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(NYPost)   Three Card Monty now a thing of the past on NYC streets, full blown 'casino-level gambling' is where its at Chinatown park. Cops see nothing but pocket money   (nypost.com) divider line
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2022-10-23 10:40:08 AM  
FTFA: Geoffrey Croft, a city parks watchdog for more than two decades, shouted "Oh, my God!" after being shown photos of the open-air casino.

Learn how to spell your own name before you stick your nose in the business of others.
 
2022-10-23 10:52:10 AM  
Columbus Park has always been like that.  The NYPost knows this full well, they just had an empty page and felt like dragging the bottom of the outrage barrel for you to slurp up.

Don't fark with the mahjong grannies.  They will cut you.
 
2022-10-23 12:16:36 PM  
NCSB:  Back in the 80s, a bunch of us went to NYC to party.  We saw a 3CM game going on and stopped to watch.  I thought everyone knew it was a scam.  Apparently not.  The crowd divided us and I saw a friend take out a twenty.  I tried to get to him but I was thwarted.  By the time I reached him, he was dazed.  "What happened?" I asked.

"I just lost forty bucks."
 
2022-10-23 12:21:24 PM  
Shame you can't legalize gambling in the land of the free
 
2022-10-23 12:23:16 PM  
Gambling is a game of chance
Three Card Monty is a game of grift
 
2022-10-23 12:24:01 PM  
As the old-time conmen used to say, " you can't knock an honest mark."
 
2022-10-23 1:32:58 PM  
as groups of seven played pai-gow poker, Chinese blackjack and other games of chance for money - which is illegal in city parks.

good thing they aren't games of chance then
 
2022-10-23 1:32:58 PM  
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2022-10-23 1:37:03 PM  
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2022-10-23 1:52:45 PM  
If they're letting this slide, I think I'm going to have to take over a park in Manhattan and bring back old-school Times Square.
 
2022-10-23 1:57:26 PM  

Mindlock: If they're letting this slide, I think I'm going to have to take over a park in Manhattan and bring back old-school Times Square.


changing the name back to longacre square?  that'll show them!
 
2022-10-23 1:57:33 PM  
Just pocket money, eh? About that.
 
2022-10-23 2:05:01 PM  
People like to gamble?
Who knew?
 
2022-10-23 2:05:57 PM  
It's no big deal. People want to have fun, and if you have money to blow, gambling is fun. I used to work at flea markets here in Austin and there were gambling booths. I remember particularly some sort of Mexican game similar to Keno. These guys would set up the display and people would gather around, but if the cops (there were always a couple of cops at the flea market) started heading their way, they'd magically know that it was time to take the display down.

/I was damn good at the flea market, just fact, not brag. I'd know exactly what someone wanted and as they got near I'd hold it up for them. Like the teenage girl with her parents: I held up the leather bracelet that said "BELIEVE" in aluminum letters and had an aluminum star hanging from it. Ka-ching!
 
2022-10-23 2:07:20 PM  
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Just. Like. Vegas.
 
2022-10-23 2:10:12 PM  
Chinatown has always been a free enterprise zone in NYC.   Back in the 80s I'd go to Chinatown to buy illegal fireworks.

CSB:

Someone told me about a shop in Chinatown that sold real M-80s among other fun explode-y things.   For you younguns, M-80s were great fun.    Fireworks that could blow your arm off up to the elbow if you weren't careful.

I parked my car in Jersey City and took the PATH over to 34th street and the subway to Chinatown.  I walked into this shop where I was 'greeted' by a middle-aged Asian dude who just stood there looking at me.   I said, "Um....yeah, you got any fireworks?"  The Asian dude replied, "No.  No, fireclacker."   I countered, "Um, I'm not the police.  Do I look like a cop?"  I was like 18 or 19 at the time.   The Asian dude waved me to a room in the back that was full of fireclackers.   I bought a gross bottle rockets and a gross of M-80s

