Sold Down the River

Late May 1880. Sacramento, California.

Ronald Chase was known among the right circles for having made good from prospecting, a man who succeeded in chasing the American Dream. Taking advantage of the somewhat wild nature of the west, he has gone from strength to strength to establish himself as one of California’s foremost industrialists. Ever one to appreciate the risk-takers in life, Mr Chase’s organisation elected to host a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament on board the luxurious steam boat, Kerykeion.

News spread as fast as word of mouth and the telegram system would allow. With a $5,000 buy-in, only the very best and the very rich could hope to participate. For some this was a chance to prove themselves, to others it was the opportunity of a lifetime to change what life had dealt them, and brash children of privilege rubbed shoulders with grasping social climbers by the time the steam boat cast off and gently drifted down to…

…somewhere else.

For you see, nothing runs smooth in the Old West, particularly when the owner of your floating casino has made a poorly-conceived deal with a capricious and acquisitive entity: moreover one whose day job it is to ferry the dead to their final destinations. Due to legal shenanigans usually the preserve of fancy city lawyers, the boat, and all souls thereon, had become entrusted to said Ferryman and, as the tournament unfolded, things started to get weirder, and significantly more dangerous for anyone who still had a pulse and warm blood in their veins.

The only way to stop this entity from taking all the poker players and their entourage Down The River would become clear: they must beat him at the tournament’s final table.

Add to this drifting souls, half-cocked heist perpetrators, and a tense legal finale and well, you’ve got yerself a poker game.

Event Details

This was a closed event which was run for a winner of a charity auction event.

  • Event Date: Saturday the 9th of January, 2016
  • Event Location: The Gregson Centre, Lancaster
  • Ref Team: TBC
  • Player Spaces: 10
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Original Pitch

Late May 1880. Sacramento, California.

Ronald Chase is known among the right circles for having made good from prospecting, a man who succeeded in chasing the American Dream. Taking advantage of the somewhat wild nature of the west, he has gone from strength to strength to establish himself as one of California’s foremost industrialists. Ever one to appreciate the risk-takers in life, Mr Chase has elected to host a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament on board the luxurious steam boat, Kerykeion.

News has spread as fast as word of mouth and the telegram system will allow. With a $5,000 buy-in, only the very best and the very rich can hope to participate. For some this is a chance to prove themselves, to others it is the opportunity of a lifetime to change what life has dealt them.

As darkness descends, the staff finish setting up the tables and readying the bar. The hopeful players arrive and take their places bedecked in their finery. The Kerykeion begins its lazy drift from the dock and begins to drift along the Sacramento River. All that remains is for the bell to sound… .

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