hist-games: FW: skins game

Loud Creek Books & Bindery loudcreek at worldnet.att.net
Sat Jun 24 09:49:12 PDT 2000

Dear Mr. Masters,

A review of several English and AMerican dictionaries of slang indicate the

1) 19th century gamblers ran what was called a "skin game". A crooked set-up
where a dupe was released form all of his money or was "skinned". Which was
probably related to "skinned alive" or trated cruelly or to lose everything.

2) American trappers and traders often met in camps and as a matter of
course gambled heavily. Each round being played for a set number of "skins".
The only currency they carried or was valued. This definition follows
closely to the golf definition where each hole is played for a set amout or

Hope that is helpful


Kurt Klappenbach
Loud Creek Books & Bindery
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Bangor, ME   04402-8120
loudcreek at att.net

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