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P. J. Kepplinger has a rather unique placement
in poker history as one of the game s greatest
The extent of his wins defied logic.
Poker mathematics dictate that even the
best players in the world can have tragic short-
term results. Doyle Brunson, arguably the great-
est poker player to ever live, has even admitted
that he's had losing years at the table.
Kepplinger often would be accused of cheat-
ing, but there never was any evidence. No
marked, damaged or bent cards in the deck.
No partners, stacked decks or conveniently
placed mirrors could be found.
Equaling Kepplinger's love for gambling was
his ability to create mechanical devices. He
constantly tinkered in his shop, trying to make
something out of nothing.
Then he put those passions together, and
created an amazing cheating device that could
sneak playing cards. In poker-speak, it's called
a "holdout" device.
Kepplinger's machine was so smooth, he
could palm a card, and it immediately would
vanish. And if he needed that card to reappear,
all he had to do was put his hand back down
on the table.
As documented in the book "52 Ways to
Cheat at Poker," the secret of the device worked
under the table. Kepplinger strapped the unit
under his clothes, and it consisted of a network
of cables and pulleys that ran between the
knees, up the thigh and hip, through the shoul-
der and down to the arm. The cables attached
to a slide that had little metal teeth that would
secure the card and place it between the wrist-
band and the cuff.
It worked in a similar manner to the braking
system of a standard bicycle -- the jaws opened
when Kepplinger opened his knees, and locked
down when he closed them.
It's not known how long Kepplinger used
the device, but you don't acquire a nickname
like the "Lucky Dutchman" overnight.
Finally, after yet another round of dropping
money to Kepplinger, the opposition reached
a hot boil.
One of the players pretended to excuse him-
self from the game, grabbed his hat and got
behind Kepplinger (most players in these games
were armed). He then grabbed Kepplinger and
pinned him to his chair while two other players
ripped open his shirt.
They discovered the device and sat in amaze-
ment of its engineering.
Then something happened that seems fitting
in the gambling logic of that era. Instead of
sending Kepplinger into a watery grave or break-
ing a few bones, the gamblers weren't really
all that upset. They didn't even care about all
of the lost money.
Instead, they convinced Kepplinger to create
three more devices so they all could go into
The invention, known as the "knee spreader"
or "San Francisco" holdout, later sold in standard
gambling-supply catalogs for $100, making it
quite the luxury item. Adjusted to today's cur-
rency, that amount could purchase the finest
set of golf clubs in any pro shop.
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THE LEGACY OF ONE OF POKER'S GREATEST CHEATS
Property Situate @ #122 Aurora Avenue, Sunrise
Sale for: Tuesday 23rd July, 2013
Public Notice is hereby give that by the order of RBC
Royal Bank Trinidad and Tobago Limited of #55
Independence Square, in the City of Port of Spain and
in exercise of the Power of Sale conferred on mort-
gagees by the Conveyancing and Law of Property Act
Ch. 56:01 and contained in Deed of Mortgage dated
December 30, 2010 registered as No. DE 2011 0026
9344 DOO1 made between ANTHONY HUTCHIN-
SON also called ANTHONY RICHARDS-HUTCHIN-
SON of the One Part and RBC Royal BANK
(TRINIDAD & TOBAGO) LIMITED (formerly RBTT
Bank Limited) of the Other Part there will be put up
For sale by Public Auction by the undersigned at my
Auction Mart at L.P #161, Eastern Main Road Petit
Bourg, San Juan on Tuesday 23rd July, 2013 between
the hours of 10:00 am and 11:00 am.
The Schedule Herein Referred to:
ALL AND SINGULAR that parcel of land situate at
Tacarigua, in the Ward of Tacarigua, in the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago (being portion of Iands described
in title Eighth parcel of land in the Second Schedule to
Deed registered as No. 16629 of 1975 and known as
Cane Farm Estate and St. Clair Estate and also
described in the First Schedule to the Lease) com-
prising FOUR Hundred and Seventy-Six Point Zero
(476.0) Square Metres and bounded on the North by
Lot No. 121 and by a Road Reserve 10.00 metres
wide on the South by Lot No. 123 and by a Multiple
Family Site No. 2 on the East by Lot No. 121 and by a
Multiple Family Site No. 2 and on the West by Lot No.
123 and by a Road Reserve 10.00 metres wide and
which said parcel of land is known as "Lot No. 122"
and shown on the Amended General Plan marked "A"
and annexed to the Deed of Lease dated 2nd day of
February, 1999 and registered as No. 4773 of 1999.
Dated this 11th day of July, 2013
/s/ Peter Soon
Peter Soon & Co. Ltd.
The public is hereby notified that
Territorial Services Limited
proposes to apply to the
Authority (EMA) for a variation in
accordance with the Noise
Pollution Control Rules 2001 for
the Event/Activity described
Date of Event/Activity:
23 August 2013 to
13 October 2013
Name and Description of
Drilling of 3 Wells in
Block WD-8, Forest Reserve
Block WD-8, Forest Reserve
Duration of Event/Activity:
7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
The Public is invited to submit
comments within five (5) working
days of the publication of this
Notice to the EMA.
1&4A Devastate (3,5)
2&14 Stores selling cats and
8 Sink water-controller
11 Bundle of cloth on a stick
13 Wanderer or dog?
14 See 2A DOWN
1 Organ secreting bile
2&12 Gradually substance ex-
3 Uses a keyboard
4 Large-scale bloody
6 Fastener designed for
10 Used to be
12 See 2D
ACROSS: 1 Lay, 2 Pet,
4 Waste, 7 VIP, 8 Tap,
9 Raw, 11 Mop, 13 Rover, 14
DOWN: 1 Liver, 2 Peter, 3
Types, 4 War, 5 Elm,6 Cog,
10 Dug, 12 Off
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