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Men Of Action: Johnny Moss

Texan was a ‘Grand Old Man’ at the poker tables

by Bob Pajich |  Published: Dec 11, 2013


“A sucker don’t ever catch on. A smart man don’t ever sleep. He’s got to keep ducking the traps.” – Johnny Moss On May 14, 1907, Johnny Moss was born in Marshall, Texas, a tiny town about 40 miles inside the state’s Eastern border with Louisiana. Town councils usually aren’t that keen on providing historical plaques for hustlers, but Marshall should consider it. A sign reading: “Birthplace of Johnny Moss, First World Series of Poker Champion,” might get a few people to pull off Route 20, look around and grab a hamburger from Jucy’s. That day, one of the greatest gamblers in the history of the world was born. His face should be carved in stone on the Mount Rushmore of poker, if such a thing existed. There are many legendary people in the game of poker, but Johnny Moss stands alone. By the time Moss was 8, his mother ...

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