many of the craps wagers that you see players make are sucker bets and don’t apply to this winning strategy. Yes, the house can be beaten on a regular basis!

Twenty five chapters of do's and dont's with full color examples including an explanation of why this winning strategy works. You will pay for this ebook with the first roll of the dice!

If you are a beginner or new...

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Monte Carlo

Anonymous

Monte Carlo by AnonymousThis manual exposes cheating at gambling of all kinds including more than 100 methods of rigged machines, tables, dice, marked cards, sleight of hand and more.

From the preface:

The lack of knowledge on any one subject is not ignorance. You may be the smartest lawyer, the most brilliant doctor, a captain of finance, an intelligent banker, an educated scholar, and a gentleman in every walk of life, and still be a sucker in a poker game on an ocean liner with three other seeming gentlemen.

You would not go into a dynamite works or laboratory where they manufacture and compound dynamite,...

2016 / 2 / 13
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Mysterien des Kartenspiels

Arthur Toskana

Mysterien des Kartenspiels by Arthur ToskanaDieses Buch ist in Deutsch verfaßt und ganz dem falschen Spiel mit Karten gewidmet. Es behandelt unter anderem Griffe wie das Falschmischen, Spielaustausch, präparierte Karten und Gehilfen.

Erstausgabe, 1900, Berlinische Verlagsanstalt; 53 pages.

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  1. Vorwort
  2. Die Geschichte der Karten und ihrer Spiele
  3. Die Volte
  4. Das Falschmischen
  5. Das Eskamotieren der Karten
  6. Das inkorrekte Abheben
  7. Das korrigierte Kartengeben
  8. Vorbereitete Spiele
  9. Karten-Präparationen
 
  1.    A. Gezeichnete Karten
  2.    B. Beschnittene Karten
  3.    C. Gebogene Karten
  4.    D. Durchstochene...
2005 / 9 / 5
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Three Card Monte

Audley V. Walsh & John Scarne

Three Card Monte by Audley V. Walsh & John ScarneThis is a treatise on the sucker effects of the Three Card Monte. It starts with an intro by Nate Leipzig, includes a definition of gambling terms and goes on to explain moves, routines and schemes to work the Three Card Monte. John Scarne was a master in performing and demonstrating this sucker effect. Learn everything about it in this digital reproduction, either to be aware of the various ways this can be played and thus be protected, or to learn to perform it for entertainment purposes.

1st edition ~1930s, 42 pages.
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Spot the Spot

Brick Tilley

Spot the Spot by Brick TilleyAny red showing loses!

The spot game is the black widow of the midway because an untrained player has little chance to cover the red spot using the five zinc plates supplied. Rules: the player must drop the plates one at a time from a distance of at least an inch attempting to cover the entire red area. He is later allowed to drop fewer plates bettering his chances of winning.

The spot game is seldom seen these days because law enforcement consider it to be beyond the possibility of chance. It is an excellent aid to the magician, especially when combined with a demonstration of a short...

2016 / 11 / 9
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China's Song

Brick Tilley

China's Song by Brick TilleyThis is China's version of the Three Shell Game or the Three Card Monte Game. It is played with three sticks held between the fingers of one hand. One stick has a little string tied to it. The task for the spectator is to identify the stick with the string. As you can imagine this is a crooked game and the performer decides when he lets you win. This game was brought by Ching Ling Foo to America in 1899.

1st edition 2016, 4 pages.

2016 / 12 / 4
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Bug House

Brick Tilley

Bug House by Brick TilleyA streamlined version of Ray Grismer's Shorty Routine.

1st edition 2017, 4 pages.

2017 / 5 / 14
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Card Punch

Chris Wasshuber

Card Punch by Chris WasshuberThis is a card punch 3D printed from the finest carbon fiber reinforced nylon. A card punch is used to mark cards imperceptible to people who are unfamiliar with it. If you do not know how to use it this item is not for you. There will be no instructions supplied with the item.

The primary innovation in this model, besides that it is 3D printed, is a screw-needle combination which makes adjusting the depth of the punch a breeze. Simply turn the screw a bit more in or out to set the needle tip deeper or higher. If you have moderately strong fingers you will be able to turn the screw by hand....

