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This rollicking biography by Kevin Cook brings to life the gambler who inspired Guys and Dolls. Born in a log cabin in the Ozarks, Alvin "Titanic” Thompson (1892-1974) traveled with his golf clubs, a .45 revolver, and a suitcase full of cash. He won and lost millions playing cards, dice, golf, pool, and dangerous games of his own invention. He killed five men and married five women, each one a teenager on her wedding day. He ruled New York’s underground craps games in the 1920s and was Damon Runyon's model for slick-talking Sky Masterson. A great golfer, he teed up with Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Lee Trevino, and Ray Floyd. He traded card tricks with Houdini, conned Al Capone, lost a million to Minnesota Fats and then won it all back. He was America’s original road gambler. Hardcover. CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK

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