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Martin Nash - magician
Celebrities & Poker Pros, Insider Insights

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 was always drawn to those who specialized in sleight of hand with cards. A few of these characters crossed between the world of gambling and cheating...

January 24, 2023 5 min read
Rigged slots
Guides, Insider Insights

No, Slot Machines Aren’t Rigged. A Casino Worker Explains Why

As a casino worker, one of the questions that you’ll need to resign yourself to hearing every day is: “Are these slots rigged?” And the answer is, “Well, yes, but actually no.” All slot machines will have a house advantage. This number is normally best defined...

January 22, 2023 4 min read
Man paying with credit card
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R. Paul Wilson On: Fake Reviews And Phony Products

It bears repeating that we are all suckers to a great idea, but some ideas are not just too good...
January 8, 2023 5 min read
Texting with phone
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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
Woman sitting with hands on head
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Real Victims Of Cons And Scams

It should be no surprise to learn that I am eternally fascinated by cons, scams and cheating of all types...
December 18, 2022 5 min read
Mind manipulation
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R. Paul Wilson On: How Scams And Ideas Can Slowly Consume Us

Whenever we hear someone was conned out of a small fortune, we are quick to judge the victim based on...
November 29, 2022 5 min read
The Martingale System - Roulette
Insider Insights, Strategy

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
Card counter - blackjack
Guides, Industry, Insider Insights

How Casinos Catch Card Counters And Why You Should Avoid Trying It

The math on card counting has changed over the years. I don’t mean the raw numbers governing the true count,...
November 3, 2022 8 min read
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

Politics Betting: Tips And Recommended Bets For The November Midterm Elections

Political betting expert, Paul Krishnamurty, shares his betting tips for the November 2022 midterm elections. Recommended Bets Back Republicans to...
November 1, 2022 6 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
pub
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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
Blackjack
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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,...
September 20, 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
Casino
Industry, Insider Insights, Top 10s

The Top 10 Dos And Don’ts Of Casino Etiquette

I have spent more than 30 years on the casino floor, and one of the things I wish I could...
September 13, 2022 12 min read
shuffling
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: A Sneaky Trick Known As “Splashing The Move”

Con artists thrive when they can adapt to a situation or blend into a scenario where they go unnoticed and...
August 29, 2022 5 min read
Brain with words bias.
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R. Paul Wilson On: How Your Biases Distort Truth

I’ve spoken before about gaslighting, perhaps one of the most damaging psychological tactics of deceivers and liars of all kinds,...
August 17, 2022 5 min read
US flag
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Politics Betting: Mid-Term Elections Betting Preview

Recommended Bets Mark Kelly (D) to win Arizona Senate @ 1.73 – Bet365Katie Hobbs (D) to win Arizona Governor @ 2.25 –...
August 8, 2022 5 min read
Exchange rate sign
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R. Paul Wilson On: Currency Exchange Scams

It seems that western countries are accelerating towards cashless societies where every payment or transaction might be monitored or tracked...
August 1, 2022 5 min read
friendship bracelet scam
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R. Paul Wilson On: Street Scams

During my career, I’ve observed many forms of manipulation from straight up badgering to subtle, psychological suggestion and these days...
July 23, 2022 5 min read
trojan malware
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R. Paul Wilson On: How To Avoid Falling Victim To Trojan Malware

It’s no secret or surprise that most of us carry an entire suite of surveillance devices in our pocket. But...
July 12, 2022 4 min read
war of the world hoax
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R. Paul Wilson On: What We Can Learn From Hoaxes

As a magician, a con-artist and a filmmaker I have a great passion for a good story that not only...
June 27, 2022 4 min read
boris johnson
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Political Betting: How Long Until Boris Johnson Resigns?

UPDATE (JULY 7) Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to step down as more than 50 of his cabinet ministers...
June 14, 2022 5 min read
playing card tricks
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (3/3)

This final instalment of how to play games where you become the house and have an unbeatable mathematical edge (over...
June 13, 2022 4 min read
coins in someone's palm
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (2/3)

This is the second in a three-part series on how to turn yourself into “the house” and reap the benefits...
May 30, 2022 5 min read
Dice hustle games
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: How To Be Your Own Casino (1/3)

This is part one of three from our series on games where the odds are in the hustler’s favour. I...
May 16, 2022 4 min read
r paul wilson
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R. Paul Wilson On: It Ain’t Paranoia If They’re Really Out To Get Me

A question I’m often asked is, "Have you ever been conned?" Of course the answer is "yes" - and I’ve...
May 2, 2022 5 min read
Lottery tickets and balls
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R. Paul Wilson On: Why The Lottery Is A Waste Of Your Time

One of my favourite performance pieces is an absolute miracle with a borrowed deck of cards, created by the Spanish...
April 19, 2022 5 min read
Lottery scam
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R. Paul Wilson On: Lottery Scams

Lottery scams come in many shapes and sizes, from bogus systems to counterfeit tickets. I’ve talked about lotteries as a...
April 6, 2022 5 min read
Roulette wheel and table
Guides, Insider Insights, Top 10s

10 Things Casinos Never Want You To Know

Casinos are a hot house of fun - we all know that - but they are a business at the...
April 4, 2022 5 min read
Casino chip
Industry, Insider Insights

How Casinos Spot Fake Chips (And Why You Should Never Use Them)

About a decade ago, I was tasked with the unique job of going through all the floats (the racks that...
March 25, 2022 4 min read
self-help guru scammer
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Self-Help “Experts” Who Are Out To Get You

I have a healthy suspicion of anyone who tries to oversimplify complicated aspects of life and business. A few of...
March 21, 2022 5 min read
Illusionist white hand magic trick
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Benefits Of Magical Thinking

One of the peculiarities of being a magician is that we often find solutions to problems no one else would...
February 25, 2022 5 min read
online shopping scam
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R. Paul Wilson On: Deals That Seem Too Good To Be True

In the last year or so there seems to have been a dramatic increase in online advertising that offers amazing...
February 7, 2022 5 min read
Fake casino chip
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Fake Chip Collateral Scam

Late night in Las Vegas, in a dark corner of a quiet bar, a discussion becomes heated until it is...
January 27, 2022 6 min read
Donald Trump
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

2024 US Election Betting: Will History Repeat Itself?

Recommended Bets Back Republicans to win Presidency @ 1.88 (Betfair)Back Elizabeth Warren to be the Democrat Nominee @ 32.0 (Betfair)Back...
January 24, 2022 4 min read
Dai Vernon
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R. Paul Wilson On: When Sleight Of Hand Magicians And Card Cheaters Collide

Over the years, a few sleight of hand magicians have sought out card cheaters and crooked gamblers to share ideas...
January 15, 2022 5 min read
2022 politics betting markets
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Top Political Betting Markets In 2022 (And What You Should Bet On)

Recommended Bets Buy Brian Kemp for Republican Georgia Primary @ 44c (PredictIt) Back 2022 for Boris Johnson Exit @ 2.96...
January 7, 2022 4 min read
R Paul Wilson
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Oversimplification Fallacy

Con artists understand how to weave complex concepts into simple ideas that capture the imagination of their marks, but simplicity...
December 27, 2021 5 min read
the flipper - con artist
Insider Insights, Tips & Tricks

R. Paul Wilson On: The Mysterious Case Of “The Flipper”

How many bets or important decisions have been determined by the toss of a coin? From sporting events to all-or-nothing...
December 14, 2021 5 min read