Unbeatable Odds – Chattanooga Daily Times – 1934

  • Name Article: Unbeatable Odds
  • Author: Anonymous
  • Year: 10 August 1934
  • Published in: Chattanooga Daily Times
  • Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Unbeatable Odds -Chattanooga Daily Times (Chattanooga, Tennessee) Friday 10 August 1934

An old newspaper article states that Canfield invented the Solitaire game played in his gambling house. I do not consider this source to be necessarily reliable as there are some inaccuracies in the article and it seems more likely that the author copied this information from other publications.

“With the revival of open gambling this summer at Saratoga Springs, New York, patrons are recalling the late Richard A Canfield, last of the New York gambler princes to hold out against the law. Canfield invented a particular alluring and profitable game of Solitaire in which a player bought a deck of cards from the house for $50 and was paid back at the rate of $5 for every card, including aces, left in the middle after going through the deck once. Steady customers spent fortunes in time and money trying to beat Canfield’s game, but none is remembered who did.”