In the mining town of Echo Springs, Bret discovers local silver baron Phineas King's secret for being unbeatable at poker. He cheats. Once King realizes that Bret is on to him, he tries to have Bret either run out of town or killed to protect his reputation. Bret decides to fight back honestly, and forms an alliance between the smaller mines in town to challenge King's domination over them.




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Listings in italics are not specifically mentioned by name in the story, but are inferred through other contextual references.



The War of the Copper Kings: Builders of Butte and Wolves of Wall Street,
C. B. Glasscock, — Grosset & Dunlap, ©1935

All Veins, Lodes, and Ledges Throughout Their Entire Depth: Geology and the Apex Law in Utah Mines, William T. Parry — The University of Utah Press, ©2004


MAVERICK: Season 1, Episode 1

Written by: James O'Hanlon (from a book by C. B. Glasscock)

Directed by: Budd Boetticher

Original airdate: September 22, 1957


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