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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 and perhaps add new weapons to their arsenal. In the 20th century, Dai Vernon was most famous for courting cheaters and adapting ideas for the art...

January 15, 2022 5 min read
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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 (Betfair)Lay (oppose) 2024 or later for Boris Johnson Exit @ 2.2 (Betfair) Back Lula da Silva for Brazilian Presidential Election @ 1.67 (Betfair) 2021 was relatively quiet in...

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
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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
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Secret Behind This Magic Card Trick

It’s getting close to silly season so I thought I might break the habit of a lifetime and share a...
November 27, 2021 5 min read
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Industry, Insider Insights

How Money Laundering Really Works & Why It’s A Problem In The Gambling Industry

Money laundering is a very serious criminal activity and is much more prevalent than you might think. What Is Money...
November 25, 2021 4 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Why You Need To Act Like An Advantage Player 24/7

I’ve often spoken about the value of identifying useful information in a gaming context. This can secure an advantage for...
November 17, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Tinder Trap

Modern dating apps offer a convenient method to meet people (hopefully) searching for similar relationships but this form of digital...
October 31, 2021 5 min read
Red heart in a trap on pink background.
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Scams That Were Forbidden On “The Real Hustle”

When filming The Real Hustle, we aimed to expose as many scams as we could but there were several challenges...
October 23, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Investment Scams Are Going Up-Up-Up!

Since diving into Bitcoin as the basis for potential scams, I’ve found myself drawn deeper into the mire of investment...
October 10, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Bogus Scams

Not every scam I hear about is as real or widespread as you might think. I regularly receive panicked warnings...
September 26, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Truth About His Feature Film “Con Men”

Sometime in 2015, I found myself in Samy’s Camera store in Los Angeles about to buy an expensive camera to...
September 13, 2021 5 min read
Call centre scams
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R. Paul Wilson On: Call Centre Cons

I’ve studied and executed almost every kind of scam you can imagine. For The Real Hustle, the goal was always...
August 29, 2021 4 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Coincidence Or Magic?

In an earlier article I discussed how seemingly impossible bad beats can actually happen at the card table and how...
August 16, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Seemingly Impossible

The ‘seemingly impossible’ happens every day. Crazy, wild coincidences are a passion of mine and I have more than a...
August 9, 2021 5 min read
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Top 10 Insider Tips We Learned From Casino Staff On Reddit

Casino employees are the best people to go to for tips and tricks on all things casino-related, and they're often...
August 6, 2021 4 min read
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10 Crazy Casino Secrets We Learned From Reddit

Casinos have all kinds of secrets they don't want you to know. But over on Reddit, thanks to AMAs and...
July 9, 2021 3 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Why Fear Is The Enemy

Can thinking like a gambler help us navigate times of fear and uncertainty? At the time of writing, many countries...
June 21, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Crypto Scams (2/2)

The current craze surrounding cryptocurrency highlights how old con games continue to work on a new generation of suckers. While...
June 13, 2021 4 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Crypto Scams (1/2)

I know next to nothing about cryptocurrency. Like any investment, crypto offers varying degrees of risk and can return profits...
June 12, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Psychology Of Being Conned

I’ve often said that the difference between being mugged at knifepoint and handing over your savings to a scammer is...
May 24, 2021 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Fortune Teller’s Egg Scam

Over 11 seasons and three specials of The Real Hustle television show, there were a few con games that made...
March 18, 2021 5 min read
Soapy Smith
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Secret Of Soapy Smith

The name Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith is well known amongst magicians, Old West historians and cheating aficionados. Soapy evolved from...
February 27, 2021 4 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Reworking Old Con Games

Con games evolve over time and can be adapted to new circumstances, cultural shifts or technology. In this article, I’m...
February 13, 2021 5 min read
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Infographics, Insider Insights

Body Language Expert Reveals The Worst Kissing Scenes In Film

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is coming this weekend. And with all the usual options off the cards...
February 11, 2021 8 min read
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Top Politics Betting Markets To Follow Around The World In 2021

2020 broke all records for political betting. Turnover on the race for next US president rose eightfold, on what was...
February 9, 2021 3 min read
The Jam Scam - The Real Hustle
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R. Paul Wilson On: The Jam Scam – How Not To Get Conned At A Market

The jam auction is a veritable old-school scam that has stood the test of time and can be found in...
November 9, 2020 5 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: Why You Need To Think Like A Poker Player To Avoid Being Manipulated

In today’s world, we are surrounded by forms of deception that work their way into every aspect of our lives....
November 4, 2020 5 min read
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US Election Betting Tips – Predictions For The Result, Margin, States And Senate

Political Betting Expert Paul Krishnamurty's Recommended Bets (All with Betfair) Joe Biden to become Next President @ 1.54 Joe Biden to...
October 23, 2020 4 min read
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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,...
October 13, 2020 5 min read
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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
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How To Bet On The US Election

Ask one hundred people what they believe is the single biggest betting market of all-time, or will be in 2024,...
September 28, 2020 4 min read
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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
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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...
September 3, 2020 5 min read
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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US Election Betting Odds 2020: Recommended Bets

Trump’s Toxicity Means Republicans Could Be Swept Away By Another Blue Wave Recommended Bets: Back Republicans to win fewer than...
June 18, 2020 4 min read
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R. Paul Wilson On: How Not To Cheat – The Curse of Perfect Luck

Imagine you could somehow know what every player at the table has, perhaps even what cards are about to be...
May 25, 2020 5 min read