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.

What do you think?

Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.