Eagle County Historical Society hosts Old West Gambling Night, April 28
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What: Eagle County Historical Society Old West Gambling Night.
When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 28.
Where: Brush Creek Pavilion, 909 Capitol St., Eagle.
Cost: $25 in advance or $30 at the door.
More information: Lecture on historic gambling and opportunity to play a variety of games; cash bar. Tickets available at eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com.
EAGLE — Doc Holliday’s card game was Faro, one of the most popular forms of gambling in Western frontier towns. Civil War soldiers preferred to toss the dice in a game of Chuck-a-Luck.
Test your luck at a variety of historic gambling games at the Eagle County Historical Society’s Old West Gambling Night on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.
Historian and author Doug Cubbison, the “Professor of the Green Cloth,” will give a brief program on the history of gambling, including some methods of cheating, followed by a demonstration of games including Faro, Chuck-a-Luck, Keno and Spanish Monte.
Participants will have an opportunity to test their skill at all of those games, “gambling” with wooden nickels. Everybody is encouraged to wear their best Western gear. Door prizes will be handed out throughout the evening.
“These are all simple games that people can pick up just by watching for a few minutes,” Cubbison said. Some of the games involve the use of special coins or antique gambling equipment. Cubbison is the current curator for the Wyoming Veterans Museum in Casper, Wyoming, and is a widely published professional military historian.
Tickets are $25 in advance ($20 for Eagle County Historical Society members) or $30 at the door and include enough gambling tokens for an evening of games. Tickets are available at eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com. Tickets are limited, and advance purchase is recommended. The Historical Society will provide a cash bar and free snacks. All proceeds benefit the Eagle County Historical Society.
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