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A Fred Martens, or “Fritz the Rooster,” sat at a table in a Las Vegas gambling house playing poker with some men. After a streak of bad luck, he seemed headed for a possible straight. Suddenly, though, he suffered a heart attack and died, right in the chair.
One of his opponents yelled to the owner, “Call a doc,” and the game proceeded; several pots were won and lost.
Only one interruption in the gambling occurred when, on the physician’s arrival, the table had to be shifted to remove the corpse.