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Introduction

Since the night of times, the man always was attracts by the play. From this passion comes which transcends the borders, the religions and the cultures? What pushes the man has to thus risk its to have in the hope to carry out an unspecified profit? Why a dollar gained with the green table seem does to have more value with the eyes of the player than a dollar for which it worked? The extras to gain does the setting with a weak hand compensate for frustration to lose with a very strong hand? Who knows? Perhaps that while playing, the man tests the feeling to control his destiny. Perhaps this is also the pleasure of overcoming the probabilities or, quite simply, that of gaining money at the expense of its adversaries. But a fact remains: play is part integral of life of man and if it is a play which incarnates this reality, it is well the poker.

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 Poker Number Game Operation

Number Game

We’ll begin our description of how the Numbers game works by defining some terms and listing the personnel. Agent: A person who solicits bets on the Numbers. A storekeeper, shoeshine boy, newsstand poker operator, or an employee of a hotel, office building, industrial plant, etc. In some sections of the country the agent is called a runner.

Runner:

A person who picks up the daily Numbers business from several agents. He is also the payoff man when a player hits a number. Some runners also solicit business from big-time Numbers players. The runner is so called because he is always on the go, trying to avoid arrest.

Controller:

A head runner or branch or area manager who has other runners working under him and who receives their daily collections. He is called a controller because he has to keep the runners in line not always an easy job. Spot controller: A controller who operates without runners. He takes big action from a select clientele of big-time Numbers bettors, usually soliciting his business in the bars and clubs they frequent.

Drop:

The place from which the controller operates for a few hours each day and to which his runners bring their day’s business. It is usually a room in a private home or an apartment and the tenant is paid From $25 to $100 per day for its use, depending upon the size of the drop. There are thousands of such drops in our major cities. Bank (sometimes called the big drop): The headquarters to which the controllers bring their day’s receipts.

Banker:

The operator of a bank. Most banks are controlled and financed by a syndicate of bankers. They must have access to a large bankroll as much as $500,000 in a large city so that they can pay off when players make big hits. Inside men: Employees who use computing machines and other modern office equipment and make up a list of all the bets made and their payouts. The bankers themselves oversee this operation.

Number service:

A service which supplies Numbers bankers with each official winning number as it appears. The poker online number is based on the payoff prices at a specified racetrack. The service office in each large city has a man at the track that reports by phone as the races are won. The service sells the information to bankers throughout the country. Each client pays from $100 to $250 per week plus phone charges. Avoiding police raids where protection is weak or nonexistent requires considerable ingenuity.

York bank:

One runner distributes the number books to agents, another runner picks up the money and a third gets the money slips from the agents. Each of these runners does business with a different controller and each controller operates from a different drop or money bank. Since each phase of the operation is separate, a single police raid can’t wreck the organization, and the cops never get more than a part of the cash receipts even if they raid one of the money banks. Conviction without the slips is impossible; money alone is not considered sufficient evidence. The police are behind the eight ball in this constant Precision Numbers game of hide-and-seek. Here’s an incident my friend Patrick Sullivan, former police commissioner of North Bergen, New Jersey, told me a few years ago.


 
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