So now I had my fireworks, and was as happy as Trump with a Russian hooker peeing into his mouth.   As I walked back down Canal, I noticed this sketchy looking dude staring at me.  In NYC one of the first things you learn is not to look people in the eye on the street, especially if they appear to be unhinged.   So this guy is walking next me and he says, "Hey, Charlie!  Hey, Charlie! "   My name is not now, nor has it ever been Charlie.   I ignored him and walked faster,  The crazy dude kept up and said, "Hey Charlie, I'm sick man, give me a fix."   Great, I'm being followed by a deranged junkie who thinks I'm his man.   I crossed the street, he crossed the street, and now he's getting louder.  "CHARLIE!  MOTHERFARKER!  GIVE ME A FIX!"   Now I'm about to panic.   Just then I noticed a NYPD cop car stopped at the corner and the cops were standing there with one of them talking on a payphone...cell phones not yet being a thing.   I made a bee-line for the cops.  The junkie noticed the cops and veered off.   So now I'm standing near the cops and the cop not on the phone is staring at me.  I'm thinking, "Oh boy, out of the frying pan and into the fire."   I imagined the cop saying, "Whatcha got there, Charlie?  You dealing out here?".    After a very long minute or two the cop on the phone hung up and they both hopped in the car and took off.   Being the responsible lad I was, I made my way to the subway and got on a train carrying my bag of explosives.

That was my NYC, "Kenneth, what's the frequency?" moment.
 
2022-10-23 2:18:19 PM  

Fissile: Chinatown has always been a free enterprise zone in NYC.   Back in the 80s I'd go to Chinatown to buy illegal fireworks.


Yep. We used to go to the Chinatown in San Francisco when I was a kid to get fireworks to blow up our old toys. Because we were so young, we were not suspected of being cops etc.

/I remember blowing up a plastic airplane by sticking a firecracker in the tail of it. We were too young to think that was anal....
 
2022-10-23 2:21:01 PM  
Three Card Monty


It's Three Card Monte, subliteratemitter.
 
2022-10-23 2:22:53 PM  

Fissile: So now I had my fireworks, and was as happy as Trump with a Russian hooker peeing into his mouth.


Ii is so odd when people who hate their lives can't go more than a few moments without randomly announcing that they hate their lives.
 
2022-10-23 2:27:02 PM  
Why would the cops care? A, they're likely being paid to be there, and B, they make sure rivals don't start any trouble.
 
2022-10-23 2:29:12 PM  
The entire plaza is one giant grift then? Because there is no way that every game isnt fixed...
 
2022-10-23 2:30:28 PM  

WoodyHayes: Fissile: So now I had my fireworks, and was as happy as Trump with a Russian hooker peeing into his mouth.

Ii is so odd when people who hate their lives can't go more than a few moments without randomly announcing that they hate their lives.


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Here you go. Stay safe, okay.
 
2022-10-23 2:31:11 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: NCSB:  Back in the 80s, a bunch of us went to NYC to party.  We saw a 3CM game going on and stopped to watch.  I thought everyone knew it was a scam.  Apparently not.  The crowd divided us and I saw a friend take out a twenty.  I tried to get to him but I was thwarted.  By the time I reached him, he was dazed.  "What happened?" I asked.

"I just lost forty bucks."


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2022-10-23 2:37:36 PM  
That's a lot of cash lying around, ripe for a robbery. I'm sure there's muscular around to try and protect it, but I'd hate to be a gambler that gets caught in the middle of a shootout.
 
2022-10-23 2:41:02 PM  
Just legalize gambling and let them build a safe and regulated casino.  For extra fun put it across from Trump Tower with a big ol sign that says "This is how you manage a successful casino"
 
2022-10-23 2:43:20 PM  

Fissile: Chinatown has always been a free enterprise zone in NYC.   Back in the 80s I'd go to Chinatown to buy illegal fireworks.

CSB:

Someone told me about a shop in Chinatown that sold real M-80s among other fun explode-y things.   For you younguns, M-80s were great fun.    Fireworks that could blow your arm off up to the elbow if you weren't careful.

