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Things are looking better for the bettors of thoroughbred racing. The New York Racing Association has instituted an across the board reduction on its house cut, commonly referred to as the “takeout.” The win, place and show percentage was lowered from 15% to 14%. The daily double, exacta and quinella percentage has been dropped from 20% to 17.5%. And on non-carryover days, the pick-six takeout drops from 25% all the way down to 20%. These numbers are a welcome relief to bettors trying to scratch out a winning formula at the races. During the six week Saratoga race meeting, which concluded in early September, nearly $7,000,000 more was returned to the players. The reduced takeouts are certainly a reaction to competition by other forms of gambling. Unfortunately, race fans have long been stamped by the racing industry as mere cattle that blindly follow along in their gaming habits. Not anymore. Racing’s attempt to win new fans has also helped “the old reliable bettors” to catch a long deserved break in this new era of competitive marketing.


Takeout Angle

The new takeouts in New York should bury any thought of using a two-horse win parlay over a daily double. There were still some situations in which a parlay paid more than the double. Those situations had to overcome two 15% takeouts (totaling 30%) compared to the one 20% takeout of a daily double. That was a 10% difference. The difference now stands at 10.5%, and that extra half a percent should end any issue.


Contest Thoughts

Most major racetracks sponsor handicapping contests in which the top four finishers win prize money and have their expenses paid to attend the World Series of Handicapping in Las Vegas which sports a huge cash prize. In New York, the entry fee is a rather steep $300 with all of the entry money coming back to the winning participants. Many potential entrants argue that such an entry fee could better be spent on say, three cold $100 doubles or exactas. After all, to win a contest like this you’ve got to get hot. However, you could select a succession of winning horses and still not win the contest, or collect a dime. Would this $300 bring better value at the windows? It’s a choice that every handicapper has to make for himself. Personally, I lean towards the windows, and haven’t entered a single contest with such an entry fee yet.


Eying the Pools

For years, I have been staying clear of horses that are favored in the UFABET win pool, but are not favored in the place and show pools as well. I have been rarely disappointed in the outcome. There are many reasons why a horse only takes money in the win slot, and most of them are notions you want to bet against. If I am going to back the favorite to win, I want to see that he is also favored in the adjoining pools.


Breeders’ Cup Retreads

Probably a half dozen horses that race in this year’s Breeders’ Cup will put in another start before the end of December. Because of the Breeders’ Cup notation in their past performance lines, they will receive plenty of attention at the windows against lesser competition. For the most part, these runners have proved real money burners and should be avoided. The Breeders’ Cup usually culminates a long campaign and leaves little left in the equine gas tank. So if you can’t find a runner at a square price to bet against these horses, simply pass on the race entirely.


On the Track

Here are some horses to consider at the windows—Pure Prize is finally getting it all together. Thompson St. could pop at a big number. Starbury is a rugged claimer with talent. Bella Bellucci is a fleet filly just starting her career. Thunderello could get real good for trainer Lake. Carsoncitycyclone continues to race with heart. Bowman’s Band is being tutored well by trainer Kimmel.


The New York Racing Association has come up with a fascinating contest called Sudden Death. This free contest requires the player to make a daily selection that finishes in the money (first, second or third). You choose a horse that finishes out of the money, and you’re out of the contest. There is currently a $5,000 prize for the last handicapper standing. NYRA plans on using this contest during their longer race meetings. Anyone can register to play online at www.NYRA.com.


We’ve all learned to believe that the Internet has created a world without borders. When you travel from site to site on the World Wide Web, you usually don’t worry about where the pages before your eyes originate. They’re all on your screen, and as far as you’re concerned, it doesn’t matter where the actual data is stored. Add the transfer of money to the equation and suddenly the point of origin becomes extremely important. Suddenly the laws of the jurisdiction in which the service is offered become very relevant.

Through this three-part series, I’m offering a very broad overview of the 50-plus jurisdictions where the operating of Internet gambling services is either regulated or tolerated. Two weeks ago, I briefly covered the broad approach toward regulation that is taken in the Caribbean. This week we move on to the South Pacific, namely Australia.

Before getting into some of the details, I should mention that online gambling services licensed in Australia offer more assurance of fairness than sites based in any other part of the world. Further, Australia has gone to great measures to promote responsible gaming. This is mostly because gambling is extremely popular in Australia, and the increasing accessibility of gambling Down Under has resulted in a very high rate of problem gambling.

