Fang Linyan had carefully thought about how to get money in this poor state before, so he knew what to do now.
After he resumed his actions at this time, he jumped directly from the second floor platform and landed on the ground smoothly, then he walked over to the wharf where the ships frequently docked.
In less than 5 minutes, Fang Linyan came to the wharf area, then his eyes stayed on a sign,
“The Giant Anchor Bar? En, okay, it’s here.”
At this time, although it had not yet reached the peak time for customers, the occupancy rate in this bar had reached at least 80%.
When he opened the door of the bar, Fang Linyan saw a police notice beside. The format and color should be the same as the one he saw when he first entered the world. At this time, he took a closer look at it.
It turned out that there was a murder case in the white church area recently. If someone has the relevant clues or directly witnessed the crime, then please come to the police station to explain the situation. If the contributed information is finally confirmed to be useful for solving the case, then a gentleman named Dolittle will give 3 pounds and 11 shilling as a reward.
Fang Linyan just glanced through this notice without paying much attention to it.
The sound wave formed by the heat and the rude shouts came from inside the bar. A few mottled copper candlesticks made the light not so dim, but the decoration on the walls was half-shed and the squeaking wooden floor fully showed that this bar had been around for a certain number of years.
Fang Linyan twitched his nose. Obviously, he was uncomfortable with the smell of the body-odor mixed liquor in the bar. After getting used to the light here, he found a giant anchor beside the bar. This must be the origin of the bar’s name.
The aquatic plants and kelp decorations were also quite on point. Besides, the shriveled garlic skewer was the standard feature of every bar at this time, because it was rumored that this thing could deter vampires and could also curb the plague.
Perhaps Christmas was approaching, and the festive atmosphere in the bar was quite strong. The Christmas tree was already in the corner. Of course, there were no gifts hanging on it. Even the young waitresses in the bar had cosplayed the little elk with double ponytails.
At this time, the guys drinking here were almost all the decorators and crew of the dock. These rude guys always had some fun for themselves while drinking beer such as reaching into the waitress’s skirt and making her scream, playing Gwent cards or playing dice.
Fang Linyan quickly chose his prey,
A rude man shouting hard at a table.
They probably got very high as a few of them had unbuttoned their shirts, revealing thick chest hair and sweaty chests. They were gambling enthusiastically with dice and cards.
Fang Linyan deliberately walked to the side of this table, then he stopped the busy waitress,
“Beautiful lady, I am very sorry to disturb you. Is Mr. Deharing here? He asked me to meet here at 6 pm, but it is already 6:15 pm.”
The waitress looked at Fang Linyan and said lightly,
“Sir, I’m sorry. I don’t know Mr. Dehaling you mentioned.”
Fang Linyan sighed, knowing that the waitress’s indifference must be due to his 3 points in charm… There is no way, the characters in the plot only recognize this.
To be honest, he had to thank Ironwood Branch for the extra charm. Otherwise, the waitress probably wouldn’t even say much.
“Huh?” Fang Linyan immediately made a frustrated expression. “Oh God, my brother is still waiting for me to exchange this Tahitian black pearl for a gold pound! Mr. Dehaling promised to exchange this black beauty with 30 pounds!”
(Note: In the early days, Britain used reserve gold to make currency, and the pound’s gold content was extremely high (close to 100%). The British Empire later took back the early “gold pound” and added non-precious metals to recast it, so the gold content of the pound continued to decline in the later period. In the early days, one gold pound was worth about one pound of gold. There is a record in the Sherlock Holmes collection that the annual salary of a teacher is 30 pounds. 1 pound = 20 shillings = 240 pence.)
The waitress had no interest in Fang Linyan at first, but the 30 pounds quickly attracted her attention, because it was equivalent to her income for almost a few years. She cast her eyes at Fang Linyan’s palm, and she couldn’t help covering her mouth exaggeratedly,
“Oh my God, it’s so beautiful.”
It turned out that in Fang Linyan’s palm, there was really something similar to a black pearl. It was the size of a finger, round and clear, and black. It looked full of mystery.
This was exactly the mysterious thing Fang Linyan obtained after killing Shania. It had the attribute that it will drop after death. It seemed only the contractor officially recruited by the Space was qualified to appraise it. According to Fang Linyan’s speculation, it may be an unknown item that could be exchanged for a merit point, but it did not prevent Fang Linyan from using it as bait at this time.
