The Manual - How to win the pints v shots race

Bar bet #3. This week, mind reader and magician Doug Segal teaches us how to win that age old game, the pint v shots race.

The Hook
Approach your inebriated "mark", put on your cockiest voice and say, "I bet you can't down two shots of your favourite spirit before I can down two pints." Arrange your wager and have the drinks lined up.

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The Scam
Explain to your target that there are three rules that you both must abide by: 1. No-one can help either of you; 2. You aren't allowed to touch their glass and they must not touch yours; 3. They can't pick up the second shot until you've take your first sip from your second pint.

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The Method
Using your best acting skills finish your first pint in a swift but not reckless manner (no point in making yourself sick) and then place your empty glass upside down over his shot glass. This now renders it impossible for the mark to complete the challenge as he is not allowed to touch your glass. Drink your second pint at your leisure and collect your winnings.