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September 21st, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Well, Gekko says good.  Like all subjects, until acted upon by the verb, it lacks any presence.  Las Vegas, gambling, rock-star, angel, Howard, Jesus, Tilt Boys  are staging a morality play.  Meet the cast and crew.  Autographs in the lobby right after the perp walks.

This is right in my wheelhouse — getting to act holier than thou without any required certification.  Well, I’ve got my Alderney GC license but you know what those are worth.

No need for me to recap or pontificate.  Its all been done.  We won’t stop elaborating but it really is done.

Frost’s The Road not Taken ends:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

It isn’t about Frost; it is about a friend that went to war.  I don’t know that outcome. I did channel surf a bit of PBS during commercials last night that talked about a platoon home from Iraq and the mayhem that followed them home.  A shrink told one of the guys, “You aren’t insane.  You are having sane responses to the insane situation you were in.”

People get into situations.  They may or may not be of their making and may or may not end up sane.  They’re very definitive moments.   We don’t see the real outcome until we can look back.   For some, what seemed sane moments before can be destructive with something as he simple as an amendment to a complaint. Then is when the sanity test occurs and becomes ongoing.

There are a lot of losers and the list will always grow.  Most of us are lucky; it isn’t as bad as it could have been.  Others receive the knowledge that greed is not always good but can be life changing and they will never walk or be the same.  Sad business.

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  1. September 21st, 2011 at 09:39 | #1

    What is beginning to interest me is that guys like Lederer and Jesus are top-level professional poker players — guys who can figure out the anges and odds to make the best decisions. Couldn’t they see this coming? Were they just figuring that at some point they would need to shout “One time!”?

  2. September 21st, 2011 at 14:49 | #2

    Maybe the thing that impresses me about Doyle is his being grounded — or it looks like that to me.  He has been busto and done dumb deals but in the gambling community he understands what he is and has avoided the really serious mistakes and raised a family.  That isn’t typical.  It is a lifestyle that has apparent shortcut options.  Then along came TV and it got even easier to think you were fire proof.  Gamblers don’t need to be smart; they need to be clever.  Difference there.

  3. September 21st, 2011 at 19:05 | #3

    They couldn’t even cheat well. Not collecting deposits from players’ bank accounts? Really?

  4. September 23rd, 2011 at 11:41 | #4

    Surprised me too, Dave.  Back in the earlier times, poker players weren’t known for being well educated except at life.  But the indited three aren’t in that mold.  Graduate degrees, investing backgrounds and whatever makes this really strange.  Any of them should be able to spell and understand fiduciary responsibility.

    I have often talked about the cash cow such a site is.  With perspective, 300-mil could be looked at as chump change.  Seems to bear out they have a closer resemblance to The Gang that couldn’t Shoot Straight.  Or they were stupid greedy, six of one…

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