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The Rogues of the River
The twenty-five years that preceded the Civil War were a golden age of chance. At the height of the South's prosperity river commerce was nourished by a steadily increasing tide of new settlers.
Chips and Cheaters
The French colonists were avid players of card games that involved bluffing. They knew the German game pochen, and the Persian "as nas", pappy of the rest, which used pairs, triplets, straights, flushes, and bluff.
In the Course of Human Events
The members of the Continental Congress of 1774, in Article 8, agreed seriously to discountenance and discourage every species of extravagance and dissipation, especially all horse-racing and all kinds of gaming, cock-fighting, exhibitions of shows, plays and other expensive diversions and entertainments.
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