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PROVERBIAL PHRASE

ACE IN THE HOLE

Data entry tech comment: GAMBLING TERM APPLIED TO A HIDDEN ADVANTAGE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): NUMBERS

James Callow Keyword(s): CARD PLAYING: POKER

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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RIDDLE

A MAN WAS FOUND LYING DEAD IN AN ALLEY WITH FIVE BICYCLES
ALL AROUND HIM. HOW AND WHY DID HE DIE?
-- HE WAS KILLED BECAUSE HE CHEATED IN A POKER GAME AND
THE BICYCLES WERE FIVE "BICYCLE" BRAND PLAYING CARDS.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): POKER BICYCLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 02-22-1972

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Superstition: Gambling

Good Luck:

Never win the first hand in a poker game. Otherwise you'll be a sure loser the rest of the night.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with current classification

Where learned: Myself

Keyword(s): CHANCE ; Entertainment ; FATE ; GAMBLING ; Gaming ; jinx ; LOSERS ; LUCK ; NUMBER ; NUMBERS ; Poker ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Number

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Entertainment: Gambling

In poker, a full house - aces and eights- is a Dead Man's Hand. Supposedly Wild Bill Hickok had this hand when he died.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out/ replaced with current classifications

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Aces ; CARDS ; Dead Man's Hand ; DEATH ; Eights ; Entertainment ; Hero ; Legend ; NUMBERS ; Outlaw ; Poker, Gambling ; Wild West

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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Entertainment: Gambling

Belief:

Aces and Eights - this is the Dead Man's Hand. Wild Bill Hickok was killed in a poler game with this hand.

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James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] was written twice and crossed out each time/replaced with current classifications

Where learned: SCHOOL

Keyword(s): Aces ; CARDS ; Dead Man's Hand ; DEATH ; Eights ; Entertainment ; Hero ; Legend ; NUMBERS ; Outlaw ; Poker, Gambling ; Wild West

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Secular hero
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
SPEECH -- Folk etymology

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