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The Devil’s Ticket & Mississippi Mud July 11, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.

A few months ago, I read a book about a fatal hand of Bridge . . . based on a true story of a wife who shot her husband while playing Bridge one night ~> The Devil’s Ticket: A Vengeful Wife, A Fatal Hand, and a New American Age.

On a related note, I thought some of you might get a kick out of this famous trick hand from the days of cardsharps on the Mississippi riverboats:


Spades -10 5 4 3 2
Hearts  –
Diamonds – 5 4 3 2
Clubs – 5 4 3 2

West                                                                            East

Spades –                                                                       Spades J 9 8 7 6
Hearts – 8 7 6 5 4 3 2                                                   Hearts –
Diamonds – A K Q J 10 9                                               Diamonds – 8 7 6
Clubs –                                                                         Clubs – 10 9 8 7 6


Spades – A K Q
Hearts – A K Q J 10 9
Diamonds –
Clubs – A K Q 3

A Diamond lead from West to Dummy/ North holds South to six tricks at a 4H contract.

A 4S bid only makes 3 tricks.
While 5C bid mades 4 tricks.

How would South make out in No Trump?

Bridge hands can be as deceiving as Mississippi Mud.
And some are even fatal!

Maybe I should stick with dominoes.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - July 11, 2018

I think I remember hearing about that woman who shot her husband. I’m sticking with my jigsaw puzzles! 🙂

nrhatch - July 11, 2018

Some people take card games too seriously. Jigsaw puzzles are safer . . . the biggest risk being that you get to the end of the puzzle and find a piece is MIA. 😀

Jill Weatherholt - July 11, 2018

Yep…been there!

nrhatch - July 12, 2018

An unresolved puzzle can be unsettling. 😀

2. Ally Bean - July 11, 2018

I haven’t played Bridge in decades. I feel that life is safer that way!

nrhatch - July 11, 2018

I’ve been enjoying Bridge since I started playing 2 summers ago ~> it’s indoors, in the A/C, and it doesn’t involve physical exertion (or too much idle chit chat about various and sundry ailments). 😀

Ally Bean - July 11, 2018

It sounds like fun. The AC part in particular.

nrhatch - July 12, 2018

Life must have been a doozy in the dog days of summer before the advent of A/C!

3. L. Marie - July 11, 2018

I wish I played Bridge. My brother’s in-laws are avid Bridge players.

nrhatch - July 11, 2018

If you lived closer, I would teach you so we could play together! It’s an easy game to learn . . . followed by a lifetime of effort to master it. 😀

4. Kate Crimmins - July 11, 2018

Totally lost on me. It’s been decades since I played bridge and I wasn’t good then.

nrhatch - July 11, 2018

If I was South, I would bid 6H and figure there was NO WAY that I wouldn’t take 12 tricks . . . and the cardsharps sitting West and East would take full advantage of that fact . . . keeping the bidding going even as my partner (North) kept passing.

And then they’d double me, and I’d go down 6 tricks, to the tune of 1400 – 1700 points for them. At a penny a point, that would be a pretty penny indeed!

5. Tippy Gnu - July 11, 2018

I don’t play Bridge, so this is all a lot of gobbledygoop to me. However I do believe that the South, North, East, & West would make out very well with No Trump.

nrhatch - July 11, 2018

I went to a Bridge Convention back in February ~ there were a number of “No Trump” hats and bumper stickers for sale. 😀

6. Debra - July 11, 2018

I have never played Bridge, Nancy. I always thought I’d like to. I always think of the Ricardos and the Mertzes and their Bridge games in Lucy and Desi’s apartment. I remember how the couples would dress up, or the ladies had their Bridge groups come and luncheon, and it always looked sophisticated. LOL! I hope you have an appropriate dress and hat when you play. And maybe some tea sandwiches? 🙂

nrhatch - July 12, 2018

Oh, yes. Of course. Dress. Hat. Handkerchief. And I never forget my white gloves! 😀

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