what is Three Card Monte anyway? I'd seen it played on the top of crates
on streetcorners, but never understood the rules of the game. After a
little research, I discovered the card game (which was recently made illegal
in New York) has been around since the 18th century. The rules are simple
and the odds are never in your favor. Click
here and play for yourself.
To catch some decent action, you need only walk down to where the bridge
meets the BQE. On my block there seems to be one Sinatra type with a lock
on most of the action. He doesn't seem to have any kind of schedule, but
I almost always see him on the weekends. I'd wanted to play for ages,
so I bought a Guava drink, sipped it and watched a little old lady play
while I tried to figure out the rules.
The game I've been frequenting has a creepy, crazy looking guy giggling
and smiling madly and drinking something in a bag. The guy who's in charge
is very friendly. He's in his forties and wears a baseball cap. There's
never a lot of chatting going on. He tries to be gentleman while he takes
everyone's money so he's always very polite. What makes the whole operation
so charming is that it seems like no one's dropping anything even as heavy
as a fiver, so you lose your cash dollar by dollar. The little old lady
that I saw playing was patient enough to bet a single per roll and would
never double down. Playing this way extends your play time to five minutes.
Playing multiple squares gives you 2 minutes of fun.
If you're looking for an even friendlier, gentler form of gambling, I
recommend Tuesday nights at the Greenpoint church at the corner of Driggs
and Newel. If you get there a little before 7pm you might be able to make
a thousand bucks on the early bird. The women who work and play here are
so friendly it makes you want to weep. Fifteen dollars gets you more Bingo
than I can handle (2 hours) and a chance to make a little cash (40 dollars
for a "postage stamp" etc.)
A challenge for readers of this column:
After playing the dice game I tried to calculate the odds, but after
a 2-minute effort, cracked and asked a friend of mine who got a 5 on his
calculus AP. Unfortunately, he either couldn't do it or couldn't be bothered,
so, to the first reader who tells me the correct statistics, I will send
5 Goya Flans. You'd think they'd be disgusting, but, as anyone who's ever
tried one will tell you, they're not, they're fucking delicious. They
are so good in fact, that they'll make you so greedy and piggish that
you'll eat two in one sitting and feel sick.
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