[Ads-l] "seven toed pete" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 20 18:35:30 UTC 2015


> On Jul 20, 2015, at 2:10 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL> wrote:
> 
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> Jonathan Lighter on the list in 2013:
> 
>> Means "seven-card stud." Not in OED. I heard it in the late '50s and
>> brought it to the attention of the List in 2005.
>> 
>> 1919 _Evening Herald_ (Klamath Falls, Ore.) (Aug. 13) 4: Nifty with the
>> cards, especially Seven-Toed Pete.
>> 
>> 1922 _Bellingham Herald_ (June 28) 9: Black-jack, faro, roulette,
>> seven-toed Pete, draw, African golf and crackola.
> 

What's the date on this?
> Portland OR _Oregon Daily Journal_ p 21 col 2
> "The hands were drawn in what is known as the "Seven-toed-Pete" game and first P. P. held a heart royal flush and second P. P held a diamond royal flush."
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I've been playing poker since the early 70s (not the 50s) and have never encountered "Seven-toed Pete" for 7-card stud (or any other game), but have come across "Three-toed Pete" for a dealer's choice variant (I think it's the one in which three of a kind is the best hand and a straight beats a flush, based on relative probabilities).  One card is dealt down and two up, with rounds of betting in between, so it is formally a stud rather than draw game, and it can be played straight high or high-low; in the latter case, the best low hand is 3-2-A.

LH

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