The cheats cordially shook
hands, apparently much gratified that they had at length
ascertained how it had happened that neither could pluck the
THE GAMING CLUBS.
On the subject of Clubs Mr Cunningham in his 'Clubs of London,'
and Mr Timbs in his 'Club Life in London,' have said pretty well
everything that we want to know, and by their help, and that of
other writers, I shall endeavour to give an account of the
gambling carried on in such places.
'The gaming at Almack's,' writes Walpole to Horace Mann, 'which
has taken the pas of White's, is worthy of the decline of our
empire, or commonwealth, which you please. The young men of the
age lose ten, fifteen, twenty thousand pounds in an evening
there. Lord Stavordale, not one-and-twenty, lost L11,000 there
last Tuesday, but recovered it by one great hand at Hazard. He
swore a great oath--"Now, if I had been playing DEEP I might have
won millions!" His cousin, Charles Fox, shines equally here and
in the House of Commons.'
Among the rules of the establishment, it was ordered 'that every
person playing at the twenty-guinea table do not keep less than
twenty guineas before him,' and 'that every person playing at the
new guinea table do keep fifty guineas before him.