The following stories are true. I can verify that I saw these with my own eyes.
This went on for hours. He had amassed stacks of racks of thousand dollar chips before I wandered over to see the commotion. There were velvet theater ropes and security guards surrounding the table keeping the growing crowds away as news of the magic act and performance by this man who, by his looks, had given no indication of his prowess or elevated understand of something so elusive as blackjack.
This fellow managed to accumulate close to $1,000,000, all the while drinking like a fish, swearing like a sailor, and throwing things when he sometimes lost a hand, like a two-year old terrible tot. He was escorted after this had had grown thin and given a hotel suite, with a strong suggestion not to return for several hours.
He must have napped, because he returned after a while, and sat down with his chips to recommence play. His actions belabor the point: how much is enough? He proceeded to give almost all of it back, drinking and swearing at all concerned. When he was down to his last $40,000, the casino owner came over, grabbed him by the collar and personally escorted him and his chips out of the hotels side door.
I was playing one day at a table in a casino which faces the hotel front desk. There is a universal rule for the dealers, that they are not allowed to turn around. They are only allowed to look forward and to the side.
As the dealer was handing me an ace for the first of my two cards, a man rushes in from the street waving a gun, being chased by all types of security guards and police, no more than 15 feet away. I calmly looked at the dealer about to pitch my second card, and said calmly, Please paint me (give me a ten to go with my ace for a blackjack) and pay me quickly! Dont look but theres a man waving a gun right behind you. Im sure it will be be under control shortly, but pay me fast just to be sure.
The cards had been coming fast and wrong all day. I couldnt get anything going at all. My patience was disappearing with my money faster than I wanted, and was looking for something, anything to make it better. I had tried everything: switching tables, stopping for lunch, a different casino. Nothing was working and I was about to throw in the towel when the cards started to turn my way.
A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned. - Paul Newman, The Color of Money
"You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it."- Albert Einstein
It is the mark of an inexperienced man not to believe in luck. - Joseph Conrad
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