In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Expert at the Card Table by S.W. Erdnase, I am going to give – yes give – away a copy of this seminal work. Heck, I'll even pay for surface postage anywhere in the world. There is, however, a catch.
I am going to hold a contest; an essay contest (that sound you just heard was the mouse clicks of those now leaving this post for greener pastures).
1) You must be registered on the Genii Forum. You must include your Member Number when you send me the essay; I will be checking.
2) The essay must be 500 words or less – I'm crazy, not stupid (that's fewer words than it sounds folks – about three to five paragraphs. This entire post is 437 words).
3) The essay must be sent in the body of an email, NOT as a file attachment, such as MSWord. I will delete any such entries without opening them.
4) The subject of the essay shall be “Why I Should Get the Free Copy of Erdnase from Dustin.” The title will not be part of the word count, in case you're worried about going long.
5) The essay can be funny, pathetic, whatever. No graphics (remember; anything that shows up with an attachment will be deleted). The bottom line, I have to like it.
6) I am the one and only judge: It's good to be king!
7) The deadline for entries will be 11:59 PM PST on June 28, 2002 (not quite midnight Friday night, my time).
8) With Richard's permission (should he choose to grant it – he's learning about this from this post) I will post the winning essay here. The author retains all copyright – and responsibility – for his work. If you don't want to see your work posted here, don't enter.
9) I will make my decision over the weekend – but don't push me if you know what's good for you.
10) All entries must be emailed by the deadline to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a Canadian edition of Expert at the Card Table published by Coles Publishing Company Limited, Toronto, Canada in 1980. It is paperback; perfect bound with full color boards. It is in near brand new condition (the spine is not at all broken). This 205 page edition does not have the “Critical Comments by Professor Hoffmann” that can be found in the common 218 page Gambler's Book Club edition, but it is nearly twice as thick due to the heavy paper stock. In other words, “it sure is purdy!”
Good luck – and have fun.