Card Punch, Pegger, Card Cheating

Pocket Pegger Card Punch

The improved classic card-cheating gaff

Card Punch, Pegger, Card CheatingThis is a classic cheating gaff called "pegger" or "card punch". It is used to mark playing cards by punching miniature bumps on the backs of the cards. These tiny bumps are called "blisters" or "punch work" and can be read by a trained card mechanic while the cards being dealt. The blisters are read by feel in much the same way as the Braille script. The cheating technique that utilizes punched cards is commonly referred to as "dealing the blister" or "the punch deal"; some other terms that have been used throughout history to refer to this work are "pegging" and "pricking".

Punch work is a card-marking technique that survived the test of time. The first written reference of this cheating technique appears in a pamphlet from 1552, by Gilbert Walker, entitled A Manifest Detection of Diceplay, where it is referred to as "...dealing upon the prick". This just proves, once again, that you don't necessarily need a fresh trick, you only need a fresh sucker (and we already know what one of those is born every minute).

It should be noted that although the pegger is easy to use, it takes a considerable amount of skill to be able to use punched cards, properly, in a live game. The user will first have to learn to read the blisters, accurately, at the speed at which the cards are being dealt. Once certain cards have been identified, the information can either be used to know the positions of certain key cards, or to steer favorable (or unfavorable) cards into certain positions. To read the cards just as information will require a certain amount of concentration while acting as an average player. To seer the cards into desired positions will require the user to be an expert at second dealing - this skill alone takes years of practice.

Our card punch is the most technologically developed card punch ever made. It features a fine-tuning double-locking mechanism for precise adjustment of the pin. The depth of the pin is adjusted by slowly turning the set screw from the top of the mechanical head (this requires the use of an Alan key that is provided with the pegger). Once the depth of the pin has been precisely adjusted the mechanism is locked with a slight tension on the locking ring.

This fine-tuning capability is the biggest improvement over conventional peggers that require the user to adjust the pin by manually pushing and pulling it into position. The conventional approach will never be as precise because the required adjustments are simply too minute to be adjusted without a threaded mechanism. Our adjustment procedure is somewhat reminiscent to the way a lipstick can be adjusted by turning the ring at the bottom.

The other big improvement is the locking mechanism. In a conventional pegger the pin is locked in place with a screw that tightens it from the side. The problem with this is that the pin can never be tightened enough and will always be pushed back after punching several cards; and if the pin is tightened with more pressure it will start to bend, so it is never right. Our mechanism does not have this problem because the pin is mounted on a bolt, and the bolt is tightened in place with a locking mechanism, so the pin will never slide out of alignment.

The diagram image below shows a cross-section of the pegger's precision-made internal mechanism. All the parts have been machined by an expert metal worker and carefully inspected before assembly.

Card cheating gaff: pegger, card punch


The entire pegger is made from solid brass, which ensures that none of the parts will ever corrode. Each pegger comes equipped with an Alan key that is used for alignment of the pin. The pin is easily replaceable by loosening the tension ring and unscrewing the pin from the head. Separate pins are available in an accessory kit, sold separately. Customers who purchase the pegger will have access to a downloadable users manual.

Interesting fact:

It took a considerable amount of time and money to develop this card punch. Interestingly enough, all the money that had been spent on developing this cheating gaff was money that had been earned through cheating at cards. In effect, this gaff was entirely financed by suckers that never knew what hit them.