Frontier Gambling

Frontier Gambling

The Games, The Gamblers & The Gambling Halls of the Old West

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Author: G.R. Williamson
Length: 306 page(s)
Written: May 2012
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Views: 4204

Category: Hobbies » History  |  Work: Other
Keywords: Old west, Wild West gambling, gamblers, faro, poker, gambling history, Will Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Poker Alice, Luke Short, Soapy Smith, Ben Thompson

Frontier Gambling tells the rollicking true story about gambling in the Old West

Frontier Gambling tells the rollicking true story about gambling in the Old West. Rich in detail and jargon, yet written in an easy to understand style, the book describes the games, the gamblers and the great gambling halls of the American West.
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.
Texas historian, G. R. Williamson, tells the "unvarnished truth" about one of the integral facets of the American West – gambling. Rich in detail and jargon, yet written in an easy to understand style, the book tells how the games were played, legitimately and otherwise; it presents the stories of some of the infamous gamblers and con men of the era; and it covers the notorious saloons and gambling houses where fortunes were wagered night and day in the untamed West. The thoroughly researched 300-page book has over one hundred vintage photographs, a glossary of frontier gambling terms, and extensive bibliography.
Frontier Gambling takes you inside the infamous gambling saloons where players could try their luck against faro, monte, or twenty-one dealers. Along the way you will meet some of the big-time gamblers of the era including Big Ed Chase, Swiftwater Bill Gates, Long John Dunn, Ben Thompson, Luke Short, Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and J.J. Cozad. You will also meet some of the card sharps and conmen such as, George Devol, "Canada Bill" Jones, and Jefferson Randolph Smith (Soapy Smith). In addition, you will meet the petticoat dealers that include “Poker” Alice, “La Tules” of Santa Fe, Eleanore Dumont "Madame Mustache", and the mysterious Lottie Deno.
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About the Author

G.R. Williamson | Author on XinXii.com

Member since: Apr 2012
Publications on XinXii:  6
G.R. Williamson is a historian, a storyteller and a western writer. He is also a member of The Western Writers of America and The Wild West History Association. Currently he is at work on a non-fiction book about the outlaw Willis Newton – the last of the old-time Texas bank and train robbers.
He ives in Kerrville, Texas with his wife Jean and his trusty Chihuahua, “Shooter”.

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