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Good find.

Scarne traveled to the military camps and bases during WWII to do exposes and wrote articles to wise up the service men because were easy marks for card and dice game cheaters. It also helped build his reputation and credentials as a gambling expert.

Most of the cheating methods disclosed in these 1943 articles and in his subsequent books were relatively unknown at that period of time and more importantly were practical ploys that were in use. Nothing fancy here - just solid cheating methods.

Much of what has been exposed in these articles is still in use in private games, in one form or another, throughout the USA and many other parts of the world.

In some of these private games, although they may have a more casual format, serious money can be made depending upon the customs in the local area, player preferences, proximity to casinos and other factors. Even if there are casinos in a local area, oftentimes players will opt to have private or perhaps more casual games instead - some of which are small time Mickey Mouse games and some can be very serious with big money changing hands.

I should add that I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from Scarne's various books and articles because they dealt with real world gambling. Of course, I built considerably on that information, but Scarne gave me a solid base to grow from, the knowledge was invaluable and served me extremely well over the years.

Good articles, Andru. Thanks.
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Thanks I really enjoyed looking at those.

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Very cool to see these old articles! Great find, thanks for giving us the link.


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Thank you very much for giving this links.
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