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TH10111
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For those that are interested in the historical side of card cheating, I've just released an ebook called The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating, in which focuses on pre-1900 works in English. The aim being to compile a list of publications and which card cheating techniques they describe, that can then be used a reference text. More information is available here.

The ebook is available from lybrary.com.

(It was during the research for this book that I came across Annals of Gaming)

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This book presents an analytical review of works on card cheating that are written in English and published before 1900. Given this scope, The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating takes 151 publications, and documents the card cheating techniques that they describe. Only card techniques discussed in the context of cheating at card games are considered. The 146 defined techniques are used to evaluate the publications based on their breadth and their contribution to the literature. The breadth is indicated by the absolute number of techniques each work describes, and the contribution is measured by the number of techniques that appear for the first time in the pre-1900 English literature. The intention is for this book to provide a reference text to those interested in the history of card cheating.


I should also note that the scope is limited to card cheating techniques that are discussed in the context of the card table; for example, moves that could be used at the card table, but are described as the method for a magic trick, were omitted.
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Thank you.

There is a bit about Victorian gambling at this site

http://www.victorianlondon.org/index-2012.htm
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Hey Tom,

I always liked you work but I am taking the time to write a quick word here because I think your The Reference Guide to Early Works on Card Cheating is awesome! Great work!

Cheers,

Slim
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Hi Slim,

Thanks for the feedback; it's really appreciated Smile
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