I parked my car in Jersey City and took the PATH over to 34th street and the subway to Chinatown.  I walked into this shop where I was 'greeted' by a middle-aged Asian dude who just stood there looking at me.   I said, "Um....yeah, you got any fireworks?"  The Asian dude replied, "No.  No, fireclacker."   I countered, "Um, I'm not the police.  Do I look like a cop?"  I was like 18 or 19 at the time.   The Asian dude waved me to a room in the back that was full of fireclackers.   I bought a gross bottle rockets and a gross of M-80s

So now I had my fireworks, and was as happy as Trump with a Russian hooker peeing into his mouth.   As I walked back down Canal, I noticed this sketchy looking dude staring at me.  In NYC one of the first things you learn is not to look people in the eye on the street, especially if they appear to be unhinged.   So this guy is walking next me and he says, "Hey, Charlie!  Hey, Charlie! "   My name is not now, nor has it ever been Charlie.   I ignored him and walked faster,  The crazy dude kept up and said, "Hey Charlie, I'm sick man, give me a fix."   Great, I'm being followed by a deranged junkie who thinks I'm his man.   I crossed the street, he crossed the street, and now he's getting louder.  "CHARLIE!  MOTHERFARKER!  GIVE ME A FIX!"   Now I'm about to panic.   Just then I noticed a NYPD cop car stopped at the corner and the cops were standing there with one of them talking on a payphone...cell phones not yet being a thing.   I made a bee-line for the cops.  The junkie noticed the cops and veered off.   So now I'm standing near the cops and the cop not on the phone is staring at me.  I'm thinking, "Oh boy, out of the frying pan and into the fire."   I imagined the cop saying, "Whatcha got there, Charlie?  You dealing out here?".    After a very long minute or two the cop on the phone hung up and they both hopped in the car and took off.   Being the responsible lad I was, I made my way to the subway and got on a train carrying my bag of explosives.

That was my NYC, "Kenneth, what's the frequency?" moment.


Charlie isn't here, man.
 
2022-10-23 2:48:37 PM  
I was surprised to see open air monte on the streets in Vegas. Even more surprised to see people standing around it. As I passed by, "We have a winner!" and I instantly knew who the shill was. If I hadn't been on my way to a show (or fearful my pocket would get picked) I would have stuck around to watch.
 
2022-10-23 3:02:37 PM  

Mindlock: If they're letting this slide, I think I'm going to have to take over a park in Manhattan and bring back old-school Times Square.


Adding hookers to the blackjack? It follows
 
2022-10-23 3:25:55 PM  
Have the IRS come in and audit all of them with the new funding they got to go after tax cheats.  Profits should be taxed.  And casino profits are profits.  Tax the street casinos.  Make them fill out the forms or gitmo them.

Problem solved.
 
2022-10-23 3:52:12 PM  

WastrelWay: Fissile: Chinatown has always been a free enterprise zone in NYC.   Back in the 80s I'd go to Chinatown to buy illegal fireworks.

Yep. We used to go to the Chinatown in San Francisco when I was a kid to get fireworks to blow up our old toys. Because we were so young, we were not suspected of being cops etc.

/I remember blowing up a plastic airplane by sticking a firecracker in the tail of it. We were too young to think that was anal....


Suuuuuure you didn't
 
2022-10-23 3:55:56 PM  

thealgorerhythm: WoodyHayes: Fissile: So now I had my fireworks, and was as happy as Trump with a Russian hooker peeing into his mouth.

Ii is so odd when people who hate their lives can't go more than a few moments without randomly announcing that they hate their lives.

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Here you go. Stay safe, okay.


There's a commercial on TV, it shows a ringing, old school Western Electric 2500 (or clone) telephone. They ask "Are you afraid to pick up the phone because of debt collectors?" I'm like, "Hell no, I afraid to pick up that phone becsuse it ain't even plugged in and it's ringing. Only debt collector on the other end of that line is The Devil and he wants your soul."
 
2022-10-23 4:20:57 PM  
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2022-10-23 7:33:52 PM  
How many of the players still have their kidneys?
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2022-10-23 7:45:46 PM  
An important service announcement regarding three card monty.  That guy who easily won while you were watching wasn't another tourist.  He was the card scammer's partner.
 
2022-10-23 10:13:24 PM  

The Exit Stencilist: Gambling is a game of chance
Three Card Monty is a game of grift


Much like Christianity
 
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