hustler finds a dupe and shows him some card sleights. He
informs him that there is a wealthy guy who loves to play cards.
The scammer says: “I can cheat this guy out of a lot of money,
but I need someone to work with me.” The dupe asks what he can
do to help. The hustler says: ”Every time I shuffle and deal,
you will win, so bet everything you have when I shuffle.
Also, I lost my ass at the horses last week, so you’ll need
$2,000, it will look like we have money. Remember, only bet high
when I do the dealing. After we take this guy to the cleaners,
we’ll split the money later. It can be as much as $10,000 a
piece for a night’s work. Not bad, eh?”
The dupe gets all excited and withdraws $2,000 and shows up at
the poker game. What he doesn’t know is the hustler and “the
wealthy guy” are working together. The game goes just like the
hustler promises; every time he shuffles, the dupe wins because
the “wealthy guy” folds. After hours of playing, the dupe is
winning the antes but he is only up $50. $50 isn’t much if you
are expecting to split $20,000.
This is when the hustlers take advantage. The “wealthy guy” can
also manipulate cards. When it’s his turn to deal, he stacks the
deck giving the dupe 4 queens and an ace, while giving himself 4
With 4 queens in his hand the dupe gets excited and raises the
bets until reaching his $2000. They turn over their hands and
the “wealthy guy” collects the money and leaves hastily. His
partner, the con man who started the whole thing, yells in anger
at the dupe: “I told you to bet only when I’m dealing the cards.
You blew it.” The dupe has just lost $2000 but feels lousy for
letting his partner down.
Afterwards the hustler and “the wealthy guy” meet and cut up the
Chalk One Up
This scam is often seen in European cities where “artists” make
exact replicas of classical paintings with colored chalk. They
tape paper to the sidewalk to draw on, all day long people show
their support by dropping tips or buying the finished replica.
What “chalk artists” really do is buy
color copy photos of classical paintings and chalk over a bunch
of them beforehand. On the street they act like they’re chalking
while collecting tips until someone buys one. Then they tape
another one down and start all over again.
The hustler goes up to the cashier and hands her a 10 dollar
bill for a pack of gum. Right when she gets the change out of
the register, he reaches into
his pocket and says: “I have the right change for the gum.” He
puts the change on the counter and says:
”Keep the ten I gave you and my change that you have in your
hand and give me back a twenty.”
there is a line behind the hustler, or if the cashier is
distracted at all, the hustler usually walks out with ten
This is a short change technique used by crooked cashiers in a
wide variety of businesses. It works well especially in a bar. A
man pays for his drink with a 10 or 20 dollar bill. The crooked
bartender gives him the change with some coins and one dollar
bills. He counts them in front of the customer, straightening
the bills by tapping them on the bar, then he places them in a
neat pile in front him.
Now, the customer either puts the money in his pocket right
away, since he’s seen it counted, and is sure the amount is
accurate, or leaves it on the bar for future drinks.
What actually happens is the customer is being robbed right
before his eyes without knowing it.
While tapping the money on the bar to straighten the bills the
bartender secretly drops one on his side of the bar, which he
picks up later. If the drinker notices, the bartender says
”oops,” and returns the bill apologizing as if it were an
A Dog Called Unlucky
stranger shows up at a bar with a nice looking dog. He informs
the bartender that the dog is a rare breed. He says he is in
town for an important meeting and offers the bartender twenty
dollars to watch his dog for two hours. Before leaving, the
stranger reminds the bartender how valuable the dog is and to
take good care of it.
little later, another stranger comes in and shows great interest
in the dog, and asks the bartender if he can buy it. The
bartender refuses, telling him that the dog is not for sale. The
stranger keeps insisting and offers 600 dollars. He tells him
that he will come back in two hours to see if a deal can be
After the stranger leaves, the dog’s owner comes back with a
story about a horrible business meeting and now he’s broke. The
bartender, recalling the 600 dollar offer, sees a way to make a
profit and offers money for the dog. The stranger refuses,
saying it is too valuable and can’t accept the offer. But the
bartender insists anyway, until the dog owner agrees to sell the
dog for 300 dollars. The dog owner takes the money and meets up
with his partner, “the stranger,” a few blocks away to split the
money. The bartender
ends up with a 300 dollar mutt.
if a bartender does “The Oopsy” to you, get him back with “A Dog