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Cards and Crap

Cards and Crap


“Nineteen! Dealer wins” yelled the man behind the blackjack table. Zidan stared at his opponents, mostly businessmen and politicians. So, in his mind the chairs were filled with foul smelling ATMs dispensing money to him and the casino. The next hand was dealt and brushed a finger on the table without even looking at his cards to signal a hit to the dealer.

“Well someone is confident!” shouted a fat politician two seats down. “Think you’re better than the rest of to the point where you don’t even really need to try huh?”

Zidan smiled at the sack of crap, “Not at all, thinking implies the possibility that I’m wrong.”  He knew this would get the reaction he wanted, every other player at the table scowled at him. “Of course, if you would like to prove me wrong” he goaded as he slid all his chips to the center of the table.

They all followed suit matching his bet and looked at their hands confidently as they all motioned to stand. “You’re going to regret that now.” grinned the fat man.

The dealer laid the cards out in front of himself, reading off as he went, “House starts with thirteen,” with a flip showing an ace, “fourteen” another ace, “fifteen,” again, “sixteen,” and the final ace, “Seventeen, the house must stand.”

All four other players flip their cards revealing a pair of kings, a pair of queens, a pair of jacks, and a pair of tens. The fat man had the kings of course and said, “beat that smart-ass”

Zidan shrugged, tapped for a hit,then flipped his cards over, revealing a six, seven, and an eight from the hit.

“Twenty-one” yelled the dealer.

“WHAT!!” roared the fat man. “You cheat, I’ll have your head for this!”

In seconds security was there, as Zidan said, “I think not, security please escort these penniless piles of excrement to the curb if you please.”

“How?” asked one of the businessmen as the security guards grabbed their arms.

Zidan grinned sympathetically, “It just goes to show you that you can have all the right cards and still lose if you suck at the game.” the fat man scowled as security hustled him away and Zidan collected his winnings which he split with the house of course.


Writing Prompt:

“Just goes to show, you can have all the cards and lose if you don’t know what you’re doing” – Donald Trump


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