2017 / 2 / 27
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Blistr

Chris Wasshuber

Blistr by Chris WasshuberBlistr is a new card punch with two important differences to more traditional card punches. First, it is built like a pair of small pliers and therefore very easy to use. The pliers are a flexure design 3D printed from carbon reinforced nylon. (Starting design was created by BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research which I modified to fit my needs.) Second, this punch creates a bigger smoother blister than needle based punches. The tip is not sharp and therefore does not punch trough the playing card. For many this will be easier to feel than a fine needle prick. The blister is a half dome with about 1 mm in diameter....
2017 / 4 / 28
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Grafters of America

Clifton R. Wooldridge

Grafters of America by Clifton R. WooldridgeHere is a rare treat. A fascinating, inside look at how carnival midway cheats, street gangs, road hustlers, rigged racebooks, marriage bureau scammers, 'wildcat' oil frauds and many more were brought to justice by the author, a Chicago police detective.

Many of these scams are still in use today. Don't read this ebook to cheat -- instead, read it for protection so you don't become the next victim.

Colorfully written, this massive book is a true-life encyclopedia of scams, cons, swindles, ruses, devices and methods - and how the cheaters were taken down and brought to justice.

Includes...

2017 / 5 / 14
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The Punters Retirement Plan

Col. Wingate

The Punters Retirement Plan by Col. WingateA step by step system that can make you a millionaire in less than 12 months.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Have you heard a saying that goes something like: 'back favorites and lose your money?' Again, do yourself a favor and ignore it.

This Betting Plan may seem frustrating at times, because some of the dividends are small, but you must be disciplined and follow it step by step. Do not deviate from the formula, not even if someone tells you a horse is a sure thing?

This system involves backing favorites. But it is done with a set procedure and it is the Staking Plan that is the key to making...

2012 / 11 / 20
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The Score: playing card marking system

Daniel Madison

The Score: playing card marking system by Daniel MadisonThe Score is an ebook that teaches a special playing card marking system inspired by a concept probably as old as playing cards. The system has been re-thought and re-mastered by Daniel Madison with help from sleight of hand junkie Randall Freeman and a retired card cheat who wishes to remain anonymous.

The Score markings system teaches you how to mark any deck of cards that has a white border, such as standard Bicycle Rider backs, Mandolines and Bee Stingers - we'd list all of those decks here but there are far too many to mention!

The Score is a minimalistic system; two simple tiny marks...

2010 / 9 / 21
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How to Cheat at Cards

Daniel Madison

How to Cheat at Cards by Daniel MadisonAn insight into the mind, mechanics and devilry of a card cheat.
"...It was 13 years ago today when I almost lost my life cheating at cards, and what more poignant a day to release a book on the subject. It is a hope that How to Cheat at Cards will be one of my final publications on deception with playing cards. The book began in 1995 as The Card Cheat Handbook and as it offers no new light on card table artifice, it always remained in my private journals. As I dedicate more and more time to other obsessions in the deceptive practices, I am inevitably moving slowly away from the small branch...
2012 / 1 / 15
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Online Poker Mastery

Danny Brenner

Online Poker Mastery by Danny BrennerWith the online poker scene being flooded with fish from television, there is more money to be made than in the stock market! Most of the new coming poker players saw the World Series of Poker and decided to play on Party Poker, Pacific Poker, or Paradise Poker. Because of their inexperience, these players (if you can call them that) are practically throwing their money at you. It is necessary, however, to be well equiped so you will know how to take advantage of them, as well as their chips.

Danny gives great advice on subjects such as 'knowing the odds', 'general ring game play', 'defending...
2006 / 2 / 22
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How To Sell Bridges: a book of dirty tricks and bamboozlers

David Devlin

How To Sell Bridges: a book of dirty tricks and bamboozlers by David DevlinWhen David Devlin was in high school he never had a job. Not a summer job, not a part-time job, no nothin'. All of his friends did, but not David. That is not to say that he never had money. He always had plenty of cash in his wallet. He never stole money. He earned it. But how can this be if David did not have a job of any kind? The fact is that he scammed and hustled it from the friends who had jobs.

If you love scams, hustles, cons, bar betchyas, flim-flam, stings, snow jobs, bamboozles, chicanery, shams, fixes, baloney, and other dirty tricks then this book is for YOU!

