R. Paul Wilson

R. Paul Wilson

R. Paul Wilson is an expert on cons, scams and the art of deception. Former writer/presenter of “The Real Hustle”, a world-renowned magician and adviser to players and casinos on cheating and game protection.

R. Paul Wilson’s most popular posts

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Guides

R. Paul Wilson On: Marking Cards For Fun (And Profit)

As a magician, I’m always being accused of using marked cards. A simple strategy I’ve evolved to address this is to open brand-new decks and give the cards away at the end of a performance as a demonstration of fairness. This usually satisfies suspicious audience members,...

September 9, 2019 6 min read

More from R. Paul

Crazy Gideons
Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Stealing Stuff From Crazy Gideon’s With A Fake Pregnancy Suit

Before The Real Hustle, I co-created and starred in a show called The Takedown on Court TV that featured a...
October 26, 2020 5 min read
Blackjack
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Do Casinos Cheat?

After the success of The Real Hustle, I’d meet all sorts of people from both sides of casino games: managers,...
October 13, 2020 5 min read
Beers
Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Hustle

With a good proposition bet, the sucker will quickly realise he or she has been had. But, with the right...
October 5, 2020 5 min read
Nespresso coffee pods
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Nespresso Money Mules

I recently wrote a short series of blogs on the topic of credit card theft, security and protection. There are...
September 30, 2020 5 min read
Phil Ivey with money falling
Celebrities & Poker Pros Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Why Phil Ivey Shouldn’t Have Been Punished For Cheating

It’s hard to believe that several casinos in the last few years have lost millions of dollars to a technique...
September 14, 2020 7 min read
LA Farmers Market
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: The Old School Gang In LA

Before the Main Street, Disney-like Grove shopping precinct was erected in Los Angeles, The Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax...
September 1, 2020 6 min read
Man with ace up his sleeve.
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Stealing Machines

Believe it or not, an ingenious contraption invented over 130 years ago is still in use today both in private...
August 18, 2020 5 min read
COVID-19 vaccine
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: COVID Cons

In light of the global pandemic, I thought it might be worth discussing the implications of a situation where millions...
August 4, 2020 5 min read
Poker
Insider Insights

R. Paul Wilson On: Modern Card Crimes

In the early days, card rooms had been vulnerable to all sorts of cheating. Player-dealt games offered countless avenues to...
July 23, 2020 4 min read
Titanic Thompson
Celebrities & Poker Pros Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: The Unsinkable Con Artist

Titanic Thompson is one of the most fascinating characters in hustler history. Despite his reputation, Thompson was not what I...
July 6, 2020 5 min read
Dollar Flying Concept Business Money Cash
Celebrities & Poker Pros Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: When The Best Hustler Of All Time’s Scam Backfired

Con games, scams and carefully prepared proposition bets don’t always go to plan. For legendary hustler Titanic Thompson, one of...
June 22, 2020 5 min read
Private poker table
Poker Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Faking A Heart Attack To Cheat In Poker

Editor’s Note: Find out how R. Paul Wilson faked a heart attack and conned a group of experienced poker players...
June 9, 2020 5 min read