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Six Poker Players You've Met
Irwin Steig
April 13, 1959
If you have ever played poker, you should recognize one or all of these characters—and, possibly, yourself among them. This memorable gallery of Saturday night sports has been assembled from 'Poker for Fun and Profit' by the talented brothers Steig, to be published this month by McDowell, Obolensky Inc. ($2.95).
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April 13, 1959

Six Poker Players You've Met

If you have ever played poker, you should recognize one or all of these characters—and, possibly, yourself among them. This memorable gallery of Saturday night sports has been assembled from 'Poker for Fun and Profit' by the talented brothers Steig, to be published this month by McDowell, Obolensky Inc. ($2.95).

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Bully holds the group record for the biggest winning night—and for the biggest losing night. A firm believer in the principle that one should push one's luck, he pushes his own—good or bad.

He is a fearless competitor and always dangerous. If you stay in a pot with him, be sure your cards give you a valid reason. Otherwise it will be expensive.

MOUSE

Why can't Mouse see what is obvious at the poker table? Because his low bank balance makes his imagination morbid, so that he focuses on what is not really there. Fear is his handicap.

"You ran out with queens?" somebody incredulously asks.

"I figured he had the straight," Mouse answers.

"He needed an 8, and two of them were showing."

"It was easy enough for him to have one."

"Don't you know him? All you had to do was look at his puss."

The bluffer grins and lies. "I had the straight, all right."

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