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swiftyisNOTevil writes, "I have recently become obsessed with the BBC Three show 'The Real Hustle' - personally, I think of it as a 'How To' show for aspiring con artists."

Have you carried out a successful con? Perhaps you hustled a few quid off a stranger, or defrauded a multi-national company. Or have you been taken for the wide-eyed, naive rube that you are?

(, Thu 18 Oct 2007, 13:02)
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Don't ask me why I know these.
Take dice to the pub and when you want to do these pretend to borrow them from the barman. I have found that people are suspicious of people who take dice to the pub.

1) You and your selected drunk each put £20 in change on the table and agree to play until someone has lost their pile of change. Explain that you each put £1 in and all they have to do is predict if they are going to roll a higher number or a lower number than you. So, for example, they say 'higher', you roll the dice and score 5, then they roll the dice and score 7, they win the £2. Unles you really are an unlucky fucker you will eventually win all their money as you have the slight advanatage of all draws being paid to you.

2) This one is good for conferences, or anywhere people who don't know each other are forced to gather and pretend they like each other. Borrow three dice from the barman and get a piece of paper and a pen. Divide the piece of paper into six boxes and write the numbers one to six in each box. Explain to your drunk colleagues that you will run the game for them and you are not going to gamble so you cannot be accused of cheating. Tell them each to pick a box and put a pound coin in it. Ask one of them to roll the three dice and explain that each time a number comes up it wins a pound which will be paid from the losing bets on the table. For example 1,2 and 3 are rolled, 4,5 and 6 lose and pay 1,2 and 3. Remember that you are running the game and paying the winning bets from the losing bets. This means when someone rolls three numbers the same, for example 1,1,1, you pay the 1 box in the following way - £1 from 2, £1 from 3 and £1 from 4. This of course leaves £1 in each of the 5 and 6 boxes. This £2 should very quickly find it's way into your pocket. This is a particularly good one as everyone who loses doesn't care where their lost pound actually goes and everyone who wins doesn't care where their won pound comes from. Keep playing until they are all skint and you have a pocket full of change.
(, Fri 19 Oct 2007, 12:41, 1 reply)
I think you may well be the one being conned if someone beats your 5 with a 7...
(, Fri 19 Oct 2007, 13:32, closed)

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