Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 50–57 | Cite as

Gambling swindles and victims

  • Robert J. Snyder


This article focuses on clever confidence schemes designed for gambling swindles. Victims of these schemes are sought out for their character and “investment” potential by con men working together. The big con schemes involve considerable planning and time in order to beat a carefully selected, wealthy victim; perhaps in a simulated casino setting. In contrast, the short con scheme may be carried out by a “team” or “mob” using a suburban street corner, or at a traveling carnival. Gaffed (rigged) game equipment may be used along with proven methods, and a well-rehearsed story or pitch by the operators.


Proven Method Street Corner Confidence Scheme Suburban Street Considerable Planning 
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© Human Sciences Press 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Snyder
    • 1
  1. 1.Bob Snyder and Associates, Inc.Walnut

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