three-card montethree-card monte
a swindling game in which a certain card, after being shown, is palmed and then ostensibly made one of three cards placed face down and shifted about, with the victim challenged to bet on its location
Origin of three-card monte; from monte ()
A gambling game in which the dealer shows a player three cards, then turns them face down and moves them around, and the player must guess the position of a particular card.
(plural three-card montes)
- A confidence game in which the victim, or mark, is tricked into betting a sum of money that they can find the money card, for example the queen of hearts, among three face-down playing cards.