The Gold Goblin Gambling Hall stands as a reminder of better times in one of the slummier sections of Riddleport, just off its wharves and within bowshot of the Velashu River.
The Goblin, as it is often called, was one of the first and finest gambling halls established in Riddleport many years ago. At the time, its brass-plated dome attracted the attention of sailors as they first made port and offered them a fine venue where they could relax and wile away the time at games of chance. As time and mismanagement tarnished its splendid veneer, the Goblin fell from prestige, going from attracting the captains and officer corps of incoming ships to their surly and questionably groomed crews, and finally becoming a haunt for deserters, ne'er-do-wells, and worse. As its clientele deteriorated, so did its fortunes.
Most recently, the Goblin was purchased by one of Riddleport's former crime bosses, a washed-up onehanded swindler named Saul Vancaskerkin. Vancaskerkin refurbished the place in hopes of recapturing its upscale origins, even as newer and grander game halls opened on the northern edge of the city. Saul has had some success and has regained a portion of the Goblin's more respectable clientele, but he knows that if he's going to make a go of this business venture, he needs something more dramatic. To this end, he decided to hold a gambling tournament called "Cheat the Devil and Take His Gold."