I should also mention from the get-go that gambling policy has traditionally been legislated and enforced in Australia on a state-by-state basis. The federal government, until recently (more on that in a moment), has left gambling issues in the hands of the individual states and territories.

Gambling in Australia is broken into three categories: lotteries, gaming (casino games etc.) and wagering (betting on horse races, sporting events and other miscellaneous events such as political elections or awards ceremonies). To regulate event-oriented wagering, the state governments have simply extended the same policies for regulating land-based gambling facilities to the Internet. Subsequently, several of the country’s land-based sports and race betting operations, particularly the TABs (totalisator agency boards), have launched online services to complement their terrestrial offerings. Likewise, lotteries and lottery agencies have adopted the Internet as a new distribution channel.

Regulating casinos is a whole other ball of wax because winning or losing is determined solely by the random number generation of computer software. In layman’s terms, casino games can be rigged very easily. A site could, for example, advertise a 98 percent payout schedule for a game that actually pays out at a rate of 40 percent to 50 percent. In the absence of stringent regulatory measures, doing so would be a walk in the park.

So, Australia was only willing to legalize the operating of online casinos if a set of very high standards was met. This was accomplished through the establishment of a national regulatory model, which was drafted by Australian regulators in 1997. The states and territories, with the exception of the Northern Territory, base their Internet casino gaming policies on this model. The Northern Territory adopted a comparable act that is as equally effective.

The first state to pass an Internet Togel gambling act based on the national model was Queensland, and in doing so, Queensland instantly became a model, worldwide, for how it should be done. The Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania later followed by passing laws similar to the Queensland act. The government of Victoria agreed to adopt legislation based on the national model, however, it was never enacted.

The national model seeks to accomplish two things. First it seeks to prevent, if at all possible, compulsive gambling. It does so by mandating several policies such as the requiring of players to set their loss limits before gambling, the ability and right to refuse bets from players who have exceeded these limits or exhibited other signs of problem gambling, the ability to enable family members of compulsive gamblers to have them locked out of a casinos system and the posting of ample information for how and where compulsive gamblers can get help.

Further, the national model seeks to ensure that all online casinos offer games that are fair and that they are operated by upstanding companies and individuals. It accomplishes this by outlining a detailed process for conducting extensive background checks on all companies (as well as on their key employees) that develop and operate online casinos. In terms of the fairness of the games, the national model also establishes guidelines for testing gaming software before it’s approved as well as conducting periodic audits to be after the site is up and running.

The first licensed Australian online casino to open for business was Lasseters Online (www.lasseters.com), operated by Lasseters casino of the Northern Territory. Launched in 1999, Lasseters Online is recognized by many as the most highly regulated casino on the Internet.

Then, in mid-2000, three more online casinos — www.AusVegas.com, licensed in Queensland, www.wrestpointcasino.com, licensed in Tasmania, and www.countryclubcasino.com, also licensed in Tasmania — began taking wagers over the Internet.

The three new Australia-licensed online casinos have since been shut down because the federal government has imposed a moratorium on the expansion of Internet gambling. The moratorium, officially implemented in December and still currently in effect, is retroactive to May 19, which was before the three casinos were officially launched.

This is where all the good news about gambling sites based in Australia ends and the bad news — for online gamblers — begins. During the moratorium, the federal government, which previously left all gambling matters in the hands of the states, will decide whether it will prohibit or regulate online gambling. Based on their comments and actions, those who strongly support the moratorium, particularly Communications Minister Richard Alston and Prime Minister John Howard, appear to be leaning toward a ban. The only other alternative would be for regulators to draft a revised, even more stringent, version of the national model — one that is accepted by the federal government.

If a ban is imposed, even Lasseters could be forced to shut down its online operations and gambling at online casinos based in Australia would no longer be an option for consumers concerned with game fairness. More than likely, lotteries and event wagering services would be allowed to continue offering their services online, but it’s even possible that they will be closed down too.

Let’s summarize then, shall we?

