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Castle Frazer is a 27-year-old gambler and “steering man.” Rich Stillman is an 11-year-old poolshark. The two meet in Kentucky in the early 1940s and, under Castle’s tutelage, little Rich quickly graduates from pool to poker (and later, money gin games), for which he has an exceptional aptitude.

Castle guides Rich, and his team of kid card players, into games with police, priests, moonshiners, high rollers, even the mob. As Rich evolves from a small-time take-off artist to a wizard-like games master, the stakes get bigger and bigger.

But there’s a price to be paid in the end.

Keeps is the story of the turning-out of a genius card player, a rare look into the dangerous world of a high-stakes hustler. And amazingly, it’s all true.

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About The Author(s)

Pete Fowler
A.D. "Pete" Fowler was born in Lehi, Utah. He's lived all over the country, from Salt Lake City to Biloxi to Miami, from San Jose to Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas. He's been a pro bowler, a 2-handicap golfer, and one of the top ten card players in the world (though he knows several hundred other card players who claim the same about themselves). He's owned and operated 31 businesses and has five children. He lives (this year, anyway) in Escondido, California, with his wife and two teenage boys. He's most proud of his ability to survive whatever life has offered and he credits his good fortune to the lessons learned on his early excursions into Nevada gambling. He lost all of his money and learned, and always remembered, that gambling is a two-way street.

Keeps / 224 pages / Pete Fowler

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