“Whey you must get plenty if you can afford to whack a tenner in the bandit every time that you come in.’
“That’s my business said Les.’
“Come on sit doon and shut yer gob said Bob.’
Trevor run over and put our bets on will yer.’
Hughie handed him his bets and a ten pound note Bob gave him twenty and Trevor ran out and headed over the road as Hughie shuffled the cards as Lez brought the board over and a peg board with four metal pegs that fitted in the pin holes. They were playing crash where they had to make four hands and throw one card away or if they couldn’t make a hand then they banked those cards as well. So sometimes you could be left with only one hand unless you could make a flush. Three low cards and say a king all the same suit (King Buck) they waited until Trevor returned before picking up their cards. Trevor gave them all change before placing his cards down
He had two prials (three nines) three sixes, Ace, Queen, King, and Jack, Queen, King. “Four to me I think.’
“Just had yer water lad said Les as he placed three tens, three eights, Ace, Queen, King Stotting (all the same suit) and a jack buck.
“That’s three to me said Les with a large grin on his face.’
“You Jammy bastard said Trevor as he picked up the cards and began to shuffle them.
Bob asked Brenda for another drink for him and his son before Trevor dealt another hand. “Could you please put on the telly as well as the first race will be on in a minute.’
Brenda poured out the beers then played on with the TV remote control until she got the racing channel on BBC 2.
They looked at the screen at the odds before carrying on with their game.
“The race from Kempton got under way and they listened to the commentary before sorting their cards out. Again it was Les who made up four hands and had a Flush for his back hand that won him four pegs.
It was Les who won the first race as well at 8/1.
“How much did you have on that one asked Hughie?
“Just a fiver; Thirty pounds isn’t bad plus the fifty that you won on the bandit earlier.’
“I will be out to the Buffs Club in Wallsend tonight it’s only fifty pence a pint in there.’ seventy two pence a pint in here.’
“I only have five pints so it will cost me two pound fifty plus two for my bingo books.’
I will buy my supper on my way home so there’s another pound. Still leaves me about seventy four quid. “Not bad eh.’
The runners and riders came up for the next race.’
“What have you got here then Les?’
“I will tell you when it wins.’
“Trevor passed the cards to Les and he shuffled them.
He licked his thumb before dealing the cards in a clockwise direction and dealing to himself last.
They sorted their cards into hands and then waited for Les who was always last at sorting his out.
He was a wise old bird and he smiled as he knocked on the table to signal that he had four of a kind. If he could play the hand then he would get a pound off each man if he won.
“Bridging the gap won by two clear lengths; Les Just smiled again knowing he now had a 3/1 and an 8/1 double.