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Old 07-15-2017, 09:27 PM   #1
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Phil Ivey’s Semi-Bluff

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Poker’s most mysterious and respected player is sitting out this year’s World Series. Is it because he doesn’t care about his legacy? Or because an international scandal threatens his gambling future?

Jerome Graham was awakened by the sun coming up over the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. He was underneath the Atlantic City boardwalk, sleeping in the sand. The night before he had lost all of his money playing seven-card stud in the Taj Mahal, felted well past the hour of the last bus back upstate to his parents’ house in Roselle. So he slept under the boardwalk as he waited for the first morning bus. It wasn’t the first time he’d done this. He didn’t imagine it would be his last. But this is what it took in the late 1990s to put together a bankroll. Sixteen-hour sessions at the Taj, jumping up stakes to take bigger and bigger shots against better and better players. Analyzing every hand, even the ones you win. Finding somewhere safe and warm to wait for the next bus.

Jerome’s telemarketing job raising money for the Fraternal Order of Police helped replenish his ever-fluctuating stud bankroll. But as he improved and moved up in stakes, he needed to spend more time in Atlantic City. His job and the two-hour bus ride each way was just keeping him away from the action. So he moved out of his parents’ house and got an apartment in Atlantic City. He’d spend every minute he could in the casino card rooms playing poker. He got to know the players, the dealers, the floor managers. The legend of his nights beneath the boardwalk spread. “No Home Jerome” they all called him...
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Here....let ME get the full article:..

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Old 07-15-2017, 10:56 PM   #3
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And here, in full display, is the big advantage that poker enjoys over horse-betting...when it comes to recruiting young, motivated gamblers to the two games. In poker, it's possible for the best players to start from the smallest stakes, and make it all the way to the top of the poker world...and the transition is out there in the open, for everybody to see. In horse racing...the young gamblers out there aren't even sure if anyone is actually beating the game...in any way, shape or form.
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And here, in full display, is the big advantage that poker enjoys over horse-betting...when it comes to recruiting young, motivated gamblers to the two games. In poker, it's possible for the best players to start from the smallest stakes, and make it all the way to the top of the poker world...and the transition is out there in the open, for everybody to see. In horse racing...the young gamblers out there aren't even sure if anyone is actually beating the game...in any way, shape or form.
I have to agree. Of everyone in my family from cousins their kids to nieces nephews none ,zero bet horses The ones that gamble all play poker or fantasy .
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I have to agree. Of everyone in my family from cousins their kids to nieces nephews none ,zero bet horses The ones that gamble all play poker or fantasy .
Some promising "younsgter" will ask me, from time to time, for guidance in his horse-betting endeavors. Without fail...I suggest to him that his time would be better spent investigating poker or sports betting. I can't stand seeing youth go to waste.
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Some promising "younsgter" will ask me, from time to time, for guidance in his horse-betting endeavors. Without fail...I suggest to him that his time would be better spent investigating poker or sports betting. I can't stand seeing youth go to waste.
Disagree greatly on sports betting.

That is an even bigger dead end than horse racing as it involves way more people and friends around somebody than a somewhat singular lifestyle of a horse race bettor.

People become way more attached to teams and football games than they ever would with a particular horse, much less a race because there is everybody around them, or on regular TV talking about it.

I have hundreds of people I know on a "handshake" basis. Friends if you will. But I have about a dozen or two that I would even talk to about regarding horse racing.
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