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History of the United States

30 game cards combining trivia and questions

Doc Holliday

$16.95, paper, ISBN 0-87151-5560
30 pp.
SUBJECT: Non Fiction/History


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Now a classic played everywhere in America.

It is the U.S. that the game takes off in its modern version. The first historical evidence about poker in the United States is that of the English actor Joseph Crowell who tells a form of the game he sees practiced in 1829 in New Orleans, where four players playing with a set of twenty cards, betting on the one of them who has the strongest hand. In 1843, Jonathan H. Green describes in his literary work the expansion of card games on the boats that plied the Mississippi. From there it spreads throughout the American West at the time of the gold rush of 1848, and became an integral part of the myth related to the conquest of the West. Poker is the game practiced by cowboys and adventurers came to try their luck in the American West. The game scenes are common in movies (Western) covering this period, the character of Doc Holliday who actually existed, is the archetype of the millionaire casino player while Maverick Saloon Richard Donner Mel Gibson describes the prevailing atmosphere on some boats going down the Mississippi. The whiskey in the north, south and west, north and gin in the South, the rum in the South become what the players were drinking in the United States. The rise of bourbon and whiskey is linked to the rise of the saloon and clubs, itself linked to the rise of gambling such as poker or roulette.

About the Author

Doc Holliday was an American dentist, gambler and gunfighter of the American Old West. He is usually remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and for his involvement in the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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