Australia-licensed online gaming sites are arguably the best places to play in terms of consumer protection. Unfortunately, the government is leaning toward prohibiting such services, thereby removing them as an option and ultimately leaving the country’s residents, as well as gamblers throughout the rest of the world, with only the option of gambling at sites which don’t offer nearly the same protection… at least until another government comes along — possibly the United States or the United Kingdom — and reestablishes the standards set by Australian regulators.

In two weeks I’ll finish this series by covering the approach toward regulating Internet gambling in Europe.





Getting back into the swing of things was a total slaughter. My slot online unfortunately. I’m down 95BB over 2,579 hands which is a nice -3.69BB/100. I’m sure there is a lot of bad decisions in there I just need to go track them all down.

I started reading SSHE again of course. Even my starting hand selection is a bit rusty. Lucky for me its a bit rusty on the tight side.

Some totally random and meaningless statistics from those hands:

I received AA 13 times and won 12 times. The one loss was a bigger loss than any single win.

I am -27.00 on AKs. AK combined is +4.25.

I am -54.75 on AQs. AQ combined is -48.00.

While the actual numbers are somewhat meaningless I’m going to guess I’m pushing my big starting hands way too far when they only materialize into something small with a scary board. That one AA loss in particular was a board of entirely uncoordinated low cards, but the villain hit a set on the turn.

You guys might have to endure a few hand histories and some introspection. And of course once I get back in better poker shape I’ll have the triumphant break even post.

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It’s been a long time. I’m pretty sure somewhere buried in this blog is the last time I played some poker. I finally got everything sorted with my NETeller account and went back to the tables. I said good-bye to Party Poker one last time and drained my account. For the time being I am still a US player so, just like for many of you, it is no longer an option.

It’s interesting to see all of the shifts since I last played. Poker Stars is now at number one and Full Tilt Poker is now the second largest online poker room in the world. Wow! Awesome job guys! I’d also like to take this chance to thank both Full Tilt Poker and Poker Source Online for supporting my blog. I’ve been a little bit lax after my move, but things have settled down enough to spend some time updating.

I thought I might be a little rusty after taking such a long break. Most of the decisions are easy, but I’ve completely forgotten my odds. Time to go back and review!

Finally I want to thank everyone that’s been supporting me for the last couple of years. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting, and thank you for supporting my sponsers! If no one ever read this it would be much less fun.

Time to get back to it. There’s not any interesting stories to tell yet!



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The PPA has ranked Members of Congress

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has launched a new website that will provide a ranking for each member of Congress based on their record of supporting players’ rights. The PPA Congressional Ratings Guide is available to all PPA members at www.congressionalpoker.org.

“ As the PPA continues its efforts to educate members of Congress that poker is a game of skill, it is important that PPA members know how their members of Congress think about their rights to play poker online. ”, said Alfonse D’Amato, director of the PPA. “ The PPA Congressional Ratings Guide will make this information readily available as well as provide PPA members with an easy way to contact their representatives in Congress and underscore their support for this great American pastime .”

The current list cites 164 members of Congress who have a rating higher than B. These members have shown strong support for poker player’s rights and this rating is intended to reflect that situation. The number that should scare poker players is the 258 members, just under 50%, who received a failing rating.

To properly rank members of Congress, the Congressional Ratings Guide is based on support for the minutes, letters of support to Congress, public and private interviews with the PPA and its members versus their votes on the floor of the Senate. There were 113 members who did not receive a rating as their position and activity were minimal.

The PPA Congressional Rating Guide will be periodically updated and will provide PPA members the ability to search by State or ZIP code to see how their local representatives think in the eyes of the PPA. Members will also be able to automatically e-mail their member of Congress directly from the guide to show their support for poker and those who protect the rights of those who play this game of skill .


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A list Hollywood celebrities are today, getting attracted to online Slot Gacor. Celebrity poker is a big thing in Tinseltown. Stars are making mega bucks playing online poker. Movie stars who have been linked with gambling earlier are Sinatra and Dean Martin, who made Las Vegas their home. More recently Telly Savalas has been seen as an enthusiastic player. He took part in the World Series of Poker many times. However with the recent boom in online poker, Hollywood celebrities have adopted it in a big way. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are both serious poker players. Affleck has won $356,400 in the California State Poker Championships.

