Baily's Magazine of Sports & Pastimes Volume 2

Baily's Magazine of Sports & Pastimes Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...put his set on the out, ' and called seven, upon which Mr. Lis shouted out, ' Seven ' will be the main; seven; now, gentlemen, make your game, the caster's backing out at seven; seven's the main, aces are out.' I had myself put a fiver on, for which I received double, the backers of the out' always receiving twice their stakes (so Thomas informed me) when aces came up. ' Now, George, ' said Mr. Lis, ' champagne to Captain Addington, ' and cigar to Mr. St. John. The box is with you, sir, ' continued he, addressing me. Thomas offered to make the sets, and lay or take the odds for me, as the case might be: thus assisted, I set to work, and almost before I seemed to be aware I was playing, had won a heap of blue counters, each representing ten pounds; and on leaving Mr. Lis' discovered I was a gainer of over twelve hundred pounds. I did not go, however, until I saw the man who had won the twelve consecutive mains pass the box after having landed a little more money, when the proprietor of the rooms exclaimed, No more play to-night, gentlemen.' The bank was broken. A gambler's fate brings ruin, with scarcely any exception. Men, it is true, may now and then win; but what is their position in the long run? I had seen the exception, was I to live to be made bitterly aware how true was the rule? No!' said I to myself, ' I have satisfied my curiosity; I will visit such scenes no more. I feel an intimate acquaintance with them would make me a worse man than I care to be.' Here I fancied I heard a voice close by me, saying, Lucky in play, unhappy in love.' I turned, and found it proceeded from Roberts, who I found had lost 200/at Lis' before my arrival there; however, as he had won 500/. on St. Dunstan, less the pony he had given to have the bet laid, he hashow more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678613
  • 9781236678614