In this eBook,...

2015 / 6 / 20
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How To Sell Snake Oil

David Devlin

How To Sell Snake Oil by David DevlinIf you love scams, hustles, cons, bar betchyas, flim-flam, stings, snow jobs, bamboozles, chicanery, shams, fixes, baloney, and other dirty tricks then this ebook is for YOU!

In this follow-up to his popular eBook How to Sell Bridges, David Devlin teaches the finer points of some of the many scams and hustles that have made him a lot of money. He also discusses some of the more elaborate cons that have been used throughout history and the cons who pulled them off. Also discussed are cons used today including selling ridiculous products, phony business "opportunities", scamming major corporations out of thousands...

2016 / 5 / 21
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Cheating at Hold'em

David Malek

Cheating at Hold'em by David Malek

How to Protect Yourself from Being Scammed at the Card Table
"Cheating at Hold'em" is not a cliché exposé. "Cheating at Hold'em" is a course in protective strategy. "Cheating at Hold'em" will provide you with all the knowledge needed to become an expert in game protection and enable you to participate in any and all Hold'em games without fear of being cheated.

The top professional poker players are all conversant with the card cheater's ploys. No one can become a top professional Hold'em player without knowing how card cheaters take insurmountable advantages.

The information contained...

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How Psychics Locate Missing People

Devin Knight

How Psychics Locate Missing People by Devin KnightThis is an exposure of a psychic scam being worked today that is almost foolproof. The unusual thing about this scam is that the sucker in most cases never realizes he was conned. Therefore he never reports the psychic to the authorities and the psychic can operate in the same area for years with immunity!

Millions of people go missing each year and many unscrupulous psychics and mediums claim they can find these people for a FEE.

This is an exposure of a scam that was worked on the author in his younger years. It shows step-by-step how the psychic makes it appear that he has found the...

2015 / 11 / 24
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The Best Short Change Scam Ever

Devin Knight

The Best Short Change Scam Ever by Devin KnightThis is probably the best short-change swindle every created. In his younger years, Devin Knight worked at a carnival doing Robert Nelson's Horoscope Pitch. During his stint with the carnival, he met a professional short-change artist, who showed him the most ingenious short-change scam Devin had ever seen. It made the scammer $10.00 every time he walked into a store and bought an inexpensive item.

Devin was familiar with the sometimes crude short-change methods used by carnies, but he had never seen a swindle as sophisticated as this one. The scammer would very slowly and deliberately count...

2016 / 7 / 11
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The Manual of The Three Shell Game

Eddie Joseph

The Manual of The Three Shell Game by Eddie JosephThis is one of the best explanations of the Three Shell Game or Thimble Rig including 24 moves and 3 full routines. Jack Lamonte has drawn 86 clear illustrations to make studying the moves and routines a lot easier.

From the introduction

The Shell Game is essentially a close-up effect. It has no appeal, we admit, beyond the intimate range, but when demonstrated within its rightful sphere it commands a peculiar fascination.

1st edition 1959, 30 pages; 1st digital edition 2013, 49 pages.

2013 / 5 / 4
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How It's Done

Edward A. Litzau

How It's Done by Edward A. LitzauAvailable again at last. This privately printed gem contains the real work for some of the best card marking inks, daubs, shading and blockout inks that the world has ever seen. Even the infamous luminous reader formula is explained, as is an easy method to produce short or narrow cards that doesn't require a card trimmer!

Best of all, this revised edition includes modern alternatives to the chemical and dye-based compounds, making it easier than ever to obtain professional results in the privacy of your home workshop.

"Your Red Daub is very fine. I find that Daub is the secret of the...
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Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker

F. R. Ritter

Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker by F. R. RitterThe first part and majority of this book deals with marked cards. It shows numerous examples of how and where to mark various back designs popular during the early 20th century in the United States. The second part briefly describes sleight-of-hand for the card cheater such as second dealing, bottom dealing, shuffling, false cuts, and mechanical hold outs. Each technique is illustrated with a photo, which is quite remarkable for a book from that time. The third and final part deals with the mathematical odds of draw poker.

Some people believe that F. R. Ritter might be S. W. Erdnase, the unknown author...