Pokershare to Sue Excapsa For an Astonishing GBP 1 Million

In the later part of the year 2005, Pokershare, an online room, had come up with a unique marketing approach. It had announced the sharing of its profits with its online poker players. However, before the profits could really get shared, Pokershare and its network, Excapsa had a falling. This has let to a litigation between the two parties. Pokershare seemed to have been doing too well by attracting players in large numbers. This was a source of worry to Excapsa’s site Ulitimatebet.com. Hence as per allegations made by Pokershare, Excapsa prejudiced its chances. It did so by barring U.S. poker players from Pokershare. It further removed network support. This resulted in the downfall of Pokershare, by November.

Pokershare has now filed litigation against UlitmateBet for an astonishing GBP 100 million, claiming that the action taken by Excapsa and UltimateBet, including the removal of rights to the software and technology previously agreed upon forced Pokershare to discontinue business activities. Unless an agreed settlement is achieved out of court, the two sides could be airing their grievances and defense in the near future, the newspaper reports:

Robert Williamson or ‘Mr. Omaha’?

Robert Williamson III is the new face for the World Series of Poker, on ESPN. He has made quite a decent living from the game of Poker. He was the 2002 world champion.  He cleared $450,0000 last year. This despite, limited play due to a busy TV and appearance schedule. He has also been featured on a new video game, called World Championship Poker 2. He is all set to make a debut on the big-screen soon. Williamson will be playing himself, in the film, “Lucky You”. Hcnews.com reports:

Williamson’s life has him hanging out with a lot of celebrities – or perhaps that should be other celebrities. But he still gets no bigger thrill than sitting down at a table with a pile of chips in front of him to play a game of Omaha (a style of poker similar to Texas Hold’Em with two ways to win, hing and high/low), the game that made him famous and earned him the nickname “Mr. Omaha”.

We all love to win in Online Casino Malaysia. To have a really nice tournament score. To see those dollars materialise in your online poker account. It is after all the prime motivatation to play for the vast majority of online players.

However this often creates a problem. Suddenly to have a large chunck of cash gives you a very liberal feeling when it comes to spending. Suddenly you have bought that $2000 watch that caught your eye, suddenly you are giving out $50 tips like some business tycoon or film star, and suddenly you are buying pretty much what you want whenever you want it.

Sure this feeling gradually subsides, but the fact of the matter is that in poker money won is never really there for liberal spending, unless you are retiring completely from poker, or have a really ridiculous sized score (eg WPT Main Event scale).

You might have spent $5K in tourney fees before that “significant” $18K score, and you could quite easily spend another $10K before you hit another. Variance is by its very nature unpredicatable, and really cold periods can creep up on you. That money is not profit, and it is not a “Christmas bonus”. You are dealing with a fluid operating role. That money won is very much part of that role.

Sure exurberance goes hand in hand with poker, and we all know it is a requirement to buy those diamond studded jeans from the shopping mall at Caesars, the moment you have anything half resembling a decent win 😉

So how do you deal with it without spoiling the obvious fun and pleasure. Really the best way is to wait a few days in a period of reflection until the money properly sinks in. Then decide what you want your operating role to increase to. Look if you have enough to be fully rolled for a level up. Also assess if there are any imporant financial things outside of poker that need to be sorted. Then after this period, have a look at what’s left, and if there is anything then its time for the spending spree.

Main Event Bets Update

Out of my 40 main event horses, I have lost 13 to my knowledge. Which is great. Maybe there are a few I’ve missed, but quite a few are looking good, especially Mark Vos and Jon Turner, who are amongst the leaders.

WSOP Main Event Bets

I am not much of a betting guy really, but come the time of the WSOP Main Event it seems criminal not to have a few fun bets on a range of players.

So, welcome to my elite stable of horses 😉  Hopefully some of these make it through to the final table.  I have naturally avoided the biggest names, as getting odds of 22 to 1 on Phil Ivey is ludicrously poor value.  This is poker, not AC Milan vs Accrington Stanley, or Gary Kasparov vs Jim from the meat-packing factory.   In poker we deal in edges, not 99.9% certainties.

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Bryce Paradis, better known as Freedom25 at Full Tilt sanghoki , has decided to call it quits from the poker game.

In his lengthy blog entry, Bryce mentioned that though he had started playing poker for the money, it was not the most important thing.

