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Oddities And Witticisms Of Gamblers

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Oddities And Witticisms Of Gamblers

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FOOTE'S WITTICISMS.

A blackleg, famous for 'cogging a die,' said that there had been
great sport at Newmarket. 'What!' said Foote, 'I suppose you
were detected, and kicked out of the Hazard room.'

F--d, the Clerk of the Arraigns, brought off Lookup when indicted
for perjury. Foote, afterwards playing with him at Whist, said,
'F--d, you can do anything, after bringing of Lookup. I don't
wonder you hold thirteen trumps in your hand. The least he could
do was to teach you the "long shuffle" for your services.'

The Rev. Dr Dodd was a very unlucky gamester, and received a
guinea to forfeit twenty if he ever played again above a guinea.
This, among gamblers, is termed being TIED UP. When the doctor
was executed for forgery a gentleman observed to Foote--'I
suppose the doctor is launched into eternity by this time.' 'How
so?' said Foote, 'he was TIED UP long ago.'

EFFECT OF A SEVERE LOSS AT PLAY.

Lord C-- lost one night L33,000 to General Scott. The amiable
peer, however, benefited by the severe lesson, and resolved never
again to lose more than one hundred at a sitting! He is said to
have strictly kept his resolve.

PADDY'S DECISION.

Some gamblers duping a country fellow at the game called Put, in
a public-house near St Pancras, one of them appealed to an
Irishman who was looking on whether he had not THREE TREYS IN HIS
HAND? 'You had all that,' said Paddy; 'and what's more, I saw
you TAKE THEM ALL out of your pocket.'

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