Lovell, Simon: Billion Dollar Bunko
© 2003 L & L Publishing; 1st Edition
Photographs By Tom Gilbert, Carl Mercurio, Simon Lovell, Steve Lerner, Todd Robbins
Sequential Art: Alan Wassilak; Design: Andrew J. Pinard
Hardcover, 419 pages
Billion Dollar Bunko
How to Cheat at Everything


Comments (Andrew J. Pinard): Note, reprinted in 2007 in paperback form as "How to Cheat at Everything; A Con Man Reveals the Secrets of the Esoteric Trade of Cheating, Scams, and Hustles" from Thunder's Mouth Press, an Avalon Publishing Group, Inc. imprint.

Contents

Xxi Acknowledgments
Xxiii Foreword By Wesley James
Xxv Read This, Bugger! By Todd Robbins
Xxvii Introduction
Xxix A Quick Note
Xxxi Freddy The Fox

3 Bar Bets
3 Prop Bets
5 1. Match Tossing
6 2. Giddy Heights
7 3. The Swallow
7 4. Matchbox Teaser
8 5. Dominoes Dosh
8 6. Coin In The Glass
9 7. Burnt Fingers
9 8. Six Glass Scam
10 9. Egg Balancing
10 10. The Lit Cig Prop
10 11. The Triple Turn
11 Chances And Odds
12 Odd Odds
13 1. The Seven Card Hustle
13 2. The Nine Card Hustle
14 3. Elusive Queens
14 4. Birthday Boys And Girls
15 5. Tossing Coins
15 6. Aces Wild
16 7. Money Madness
16 8. Three Lucky Piles
17 Right Odds
20 1. Three Little Buttons
20 2. Three Little Buttons Again
20 3. Under And Over Seven
21 1. Three Little Buttons
21 2. Three Little Buttons Again
21 3. Under And Over Seven
22 The Big Freeze Out
22 Nap Bets
26 1. Basic Principles
26 2. The Winning Leads
28 3. Winning Returns
28 4. Harder Returns

37 Some Bigger Hustles
37 The Drunken Paw
39 How The Paw Works
39 The Double Paw
40 Beating The Paw
41 The Tear Up
42 How The Tear Up Works
42 Add-On
43 Percentage Call
44 The Crossed Deck
44 The Hook
45 The Line
46 The Game
47 The Sinker And Cool Out
47 How The Crossed Deck Works
48 Variations On The Crossed Deck
49 Avoiding The Cross
49 The Natural Habitat Of The Crossed Deck
50 The Tat
51 How The Tat Works
52 The Obvious Question
53 The Watch Fob Off
53 The Scenario-Act One
53 The Scenario-Act Two
54 The Scenario-Act Three
54 The Scam
55  Variations
57 The Lucky Penny
59 The Scam
59 Sam's Magic Trick Variation
60 How?
61 The Late Turn
61 How?
63 Spoof
63 A Popular Misconception
64 Playing Strategy
65 Spoof With Three Players
67 Multi-Player Spoof
68 A Sample Game
68 Cheating At Spoof
69 Freddy's Last Call On Spoof
70 The Monte Man
70 The Game
72 The Team
73 1. The Wall Man
73 2. The Dip
73 3. The Hook
73 4. The Shills
74 5. The Heavy
74 The Basic Sleight-Of-Hand
75 Opening Gambit
75 The Double Bet Ploy And Other Sneaky Malarkey
76 Back To The Game
77 More Sneaky Ploys
78 A Tidy Sum Of Money
79 A Summary Of Monte
79 A Quick Bit Of History For The Buffs!
82 Three Shells
83 The Game
83 The Work
84 The Team And Variations
86 Gee Gees And Woof Woofs
86 Characters At The Track
87 Spreading The Money
88 Nifty Toys
88 Hoovers
89 The Tic-Tac Man
89 Freddy And The Minx Make Money
91 Putting The Fix In
93 Summing Up
95 Hoof Note

99 Unfairgrounds And Crooked Carnivals
99 Hanky Panks
99 Four Big Cards
100 Dartboard Champs
101 The Horse Race
101 Chickin' Lickin'
103 Arcades From Hell
103 Fruit Machines
105 Arcade Machines
105 Penny Falls
107 Grabbers
107 Penny Pitches
108 Down And Dirty
108 Shys
108 - Six Little Bottles
109 - Three Little Bottles
110 - The Cat Rack
110 The String Game
111 - The Raffle Variation
111 Guns And Other Weapons Of War
112 Buckets And Balls
113 - The Upright Bucket Store
113 - Flukey Ball
114 Hoop La Larceny
115 - The Rules
115 Hoop La Gaffs
115 - The Velvet Touch
115 - A Cute Angle
116 Swinging Times
117 - Other Ways To Fix The Swing
117 Pool Hustles
118 - Crazy Golf Or Tee-Ball
118 Spot The Spot
119 Hammer Head
120 Clothes Pegs And Ping Pong Balls
121 Basketball
121 A Little Bit Of History-Wheels Of Fortune
122 - Gaffed Wheels
122 The Stalls In General
124 Shorting The Change
124 The Palm
125 Double Price Tickets
125 The Leave
125 - Take It Or Leave It
126 Chat Change
126 Cash Rides
128 Freddy's Quick Tips
129 The Flat Count Or Double Up
131 The Razzle Dazzle
131 The Six Ball Roll Down
132 - The Odds
132 - The Miscount
133 - Variations On The Six Ball Roll Down
133 Big Money Razzle
136 Why Can't Albert Win?
140 The Blow Off
142 Freddy's Favorite Tent!
144 Freddy's Top Tips For The Fairground

