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Ben Simons

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About Ben Simons

  • Professional Gambler and Entrepreneur

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  • Role
    Supporting Character
  • Playby
    Jack Kelly
  • Full Name
    Bentley Albert Simons
  • Goes By
    Ben
  • Profession
    Gambler and Entrepreneur
  • Position
    Working at nothing in particular
  • Birth Date
    02/27/1845
  • Status
    Single
  • Height
    6'
  • Hair Color
    Dark Brown
  • Eye Color
    Hazel

Physical Description

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Traits & Characteristics

Strengths and Weaknesses (depending on the situation)...

  • Can push boundaries
  • Likes discovering and using new things and ideas
  • Rational and practical
  • Original - likes to experiment with new ideas and solutions
  • Perceptive
  • Communicates clearly, with direct and factual questions and answers
  • Sociable
  • Can be insensitive at times
  • Impatient
  • Risk-prone
  • Loves to solve problems here and now
  • Can be defiant

Employment

 A professional gambler by trade but will do other work if he needs to raise money for a big game, venture or bet.

Expertise

  • Can a handle a gun and rifle
  • Is an expert card player

Aliases / Nicknames

Bent St. Clair

Residense(s)

1845-1865

  • Washington

 

1865-1876

  • Nowhere in particular

 

May 1876

  • Kalispell

Kith & Kin

Relations in Kalispell...

Uncle: Charles Wentworth Sr.

Aunt: Rebecca Wentworth

Cousins

  • Matt Wentworth
  • Mike Wentworth
  • Sam Wentworth
  • Charlie Wentworth

Life Events

1845 - 1865

  • Born in Washington D.C. on 27 February 1845 to Elizabeth (nee Martin) and Jacob Simons.
  • Has a good and well-rounded education with an interest in mathematics especially the laws of probability.  His interest in card games and gambling in general begins in his early teens.
  • Sister - Eliza (Liz) is born in 1850.
  • His father, Jacob joins the Union Army at the start of the Civil War and is killed in battle in 1863.  Ben becomes the provider for his mother and sister
  • Two years after his father's death, his mother remarries.  Since his step-father is a man of means and able to support his mother and sister, Ben uses this opportunity to strike out on his own.

 

1865 - April/May 1876

  • Becomes an expert card player and travels around the country always looking for the next big game or at least one that will keep him solvent.  He also works in various odd jobs when he needs to raise some capital.
  • He changes his name to Bent St. Clair as it sounds more like a professional gambler's name than Ben Simons.
  • Due to an unfortunate incident (and dalliance with a very wealthy man's wife), Ben is forced to go back to Washington, where he offers his services to his Aunt Rebecca (his mother's sister) and escorts her on her trip to Kalispell.  He has to lay low in Kalispell for the time being.

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Recent Posts

  1. Ben Simons
    "Arabella!  Enough!" barked Fortner.
     
    Ben was just surprised as everyone else in the place.  They were all used to Arabella and her ramblings that they didn't pay her no mind.  If Fortner wanted to be on good terms with everyone, chastising an employee, even if it was Arabella, in public wasn't the way to go about it.  Arabella, despite her faults, had people who genuinely cared for her.
     
    Hiram shook his head.  "I got no problem answering the young lady's question.  It's a good one."  He looked across the floor to where Arabella stood waiting for an answer.  "So you're asking me what political affiliation I might be, a Democrat or a Republican?   And that's a good question so I'll tell you.   I'm an American.  More to the point, I'm a Montanan.  Your head is filled with worryin' about yesterday - Republican, Democrat.  But look at it this way.  We're all on a journey.  We're all on a train headin' for better times.  So don't pack a trunk of junk filled with yesterdays because tomorrow, tomorrow'll be filled with sunshine."
     
    Priest's answer to Arabella's questions seemed to ease the situation and now they were paying attention to what he was saying.
     
    "Your name, again?"
     
    He smiled.  "It's Ben Simons and I was asking about some of your plans for Kalispell and I'm sure the good voters here would like to know as well."
     
