Friday, October 21, 2016
The Suicide Table
Located in a lonely corner of the Delta Saloon sits an old Faro table. Glass covers what's left of the faded and torn felt and velvet ropes keep a safe perimeter from what some people believe to be a cursed relic from the 1860's. Had only one person committed suicide at this table it probably wouldn't be famous but that isn't the case. No, three of the tables owners have ended it all which makes us wonder what it is about the table that causes such extreme action.
The first owner, "Blake Jake" had been having a run of terrible luck and ended up being $70,000 in the hole. Desperate for a solution he decided that it would be best to just shoot himself in the head.
After the second death attributed to the table occurred the table was placed in storage because no one would deal on it. Of course as any good cursed object goes, it would come back into Virginia City history only this time disguised as a "21" table. The shiny new look helped people forget it's dark history and play resumed. It was only a matter of time, however, that the table would take another life. One very drunk and very lucky miner sat at the table and could do no wrong. He played all night and in the end won $86,000, horses, and an interest in a gold mine. Not a bad haul. All of these items were the possessions of the table owner who by the end of the night was left with nothing and once more a man found himself staring at fate through the barrel of a revolver.