Ambition and Harry Stone

Ambition and Harry Stone

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The obituary read: Harry Stone, legendary gambler in the town of Intrepid, forty miles northeast of Pecos, drowned in the Pecos River following an accident last Sunday. A memorial service for Harry Stone will be held at The Poker Palladium, Intrepid, Texas, at 2 P.M. Thursday.

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Ambition and Harry Stone

A short story by Gary Leon Zimmer

Table of Contents

  • The Obituary Read
  • Pinnacle of Small Town Popularity
  • Sheriff Earl Bender
  • Kitty Leroy/Deadwood
  • Tobias Sr., Pinky and Tobias Jr
  • Harry’s Ambition
  • A Rumor/Wyatt Earp Arrives
  • Poker Alice/Lottie Deno Arrive
  • The Game
  • Stone’s Skill and the Poker Gods
  • A Settling of Dust
  • A Mild Flirtation
  • Another Showdown /Stone vs. Gordon Sr
  • Pinky Gordon Soliloquy/Soiled Doves
  • Harry Wagers His Winnings For Pinky
  • Blistered Cards
  • Unforgiving Faces
  • A Young Boy Watches
  • An Outhouse and an Erosion of Dirt
  • Tobias Jr. Walks Away

The obituary read: Harry Stone, legendary gambler in the town of Intrepid, forty miles northeast of Pecos, drowned in the Pecos River following an accident last Sunday. A memorial service for Harry Stone will be held at The Poker Palladium, Intrepid, Texas, at 2 P.M. Thursday.

Harry Stone was a successful gambler in the small town of Intrepid in the state of Texas in the year of our Lord 1887. A highly talented card cheat, he had no peer when it came to palming a card or dealing seconds, but his specialty was blistering the cards, marking them in a way discernible only to Harry.

Most of the card players around Intrepid knew Harry cheated and some even risked thousands trying to catch him at it. But, through skill almost equal to magic, his technique remained a secret known only to him. His reputation as a skilled card shark grew and soon his name was known as far away as Lubbock and Fort Worth. As the years went by Harry’s celebrity status mounted and acclaimed players from all over Texas made their way to Intrepid and sat down at a table with the town’s favorite son, and quickly lost hefty bankrolls to Harry’s blistering technique.

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