Here is an excerpt from his blog:

“With nearly 3 million in lifetime winnings I have reached a point where, once allocated in an investment portfolio, the funds I have gained through poker will yield enough tool-value to experience all things which I can conceive of as being of large, moderate, small and even moderately eccentric value to myself, at least for the immediate future, and so further time spent on playing poker for money is no longer valuable for that reason alone. Some people may ask, “Why not, then, pursue the academia of poker at the table and challenge Hawrilenko, larger live games, etc. and test your mettle for the sake of that challenge?” I do not believe that that would be a negative experience, and in fact playing poker has not become a negative experience, it is in fact still a good one, but the spotty-action environment and the lack of time-reward in the form of money have detracted from it, and due to the amount of energy required to continue playing at a competitive level I have opted out on the grounds that, while the experience may be good, I intend to find better. I am still rather infatuated with the academia of poker, however, and because of this not only will my involvement with StoxPoker continue in the future, but it will likely increase.”

Bryce plans to spend some time working on his website, taking some courses and doing the things he always wanted to do.

Congratulations Bryce, and “gg”!

Daniel Negreanu Getting Divorced

Daniel Negreanu announced on his blog the other day that he will be getting divorced. After just over 2 years of marriage, Daniel and his wife Lori have decided to go their separate ways.

According to Daniel it was a mutual decision and everything went very smooth. They hope to remain the best of friends, but unfortunately could not continue as a married couple.

At the end of his post, Daniel made mention that he will be getting back into poker and playing a lot more. Here is an excerpt from the post:

“So what does the future hold for me? Well, I don’t have any plans to find anyone new at all. I’m too busy with other things to even think about that sort of thing. It’s not on my mind at all. I’m still going to be working on my terrible golf game, hanging with buddies playing pool, but I’m planning on changing a few things around the house. More toys, if you will, like www.fullswinggolf.com and a few other things.

As for poker, one of the reasons that I have taken on a lighter schedule both online and live was calculated. I’ve been playing this game long enough to know that if my attention is split between personal issues and poker, the results could be dangerous. So, rather than mess with any of that I’ve been very careful in the amount that I play, and when I do play, I make sure that I REALLY want to play. Hence my decision to skip Foxwoods.

I’ll be back to kicking butt on the tournament trail starting with the 5 Diamond at Bellagio and will hopefully follow that up with a good WSOP in 2008. Despite all of this going on for me recently, I feel like my poker game is super sharp right now and I’m reading people better than ever. That, plus thanks to logging a few more hours in online at PokerStars, my game is as good fundamentally as it’s ever been. I’m looking forward to the 5 Diamond and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January. Both are tournaments I’ve had great success in, coming first and third two of the last three years at Bellagio, and cashing three times in Bahamas. I’ve always had “lulls” in my poker year, and they usually happen between September and December.”

Best wishes to Daniel, and good luck in the future!

Also, if you want to buy Daniel Negreanu’s Toyota Tundra, you can find the ebay auction here


Bluffing is the most exciting of all Poker strategies. It is an audacious move, when done rightly. Otherwise, it can turn out to be an extremely stupid tactic. You need to attain absolute perfection with this art if you are looking to use this to gain an edge over your opponents. If you never get caught bluffing, it is almost certain that you have never bluffed. It is always good to get caught bluffing once in a while. However, bluffing too often can lead to worthless bankroll swings.

A player who plays two hands and wins one and loses the other will most certainly be on a lower psychological level than a person who has played neither hand. Losing money is definitely as unpleasant, if not more, as winning the same amount of money is pleasant. A $20/40 player who loses $1000 in a single day will surely be more annoyed than he is happy when he wins $1000 in a day. It is a natural tendency among players to try to ‘get even’ if they are losing four or five bets. They might even risk all their winnings to get those five bets. On the other hand, if they are winning five bets, then winning another five bets would not make much of a difference to them. It is quite strange to see how people have different perspectives for two things of equal value.

Before you decide to bluff, you must take into consideration the psychological effect that might be caused by the bluff. Bluffing can be a dangerous move and if you don’t handle loss sensibly, it is better not to bluff at all. There is hardly any doubt about the fact that bluffing is a good tactic. However, going overboard with your bluffing is definitely not good. A person who bluffs actually tries to compensate for the lack of objective assets of his new usa online casinos with no deposit bonuses with his boldness.

