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Gambling in the Old West
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Gambling in the Old West Hip-Pocket History of the Old West (Series) Informative, yet entertaining, the Hip-Pocket History series provides little nuggets without having to wade through a 400-page... More > book of dry academic ostentatiousness. Gambling played a major role in the lives of the men that drove the western movement of Americans across the continent during the nineteenth century. Games of chance were dear to the hearts of not only cowboys, but also gold miners, plantation owners, bankers, merchants, soldiers, trappers, buffalo hunters, mule skinners, and most of the other men of the American West, even including some preachers. Wherever there were men with money there was gambling – and most of it was crooked. Whether it was rigged, fixed, double-dealt, cold-decked, braced or otherwise manipulated - very little was left to luck and skill.< Less
Tale of Notorious Gunmen Ends In a Pool of Blood
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An article telling the true story of the 1884 killing of Ben Thompson and King Fisher. Known as two of the best pistol fighters of their day, Ben Thompson and John King Fisher have remained an... More > enigma in the chronicles of the Western Frontier. While other gun fighters have achieved notoriety through the stories told in the pulp magazines and newspapers of the day these two men have been largely ignored. Both were credited with killing a string of men during their lifetime and the mere mention of their names was usually enough to sober up a drunken opponent or cause a sober man to contemplate his own epitaph. These men were not cold-blooded murders but rather stand-up gun fighters that faced their adversaries in the winner-take-all shootout. The article relates the true account of their deaths in a mystery shrouded ambush in a San Antonio saloon on a chilly March night in 1884.< Less
The Game of Draw Poker - A Brief History
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The Game of Draw Poker – A Brief History This is an article giving the true, brief history of Draw Poker. The game was born and bred in the USA. In many ways it’s as American, as well,... More > mom and apple pie. After it’s origin in the mid-1800’s the game evolved into a world-wide popularity and eventually morphed into the current Texas Hold ’em. Written by G.R. Williamson, a historical writer living in Kerrville, Texas, it traces the games lineage and background. He is the author of The Texas Pistoleers (2011) and Frontier Gambling (2012). Currently he is at work on a non-fiction book about Willis Newton – The Last Texas Outlaw.< Less
The Texas Pistoleers: The True Story of Ben Thompson & King Fisher
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Known as two of the best pistol fighters of their day, Ben Thompson and King Fisher have remained an enigma in the chronicles of the American West. While other gunfighters have achieved infamy... More > through the stories told in pulp magazines and newspapers of the day these two men were largely ignored. Both were credited with killing a string of men during their lifetime and the mere mention of their names was usually enough to sober up a drunken opponent or cause a sober man to contemplate his own epitaph. The Texas Pistoleers tells their story in vivid detail and relates the historically accurate account of their deaths in a mystery shrouded ambush in a San Antonio saloon on a chilly March night in 1884.< Less
Gambling Games of the Old West
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Gambling played a major role in the lives of the men that drove the western movement of Americans across the continent during the nineteenth century. Wherever there were men with money there was... More > gambling. Saloons and gambling halls had a large array of games to entice customers to take a chance of walking out a winner - a very little chance. The soft slap of cards, the click of dice, and the rattle of a roulette wheel greeted players as they walked into the top saloons of the 1880’s. But what were the games of that era? How were they played and why are most of the games not found in casinos today? Ante up and find out in this concise, compact book that takes you inside the frontier gambling saloons and gambling halls. Card games, dice games, and wheel games are vividly described with plenty of vintage photographs to illustrate how the games were played.< Less
J.J. Cozad - Faro King of the West
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The gambler, John Jackson Cozad, was a dreamer, a visionary, a land developer, and above all else, a paradox. He raked in fortunes at the faro tables across the West—yet he aspired to develop a... More > vice-less community devoid of saloons, gambling halls, and bawdy houses. He was a major winner at the faro tables in all the elaborate saloons and gambling halls, so much so, that he was soon banned from playing when his identity was revealed. He made all of the gambling hunts in North America, as well as South America. To avoid detection, he changed his name frequently—a trait that he used throughout his life. It was by changing his name, as well as his wife and sons, that he avoided being hung for killing a man in Nebraska. This book is a historically accurate account of J J Jackson’s life. His two sons (using aliases) went on to become respected citizens—one a Philadelphia physician and the other the renown and highly acclaimed artist, Robert Henri.< Less
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