    Then he gave a wide sweeping gesture to acknowledge the other people who were there.  It seemed that there were a few who were getting more interested in their conversion as some of them responded with "yeah" and "what he said."
     
    @Preston @Javia
  2. Ben Simons
    While Fortner and Priest were making their speeches, Ben was mentally taking notes.  The two newcomers to town were obviously unaware of his relationship to one of the other mayoral candidates, his cousin Matt.  Still, it was better to learn all he could now before they did find out because he seen all of this before.  It was a common play to go somewhere where you weren't known, make a dramatic entrance and then set about what you really came here to do.  Ben had a feeling that the mayoral race was not the main reason they were here, just something they were cooking up on the side.
     
    It then occurred to Ben that when they finished with whatever bought them to Kalispell in the first place was done with, they would concentrate all their efforts on the mayoral race.  The last thing Kalispell wanted or needed, was two hustlers like Fortner and Priest in charge of the town. He needed to learn more about them before he would leave to let Matt know about his competition.
     
    Drinking what was left of his whiskey, Ben looked over to where Sally was and was relieved to see her caught up in the aftermath of the singing and congratulating.  Hearing the mention of plans, Ben stepped forward, "You wouldn't mind giving us a hint on these plans? I've already heard a few from the other contenders and I wouldn't want you to step on their toes by saying something they've already covered."
  3. Ben Simons
    As he watched Arabella's dramatic exit, Ben was mildly amused but didn't show it.  Arabella was on the verge of becoming a diva with her antics and he didn't want her on his payroll if that was the case.  Maybe his aunt could knock some sense into her and polish her up a bit.  If Rebecca could do that, then he would seriously think about hiring her.
     
    He didn't have much time to dwell on it as Arabella stampeded back in to get her hat and before he knew it Sally Adams came up to him.  Since he was a lot taller than Miss Adams, when he looked down to address her, her couldn't fail to see her considerable assets.  A feeling of nervousness overcame as he remembered the few times Sally had approached him and how he managed to get away each time.  Now that Grimes was gone, she would be looking for a new benefactor.
     
    It wasn't that he didn't like women, it was just that he preferred his be sober and a bit less forthcoming.  A woman who had secrets to discover was far more alluring to him, then somebody like Sally Adams who had nothing to hide and who was willing to give it all away for any price.  Besides, Sally scared him for some reason and that was more than enough. Smiling graciously, he took a step back and looked over to Ralph, "A drink for the lady."
     
    Hoping that would placate her, Ben turned to Fortner, "Before we were rudely interrupted, we were about to toast Miss Mundee, shall we proceed or we will save it for another time?"
  4. Ben Simons
    Ben nodded, "I have to admit that are some so-called respectable people that I wouldn't be caught dead with but when it comes to money, I'm willing to overlook their faults."
     
    Turning to Caroline, he smiled charmingly, "However, you Miss Mundee are much more than respectable, you are remarkable. The way you easily adapt to the situation and the clientele that come in here every night takes a lot of grit. You have more mettle in your little finger than a lot of women will ever have in a lifetime."
     
    Picking up his whiskey, he continued, "If you ever tire of working here, I will be more than glad to welcome you over at The White Rose Theatre."
     
    A grin appeared on his face as he looked over to the new owner of the Star Dust, "Don't worry Fortner, I have no plans on stealing her...unless she wants me to.  So, with that in mind, I propose a toast to the delightful Miss Caroline Mundee, may she always grace Kalispell with her lovely presence wherever she goes."
     

  5. Ben Simons
    "I'll be go-to-hell", the older man exclaimed.
     
    Fortner slapped Priest on the shoulder.  "Looks like Mr. Simons came in at the right time.  Best high-tail over to City Hall and put your name in the hat.  I can tell you that I'll do everything I can to rally support for you at the Star Dust."
     
    Priest nodded in agreement.  "I expect you're right."   And at that, he left through the swinging doors.
     
