The search for the world's greatest card cheat


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#2

I’m pretty sure John Scarne knew more about card cheating and was more skillful at card manipulation than anyone else in the world in the 20th century. Though since Scarne wasn’t a cheat, Mr. Sanders or whatever his name is might still hold that crown.


#3

Let’s start a John Scarne vs. Dai Vernon flame war, please.


#4

Scarne certainly was very arrrogant and full of himself. But I think he was legitimately skilled, too.


#5

I’ve owned a Dover edition of The Expert at the Card Table since the 1970s and it’s a wonderful guide. But I always wondered: Since S.W. Erdnase spells E. S. Andrews backwards, has anyone dug into whether there was an E. S. Andrews who may have had the skills to write the book?


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Actually it’s all discussed at length in the Wikipedia article. Of course. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._W._Erdnase


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