There is a wonderful scene early in “The Sting” where Paul Newman and a gang of scammers gather around the table in the back of a brothel. The target is a mob boss who has killed one of their number. A canny old man who handles the pigeon assessment goes through all of Robert Shaw’s virtues: “Doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink, doesn’t chase dames.”
“He does however, run a rigged card game on the Chicago Limited” he says, and then pauses and smiles. “And he cheats.” The mood lightens in the room, and the plot ensues, a scam to end all scams. Out-cheating a cheater.