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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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DOUBLING THE STAKES.

A dashing young man of large fortune, about the year 1820, lost
at a subscription house at the West End, L80,000. The winner was
a person of high rank. The young man, however, by doubling the
stakes, not only recovered his losses, but in his turn gained
considerably of his antagonist.

AN ANNUITY FOR A GAMBLING DEBT.

A fashionable nobleman had won from a young and noble relative
the sum of L40,000. The cash not being forthcoming, he accepted
an annuity of L4000.

SIR WILLIAM COLEPEPPER.

It is told of Sir William Colepepper that, after he had been
ruined himself at the gaming table, his whole delight was to sit
there and see others ruined. Hardened wretch--'Who though he
plays no more, overlooks the cards'--with this diabolical
disposition!

THE BITER BITTEN.

A certain duchess, of a ci-devant lord-lieutenant, who expected
to make a pigeon of Marshal Blucher, was fleeced of L200,000; to
pay which her lord was obliged to sell a great part of his
property, and reside on the continent.

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