Illustration from first edition of
LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
|There are few things that are so unpardonably
neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about
it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge
of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known
clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did
not know the meaning of a "flush." It is enough to make one ashamed
of one's species.
- quoted in A Bibliography of Mark Twain, Merle Johnson
...money and chips are flung upon the table, and the game seems to consist
in the croupier's reaching for these things with a flexible oar, and raking
them home. It appeared to be a rational enough game for him, and if I could
have borrowed his oar I would have stayed, but I didn't see where the entertainment
of the others came in. This was because I saw without perceiving, and observed
- "Aix, Paradise of Rheumatics"
It is sound judgment to put on a bold face and ply your hand for a hundred
times what it worth; forty-nine times out of fifty nobody dares to 'call', and
you roll in the chips.
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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