O. Henry was a prolific American short-story writer—a master
of surprise endings—who wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York
City. Here is “A Blackjack Bargainer,” the story of the drunken Yancey Goree, a
washed-up lawyer who has lost his money, possessions, property, and self-respect as a result of playing poker. After settling a feud, however, he manages to redeem himself by trading places with an old rival.
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