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Sleepless Giants: The Legend of Johnny and the Greek

by James McManus |  Published: May 14, 2008


What Michael Craig says about the celebrated match between Johnny Moss and Nick "The Greek" Dandalos can serve as the epigraph to nearly any account of a card game, whether it took place in 1827, 1951, or last weekend. The leveraged uncertainty at the heart of good poker extends to most reports of how the long money changed hands. Unless he was an eyewitness, and sometimes not even then, all a historian can do is sift through what's been written and said about a game, trying to get a feel for which version of the lore sounds the least out of tune or, if he's lucky, has the actual ring of truth.

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