Chinese bathroom graffiti: gambling

“X-ray vision for poker machine. Skills for game time. Devices for slot machines.” Wuhan, Hubei Province.

Though less prominent than ads for black market goods and sex, messages for gambling-related services are not uncommon.

While on the surface this message appears to advertising physical gadgets that will give one an edge over China’s illegal gambling machines, some caution that it may be selling more abstract skills or strategies that will be tantamount to having such gadgets.  A more appropriate translation might be a vaguer: “See right through poker machines”.

Detailed advertisement for winning strategies in mahjong and other games. Changsha, Hubei Province.
“Unsecured loans”

Gamblers and others who are down on their luck can turn to the bathroom wall loan shark for a brief reprieve.

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