The Wheel of Darkness (Agent Pendergast series)

By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

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Gimme one other gin and tonic,” he slurred. “Make it dry. ” The cocktail waitress scurried off. The chinese language guy wager back, 5 thousand this time. The glance on his drained, middle-aged face had now not replaced in any respect. This time he stayed on fifteen with the broker exhibiting six, and the broker busted. The play moved deeper into the shoe. Out of the nook of his eye, Pendergast may see that one other marked participant, being noticed by way of the younger blond guy, was once successful on the subsequent desk. The trick will be to strength this one to lose higher, to compensate. The slug of playing cards that he had tracked during the shuffle wasn’t faraway, and it promised to supply a few fireworks. The spotter within the muumuu had obviously additionally tracked the shuffle. Now, because the play labored up towards the start of the slug, Pendergast’s operating count number was once already an outstanding plus 11. The mark slid a pile of chips into the making a bet circle: fifty thousand. A murmur rose. “Hell, if he’s doing it, I’ll do it too,” Pendergast stated, pushing in fifty. He winked on the mark and lifted his drink. “Here’s to us, pal. ” the women every one wager one thousand, and the playing cards have been dealt. Pendergast stood on eighteen. The mark drew, requested to be hit on a twelve with the broker exhibiting a five—a violation of simple strategy—then drew an 8 card. An oooh! got here from the group. the women drew a chain of low playing cards, one finally busting. The broker then accomplished her personal hand: 3, 5, six, 5: nineteen—a win for the mark. a number of extra fingers have been performed, many of the playing cards coming low out of the shoe. Pendergast’s operating count number saved mountaineering. a number of the tens and many of the aces have been nonetheless undealt. On best of that, they have been now simply into the slug that he had meticulously tracked within the shuffle, utilizing his acute eyesight and prodigious reminiscence. That—and the peek he’d gotten throughout the shuffle and cut—alerted him to the proper situation of 7 playing cards in that slug, besides an informed wager at the situation of many others. His part count number of aces stood at three—thirteen extra have been within the pack, and he knew the positioning of 2 of them. this might be his chance if he may possibly get it correct. all of it relied on controlling the downstream circulation of playing cards. This deal he must bust, and do it in 4 playing cards. He wager one thousand. The mark installed 100000. one other oooh! from the group. Pendergast used to be dealt a fourteen. The mark used to be dealt fifteen, with the dealer’s upcard a 10. Pendergast took a success. A 5: nineteen. The broker was once approximately to maneuver on whilst Pendergast acknowledged, “Hit me back. ” Bust. there have been snickers within the crowd, whispers, a derisive snort. Pendergast took a swig from his drink. He glanced over on the mark and observed the fellow taking a look at him, a unexpected faint glance of contempt in his eyes. The mark took successful and was once dealt an 8: bust. The broker raked in his hundred thousand. a brief psychological calculation instructed Pendergast the working count number was once now twenty, the genuine count number going even better. virtually unparalleled. The broker used to be seventy-five percentage during the shoe and nonetheless simply 3 aces were performed, the remainder centred within the ultimate slug of playing cards.

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