Obviously, Fang Linyan’s dialogue with the waitress immediately attracted the attention of the others. The drunk guys around were obviously willing to have some fun. Several people saw the “black pearl” in Fang Linyan’s hand and exclaimed. There was even a kind old man reminding Fang Linyan,
“Boy, such a valuable item should appear on the counters of those jewelry stores on 5th Street. If I were you, put it away immediately.”
Fang Linyan said gratefully,
“Yes, sir, I think you made a lot of sense, but Mr. Dehaling agreed to meet me here.”
The old man sighed and was about to speak, and a fat guy with a black cloth on his forehead squeezed over suddenly. His chest was exposed, and his nose was tilted to the right. He grabbed at the black pearl and said loudly,
“Who is fucking selling fake here again?”
This guy claimed that the black pearl in Fang Linyan’s hand was “fake”. Obviously, he intended to snatch it and act dumb.
However, this guy with a crooked nose was already drunk, and his reaction would inevitably be reduced. In addition, Fang Linyan’s agility reached 9 points, which was almost double that of ordinary people, so how could he succeed with this snatch?
Fang Linyan withdrew his hand, took the “black pearl” back, put it in his arms and sighed regretfully,
“Forget it, since Mr. Dehaling is not here, I will leave.”
Then Fang Linyan said to the waitress,
“Beautiful lady, if Mr. Dehaling comes, please tell him that I will come again at this time tomorrow and let him wait for me. If the deal is concluded, I will pay 5 pounds as my little gratitude to you.”
After speaking, Fang Linyan sighed with regret deliberately,
“Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be blackjack here, otherwise I can play a few more and wait for him.”
When the waitress heard the 5 pounds reward, her eyes suddenly lit up! She immediately felt that the young man in front had become extraordinarily handsome, and she said without hesitation,
“How come? Sir, blackjack is the mainstream game in our bar.”
Before she finished speaking, he was pulled away by the man with a crooked nose, then this guy squeezed out a smile that he thought was the most friendly and said,
“Brother, we are going to play blackjack here, come join us.”
Fang Linyan said with suspicious eyes,
“I don’t like playing with debt! Cash out on the spot?”
The guy with a crooked nose immediately said loudly,
“Of course! I’m the famous honest Thorpe!”
When he said that, he motioned to his subordinate to collect money. Soon, he collected almost 2 pounds of change.
Fang Linyan nodded, then he sat down and played with them. He also placed the black wallet “Mr. Lannister Tyrion” that looked bulging, eh hem, even though it was empty.
Although Fang Linyan didn’t take cash, these guys with ill intention clearly wanted to win all of his money and get the priceless black pearl. They didn’t even ask him to open his wallet to verify his capital.
Thorpe and his subordinates thought Fang Linyan was just a rookie in playing poker. In just a few minutes, they could make him lose everything and leave the bar with tears.
However, Thorpe didn’t know that in the era of information explosion that Fang Linyan lived in, blackjack had been analyzed to the extreme!
Edward Thorpe, a legendary gambler/genius mathematician, started with blackjack. He swept all major casinos in Las Vegas, and he even produced a famous mathematical model for blackjack, which was the Kelly formula.
This thing could quantify the amount of each bet in the blackjack game. When the odds are big, bet more; when the odds are small, bet less. Las Vegas even put him on the blacklist.
Fang Linyan happened to have played blackjack online (did it secretly without Uncle Xu knowing). Although he was not a mathematician, he was calm and wise enough to accurately remember every card he played. Being able to use Kelly’s formula to perform mental arithmetic in an instant… this also meant that he was almost invincible in playing blackjack.
Time passed quickly between the winning and losing in the game. About 10 minutes later, Thorpe and his subordinates looked at each other. They could hardly believe his eyes. The group of them was bloodbathed by a rookie in poker! Even the last penny in their pocket was lost.
The key was that there were still a lot of onlookers, and they couldn’t act shamelessly. If they really acted shamelessly, they would be laughed at everywhere. Once their reputation was tarnished, they could no longer play poker around here… They couldn’t even look up when seeing acquaintances.
TL: Time for weapon shop?