2014 / 12 / 8
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My Confidential Tips To Poker Players

F. R. Ritter

My Confidential Tips To Poker Players by F. R. RitterAn early publication (from the early 19th century) about the odds and strategy of draw poker.
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Advantage Card Playing

F. R. Ritter

Advantage Card Playing by F. R. RitterThis was the advertisement booklet for Ritter's book Advantage Card Playing and Draw Poker. It describes the motivation of the book and shows some excerpts including four illustrations.

1st edition 1905, 9 pages; digital edition colorized.

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The Little Secrets

Frank Bonville

The Little Secrets by Frank BonvilleA great book on the tricks of the trade of professional gamblers, how they cheat and get an advantage in the game. From the introduction:
It has been my fortune, or misfortune, whichever you wish to term it, to have traveled a good deal and to have observed not a little. I have engaged in more than one business; it pleased my fancy, and can say, with a pardonable pride, that I have met with some degree of success. During the past few years of my life I have studied human nature in all its phases, from its lowest forms in the gutter, in the slums, in the gilded dens of vice, in the gambling...
2017 / 8 / 14
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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

George H. Devol

Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. DevolThis is the story of a boy who ran away from home to become a cabin boy on a Mississippi riverboat at age ten. At fourteen he could stack a deck of cards. And for forty years after this point in time he bilked people from all walks of live, businessmen, thieves, soldiers, ... This is the fascinating story of the King of the Riverboat Gamblers.

1st edition, 1887, Devol & Haines, Cincinnati; reprinted, ?, Applewood Books, Bedford, Massachusetts; 300 pages.

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  1. A Religious Captain
  2. A Cold Deck
  3. A Woman With a Gun
  4. A Shrewd Trick
  5. A Paymaster's Bluff
  6. A Crazy Man
  7. A...
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How Gamblers Win - Secrets of Advantage Playing

Gerritt M. Evans

How Gamblers Win - Secrets of Advantage Playing by Gerritt M. EvansThis is a pre-Erdnase description of moves and ruses to cheat at the card table by an unnamed 'retired professional'. However, Bart Whaley's research revealed that this retired professional was Gerrit M. Evans, that his real name was most likely Edward M. Grandin and that Evans/Grandin was not a professional gambler. (Bart is working on an upcoming book about Evans - The Mysterious Gambler.)

This ebook was created from the 1868 edition. There is also an earlier 1865 edition. The 1868 faked edition drops the name of the author who is, of course, Evans/Grandin, pretends that the "anonymous" author is a...

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The Right Way To Do Wrong

Harry Houdini

The Right Way To Do Wrong by Harry HoudiniThis is a fun book to read. Great stories about pickpockets, burglars, bunco men, thiefs, and others. Houdini collected interesting cases talking to detectives, and police chiefs. The book describes the methods used to scam innocent victims. Some of these schemes are still popular, which shows again, that one can learn a lot from the past.

published 1906 by Harry Houdini, Boston MA; later reprinted by Gamblers Book Club, Las Vegas; 96 pages

Table of Contents

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  1. Preface
  2. Shot One - Income of a Criminal
  3. Shot Two - Professional Burglary
  4. Shot Three - Difficulties of Burglary
  5. Shot Four...
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The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table

Harry P. Dodge

The Autobiography of an Old Sport: Fifty years at the Card Table by Harry P. DodgeThe record of a career famous for adventure and vicissitude, and in which the jester won more tricks than the gamester.
  • Preface
  • Chapter I: Birth And Early Peregrinations
  • Chapter II: Becoming A Patron Of The Pasteboards
  • Chapter III: Early Times On The Mississippi
  • Chapter IV: Getting A Sobriquet And Meeting Great Men
  • Chapter V: The Turnpikes, The Packets And The Inns
  • Chapter VI: Initiated In The Sons Of Malta
  • Chapter VII: From The Green Mountains To Pike's Peak
  • Chapter VIII: With The Bold Soldier Boys
  • Chapter IX: The Fraternity Of Gamesters
  • Chapter X: To Point A Moral And Adorn A...
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Secrets of Gambling

Hugh Miller

Secrets of Gambling by Hugh MillerThis is a great book on the secrets of how to cheat with cards and dice at many popular games - a guide to dishonest gambling. It offers a good overview of the various methods from mechanical cheating methods to sleight of hand.

