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Sucker's Progress: An Informal History of Gambling in America
Originally published in 1938, Sucker's Progress is a complete look at old-time gamesmanship in America. From Midwestern riverboats to East Coast racetracks, Asbury explores the legal, and illegal, history of gambling in pre–World War I America. With a keen eye and acerbic voice, Asbury defines the world of gambling as one of "sharpers" and "suckers": those who excel at the ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published March 26th 2003 by Basic Books
(first published 1938)
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I realized about halfway through this book that I wasn't really interested in who ran a card house for 2 years in New Orleans starting in 1867 and what different games they played there. That said it is a good history of what games were played in America leading up to the early 20th century. I'll probably skip ahead and get to the more recent (a mere 100 years ago instead of 150) time frame and finish it up later this summer.