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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

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Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi
AuthorGeorge Devol
PublisherDevol and Haines
Publication Date1887

Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi was later subtitled "The Best Gambling Book Ever Published in America". Devol (1829-1903) was a riverboat gambler who made fortunes (even if only half of his many tall stories in the book are true) and lived a remarkable life. He begins the story at age ten when he ran away from his Ohio home to join the crew of a riverboat. There he learned not only about being a sailor but how to cheat at cards.


  • 1887 by Devol & Haines, Cincinnati
  • 1892 - Second Edition
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