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  • PART 1

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    Rafferty was a gambler of the old school.

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  • He didn't believe in any of the fancy electronic gadgets that the casinos went in for these days, didn't much care for the psionic games of chance and other tricky and probably rigged affairs.

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  • Give him a good poker game any time, and he would be happy.

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    He stood in the door of the Ganymede Casino, outlining himself against the gaudy lights flashing within, standing there patiently.

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  • Inside, the rich and would-be rich of a dozen planets were enjoying themselves, playing the brightly-lit games and throwing money around in handfuls.

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    Rafferty waited for some attention.

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  • His hand slid to the bulky roll in his pocket— one hundred hundred-credit bills, 10,000 smackers in all.

  • It was all Rafferty had.

  • He was here to triple it, or else.

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    Tomorrow 30,000 had to be handed over to Lee Walsh.

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  • It was the result of the one mistake Rafferty had made.

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    Walsh was a big-time gambler, with ulcers and high blood pressure and ten million in the bank.

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  • Rafferty was straight middle-time, a man who genuinely enjoyed his chancy profession.

  • And Walsh had said,

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    Walsh

    “Why don't you play something I like to play?

  • All the time poker, poker, poker.

  • Why don't you switch to something else.”

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    Rafferty

    “I like poker,”

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    Rafferty said.

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