Few people know that Giuseppe Verdi was a fond player of scopone (an Italian card game).
His wife, Peppina, would organise the matches with his friend De Amicis, the senator Piroli, the lawyer Della Bianca and the general Corvetto.
As it seems though, Verdi was not a good player.
Peppina would indeed beg his opponents to let him win every time. But woe if he was to figure it out!
Once a player got caught. The opera composer then threw his cards on the table and retired in his room, angry. He did want to be the best, but he did not want to be deceived.
A hot-blooded personality, that of Giuseppe Verdi!