Aces & Eights

Poker was brought to the United States by way of French settlers in New Orleans, who had been documented playing the imported card game of “poque” by the turn of the 18th Century. The game, though markedly different from any version of poker played today, did have many elements familiar to the contemporary player: betting, bluffing, diversion and aggression – though the “aggression” of the early 1800’s could sometimes be lethal.

The game of poker spread from the Bayou up the Mississippi River, under the auspices of a new breed of entrepreneurial degenerate. For the most part, casino proprietors and riverboat captains were decidedly not the Steve Wynns of their day, providing a refuge for a subpopulation of unsavory tricksters and sometimes taking a cut of the confidence games being run on unwitting tourists.

It’s reflective of a different time, to be sure, but in some aspects the history is analogous to the modern story of poker. There have always been honest players and operators – James Bowie of the Alamo and bowie knife fame purportedly broke up a ring of riverboat frauds in 1831, taking back $50,000 of illegitimate winnings at knifepoint – just as there have always been those looking to swindle and defraud.

At, we realize that many players have been cheated before: out of their winnings, their confidence and their right to a fair game. It’s our prerogative to be as open and transparent as possible. We may not be perfect, and we’re certainly looking to improve every day, but we’d like to believe that we’re one of the good guys. And we hope that we’ll give you the opportunity to see us that way too.

Dead Mans Hand

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