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Mario Puzo* On Gambling

Gambling is not as destructive as war or as boring as pornography. It is not as immoral as business or as depressing as watching television. And the percentages are better than religion. * He wrote The Godfather

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The knowledgeable gambler

Fred: My god, I had a terrible day today. I lost 8 out of 8 on football. I don’t know what I’m going to do.Jim: Well tennis is on now.Fred: I don’t know anything about tennis.

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Gambling as an Investment Option

Combining ‘Gambling’ and ‘Investment’ appears to be bizarre. After all, gambling involves unpredictable risk and the loss of all of your capital in one fell swoop. Investment, on the other hand, breathes the heady air of prudence and safety. This … Continue reading

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A Gambler meets a Vagrant

Vagrant: Can you spare £20? Gambler: Will you buy booze? Vagrant: No. Gambler: Will you gamble it away? Vagrant: No Gambler: Will you come home with me so my wife can see what happens to a man who doesn’t drink … Continue reading

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Book review: Annie Duke ~ Thinking in Bets (2019)

Gambling fascinates me and I like stories associated with gamblers. Kerry Packer is an endless source of pleasure for me. He was famously irritated by a braggart in a Las Vegas casino who wanted everyone to know he had a … Continue reading

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Hedonism and marriage

Hedonists devote their lives to pleasure so their choices are predetermined. If it isn’t pleasurable: avoid. Choices can be imprecise. Are known bachelor pleasures better than future pleasures in marriage? Marriage is a gamble. Many marriages end unhappily and divorcees … Continue reading

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Hedonism and gambling

Hedonists want to win. They really want to win. Losing isn’t fun. It makes you unhappy, resentful and unpleasant. Hedonists like easy money but not losing, which is the central problem in gambling as it often involves losing. Obviously hedonists can … Continue reading

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Football Review: England vs Tunisia 18th June 2018

The bookmaker Paddy Power is offering odds of 250-1 on England winning the World Cup: 250-1 for new customers.1 The form-book is the FIFA world rankings: England at 12th with Tunisia lagging at 21st. Sure enough the form came through … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walter Tevis~ The Hustler

It’s a disappointing thing to have to say in a book review that Tevis is unknown but the film with Paul Newman is a classic. He also wrote ‘The Color of Money’ and he’s unknown for that as well. So! … Continue reading

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Paolo Maldini: a great Italian defender

In football, successful defenders can be a nightmare for [gambling] statisticians. During his playing years for Milan and Italy, Paolo Maldini averaged one tackle every other game. It wasn’t because he was a lazy player; it was because he didn’t … Continue reading

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