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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The Games, The Gamblers & The Gambling Halls of the Old West
Publication date: 08.05.2012
Frontier Gambling tells the rollicking true story about gambling in the Old West
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