1st edition 1970, original 128 pages; PDF 82 pages.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Cheating at cards
  3. Mechanical Methods: marking cards, sorts, deck switches, edge marking, daub, punch/nail marks
  4. Strippers: types of strippers, Vernon's "Bathroom Strippers"
  5. Locaters: short, corner shorts, thick cards, long cards, ridge/breather crimps
  6. Holdouts:...
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Basic Chip Tricks

Ian Kendall

Basic Chip Tricks by Ian KendallIan describes carefully and in detail a number of beautiful and cool flourishes with chips. You are sitting at a blackjack table and you have won a stack of chips during the last plays. The dealer ran out of cards and has to shuffle his six decks, which takes a while. This is the ideal moment to impress with a few chip flourishes. Of course, all of these moves can also be executed with coins rather than chips. You will learn:
  • The Pickup Move
  • Roll Down
  • Double Cut
  • Shuffle on a soft surface
  • Shuffle on a hard surface
  • Shuffling tall stacks
  • The Twirl
  • The Triple Twirl
  • The Reverse Twirl ...
2007 / 3 / 10
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The Open Book

J. H. Johnson

The Open Book by J. H. JohnsonThis is the book that tells the truth about cards, dice, punch boards, gambling wheels, races, and all other kinds of gambling.

Don't be a sucker! The Open Book reveals how crooked gamblers, cheats, and con artists fleece the innocent and unwary public out of thousands of dollars daily. Even that carnival game at the local fairgrounds may not be as innocent as it looks. Get the inside scoop.

Valuable secrets of marked cards, gaffed dice, ink formulas, holdouts and other cheating devices -- all clearly explained. Also included are scams and cons used by the unscrupulous to bilk the unwary....

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Card Sharpers

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & William John Hilliar

Card Sharpers by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin & William John HilliarSubtitled: Their tricks exposed or the art of always winning

Translated from the French of Robert-Houdin by William J. Hilliar. Robert-Houdin wrote this book primarily as an expose to reduce the number of people being cheated. He writes in his preface: "Enlighten the dupes and there will be no more cheats."

1st edition 1903; original 201 pages; PDF 145

Table of Contents

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  1. PREFACE
  2. PUBLISHER'S NOTE

    CARD-SHARPERS

  3. A Dangerous Teacher
  4. CHAPTER I: The Modern Greeks
  5. CHAPTER II: The Greek Of The Fashionable World
  6. CHAPTER III: The Greek Of The Middle Class
  7. CHAPTER IV: The Greek...
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Wanderings of a Vagabond

John Morris

Wanderings of a Vagabond by John MorrisA classic in gambling literature.
  • Introductory
  • Chapter I: Early Days
  • Chapter II: Early Days
  • Chapter III: Profession
  • Chapter IV: The Club
  • Chapter V: Captain William Smith
  • Chapter VI: Diplomacy
  • Chapter VII: Major George Jenks
  • Chapter VIII: Faro
  • Chapter IX: Departure
  • Chapter X: Phantoms Of The Memory
  • Chapter XI: Wheeling
  • Chapter XII: "On To Richmond"
  • Chapter XIII: The Horse
  • Chapter XIV: Washington City
  • Chapter XV: Inventors
  • Chapter XVI: Incubi
  • Chapter XVII: Sharpers
  • Chapter XVIII: Scenes At Long Branch
  • Chapter XIX: Second-Class "Skinning-Houses"
  • Chapter XX: Sharpers
  • Chapter...
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Sharps and Flats

John Nevil Maskelyne

Sharps and Flats by John Nevil MaskelyneSharps and Flats is probably the most important early book on cheating devices and methods. Sharps being the cheaters and flats being the cheated, the mark. Maskelyne details among others, marked cards, holdouts (Kepplinger holdout), reflectors and manipulation. He describes not just cheating at the card table but also cheating with dice, cheating at Sporting houses, and at Roulette. The book is very thorough with many wonderful illustrations.

1st edition, 1894, Longmans, Green and Co., New York and London; reprinted, Gamblers Book Club, Las Vegas; 335 pages.

