The Game #12

Edward’s mind raced with ideas, each one discarded as soon as it appeared.  Finally, a small glimmer of hope slipped into his thoughts.

“Darius, if you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a question.” Edward said.

“By all means, Mr. Teraneau”, Darius replied, “what would you like to know?”

“It’s very obvious what we all have at stake”, Edward said.  “But I don’t see that  there is much of a risk on your part.  What happens if you lose?”  Had Edward seen a small twitch in the man’s face, ever so slight, at the mention of his losing?

“My appologies to all of you, I did not fully explain everything.” Darius answered.  “In the event that one or more of you are able to ‘bust me’ as you would say, those still in the game will be released with their family members and very well compensated for their time.”

“You already stated that you have far more money than you need”, Edward said, “I don’t see that as nearly equal to what we have at risk.”

Darius regarded Edward carefully.  “I take it you have another stake in mind?”

“Yes, as a matter of fact, I do.” Edward said.  “In addition to the compensation, you will surrender yourself to the authorities to stand trial for unlawful imprisonment and whatever other crimes may have occured.”

Darius paused for a moment, then said, “Mr. Teraneau, I accept your propostion.  Does anyone else have any questions regarding our little tournament?”  He looked around the table at each player, but none of them had anything on which to comment.  “Very well, Kenny, if you please…”

Kenny picked up the deck which he had been shuffling and placed it in front of Edward.  Edward cut the deck and waited for the deal.  Assuming he wasn’t cheating, Darius had gotten a lucky hand dealt to him, Edward thought.  He would not be so lucky every time.

Kenny moved the dealer button in front of Craig’s position.  Ginger placed a fifty dollar chip for the small blind and Tim followed with a hundred.  Kenny dealt the cards starting with Ginger.  Edward slowly lifted his card; eight and nine of diamonds.  Not his favorite hand to play, but given his position, it had possibilities.

George was up first and folded immediately, starting a string of folds around to Nellie who tossed a hundred dollar chip into the pot.  Bill and Darius also folded bringing the action to Edward.  With three players still ahead of him, Edward weighed the odds then bet a hundred dollars as well.  Craig folded on the button, out of character for him, thought Edward, regardless of his hand. 

“Raise to three hundred”, said Ginger, placing the chips in the pot.

“Call” said Tim, following Ginger’s action.

Nellie looked at the other players, then called the bet, pushing two hundred dollars into the center of the table.

Kenny burned and flopped.  Ten of diamonds, jack of diamonds and six of clubs.  Edward was one card away from a straight flush.


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