One Flew over the Bird Cage – Poker Room

The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona is one of the world’s richest Poker rooms famous venue that opened in December 1881 and also served as a saloon,saloon brothel and a gambling parlour. It was regarded as one of the wildest places in the town and it had 140 bullet holes to prove it. The basement Poker room at the Bird Cage Theatre is the scene of the world’s longest-ever continuous game of Poker. It began in 1881, when the theatre opened its doors, and it lasted for 8 years, 5 months and 3 days until the theatre shut down in 1889 because of ground water seepage.

The basement Poker table seated seven players and the dealer, there was a minimum by-in of $1,000 – and the waiting list was three days long. The cards were dealt all day and all night and a 20 minute notice was issued when a player was ready to leave. Some of the most prominent businessmen, like Adolph Busch, took part in the game, as did some famous Poker players, such as Diamond Jim Brady. It’s alleged that $10 000 000 changed hands during that marathon game, with the house taking 10%.


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