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Harley Newman
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The street in front of Todd's apartment was blocked off today, for blocks. I sure hope you were out there pitching something!
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Todd Robbins
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I was just a mark like eveyone else. I strolled down the street eating combinations of food I would never order in a restaurant.

There was a trailer mounted razzle joint down the block. There were two cops standing next to it, completely oblivious to what it was. I was going tell them, but the times I have tip something to a cop, they just are not interested.
oscarquella
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What's a razzle joint?
TAIT
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Hi a dice game gambling I think.
drwilson
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TAIT,

Dice would be a bit obvious and would certainly draw the attention of even poorly-trained cops. Razzle Dazzle is an old carnival scam that I have read about in books, but not seen first hand. It is briefly described here.

When Todd is the guest of honor here at the Café, I hope that he will give us a full account of Razzle Dazzle and other great cons.

Yours,

Paul
Todd Robbins
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There's a very nice write up on the "game" of Razzle in both Simon Lovell's Billion Dollar Bunco book and Gambling Scams by Darwin Ortiz.

It's a scam where you roll marbles onto a board with numbered holes. Where the marbles land is added up and then the number is coverted to points. There is a chart that shows what the numbers mean point wise.

If you can get to ten points (sometimes it is a hundred points, or it's done as a foot ball game and you need a hundred yards)then you win one of the big prizes. No one wins.

It's rigged so that the numbers that come up are all within the losing point range. When you first start to play (the first play is free and then each casting of the marbles costs money there after)the numbers are added up wrong to make you think you can win. Since you are winning big point gains, no one checks to see that the numbers were added up correctly. After a couple of play where you make some big advances and get close to winning, it is added up correctly and you can't get the rest of points needed.

There is much more to this game than just that. The person running the game has all sort of little tricks that will keep you playing and take all your money. They used to keep a car service waiting by the curb out by the Razzle game in Coney Island so they could send people home to get more money once the victims had run through all they had on them.

With ATMs all over the place, it's now much faster for an operator to fleece his victims.

I've tried to write the description above so that all could understand it. If I was trying to tip the work to those "with it" I would write that, "the alibi agent would put the mark on the send to get another C note or two."
DonDriver
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Todd,
From what I know,and I might add,I know very little about game joints,that sounds like a "Flat Store" you described.If it isn't a flat store...what is a flat store?
Maybe I soulud wait till your Guess of Honor week and ask than.
Thanks Don
Todd Robbins
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Yes, it's a flat store. So called,"'cause there flat out no chance they can win!' as on jointee explained it to me.
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Thanks Todd...maybe I'm more "With it" than I though I was..hehehe
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