The Cup Scam
I lost 200 Euros in this scam. (Notice the trend?)
When I was in Paris, I found myself mesmerized by gambling game on the streets. The ball and cup game. There were three cups and a ball. The dealer would place the ball under a cups, mix around the cups, and the players would place bets about which cup the ball is under. It seemed easy.
As I studied the game, I seemed to know where the ball was. So when one person lost and there were two cups left, I was eager to join as a quick way to make easy money. In my brain, it was not a gamble. My friends reassured me that that the ball was under the cup I thought, so I paid the man 100 Euros. But it wasn’t there.
I started to panic about losing THAT much money and was eager to win it back. A man nudged me and asked me to go in with him to win back our money. I agreed, and we lost again.
I studied the game longer, and a lady yelled, upset, “He is switching the cups when you look down at your money!” As I watched, he was. I thought I could stop him this time…I would win back the money. I placed my foot down on the cup to prevent him from switching them. Again, my friends reassured me I was right about which cup. But it wasn’t there.
I got mad, and started looking at the cups—looking for magnets or anything. As I yelled, a man took me to the side and whispered, “I know what is going on…come here.” He led me away while the dealer packed up and left.
What happened? Everyone, all three players, were in on the scam. I was the only one playing…and the ball was not in any on the cups. The other players block the only views where you could see that the dealer flips the ball into his hand. It looks easy, but there is NO way to win. Every comment and move was staged to take me money