....in Las Vegas, a Saturday night poker game attracted its usual circle of roughniks.The big losers that night were two tough guy cousins, Rocky and Stan, who left swearing and dejected.
in the next state over, the guard released an old man from behind iron bars.
n Room 3 of the Catfish Fingers Motel, a middle-aged woman in fancy feathers stared out the window,and wondered if anyone would knock on her door.

...but Edison Ernest Frink Jr. was deep in a pool game at Gillhooley’s.
His right hand
fit around the cue, like skin on a snake. Sensitive fingertips targeted the
three ball. Crack. The white
cue ball clicked and sank
 it. Thud. Into
 pool table

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