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[Figuring out which con to pull on Lonnegan
] J.J. Singleton
: I dunno know what to do with this guy, Henry. He's an Irishman who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and doesn't chase dames. He's a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus, and he only goes out to play faro. Sometimes plays 15 or 20 hours at a time, just him against the house. Henry Gondorff
: Roulette? Craps? J.J. Singleton
: He won't touch 'em. The croupier at Gilman's says he never plays anything he can't win. Henry Gondorff
: Sports? J.J. Singleton
: Likes to be seen with fighters sometimes, but he doesn't go to the fights or bet on 'em. Henry Gondorff
: Jesus. Does he do anything where he's not alone? J.J. Singleton
: Just poker. And he cheats. Pretty good at it, too.
: I gave him the breakout just like you said. Henry Gondorff
: And? Johnny Hooker
: 'S good. He threatened to kill me. Henry Gondorff
: Hell, kid, they don't do that, you know you're not getting to 'em.
: Glad to meet you, kid. You're a real horse's ass. Johnny Hooker
: Luther said I could learn something from you. I already know how to drink.
: He's not as tough as he thinks. Henry Gondorff
: Neither are we.
[Gondorff enters the poker game pretending to be drunk
] Henry Gondorff
: Sorry I'm late. I was taking a crap.
] Henry Gondorff
: You not gonna stick around for your share? Johnny Hooker
: Nah. I'd only blow it.
: Can you get a mob together? Henry Gondorff
: After what happened to Luther, I don't think I can get more than two, three hundred guys.
: Mr. Shaw, we usually require a tie at this table... if you don't have one we can get you one. Henry Gondorff
: That'd be real nice of you, Mr. Lonniman! Doyle Lonnegan
[Gondorf nods and burps in response
: Tough luck, Lonnehan. But that's what you get for playing with your head up your ass!
: What's your problem? Doyle Lonnegan
: I'm putting half a million dollars on Lucky Dan to win, third race at Riverside Park. Henry Gondorff
: Can't lay that off in time. A bet like that could break us.
[Hooker stares at him incredulously
] Doyle Lonnegan
: Not only are you a cheat, you're a gutless cheat as well. Henry Gondorff
: What are the odds? Eddie Niles
: Four to one. Henry Gondorff
: Take all of it!
: You have to keep this con even after you take his money. He can't know you took him.
: Is Lonnegan after you too? Johnny Hooker
: I don't know. I ain't seen anybody. Henry Gondorff
: You never do, kid.
: Listen, Gondorff! Am I gonna learn the big con or not? Henry Gondorff
: What's your hurry? Johnny Hooker
: I want to play for Lonnegan. Henry Gondorff
: You know anything about the guy? Johnny Hooker
: Yeah! He croaked Luther! Anything else I gotta know? Johnny Hooker
: [after he calms down
] All right. He runs a numbers racket on the south side. He owns a packing house. A few banks. Henry Gondorff
: Yeah, and half the politicians in New York and Chicago. Not a fix in this world is gonna cool him out if he blows on you. Johnny Hooker
: I'll get him anyway. Henry Gondorff
: Why? Johnny Hooker
: 'Cause I don't know enough about killin' to kill him. Henry Gondorff
: You can't do it alone, you know. It takes a mob of guys like you and enough money to make them look good. Johnny Hooker
: I know plenty of guys. Henry Gondorff
: It's not like playing winos in the street. You can't outrun Lonnegan. Johnny Hooker
: I never played for no winos. Henry Gondorff
: You gotta keep his con even after you take his money. He can't know you took him. Johnny Hooker
: You're scared of him. Henry Gondorff
: Right down to my socks, buster! You're talkin' about a guy who'd kill a grifter over a chunk of money that wouldn't support him for two days!
: Four nines. Henry Gondorff
: Four jacks.