The “gamester” is the Devil with whom the narrator shares a sophisticated conversation and a game of cards in which the narrator gambles his soul—two out of three hands. The narrator loses his soul. The sophisticated Devil decides to grant the narrator’s every wish until he dies as recompense for losing the narrator’s soul. The Devil leaves and the narrator begins to have some concerns. He goes to bed and prays fervently to God that the Devil keep his promise to grant his every wish.
Fifty Great European Short Stories.” Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.