Charlie Rich Deals a Deadly Hand

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Charlie Rich’s grave site.

Charlie Rich was just 17 when he dealt the cards in a poker game at Nuttall & Mann’s Saloon in Deadwood, Dakota Territory. On August 2, 1876, Rich was sitting in Wild Bill Hickok’s usual seat, with his back against the wall.  Hickok asked the teenager to move; Rich refused.  We know what happened next.

Family legend says Rich never played poker again.  He died in 1929 and was given an elaborate stone in the Miamiville, Ohio cemetery.  A relative took it down to make improvements some years ago but it was never replaced.

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