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A Paean to Poker

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480.     [POKER]. KELLER, John W. The Game of Draw Poker by John W. Keller. Author of “The Game of Eucher.” Including the Treatise by R.C. Schenck and Rules for the New Game of Progressive Poker “To draw or not to draw, that is the Question.” New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1892 [verso of title: Copyright, 1887, by White, Stokes, & Allen]. [i-iii]-iv, [1] 2-84 pp. 12mo (16.5 x 11.9 cm), original blue cloth spine over boards; upper cover with glazed chromolithograph illustration of royal flush in hearts on gold and silver background, lower cover with gilt floral paper. Binding shelf worn (some exposure of boards and corners), interior fine.

     Later edition; the first edition came out in 1887. Not surprisingly, the book was published repeatedly, the most recent printing of which was 2008. This is an early treatise on Draw Poker. The earliest such work was Schenck’s seventeen-page pamphlet in 1880 (included here in Chapter 10). This is probably the first complete presentation of the new game of poker published in the U.S. The author comments on pp. 3-4: “Nor is the love that [draw poker] engenders confined to any social class or classes. Rich and poor, high and low, good and bad, male and female yield to the fascinations of Poker. Among its votaries are to be found statesmen, priests, financiers, littérateurs, artists, tradesmen and artisans. The greatest minds of the country have turned to it for recreation, and the meanest have debased it for gain. No game at cards has ever been so abused or degraded, and yet its popularity is unimpaired. In looking at the history of this game one is tempted to paraphrase a familiar proverb, and exclaim: Poker is mighty and must prevail!” Chapters include “The Element of Chance,” “The Question of Stakes,” “The Order of Hands,” “Rules of Draw Poker,” “Mathematical Probabilities,” “Incidental Jack Pots,” etc.


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