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2005 / 9 / 5
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Why Gamblers Win

John Philip Quinn

Why Gamblers Win by John Philip QuinnThis booklet was most likely published around 1920 and describes a number of games of chance and how they are being rigged or operated to cheat:
  • Dice
  • Three Card Monte
  • Shell Game
  • Faro
  • Drop Case
  • Paddle Wheel
  • The O'Leary Belt
  • The Striker
  • Upright Roulette Wheel
  • Bee Hive
  • Spindles
2015 / 1 / 29
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The Highway to Hell

John Philip Quinn

The Highway to Hell by John Philip QuinnThis is essentially a small excerpt from Quinn's primary work Fools of Fortune. A couple of chapters have been taken, some incomplete, together with endorsements and other promotional material, to produce this volume.

1st edition 1895; PDF 68 pages.

2017 / 8 / 7
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Fools of Fortune

John Philip Quinn

Fools of Fortune by John Philip QuinnThe original description read:
A history of the vice in ancient and modern times, and in both hemispheres; an exposition of its alarming prevalence and destructive effects; with an unreserved and exhaustive disclosure of such frauds, tricks and devices as are practiced by "professional" gamblers, "confidence men" and "bunko steerers."
This is a massive tome on gambling, the largest one at that time, describing gambling locations, games, scams, fraud and how they are operated, as well as many personal stories from the author. Makes for fascinating reading if you are interested in the subject...
2017 / 8 / 10
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The Odds Against Me

John Scarne

The Odds Against Me by John ScarneIf he'd had a touch of larceny in him, he could have been the number one card sharp of all time. Instead, the author of these fabulous memoirs, born to a mother who considered gambling the "devil's tool," puts his extraordinary gifts to far different purpose.

He has used his incredible gambling sense, his miraculously dexterous fingers, his brilliant mathematical mind, his fascination with carnival and gambling life, to become America's number one authority on gambling and odds.

He was the greatest practitioner and analyst of card and dice sleight of hand. His artistry impressed FDR as...

2006 / 8 / 17
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The Mafia Conspiracy

John Scarne

The Mafia Conspiracy by John ScarneSome say that John Scarne worked with and for the Mafia, because gambling and the Mafia are often thought as tightly linked. Others will be convinced by Scarne's collection of facts and reasoning in this ebook, that there never was a Mafia. Either way you read this ebook, it is a fascinating recollection of past events around crime, politics and gambling.

You might ask why is this ebook in the gambling section? The reason is twofold. One, Scarne details several interesting gambling facts and stories in this ebook (ex. a gambling glossary), and two it helps to understand the person John Scarne...

2007 / 1 / 29
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The Woman's Guide to Gambling

John Scarne

The Woman's Guide to Gambling by John ScarneThis is a sound gambling primer covering Blackjack, Bingo, Poker, Craps, Gin, Lotteries and Sweepstakes, Horseracing, Keno, Numbers, Slot Machines and Roulette. John also touches in various places on cheating and game protection.

From the inside flap of the book:

If you are one of the 48 million American woman who gamble - whether in private homes, clubs, Bingo halls, gambling casinos, poker rooms, or at the racetrack, in the numbers game, or in lotteries - then John Scarne's The Woman's Guide to Gambling is the book written specifically for you. Mr. Scarne, the world's foremost expert...
2007 / 2 / 21
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Scarne's Guide to Modern Poker

John Scarne

Scarne's Guide to Modern Poker by John ScarneThis ebook can change your gambling future! John Scarne, who is widely recognized as greatest gambling expert, reveals the secrets and strategies you need to increase your enjoyment - and winnings - at the world's popular card game.

Scarne lays down the rules of all 117 forms of poker, including the latest variations, making this ebook invaluable as a source of new games and as the final arbiter of all disputes. Where at one time the ultimate verdict on rules was "according to Hoyle," today it is "according to Scarne." You will learn how to:
  • Bet like an expert.
  • Protect yourself from poker...
2007 / 2 / 26
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The Amazing World of John Scarne

John Scarne

The Amazing World of John Scarne by John ScarneThe Amazing World of John Scarne holds revelations and experiences in gambling, magic, carnival and show business; together with startling disclosures about hypnotism, extra-sensory perception and other mental effects.

