Tony has been doing the same routine for years and years. Basically, he is a homeless guy on the autism spectrum with other psychological issues. He survives by playing poker and video blackjack
and oftentimes via the generousity of others. I have followed his exploits for a few years and have actually met him several times and am now friends with him.
Two blog posts I wrote that give you the CliffsNotes version of his past and present:
Be careful. Once you start reading about Tony it is difficult to stop!