Three-card monte scam artists return to midtown

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    Is this Christmas 2014 — or 1974?

    A stark reminder of New York City’s bad old days appeared on the streets of Manhattan Thursday , as three-card monte dealers turned out in force on Fifth Avenue.

    An army of the shady gamblers — offering both crooked card and shell games — set up between West 53rd and 56th streets, fleecing Christmas tourists like hapless rubes in an old-time movie.

    “My husband is pissed!” fumed one woman, just moments after her spouse dropped $500 to a team of scammers on 56th Street off Fifth Avenue near Henri Bendel on Thursday.

    Her husband, who lost several $100 wagers as part of a shell game, huffed, “It’s a waste of time!” before storming away.

    He was too sheepish to demand his money back from the dealers, whose associates stood watch over their box-top game boards.

    Decades ago, “three-card monte” hustlers were a frequent nuisance around Midtown. But such hustlers were sent into retirement thanks to a crackdown by the NYPD.

    Modal Trigger[​IMG]On Thursday, The Post spotted six crews dealing the rigged games. When a reporter got too close to one of the operators in the middle of a round of cards, his thuggish partner threw a hard elbow as a signal to get back.

    When asked about the game, none of the dealers would talk. One just said that “business is good.”

    Most losers walked away with their heads bowed and not even a lump of coal for their stocking.

    One visitor from Washington, DC, was philosophical about losing.

    “That was an interesting one,” he said, gesturing to his teenage son. “I taught him something.”


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    rolltide Well-Known Member VIP

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    I lived there when Rudi took over; he cleaned that shit up.

    With the asshole that's running things now that's mild as to what's coming in the future for NYC.
     
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    crazypreacher Maker of Lists Gold

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    Cops can't hassle them because that am profiling.
     
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    crazypreacher Maker of Lists Gold

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    But the dumb asses can just keep walking past these assholes and not play.
     
  5. John Sterling

    John Sterling Well-Known Member Banned User

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    Welcome to de Blasio's NY!
     
  6. Beth143nacho

    Beth143nacho Bede bede beep

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    Look, they're all black. Funny how that trends.
     
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    MyLazyHand Russia and France Know What to Do

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    They're just stealing from the tourists. It's not as though it's a crime or anything. Hands up!
     
  8. DinnerSocks

    DinnerSocks Well-Known Member

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    How soon until NYC returns to "Death Wish"? Fucking Dipshit Di Blasio!
     
  9. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    If you fall for Three Card Monte, you deserve to lose. Tourist or not. The scam is as old as Jesus.
     
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    Race-card monte scam artists return to City Hall
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  11. John Sterling

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    The Booey Well-Known Member

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    A fool and his money are soon parted.
     
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  13. Murcielago

    Murcielago Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast

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    Hard to feel too sorry for people still so ignorant enough to fall for that scam, what gets me is how those dirtbags clog up the street with their crappy little stands and gathering crowds.
     
  14. OV

    OV Rapscallion

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    Soon to be followed by the African fake Rolex sellers and Squeegie Men. Let them good times roll.
     
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    Pickle Jar Well-Known Member

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    Howard did the same thing to his fans. We thought we were paying for laughter.
     
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    Oh yeah, can't wait for the squeegee guys to return. :facepalm:
     
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  17. OV

    OV Rapscallion

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    for awhile it was concealed in Artie's mouth
     
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    HS Cult Leader Elite Member Gold

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    I always hear the jokes and criticisms from people that hate the corporate Disneyland squeaky clean image of Times Square today, and that they long for the "personality" from the old days.


    Was it really so much better in the past?


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    The good'ol days will be back soon!


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    Man, these are photos from "Beat Street!"
     
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    Sounds like a job for Snake Pliskin.