When your bluffs earn you money, it is good. When you realize that you are not getting anywhere by doing it, there is no way people are going to appreciate you for your audacity. Reckless or foolish bluffing is a strict no-no. Do not do it because you enjoy doing it. Do it as an effort to increase your chances of winning.

Bluffing is a good tactic so long as you do it well. Bluffing can win you games. At the same time, you are risking losing a game. So bluff sensibly.

That’s the one


Wish me luck on Monday. It’s a very big day for me.

I’m a big fan of dumb luck. I like most things dumb… like Jessica Simpson, low calorie cookies, and American Idol. Dumb is free. Dumb is fearless. Dumb is like the twin sister of luck that we rarely acknowledge because she walk with a limp.

But why the hostility?

Here’s what fellow poker blogger “Big Slick Nuts” (it’s a reference to a poker hand mom and dad… not profanity) uses as a banner:

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson was smart. That’s strike one. Plus, I hate it when people say things like, “You make your own luck.” I mean, it’s too ignorant to be dumb.

Seneca, a dead Roman guy, said, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” That’s pretty dumb too. These are the same people slot gacor who used to add and subtract with numbers like “X” and “V” and “mcmxxvii”… which, with the exception of Super Bowls, is pretty damn dumb.

I think the great American thinker Frank Sinatra said it best, “Luck be a lady Tooooonight.”

As I type right now there’s some guy from Children International, one of those adopt a poor foreign kid groups, on TV. I feel pretty lucky I wasn’t born a poor foreign kid.


There are some people who understand this concept, so central to our understanding of poker. Take “Predator314,” another blogger, who left this comment on a recent BadBlood post:

“2.) Even if you are by far the strongest player in the field, you will still need to get lucky to win.”

He’s talking about any large MTT, or as I call them, MMTTs (Massive Multi-Table Tournaments). He’s absolutely right.

Sometimes we get so lost in our defense of poker itself that we lose sight of basic facts. Poker, we say, isn’t a game of chance, it’s a game of skill. That’s true to a point. But POKER IS GAMBLING and luck is always a factor.

If you play in a tourney you MUST win some coin flips. That’s luck. It’s Gambling.

If you play in a tourney you WILL make mistakes. None of us is perfect. Part of CJ’s “luckbox” reputation comes from the suckouts he’s unleashed. Truth is, he’s an awesome player and suckouts are just part of the game. Plus, CJ is a problem gambler.

Luck is your friend. Don’t deny her.

My bankroll experiment is going very well. I withdrew almost ALL of my Stars account and have been building it back up. From $6.50 last week I’m over $200 now. The low limit SNGs are free frikkin’ money and I’ve won most of them outright. The one I didn’t money in, I lost because of BAD luck. I’ve won 2 because I got lucky.

We spend so much of our time online focused on better play. I hope we do at least. Part of the motivation for the bankroll experiement was my tendancy to GAMBLE more with a bigger roll and I was losing the focus I needed. It took stripping the game almost bare to make that happen.

I’ll need some luck to build it further.

I think we can MANUFACTURE our own success to some degree. That much is true, but nobody does it without luck.

Gamblers are deeply afraid of luck. We really shouldn’t be.


The NEW YORKER has a good piece on “Happiness” this week. Our concept of it has changed a great deal. In fact, our need to BE happy is a fairly recent Western desire. Cavemen weren’t happy. The wanted to stay alive.

Even at the beginning of philosophy and all Western thought, people had the sense that things happened TO them… not because OF them. If the Gods will it, so it shall be. In the simplest sense, “Shit happens.” Back then, our concept of “free will” was a few centuries away.

It was around the time of our nation’s birth that we started our “pursuit of happiness” as if it was something we could work to acquire. Happiness is no longer a divine gift, it’s something we earn. Of course, most of that pursuit leads us to an ever-unhappy void. Without the void, what would we advertise, I need a swiffer sweeper to fill the unhappy hole.

We turned our back on lady luck.

In this sense, by ignoring the progress of modern ideas, dumb gamblers stayed smart.

Luck Happens. Work all you want.


Again, I need good luck on Monday. Take the day off from poker and send the positive suckouts my way.

I won’t be playing poker but a possibly life changing opportunity is coming my way.

I’m qualified and prepared.

It’s up to luck now.