James Garner, poker and life

Who is the tall, dark stranger there?
Maverick is the name.
Ridin’ the trail to who knows where,
Luck is his companion,
Gamblin’ is his game…
Riverboat, ring your bell,
Fare thee well, Annabel.
Luck is the lady that he loves the best…
Livin’ on jacks and queens
Maverick is a legend of the west.
Like many songs, the magic’s in the singing, not the words.
The lyrics come from the theme song of “Maverick,” a black-and-white TV western based on the adventures of brothers Bret and Bart Maverick, a pair of itinerant Texas gamblers.
In addition to entertaining millions, the show kept alive a venerable Texas surname that had long since become a noun.
Samuel Maverick (1803-1870), whose biggest gamble had been signing his name to the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836, made a living and a reputation off Longhorn cattle.
Somewhere along the way, an independently minded bovine came to be referred to as a maverick.
In time,

 

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