    Ben watched Priest high tail it out of the saloon.  Well, that at least answered one of his questions.  He would have to inform Cousin Matt about his new rival and his associate.  This led him to another lot of questions.  From what he just saw, Fortner had some influence over Priest, how much he wasn't quite sure of.
     
    "He's a good man, Ben." he said to Simons.  "Hell!  He had my back yesterday when I was confronted with a drunk cowhand."  He cleared his throat as if to wipe a slate clean and moved on to another subject.  "What's your game?  Poker?"
     
    "Mostly," Ben answered as he turned to look at Fortner, "it depends on what's going on.  Blackjack or Faro will do just as well."
     
    Pausing, he took another sip of his whiskey, before continuing, "Kalispell isn't exactly the gambling capital of the west, so I've been dabbling in few other things as well.  I found the town lacked entertainment, so I'm converting an old boarding house into a small theatre."
     
    He grinned, "Don't worry, I'm not looking at competing against the Star Dust.  I'm aiming for the more respectable and well-healed part of town.  I think both of our ventures will do handsomely here if we, mind the pun, play our cards right."
     
    @Preston
  6. Ben Simons
    "Mr. Simons," Frank said. "A pleasure, I'm sure.   We hope you find the Star Dust your home away from home.  I aim to keep what's good about it, and make improvements around the edges.  If you like games of chance, we are planning some card rooms in the back, and away from the distractions."
     
    "Well, the Star Dust is a nice place and it's good to know that there will be changes, especially the prospect of somewhere a bit more quieter to play a game of cards.  It can be a noisy here at times considering this is the only establishment that most of the local ranch hands come to.  Most of them can't afford the bar at the hotel."
     
    "Ralph," he said to the barkeep.  "Set one up for Mr. Simons, will you?  On the house."
     
    "Sure," Ralph nodded and poured a whiskey for the man, he even remembered what brand was Simon's usual order.
     
    "Thanks," Ben replied.  He didn't get much of a chance to say anything else to the bartender as Fortner grabbed his attention again.
     
    "Wait a minute," Frank called to the older man, stopping him on his way to his reserved table.  "I want you to meet someone."  He nodded toward Simons.  "This is Ben Simons.  Ben, I'd like to introduce you to Mr. Hiram Priest,  some time Judge, some time Mayor.
     
    Some time Mayor?  That introduction in itself was one to make you wonder.  Did this Priest fellow have plans to run in the upcoming election?
     
    Priest rolled a wad of tobacco from one cheek to the other.  "Well, how do you do,  Mr. Simons?"  He asked cordially.  "In town for long?"
     
    "Long enough," Ben said with a smile.  He decided to do some fishing and find out if Priest was really interested in running or it was just an off the cuff remark, "From what your friend, Mr. Fortner said you've been both a judge and a mayor.  This town is pretty covered where judges are concerned with Judge Robertson looking after any civil matters and circuit Judge Bryant looking after the criminal ones, so that leaves mayor."
     
    After taking a sip of his whiskey, that had been left on the bar by Ralph, he continued, "What I mean to say, is that you're probably already aware that we have a mayoral election happening soon.  So, if you're planning to try your luck here, you best get a move on.  Nominations close at five o'clock today."
     
    @Javia @Preston @Wayfarer
     
     
  7. Ben Simons
    "Hullo hon, warm one out there ain't it?" she smiled for Ben.
     
    Ben smiled as he tipped his hat, "Good day, Miss Mundee...and yes it is a warm one today."
     
    He didn't mind that Caroline couldn't remember his full name as the lady probably had a lot of names to remember.  Knowing the names of the men who came here often was a part of the job for her since it probably made it easier for her to make them buy a few drinks.  Besides, he was all for keeping a low profile here and if people didn't remember his name, then all the better.
     
    "Hey! Got news for ya. Meet the new owner of the Star Dust, Mr. Frank Fortner," she decided to handle the introduction.
     
    "So, I heard," he answered before turning to Fortner.  Holding out his hand, he said, "Nice to meet you, the name's Ben Simons."
     