149 More Street Cons And Others
149 Jam Auctions
151 The Scam
151 Variations And The Add On
152 Blatant But Effective!
152 Buying A Brick
154 The Punchboard Con
156 Chain Letters That Pay!
156 The Problem
157 Freddy's Analysis
157 Freddy's Solutions
157 - Freddy's Scam Part One
157 - Freddy's Scam Part Two
158 - The Scam In Total
158 Chain Letters Today
164 Sparks Gives The Skinny On Techno Fraud
165 Work At Home Schemes
166 Cable De-Scrambler Kits
166 Making Money By Sending Out Bulk E-Mails
167 Guaranteed Loans, Etc
168 Free Vacations
168 Easy Money
170 Credit Repair Scams
171 Great Business Opportunities
172 Free Products And Promotions
172 Health And Diet Scams
175 A Final Sneaky Web Scam
175 An Update - June 2001
177 The Cost Of Love On The Web
180 The Price Of Sex On The Street
181 The Charity Raffle
182 The Scam
183 Free Meals In Freddy's Youth
183 Tacky Methods
184 Twin Checks
184 Is There A Doctor In The House?
186 Psychic Freddy
191 The Million Dollar Beggar
191 The Scam
194 Hot Tips On Cold Cons

199 Cheating At Cards
199 Types Of Card Cheat
199 The Amateur Cheat
199 The Semi Professional Cheat Or Hustler
200 The Professional Cheat
201 Marked Cards
202 Marking Methods
202 - Shades
202 - Blockouts
202 - Line Work
202 - Cutouts
202 - Border Work
203 - Sunning The Deck
203 - Steaming The Deck
203 - Sorts
203 - High Line Work And Punching
204 - Honest Marked Cards
204 - Luminous Readers
204 - Commercial Marked Decks
205 - Pictures
208 - Edge Marks
208 - Juice Work
208 - Seals
209 Spotting Marked Cards
210 Misconceptions About Marked Cards
210 Marking Cards During Play
210 - Nailing
211 - Waving
211 - Daubing
211 - Sanding
212 - Pegging
212 Spotting Marked Cards In A Game
212 What To Do If You Find Marks
213 A Final Amusing Tale Of Marked Cards
215 Twinkles
215 Masking The Glare
215 - The Chip
216 - The Cigar
216 - The Pipe
216 - Ordinary Twinkles
216 - Professional Twinkles
217 J- ewelry Twinkles
217 Ti- ny Twinkles
217 How To Spot A "Four Eyes"
218 What The Cheat Needs To Know
218 Perhaps The Most Outrageous Twinkle Of All
219 Belly Strippers And Others
219 What Are Strippers?
220 How Belly Strippers Can Be Used In A Game
221 Other Types Of Strippers
221 - Side Strippers
221 - End Strippers
221 - Corner Strippers
222 - Briefs
222 How Much To Shave?
223 Spotting Strippers
223 Ordinary Strippers
223 Bathroom Strippers
225 Simple Partner Plays
225 Simple Force Outs
226 Spooking
226 Best Hand Forwards
227 Accidental Cheating
228 Some Assorted Petty Hustles
228 Pot Shorting
229 Check Copping
230 Location Play
230 Chips With Everything
231 Shoot Pontoon Teamsters
231 Flopping The Deck
232 Local Rules
233 The Sad Case Of The Paw-Paw
235 Betcha's
235 The Card In The Bicycle Wheel
236 The Great Poker Sort Out
238 Face Up Poker
239 Twin Decks
239 Two Cards Together
240 Cutting For Chumps
240 Ten Card Poker
242 The Horse Race
244 Some Famous Outrageous Prop Bets!
246 How Freddy Finds The Action
250 Freddy's Sleight-Of-Hand Methods With Cards
252 Stacking Cards
252 The Pick Up Stack
253 The Overhand Stack
255 Riffle Stacking
257 Stacking-Facts And Misconceptions
259 False Shuffles
259 Top Stock Control
259 - Overhand Stock Controls
260 - Riffle Stock Controls
261 Full Deck False Shuffles
261 - Overhand False Shuffles
263 - False Riffle Shuffles
265 - Combination Shuffles
265 - More Techniques
266 Cheating The Cut
266 Let It Ride
266 The Jog
267 The True Cut
267 Multiple Packet Cuts
268 The Crimp Or Bridge
269 The Hop
270 - One Handed Hops
271 - The Poor Man's Hop
271 - Another Poor Man's Hop
272 - The "No Hop" Hop
272 The Table Shift
272 Spinging The Deck
274 Peeking And Dealing
274 Peeks
274 - The Shuffle Peek
275 - The Heel Peek
275 - The Bubble Peek
276 - The Pontoon Or Blackjack Peek
276 - The Bottom Bubble
277 False Deal Work
277 - Second Dealing
279 - Bottom Dealing
281 - Some More Seconds And Bottoms
282 The Center Deal
283 Two Tales Of Woe
284 Mucking
284 Palming
285 Stealing Cards Using Palming
285 - Four For Five Discard
285 - Capping The Deck
285 - Skinning The Hand
285 - Stealing From The Bottom
286 Hiding The Cards
286 Single Card Mucks
286 - Single Card Table Draw
287 - Multiple Card Draw
287 - The Slide
288 Multiple Card Mucks
288 - The Double Deal Muck
288 - The Drop Muck
289 Double Play Mucks
289 - Four Flushing
290 - The Brush
291 - Capping The Draw
292 - The Knife
292 - The Sandwich
293 Dropping A Cooler
294 Methods
294 - The Coat
294 - The Lap
295 - The Waiter
295 - The Drop
296 How The Cooler Got Its Name
297 A Sample Game
299 Problems
301 Hidden Language
301 Language
302 Universal Signals
302 Basic Poker Signals
303 Hole Card Signaling
303 Contract Bridge
305 More Moves From Freddy
305 The Double Discard
306 The Slug
306 A Running False Cut Shuffle
307 The Three-Two Deal
307 No Shuffle Three-Two
308 A Simple Bridge And Solo Stack
308 High Cuts
309 Front Loading
310 Dealer's Choice
310 - Indian Poker
311 - Posted Indian Poker
312 Mechanical Aids
315 Freddy's Final Comments On Card Cheating
315 Freddy's Advice
316 A Final Amusing Tale Of Cards
319 A Quick Break Before Moving On!

