PALAVER OVER LAST NIGHT'S POKER GAME

PALAVER OVER LAST NIGHT'S POKER GAME

24" x 30" oil on canvas

The average old-time cowhand had a strong passion for gambling and many played to kill time and practice for a day when they would get into town. Very few ranches allowed gambling on the ranch but the bosses did not visit the bunkhouse very often and so a game of cards would be played into the night. The games were usually small bets and these cowboys became known as "saddle blanket gamblers". As these four cowboys ride out in the morning they are jawing about the poker hand that won the pot and how they will recoup their losses with the next game. © Steven Lang OPAM