Goodbye to Saratoga by John Lardner – 1938

  • Name Article: Goodbye to Saratoga – Quiet Springs Turned Into Gambling Hell-or-Paradise by two men
  • Author: John Lardner
  • Year: 26 August 1938
  • Published in: Star Tribune
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Goodbye to Saratoga
Quiet Springs Turned Into Gambling Hell-or-Paradise by two men, by John Lardner

“$50 for Solitaire Deck – Ironically, Canfield’s name is best known to the rank and file today for a game of Solitaire. You could always play that game in Canfield’s house. Although Solitaire was a by-product.

As Banked by the old master. It costs the player $50 to buy his deck of cards. He laid them out in the approved Canfield fashion and went through the deck once. The house paid back $5 for each card placed above the line, on the ace piles.”

Unfortunately, John Lardner doesn’t mention the layout of the “approved” Canfield. Canfield’s House was one of Canfield’s smallest and least lucrative gambling houses; he closed the Newport, R.I. location in 1904.

Source: Star Tribune