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When poker was a big crime in Brookings

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

Chuck Cecil, a longtime area newspaperman, lives in Brookings

If you played poker for real money in Brookings in the 1920s, you might end up in jail if you didn’t keep your flappin’ mouth shut during your leisurely afternoon stroll through downtown watering holes and barber shops.

Big brother may have been listening.

With not much else to enforce in a quiet burg where liquor was illegal and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union wasn’t, police looking for excitement here might decide to prowl the neighborhoods at night peeking under kitchen window blinds in homes suspected of hosting games of chance that might be under way on flowered oilcloth-covered tables surrounded by the town’s chain smoking ne’er-do-wells.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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