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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

Rigged roulette wheel
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R. Paul Wilson On: Rigged Roulette Wheels

Illegal gaming devices come in all shapes and sizes and have been designed to beat or cheat any game on the casino floor. Some are for playing from “the outside” but others were designed to cheat the players by giving the house complete control over who...

March 20, 2023 4 min read

More from R. Paul

Cyber security
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R. Paul Wilson On: Ransomware Risks

It’s still surprising to me that many people who have come to rely on home computers and online services are...
May 15, 2023 5 min read
playing cards
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R. Paul Wilson On: Tonk, The Fast-Moving Game For Gamblers

A friend and I recently reflected on the number of games that exist with playing cards and how many of...
May 1, 2023 6 min read
Taxi
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R. Paul Wilson On: Taxi Scams

If you travel the world, ride share services like Uber, Lyft and others have become an invaluable tool to navigate...
April 17, 2023 6 min read
Casino dealer
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R. Paul Wilson On: How Dealers And Players Can Work Together To Steal From The House

The peek is a powerful tool for crooked card players and can be used to steer valuable cards to one’s...
March 6, 2023 5 min read
Dealer at the casino
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Card Peeks

In this article, we’re going to explore one of the most powerful sleights available to crooked poker dealers or croupiers....
February 10, 2023 5 min read
Martin Nash - magician
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Charming Cheat

I’ve been extremely fortunate in my career to have known and befriended many of the great names in magic and...
January 24, 2023 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: New Era Impostors

In the rogue’s gallery of con artists, a wing of that exhibit must be dedicated to impostors who have successfully...
December 26, 2022 5 min read
The Martingale System - Roulette
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R. Paul Wilson On: Why The Martingale System Doesn’t Work

Gamblers love the idea of luck or fate and are often suckered by the notion of a system that can...
November 12, 2022 4 min read
media manipulation
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R. Paul Wilson On: How You’re Being Manipulated By The Internet Without Even Realizing

A great wave is coming. Not of water but of truth. Not real truth: Selected, approved, manipulated and fabricated truth...
October 30, 2022 5 min read
Roulette wheel
Insider Insights Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: Norman Leigh And The Reverse Labouchere System

My main profession these days is as a filmmaker and while I remain fully committed to beating scams, collecting cons...
October 8, 2022 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Wire Scam

One advantage of taking an interest in various forms of deception (or disadvantage, depending on your point of view) is...
September 26, 2022 5 min read
Shop door
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R. Paul Wilson On: Psychological Tricks I Learned As A Pitchman

I’ve mentioned my past flirtation with the art of the pitchman and I remain a big fan of their methods,...
September 15, 2022 5 min read