Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Episode 2: The Killer Cards

Show Notes for Episode 2:

  • “Poker and the Written Word” by Tim Peters

    'Shut Up and Deal' by Jesse May (1998)Tim discusses Jesse May’s 1998 novel Shut Up and Deal. As Tim explains, May is also known for having been “The Voice of Poker” on the British TV show Late Night Poker (1999-2002). In fact, during the first season of the show May hosted the show as Mickey Dane, the name of the central character in Shut Up and Deal.

    Along the way, Tim mentions a couple of other poker novels: Rick Bennet’s King of a Small World (1995) (which he recommends) & Richard Jessup’s The Cincinnati Kid (1963). (I wrote about Jessup’s novel early last year.)

    For those interested in some other poker novels, Tim also provides the following list of titles (no particular recommendations intended, here): Tap City by Ron Abell (1985); Broke: A Poker Novel by Brandon Adams (2008); Lucky at Cards by Lawrence Block (2007); The Rebuy by Burto Deluchi (2007); The Prop by Pete Hautman (2006); Texas Poker Wisdom by Johnny Hughes (2007); Dead Money: A No Limit Poker Mystery by Rudy Stegemoeller (2007); Deadman's Bluff (2006) & Deadman's Poker (2006) by James Swain; The Picasso Flop (2007) by Vince Van Patten & Robert J. Randisi; and The Perfect Play (2005) (called The Big Blind in the U.K.) by Louise Wener.

    You can read Tim’s reviews for CardPlayer along with other writings at his website, “The Literature of Poker.”

  • “Who Played Poker With Pocahontas When John Smith Went Away?” (1919) sung by Fanny Watson
    (Sam M. Lewis / Joe Young / Fred Ahlert)

    From the musical Monte Cristo Jr. Here are the lyrics (again, as well as I can make ’em out):

    Looking through my history
    I find a little mystery
    About a certain dame.

    How did little Pocahontas
    Take John Smith for all his wampus?
    There! I know her game!

    He taught her how to play poker --
    She sent him home without his dough.
    But every time that John came back
    He found her with a larger stack.
    Here’s what I’d like to know . . .

    Now, who played poker with Pocahontas when John Smith went away?
    She always dressed up so pretty.
    Somebody must have spent the kitty.
    She wore a bluff just like every Indian that led John astray.

    Johnny’s pipe of peace goes out the day he quit.
    When he came home he found his piece of pipe was lit.
    Now, who played poker with Pocahontas when John Smith went away?

    Fanny WatsonNow, who played poker with Pocahontas when John Smith went away?
    She always dressed up so pretty.
    Somebody must have set the kitty.
    She wore a bluff just like every Indian that led John astray.

    He called on her one cold night in an awful storm.
    She had no coat but still he kept her always warm.
    Now, who played poker with Pocahontas when John Smith went away?

  • “Tales from the Tables” by Bob Woolley
    (a.k.a. Rakewell, the Poker Grump)


    Stupid ThingsThe “Poker Grump” returns with a list of stupid things players say at the tables, in particular focusing on a couple of categories: "Compliments" & "Clichés."

    You can read more of Bob’s tales -- of both the grumpy and non-grumpy varieties -- over at his blog, Poker Grump.

  • “The Killer Cards,” The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe
    (originally aired January 12, 1951)


    'The New Adventures of Nero WolfeStarring Sydney Greenstreet (Wolfe) and Gerald Mohr (Archie Goodwin). Also starring Betty Lou Gerson, Jay Novello, Howard McNear, Barney Phillips, and Bill Johnston. Hosted by Don Stanley.

    Here is the Wikipedia entry on the show (in all of its versions), and here are links to other episodes of The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe (the Greenstreet version).

    You can leave comments and/or suggestions here on this post, or send them to shamus at hardboiledpoker dot com.

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  • 2 Comments:

    Blogger Clark Nova said...

    Excellent 2nd show (and while I'm at it, first one as well)! I must thank you and all of your cohorts for such a fantastic hodgepodge of all things poker. I must admit that I would never have believed that there were other poker aficionados who shared my oddball penchant for quirky jazz-age 78s and Old Time Radio. Mr. Peters non-fiction & fiction book reviews are a welcome addition to the podcast as well...I do enjoy his reviews of the how-to variety in Card Player but feel the NF/F much better suited for this show. May I suggest some not-so-old-time-radio in the form of The Zero Hour (hosted by Rod Serling) or CBS Radio Mystery Theater. I believe there's a poker related episode from the latter entitled "Come, Fill My Cup". Maybe not "Hard Boiled" but it should fit the bill. Thanks, again and keep up the good work.

    April 24, 2008 at 7:22 PM  
    Blogger Short-Stacked Shamus said...

    Thanks, Clark! Will definitely seek that Zero Hour show out. Sounds great. As I mentioned, the shows aren't going to be exclusively mysteries/hard-boiled, necessarily.

    April 24, 2008 at 8:20 PM  

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