foreword to the online edition
II. common sharpers and their tricks
III. marked cards and the manner
of their employment
VII. collusion and conspiracy
VIII. the game of faro
IX. prepared cards
XI. high ball poker
XII. roulette and allied games
XIII. sporting houses
XIV. sharps and flats
SHARPS AND FLATS
The Large Card
The simplest device connected with cards which have been trimmed is that known as the 'large card.' As its name implies, it is a card which
is left slightly larger than the rest of the pack. All the others are trimmed down, either slightly narrower or shorter, or smaller altogether.
This is a very primitive dodge, and one seldom resorted to, in the ordinary way, nowadays. Its object is to give the sharp either a ready
means of forcing the cut at a given point in the pack, or of making the pass at that point, if the cut does not happen to be made in the right
place. The cards being manipulated so as to arrange them according to some particular system, the large card is placed at the bottom, and
then the pack is divided at about the middle, and the top half put underneath. The pack is straightened, and laid on the table to be cut.
Not suspecting any trickery, it is almost certain that the dupe, in cutting, will seize hold of the large card, which is now in the centre
of the pack, and cut at that point. This brings the cards again into the positions they occupied relatively at first. If the cut, however,
should not happen to be made at the 'large,' the sharp has to make the pass, and bring that card once more to the bottom. No modern sharp
of any standing would use such a palpable fraud, even among the most innocent of his dupes. It is a long way behind the times, and was out
of date years ago.