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Beware of Three-Card Trickery at the Races

28 July 2005

GALWAY, Ireland -- As reported by the Galway Independent: "People who are caught up in the gambling fever of the races can fall prey to respectable looking men in suits who 'rob' punters of €50 or €100 a time, said Mike Mooney.

"'Last year what amazed me was that the people who were doing it looked like businessmen, dressed in suits. People are drawn in by being allowed to win once, but it is absolutely impossible to beat the dealer,' he warned.

"'The only one to pick the right card is what we call a 'plant', that is a person known to the dealer. It's a con game that cannot be beaten, but people will still bet on it, because the odds are 3:1 and it looks impossible to lose, but actually it's impossible to win,' he finished.

"...Mr Mooney has worked in some of Miami's top casinos catching card hustlers and cheats

"...A record crowd and a record bookie and tote spend of well over €3 million has already been recorded in the first days of the races..."

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