"Playing With Cards": Zatanna is fighting the Royal Flush Gang in Las Vegas after the Royal Flush Gang had stolen the prize money from a poker tournament. After some difficulties, Zatanna manages to defeat them. As she takes th
Appearing in "Playing With Cards"
- Benjy Raymond (First appearance)
- Mammon (First appearance)
- Royal Flush Gang
Synopsis for "Playing With Cards"
Zatanna is fighting the Royal Flush Gang in Las Vegas after the Royal Flush Gang had stolen the prize money from a poker tournament. After some difficulties, Zatanna manages to defeat them. As she takes the stolen money and leaves, three old ladies remark that Mammon is interested in Zatanna.
Zatanna returns the money to Sonny Raymond, the Paradise Casino's owner. Raymond says that his father, Benjamin, hired Zatanna's father to be the main attraction on his first casino. He invites Zatanna for a drink and she agrees.
After Zatanna leaves Raymond's office, Raymond talks with a picture, which suddenly becomes alive, revealing itself to be a demon in disguise. The demon identifies Raymond as Benjamin Raymond, revealing that Raymond had been masquerading as his own son and the demon had been extending Raymond's life. They both express interest in Zatanna, and Raymond says that he let the Royal Flush Gang steal from his casino so that they could test Zatanna's powers.
At the theater, Zatanna begins practicing for her show, and some of her friends talk to her about her date, but she is unconcerned. Then, Zatanna begins her show.
Hours later, the show ends and Zatanna returns to her hotel. She finds that his cousin Zachary is throwing a party in her room. Zatanna transforms some girls into pidgeons and everyone else runs away scared. When his cousin comes in, he finds an infuriated Zatanna. He explains that he wanted to throw a welcome party for her, but things got out of hand. Zatanna transforms the birds back into humans.
Then, a girl in a towel comes into her room, and Zatanna dresses her, telling her and Zach to leave. As Zach and the girl get into the elevator, the three old ladies reach Zatanna's floor and transform into fire demons. They break into Zatanna's room and attack her.
Zatanna tries to use water and wind against them, but they are immune to earthly materials. The demons then set Zatanna's tongue on fire.
To be continued...
- This book was first published on August 11, 2010.
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