    @Preston
  8. Ben Simons
    Seeing that the Stardust was open, Ben made his way inside.  After hearing the news that the saloon had been sold to one, Franklin Fortner, Ben was doubly surprised.  First that Matilda Devereau sold the saloon when everybody in town thought she would be there for the rest of her life and secondly, the name of the new owner was one that was not unknown to him.
     
    He had been to the saloon frequently to play poker since his arrival in Kalispell a few months ago.  These were usually friendly games and he had never been kicked out of the place.  His relationship with Ralph and Miss Devereau was good but it was more of an acquaintance than an actual friendship.  The last couple of weeks he had spent working on getting his theatre ready for its first performance that he hadn't had the time to play cards.  Also, the fact, that he wanted to avoid Arabella and her propensity to audition every time he saw her.
     
    As he continued, he hoped that Arabella was out the back somewhere washing dishes or something that would keep her out there but to his dismay he could see her at the bar with Sally, a whore he only knew in passing, Miss Mundee, Ralph, and a man, he presumed was Fortner.
     
    @Javia @Preston @Wayfarer
  9. Ben Simons
    Ben looked at his aunt and swallowed hard.  It wasn't from the piece of roast meat he had just eaten but from the position Rebecca had put him in.  It wasn't any secret that he was starting a small theater.  He had already bought the White Rose Inn from the bank and so his uncle already knew of his plans.  It was the newest plan that would surprise him and the others seated at the table.
     
    After the delaying tactic of dabbing his mouth with his napkin and taking a sip of his wine, he cleared his thought, "Well, as you know Kalispell is a town with many opportunities and our family hasn't knocked many off them back when they have come our way."
     
    He paused for a moment to take a look around the table and he could see that he had everybody's attention.  Maybe what he had to say wouldn't be seen as all that bad but it would certainly be a cause for some interesting discussions afterwards especially between his aunt and uncle.
     
    "As you all probably know about the debacle of the town meeting a few weeks ago and the display put on by some young ladies in this town, we've decided to do something about it.  Aunt Rebecca feels that the young ladies in this town need a guiding hand, especially if they wish to continue to put on theatrical displays and I agree with her."
     
    Smiling at his aunt, he decided he wasn't going to mention the fact he had suggested the idea to others before he had asked her.  Thankfully, his aunt still had some of the Martin family's unique eccentricities that sometimes lead them to do the unexpected and this was certainly one of those times.
     
    Standing up, he half bowed at his aunt and picked up his wine glass, "Gentlemen, I have pleasure in introducing the founder and manager of the Kalispell Young Ladies Theatrical Society."
     
    TBC
  10. Ben Simons
    Ben was seated over in the far corner of the barn busily writing down bets and taking the money which he was keeping in tin.  The tin would be locked at the beginning of the fight and he would stay with the box until it was over.  Tonight was one of the few occasions he was wearing a gun, which he had bought shortly after his arrival in Kalispell.  Most of the time there wasn't a need to wear it but when there was a lot of money involved, he made sure he had it.
     
    Earlier, he had seen Marshall Guyer and a few soldiers from the fort, so part of him was hoping that no-one would be stupid enough to try and steal it.  Where he was seated was also the farthest from the only entrance that was opened.  Crabbe had made sure that all the doors were locked as he didn't want to lose any of the cut he wanted for allowing him to run the betting.  Thankfully, it was only a small percentage, so it didn't matter.  There were also others who had made bets and they wouldn't like it, if someone ran off with their potential winnings.
     
    As he looked over what the current odds were, Ben felt a bit sorry for his cousin.  The betting had started out even, but Cullen had slowly become the favourite, especially after rumours began circulating that he had been in a few professional fights.  Still, there was hope that Charlie would make it through the twenty rounds and there were a few bets to indicate that others thought the same thing too.
     
    Since the people were still coming in, there was little time to ruminate before the next person approached him.  Ben smiled knowing that whatever the outcome, the amount of betting would ensure that he would make a profit and that would help fund his next project, the White Rose Theatre.

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