Find the lady: 3-card monte

3-card monte is not a game, it’s robbery.

3-card monte operator

You’ll find the game on the streets of most big cities – if you find the black lady, or a little paper ball under a match-box, you win. There are many variations of the game, but the secret is always the same. If you manage to choose the right card they will still take your money, and run with it.

Everyone you see on the street belongs to the mob, except the single victim. Often it’s a little frail 70-year-old lady who brought her travel funds in cash. A young woman often acts as a barker. Her job is to push people into the game and “help” them bet, that is, snatching bills from the hands of polite Japanese tourists.

Why don't they simply rob people right off? When the robbery is done in this way, it’s consider illegal gambling – and for that you only get a slap on the wrist.

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