325 Cheating With Dice
325 Types Of Dice Cheat
326 Switching Dice
326 Switches
326 - The Change Over
326 - Come On Baby!
327 - The Money Change
327 - The Thumb Switch
328 - The Palm Switch
328 Empty Hands
329 Switch Backs
330 Splashing
330 6-4 The Hard Way
332 Freddy's Fakes
332 Percentage Dice
332 - Shapes
333 - Bevels
333 - Cut Edges
335 - Loaded Dice
337 - Strength Of Work
337 Tops And Bottoms
338 Juiced Dice
338 Heavy Loaders
339 Matching Dice
339 Mug Work
340 Controlled Rolls
340 Rolls
340 - The Slide
341 - The Drop
342 - The Pad Or Blanket Roll
342 - The Pique Or Whip Shot
343 Rolls And Fakes
343 The God Shot
345 Controlled Rolls From The Cup
345 Dumping
345 - Dumping From Inside The Cup
346 - Dumping From Outside The Cup
348 The Thumb
348 The Backgammon Cup
349 The Whip Cup
349 The Butterfly Cup
350 Stopping Controlled Rolls
351 Freddy Puts It All Together
353 So Where Does Freddy Hide The Dice?
355 Crown And Anchor
355 The Game
356 The True Odds
356 The Cover
357 Cheating At Crown And Anchor
357 A Variation In Buenos Aires
359 More Unfair Odds
359 High Dice
360 Klondike
360 Hazard
361 Thirty-One With A Die
363 Craps
367 A Couple More Sucker Propositions
367 - Six Or Eight
368 - Seven For Three
368 - Five Dice Special
369 Finding The Action
371 Freddy's Final Advice On Dice

373 Sneaky Ways To Be At The Syst Em!
373 How Freddy Gets Out Of Paying His Speeding Tickets
374 Freddy's Free Postage Scam
374 Freddy Flies First Class
375 New Tires For Freddy's Car For Free!
376 Freddy's Free Birthday Cake!
377 A Collection Of Odd Cons
377 Roof And Drive Fixing
378 Broadway Show Time
378 Blue Water
379 The Badger Game
380 Selling Green
381 A Quick Word About Systems
382 The Age Old Pigeon Drop
383 Guess Your Weight?
384 The Bank Examiner Swindle
384 Cheats Playing Straight!
385 Let's Be Safe Out There
385 The Dead Dog Raffle
387 Letter From A Cheat!
389 The NYPD Pictures
390 Scenario Number One
391 Scenario Number Two
394 Scenario Number Three
397 Some Specialty Cheats
397 Scrabble
397 Chess
398 Golf
399 The Soccer Bet
399 An Easy Pool Shot
400 One Hundred Dollar Darts
400 Three Whiskeys For A Dollar
401 Heads Or Tails
402 Free Christmas Postage
402 Fifty Dollars Minus A Beer
403 The Exploding Beer Bottle
404 Tiddlywinks
405 Playing Life To Win
408 A Tale For The Wise
410 Let's Talk Freddy
419 A Final Admission




Previous