Three Card Monty

Whenever a police car passes by, you can observe how quickly these games disperse. Sidewalk card games are both illegal and fraudulent for some very good reasons.


  • Two or more people are standing around a cardboard box on a busy street trying to win money by choosing the correct card out of the three cards shuffled.
  • You notice that someone seems to be winning; this person is usually working with the dealer to lure people in. People who work these scams know that it will be less suspicious to plant a women or someone in a business suit in the game.
  • The shuffler will purposely lose the first few rounds to get you to bet more money.
  • At this point, if you take your wallet out, someone may grab it and run -OR- it will be pick pocketed as you watch the game.
  • If by some fluke you win, you may be followed and mugged.

  • How to avoid this

    The hand is quicker than the eye and these are pros. Don't play - YOU CANNOT WIN!