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Old 12-02-2017, 12:21 PM   #26
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Re: Cards marked with radioactive substance

Radium used to be put in toothpaste, cosmetics, water, kids toys, chocolate, watch dials. Not sure if playing cards was a thing.
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:53 PM   #27
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I wouldn't like to sit in that game for too long, you'd be killing your customers assuming the cheaters are wearing something to block the radiation.

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Old 12-02-2017, 02:04 PM   #28
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You can shear a sheep many times, but only once can you make it's wool fall out due to radiation sickness.
well done

"If God didn't want them sheared, He would not have made them sheep"

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Old 12-02-2017, 02:24 PM   #29
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Radium used to be put in toothpaste, cosmetics, water, kids toys, chocolate, watch dials. Not sure if playing cards was a thing.


Yup. Some of the radium watches are highly prized as the radiation can alter the colour of the dial which gives a pretty unique aesthetic.
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Old 12-02-2017, 02:25 PM   #30
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When one of your opponents looks like this, it's time to be suspicious.

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Old 12-02-2017, 09:16 PM   #31
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Note to self: avoid games where players are wearing lead radiological aprons.
Yeah, check if any dentist offices were robbed in the area.

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When one of your opponents looks like this, it's time to be suspicious.

lol, clearly they dye the cards in that tank, you can't be too careful.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:18 AM   #32
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Yup. Some of the radium watches are highly prized as the radiation can alter the colour of the dial which gives a pretty unique aesthetic.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium_Girls

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The women in each facility had been told the paint was harmless, and subsequently ingested deadly amounts of radium after being instructed to "point" their brushes on their lips in order to give them a fine point; some also painted their fingernails, face and teeth with the glowing substance.
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:14 PM   #33
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When one of your opponents looks like this, it's time to be suspicious.

all that protection and still no hair
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Old 12-10-2017, 09:37 AM   #34
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great, in addition to being concerned about contracting bird flu, herpes, cholera, dengue fever and all the other crap from you FF's, now I'm going to get radiation poisoned.

I shall bathe my internal organs in Jack Daniels whiskey to stave off sickness.
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Old 12-12-2017, 01:29 AM   #35
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When one of your opponents looks like this, it's time to be suspicious.

"Raise, one million [sieverts]."
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Old 12-14-2017, 04:30 PM   #36
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Re: Cards marked with radioactive substance

Actually the article is wrong. They didn´t play poker.
It was a Vietnamese restaurant. They played Xoc Dia, which is very popular among Vietnamese. But I don´t know how they cheated by applying radioactivity.
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Old 12-17-2017, 07:47 AM   #37
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1) Identifying radioactivity - and figuring out which other individual player it is coming from - seems awfully ambitious.

2) Obviously (I assume) you're not going to be able to mark individual cards with different patterns (since whatever geiger counter you're using isn't going to be able to read patterns on the cards, compared to the sensitivity of eyes/visible light radiation)

3) If you're marking 13 cards as described in the story, presumably you're marking all of one suit. But in what situations - of any game - is it useful to know whether a player has a given suit, and to be playing for high enough stakes that you're actually using a ****ing geiger counter to identify them? Because you've only marked 13 cards, and those 13 cards are going to remain static from game-to-game, the frequency of that information being helpful is going to be rather rare (and thus, reduce the value of investing in this setup to begin with).

4) How do you stop the iodine spreading to other cards? If it spreads to the truck, which presumably only had incidental contact with whatever else was in the rubbish, how do a deck of cards hold any radioactivity without it spreading throughout the hole deck?

5) How do you track back from a rubbish truck to an individual restaurant? That seems rather unlikely to me - How many destinations does a normal rubbish truck actually stop at?

It seems more likely to me that the cards ended up with the iodine incidentally, I can't imagine that there's someone who has the technical sophistication to use radioactivity to mark cards, but who doesn't have the technical sophistication to use simpler and more useful techniques.
It is entirely possible you/we do not know enough about this situation:

Honest players often know little about sophisticated cheating.

Cheats know everything about honest players and often are good players themselves.
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