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    I have a friend who worked his way through law school playing blackjack in Las Vegas. I've never been at all attracted to anything that goes on in a casino. I've often been to hotels in Nevada and elsewhere with casinos in the lobby--I walk around them if I can and through them if I can't.
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    I have a depression era aversion to the vast amount of money flowing thru casinos. But,
    I did weekend in Vegas with lady friend several years ago.. ran a roll of quarters thru the slot machine, she took some quarters out of my tray, won $200 with second pull on next machine, went to blackjack tables, quickly ran it up to $800, went down hall and bought a $800 pair of a shoes.
    Everybody happy.
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    Holzhauer did not do well in the World Series of Poker.

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports...-wsop-1694279/
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Holzhauer did not do well in the World Series of Poker.
    He made the mathematically correct bets (assuming one should commit large sums to 'logic') and lost to . . . luck.
    To win at poker, all you have to do is follow Kenny Rogers advice (easier said than done, considering the high number of hand permutations), but how much one is willing to wager in the 'when to hold them' circumstances can also make/break you.
    I've played in exactly one high stakes poker game (which I define as white=$1, red=$5, blue=$10, no limit(!!) - among my fellow Naval Aviation Officers), and like James, was up a great deal until I lost it all by calling on big pots, holding very good hands, but not as good as the other guy.
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    Meanwhile....on our poker theme....

    Also one of the most brutal obituaries I've ever read...even for the Brits....

    As a teacher Stone could be inspiring, often winning over his pupils with his charm, which on occasion could be quite considerable, but he became increasingly undisciplined, neglecting his duties, and spending increasing amounts of time playing poker and drinking himself into oblivion in Soho.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...stone-obituary
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Also one of the most brutal obituaries I've ever read...even for the Brits....

    "he became increasingly undisciplined, neglecting his duties, and spending increasing amounts of time playing poker and drinking himself into oblivion in Soho."
    Yikes. That's not an obituary; that's character assassination. What a cowardly editor to let that stand as journalism.

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    At a time when malice and rudeness were highly prized by some rightwing Cambridge dons, Stone outdid them all in the abuse he hurled at anyone he disapproved of . . .
    Stone obviously wasn't about to be canonized, but an obituary is for the family, first and foremost. The writer is worse than his subject.
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    Obituaries like that happen fairly often in Britain...they're not like the hagiographies here... they aren't written for the families...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Obituaries like that happen fairly often in Britain...they're not like the hagiographies here... they aren't written for the families...
    So you're at the mercy of some hack with an axe to grind? No thank you!
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    Meanwhile here is Stone writing an obituary on his mentor Carr...

    It would appear that his own parents did not much care for him either. It is said that they farmed him out to live with an aunt, one of these sad Edwardian spinster-dependents. She adored him; she even learned Latin so as to help him with his homework. Once he reached Trinity College, Cambridge he dismissed her, and she died in loneliness and penury some years later. It was not the last act of cruelty which Carr was to perform. There were three Mrs Carrs (not one, as the Times obituary claimed), and each marriage ended in hideous circumstances: one wife was left when she already had terminal cancer, another abandoned, when Carr was almost ninety, because she was ‘depressing’. He died in an old people’s home, the matron of which he would ask, piteously, to hold his hand. For Carr very greatly wanted to be loved, and he much preferred women’s company to men’s, although he treated his women so badly. Curiously enough, his money survived these disasters. He was cannily generous when it came to settlements, and he was – until his declining years – adept at the Stock Exchange. He was also, it is said, very mean. The charge most often levelled at his work on the Soviet Union was that it lacked a dimension of humanity. Towards the end of his life, Carr was interviewed by the New Left Review.[1] He was prepared, he said, to recognise the achievements of the Russian Revolution despite all the millions of casualties. It was characteristic of him not to see anything odd about adding: ‘An English historian can praise ... Henry VIII without being supposed to condone the beheading of wives.’

    https://www.lrb.co.uk/v05/n01/norman.../grim-eminence
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