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The Mirror, the Riffle, the Shift, and the Shark

by James McManus |  Published: Oct 24, 2007

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By the turn of the game's second century, poker was firmly established as America's national pastime. More people watched baseball, perhaps, but many millions more played the card game. And unlike baseball in that era, poker was also played in other corners of the globe, this despite numerous accounts of cheating that confirmed square players' fears about the teamwork, technology, and chutzpah of 20th-century blacklegs.


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