Shell game street scam

A group of six Romanians are doing a shell game street scam scheme in Norway, Oslo.

The shell game (also known as thimblerig, three shells and a pea, the old army game) is portrayed as a gambling game, but in reality, when a wager for money is made, it is almost always a confidence trick used to perpetrate fraud. In confidence trick slang, this swindle is referred to as a short-con because it is quick and easy to pull off.

In the shell game, three or more identical containers (which may be cups, shells, bottle caps, or anything else) are placed face-down on a surface. A small ball is placed beneath one of these containers so that it cannot be seen, and they are then shuffled by the operator in plain view.

One or more players are invited to bet on which container holds the ball – typically, the operator offers to double the player’s stake if they guess right. Where the game is played honestly, the operator can win if he shuffles the containers in a way which the player cannot follow.

In practice, however, the shell game is notorious for its use by confidence tricksters who will typically rig the game using sleight of hand to move or hide the ball during play and replace it as required. Fraudulent shell games are also known for the use of psychological tricks to convince potential players of the legitimacy of the game – for example, by using shills or by allowing a player to win a few times before beginning the scam.


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38 thoughts on “Shell game street scam”

  1. If I bent down while he was doing it it’ll be obvious about how he changes the cups when u get ur money so u don’t see

  2. You see the same two guys and two ladies from the 1st show on the corners of the street. They are his team players….I would of took my gun and shot all of them!!!

  3. I saw it in berlin ,the viktims chinese just arrive in Europa, european people know ,but the scammers not alone, the community arround ,hit shit out of you if you make ther Business public

  4. this is a classic trick
    my mom told me she got into it after one of the "group" lend her some money to start playing,
    at start she won so the next step was to double the winning, but my mom just was walking out with the easy win when they grab her and force to give back money….
    years later I saw a "group" of tricksters and I thougth about the thing happened to my mom
    I wanted to kick ass just to let the thought flow, but I didn't

  5. No need to ask, he's a smooth operator

    Smooth operator, smooth operator

    Smooth operator

    can't believe there are still idiots to fall for this. I guess the mother of idiots is indeed always pregnant.

  6. That piece of carpet or folded newspaper is used alo to rotate the entire "game" as the ball to be moved from left to right after one the co-workers distract the attention of the fool players.
    They are not Romanians. Just bonn in RO. Romanians are working hard people, that pay taxes, not just looking for "sosialhjelp".

  7. Very good very clever, i hope the youth of each country would beat the shit out of this guy! Hang this evils in the shopping street as a warning to these bastards!


  9. I dont see the problem with this. You guys are acting like they are forcing you to play or straight up holding you at gunpoint and robbing you. Its your decision to bet if you decide to bet and you cant blame anyone if you lose regardless if it is a trick or not. I understand that these things can normally be organised by gangs and pickpockets which I think is obviously wrong, but the game itself I see no problem with. People got to do what they got to do to get by. You aint rioting outside casinos are you because they do the same thing? No because its your choice to walk into a casino the same way its your choice to place a bet in the monte, regardless if its a trick or not.

  10. Notice how he steps one foot on a cup when someone who is not involved in the scam steps up.
    The reason for that is that there is only one way to win at that game and believe it or not people have actually pulled it off.
    The strategy goes as follows:
    you turn over any two cups saying "These two are empty" since all of them are actually empty it forces him to places the ball under the remaining one and give you the money. That is the reason why he steps his foot on one a t all times. You might get cursed by his gypsy grandma though like in drag me to hell.

  11. Dumb is @S DUMB GETS / like taking Candy from a Retard / paid actors win the Lottery on the Big wins ? now thats what you call a Scam /


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