three-card monte

noun \ ˈthrē-ˈkärd- \
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of three-card monte

: a gambling game in which the dealer shows three cards, shuffles them, places them face down, and invites spectators to bet they can identify the location of a particular card

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1854

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