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Styles and Technologies of Cheating

by James McManus |  Published: Apr 11, 2007


Just as Muhammad Ali inspired millions of young black men to punctuate athletic performance with loud, often rhymed, braggadocio, 19th-century cardsharps like James Ashby, George Devol, and Jimmy Fitzgerald gave rise to rivers of gold chain and validated stylish cheating above plain, honest poker. Flamboyantly dressed con artists understood that the main difference between a common criminal and a romantic outlaw is that an outlaw has a following – or a customer base. Modern casinos have an unlimited variety of electronic bells and whistles, not to mention exposed female flesh, to attract and stimulate customers. A cardsharp had only his persona.

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