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Anecdotes Of The Passions And Vicissitudes Of Gamesters

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Anecdotes Of The Passions And Vicissitudes Of Gamesters

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LORD WORTHALL'S DESPERATE WAGER.

At a gambling party Lord Worthall had lost all his money, and in
a fit of excitement staked his whole estate against L1000, at
cutting low with cards, and in cutting exclaimed,--

'Up now Deuce, or else a Trey,
Or Worthall's gone for ever and aye.'

He had the luck to cut the deuce of diamonds; and to commemorate
the serious event, he got the deuce of diamonds cut in marble and
had it fixed on the parapet of his mansion.

THE CELEBRATED THADDEUS STEVENS.

He was an inveterate gamester on a small scale, and almost
invariably, after a day's duty in the House, would drop in at a
favourite casino, and win or lose fifty dollars--that being the
average limit of his betting.

A PROVIDENT GAMBLER.

A Monsieur B--, well known in Parisian life, having recently lost
every shilling at a certain sporting club where play is carried
on in Paris, went to the country, where his sister lent him L150.

He won all back again, and got a considerable sum of money in
hand. He then went to his hotel, to his bootmaker, and tailor,
paid them, and made arrangements to be fed, clothed, and shod for
ten years.

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