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Jack Pots: stories of the great American game

by Eugene Edwards
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Jack Pots: stories of the great American game by Eugene Edwards

This is a collection of wonderful poker stories, some obviously pure fiction, some based on true facts, at least some of the actors are historical figures that did indeed exist. It reveals a good amount of how card sharps plied their trade, and illustrates many of the local differences in playing draw poker.

  • CHAPTER I
    • What Is Poker
    • Its Origin, And Why We Like It
  • CHAPTER II
    • The Early Days Of Poker
    • Steamboat Games
    • A Mammoth Raise
    • Bowie's Good Deed
  • CHAPTER III
    • Poker In Washington
    • A Story Of Henry Clay
    • Cabinet Players
    • Mahone's Rule
    • When Reed Was Called
  • CHAPTER IV
    • Poker In London And Paris
    • John Bull's Two Pair
    • A Game With The Prince Of Wales
  • CHAPTER V
    • Poker And Jurisprudence
    • Various Decisions By Legal Luminaries
    • How The Judge Overruled The Motion
    • The Sheriff Took The Pot
  • CHAPTER VI
    • All About Jack Pots
    • A $1,200,000 Jack
    • Didn't Know Greenbacks
    • Won On Two Deuces
    • A Boston Man's Narrow Escape
  • CHAPTER VII
    • The Scheme For A National Jack Pot
    • A Jack Pot Without Cards
  • CHAPTER VIII
    • Women And Poker
    • Arguments To Show That They Can't Play And A Story To Prove That They Can
  • CHAPTER IX
    • Old Time Poker In The South
    • A Jack Pot Of Niggers
    • Colonel Rafael And His Honor
  • CHAPTER X
    • Poker And Hypnotism
    • A Young Man Who Can Read Cards
    • How Five Aces Were Beaten: Callaway hypnotises his opponent to see four aces and a joker (five aces) as nothing but a full house, and Callaway's bobtail flush as four aces. Callaway takes the pot.
    • The Man Who Laid Down A Straight Flush
  • CHAPTER XI
    • A Life-Long Game
    • The Great Morgan-Danielson Betting Match
    • Four Hours To Open A Jack Pot
    • Three Thousand Dollars For A Nap
  • CHAPTER XII
    • About Bluffing
    • $200,000 On A Pair Of Tens
    • A Bluff That Turned Into A Flush
    • Major Edwards And The Tenderfoot
  • CHAPTER XIII
    • Tom Custer's Luck
    • A Girl Makes The Best Draw On Record
    • How A Townsite Was Won On Two Deuces
    • Lucky Baldwin's Big Play
  • CHAPTER XIV
    • Six Cards In One Hand
    • Two Games Wherein Six Cards Figured
    • What Became Of The Extra One
  • CHAPTER XV
    • Poker In The Centennial State
    • Big Betting On Small Hands
    • How Three Klondikers Played Cards
  • CHAPTER XVI
    • Children And Poker
    • Too Much Frankness
    • Daddy And Dinah
    • How The Tom Fool Had Them "All Alike"
  • CHAPTER XVII
    • The Police And The Gamblers
    • A Down East Selectman
    • A Bunko Game At Los Angeles
    • Story Of The Short-Card Man
  • CHAPTER XVIII
    • Superstitious Players
    • Queens And Tens
    • Louis Laid Them Down
    • Euchre And Poker
    • An Old Story
  • CHAPTER XIX
    • Reminiscences Of William Hurt, Reformed
    • John Dougherty's Bet Of Arizona Territory
    • His Adventures In Persia
  • CHAPTER XX
    • Now The Bear Spoiled The Jack Pot
    • Touching Tale Of A Dog That Tipped Off Poker Hands To His Master
  • CHAPTER XXI
    • Practical Joking
    • How The Dentist Was Fixed
    • The Fresh Baseball Reporter And The Players
  • CHAPTER XXII
    • Crooked Gambling
    • An Expert Explains The Mysteries Of Second Card, Paper Men And Hold Outs
  • CHAPTER XXIII
    • Classic Tales Of Poker
    • The One-Eyed Man
    • Origin Of The Looloo
    • Four Kings As Bank Collateral
    • Jay Gould As A Philanthropist
  • CHAPTER XXIV
    • The Poetry Of Poker
    • Ditties, Wise And Otherwise, About The Great National Game

1st edition 1900; 342 pages; PDF 187 pages.
word count: 75387 which is equivalent to 301 standard pages of text


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