At fourteen he could stack a deck of cards. Over the years, he bilked soldiers, paymasters, cotton buyers, thieves, and businessmen alike. He fought more fights than anyone, and was never beaten. This is his story.
Author: George H. Devol
Publisher: Applewood Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
George H. Devol was the greatest riverboat gambler in the history of the Mississippi. Born in Ohio in 1829, he ran away from home and worked as a cabin boy at age ten. At fourteen he could stack a deck of cards. Over the years, he bilked soldiers, paymasters, cotton buyers, thieves, and businessmen alike. He fought more fights than anyone, and was never beaten. This is his story. Nobody was ever bored by it.
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Author: George H. Devol
Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi by George H. Devol, first published in 1887, is a rare manuscript, the original residing in one of the great libraries of the world. This book is a reproduction of that original, which has been scanned and cleaned by state-of-the-art publishing tools for better readability and enhanced appreciation. Restoration Editors' mission is to bring long out of print manuscripts back to life. Some smudges, annotations or unclear text may still exist, due to permanent damage to the original work. We believe the literary significance of the text justifies offering this reproduction, allowing a new generation to appreciate it.
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Author: George H. Devol
Publisher: BiblioBazaar, LLC
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In his "Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi" Devol recounts dozens of anecdotes of how he plied his Three-Card Monte and sharp dealing skills to cheat the cheaters and/or suckers on steamboats and in river towns over more than four ...
Author: George H B 1829 DevolPublish On: 2018-10-14
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Author: George H B 1829 Devol
Publisher: Franklin Classics
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The steamboat scoundrel was a major character in the history of the Old West and his story is told in a humorous, entertaining style and is the first book to cover his entire saga.
Author: G. R Williamson
Publisher: Indian Head Publishing
Category: Games & Activities
Without a doubt, George Devol was the most notorious of the Mississippi riverboat gamblers. He mastered the fine art of card manipulation at an early age and by the time he reached twenty he was an accomplished card sharp. Devol could stack a deck, deal seconds or from the bottom of the deck. Though he had large hands, he could nimbly palm cards or insert cards with ease. He knew all the tricks to skin wealthy plantation owners, merchants, businessmen, soldiers, and even ministers who traveled on the busy waterways of the nineteenth century. At the same time, Devol was a maestro at working the short cons, particularly 3 card Monte. He and his partners raked in millions from fleeced suckers over the course of his forty years as a crooked gambler. George Devol – Notorious Riverboat Gambler, Card Sharp & Scam Artist tells his story in vivid detail based on solid historical research. Then, Devol tells his own story through his meandering, semi-autobiography, Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi, he published in 1896 at the age of 67 when he retired from gambling. In a series of 179 memoirs, he recounts the major events of his gambling life. Though heavily embellished, his accounts divulge his cheating technics and his philosophy about skinning his victims. Allowing for his penchant for self-aggrandizement, the memoirs are a hoot to read. George Devol’s book is included with all of his stories appearing exactly as he published them in 1896, with all the spelling and grammatical mistakes intact. The steamboat scoundrel was a major character in the history of the Old West and his story is told in a humorous, entertaining style and is the first book to cover his entire saga.
Author: Harvard University. LibraryPublish On: 1967
Nelson , J . Y . Fifty years on the trail . Norman , 1963 , Union Pacific Railroad
Company . Descripti ion of western rescrts for health and pleasure via Union
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These characteristics of organized gambling were the legacy of the nineteenth
century . NOTES 1. John P. Quinn , Fools of Fortune ; or ... George H. Devol , Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi , 2nd ed . ( New York : G. H. Devol ,
1892 ) ...
Author: Eric H. Monkkonen
Publisher: De Gruyter Saur
Category: Social Science
Part of a series examining the history of crime and justice in America, this volume looks at the development of vice. The contributors assess the prohibition years, the geography of urban sex, the growth of gambling and the structure of intercity criminal activity.
The scarcity of statistical data for earlier historical periods and the relative inaccessibility of widely scattered source materials have created difficulties for scholars attempting to focus on the patterns of American crime. This new bibliography will make their task easier. The first work of its kind to deal with crime in the deep South, it lists and describes published and unpublished materials on eight southern states from 1700 to 1930, the year the U.S. government began to collect and compile crime statistics. Within each geographical section, resources are organized according to type. Monographs, journal articles, dissertations, theses and manuscript collections are included. Listings are given for newspaper articles covering specific crimes, criminals, and types of criminal activity not treated in the monographic and journal literature. Entries for crime-related fiction, film, and drama are presented in separate sections. Complete author, name, and subject indexes are supplied. Systematically consolidating and organizing the available information on southern crime, this bibliography will provide valuable assistance to scholars in the field and help to identify promising avenues for future research.
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