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An article on three-card monte you may enjoy:
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My family was bookmakers and we would see in and around the race meeting all over England the Monty gangs working there every day as I grew up. We were not into it but merely watched. In the 1970s we got to know an Indian fellow who was a professional a con man, who was working it in quite another way. Essentially they were working a con on wealthy Sikhs. They would win the Sikhs confidence and then show him how it Monte worked, and then explain to him they had somebody who was willing to play for high stakes but they needed finance. The Sikh if he went for it, thinking he could not lose, would stake them. These high stakes games then would take place in the Sikhs home. They would lose to the fake victim of course. The amount of money the Indian boys were having the Sikhs for was massive for the times and they worked it time and time again.
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Really good read, landmark. Thanks.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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