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Angelo looks around the joint, seeing only marks. Back-room poker is always a mug’s game. Every card dealt brings the unlucky ones closer to losing everything—the shirt on their backs, next month’s rent and more. Some schmucks end up with a gun in their hand, doing some of Lucky Joe’s less pleasant work to pay off their debt.

The hand’s over. One man smiles, greed painted across his face. With a nod from Joe, Angelo takes a seat at the table, in on the game. Time to take it all back. Someone knocks at the door and walks straight in despite the three locks. Angelo registers little more than the stink of cheap cigars and the stains on his old overcoat. Joe’s eyes go wide, sweat sparkles on his brow. And in a voice like rain falling into a freshly-dug grave, the newcomer speaks.

“Open a fresh pack, Joe. I got a hankering for a high-stakes game.”

Joe goes quiet for a second, then nods. His tongue darts over suddenly-dry lips. “Gentlemen, the game’s seven-card stud. No limit.”

The newcomer turns to Angelo, smiling with a mouth full of yellow teeth. He sets down two chips from his pocket. They look like ivory in the light. “Two years.”


“That’s the ante. Two years of your life.”

And suddenly Angelo realizes why Lucky Joe’s scared.

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Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
November 23rd, 2010
I was hoping for something a little more fleshed out than this, given the high quality of the free materials I have previously seen from White Wolf. I feel that Geist has been let down a little. 'Dem Bones' provides an overview of an NPC who is [...]
March 4th, 2010
I like this more than Dem Bones. Really clear cut and contains enough twists to keep the players on their feet. This scene can really be inserted anywhere without upsetting the games in question (though playing it with Vampire or other games featuring [...]
October 11th, 2009
Not a bad Sas product that presents somthing a little different as a premise for a game, im definitly gonna use it at some point in my game. [...]
September 2nd, 2009
This is a pointless short product ... even if its for free its not really worth the download. [...]
August 7th, 2009
This is a great sas for geist or a wod game good fun. :) [...]
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