The once world's number one expert on gambling tells in this no-punches-pulled, startlingly frank book the whole inside story of gambling, and reveals all the dodges, gimmicks and tricks used by cheaters at dice, cards, roulette and other games of chance. His sensational revelations extend also to magic and escape tricks, to the chicaneries of carnivals and even to the blasting...

2007 / 7 / 14
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Scarne on Dice

John Scarne

Scarne on Dice by John ScarneThis is probably the most important work John Scarne wrote. It is complete and authoritative. In this revised edition John provides the reader with a complete look at the world of dice, including for the first time an insider's view of how dice games are played at the Atlantic City casinos.

Scarne covers the history of modern dice and their earliest uses in games, and then analyzes the mathematics behind gambling to give players a solid foundation in odds and percentages. The most popular forms of dice games are then studied in detail. Bank Craps Las Vegas style gets full treatment with coverage...
2007 / 9 / 13
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Scarne's Encyclopedia of Card Games

John Scarne

Scarne's Encyclopedia of Card Games by John ScarneThis encyclopedia is the essential, all-inclusive guide to card playing. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the histories and variations of the world's most popular card games:
  • Draw Poker & Stud Poker
  • Bridge, Whist & Euchre
  • Canasta, Pinochle, Cribbage, Hearts & All-Fours
  • Baccarat, Chemin de Fer, Card Craps, Quince, Black Jack, Faro, Monte & Bezique
  • Solitaire, Old Maid & Others
Plus you will learn many card games for children and families, odds and probabilities of getting the hands you want. There is also a solid chapter on how to detect cheating, a complete glossary...
2007 / 11 / 14
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Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling

John Scarne

Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling by John ScarneThe world still recognizes the legendary John Scarne as the most authoritative expert on gambling who ever lived. Author of dozens of books on the subject, Scarne collected and distilled everything he knew in this, the most comprehensive book on gambling ever written. Since its publication in 1961 and subsequent new editions, Scarne's New Complete Guide to Gambling has been far and away the best-selling book of its kind.

As gambling consultant to several governments and many of the world's top casinos, Scarne knew the world of gambling from the inside out, with access to many of the most...
2007 / 11 / 24
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Scarne's Encyclopedia of Games

John Scarne

Scarne's Encyclopedia of Games by John ScarneHere is the most complete, most authoritative reference ebook on games available. Just about every game you can think of - in all, more than 1000 games and their variations - is described, together with the latest rules and easy-to-follow instructions. And to add to your enjoyment, here are hundreds of play-to-win tips from John Scarne, the famous authority on games and gambling.

In the more than 600 double-column, oversize pages you will find many old favorites as well as newly invented games including gambling games, variations of solitaire, social games, board games, and parlor games to...
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Scarne on Cards

John Scarne

Scarne on Cards by John ScarneHow to win at Poker, Gin, Pinochle, Blackjack and many other games.

Scarne on Cards is not only a fundamental reference and rule ebook; it is a dependable guide for anyone who wants to avoid being victimized by cheating and sharp practice, and for anyone who wants to play a better game and thereby improve his chances of winning.

"John Scarne is to games what Dr. Einstein is to advanced physics." - John Lardner, in Newsweek

"John Scarne is the most expert exponent of wonderful card effects and table work that I have ever seen in my life." - Nate Leipzig

"John Scarne's one-man expose...

2007 / 12 / 10
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Scarne Compilation

John Scarne

Scarne Compilation by John ScarneIncluded in this compilation are all 13 issues of the extremely rare John Scarne's Newsletter as well as the ebook Three Card Monte which was not written by Scarne, but he provided all the contents for it.
2007 / 12 / 12
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John Scarne's Newsletter

John Scarne

John Scarne's Newsletter by John ScarneIn January 1976 John Scarne started a monthly newsletter. It had eight pages per issue and covered all forms of gambling, from casino games like Blackjack to sports betting (horses, baseball, basketball) as well as the casual gambling at home with friends. You can even find some magic tricks explained.

End of 1976 John sent out a renewal notice asking all charter members to renew their newsletter. He was even promising 15 issues for $24 to the charter members, or subscribe for two years for only $30.

He must have received very few renewals because he published just one more issue, volume...
2008 / 7 / 19
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