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Ace of Spades Preston: "Born to lose. Gambling's for fools." published: a year ago 2 2 2 Preston Fairmont. 30 cards (33 total). 0 experience required. 8 packs.


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TO THEM money is hardly more than just a form of counter—pieces of printed paper to pass from hand to hand, the oftener the better, and not in any sense representing something principally-meant to be exchanged for goods or services. His happy hunting ground was one certain hotel in a western Canadian city where many commercial travellers, and others blessed with plenty of ready funds, were wont to gather for long, far-from-home week ends. I was somewhat surprised to notice, after every close play, a number of fans crowding around, asking him just how he was going to score it. And after an hour or so I noticed that one dark, thin-faced little chap seemed to be having quite a run of luck. I drifted over to them and found that, to while away the time, they were running pools on which floor the car would stop at first on each downward trip. Not that he stacked the cards. Monty Card and several others of that bunch were sprawled out in chairs in the lobby of the Prince Clarence Hotel, just chewing the fat about one thing and another and trying to scrape up enough energy to walk across the street and eat breakfast. As he went I happened to notice him nod to the young fellow behind the cigar counter, who only scowled in return. And I even heard of one gambler who approached an official scorer with the suggestion that the latter should delay making such decisions public long enough to flash him—the gambler—a private signal. Naturally, in matters of this kind, you must keep your wits about you; for it can be disillusioning, and even dangerous, to go congratulating by mistake somebody you have just induced to wager on a horse that finished a well-beaten last. A few minutes later, while buying some smokes, I casually remarked to this cigar clerk that his little dark friend appeared to have pretty good luck at the elevator game. Can't find your account number? What went on, I asked them? The stakes were fairly small at first; but, as folks generally do, we kept increasing them till they were quite sizeable. And while it is a point of honor with them—or most of them—to pay off promptly when they happen to lose, they think it nothing but justifiable to take every precaution, legitimate or otherwise, against that sad possibility. When the number chanced to be one nobody was holding, that made it a jack pot, with double money going on the next trip, and so on. Izzy here says it will be to the left. As, for example, one we shall call Blackie. October 1. Over the doorway is one of these indicators that shows the different floors the car stops at on its journeys up and down. Close Page Details.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Experience anything and everything Maclean's has ever published — over 3, issues and , articles, images and advertisements — since Browse on your own, or explore our curated collections and timely recommendations. For here, as elsewhere, it is only wisdom to try and eliminate, as much as possible, the vagaries of chance. I had been recognized. On a street they will bet whether the next to come around a corner will be a man or a woman; or on which of two trolley cars, approaching from different directions, will arrive at an intersection first. Almost automatically, lips with a wilted cigarette dangling from a corner approached my ear. For them almost anything will furnish the basis of a gamble. Please log in below:. But once or twice in every session one of those deals would come up which poker players dream of, and talk about for months afterward—the sort of deal where practically every player at the table gets the kind of hand that simply has to be bet on and for which any previously established limit is tossed out of the window by mutual consent. The suggestion was not advanced a second time. To them gambling is life itself; and at any hour of the day or night, or under any conceivable surroundings or conditions, you will find them prepared to quote you odds and bet you money on any sort of proposition you care to mention—and on lots of others that would never enter your mind or the mind of any other than a real gambling fool. And pauses of half an hour or more between each of these opportunities to bet! They spend less on food, drink or recreation than the average person. Continue on pg. Maclean's Archive. And as the word travels around the lobby how Monty is offering four to one on such a proposition, most of the others drift over to where he is sitting and take nibbles of various sizes at what sounds like a very fair gamble. Of course they attend the races, these gambling fools; but more as a matter of business than as sport or relaxation. That is simply ridiculous; and the reason why —if you know just where to look—you will generally find several rousing dice games in full swing somewhere around every well-conducted race track. But whenever there happened to be an extra-big pot, his was apt to be the pay-off number. With these it was an easy matter to chalk, surreptitiously, the coat sleeve of each client—using a different tint for each horse recommended—and so keep all things clear. Hockey is all right; but, outside the final result and the matter of which team will score the next goal, there are comparatively few chances of getting action for your money. More From This Author. From the lobby you can see the elevators. Ah, well, gambling with strangers is always risky, and especially on propositions that are unfamiliar to you. More Like This. But from a strictly personal angle, horse racing fails to furnish sufficiently frequent action for your true gambling fool. He told me that the gamblers made a habit of betting on whether or not each batter would make a hit; and that hundreds of dollars might be resting on his decision. More From This Issue. If, when coming down, the first stop was at your number, you won all the money. Done Reading. The voice stopped. And the same more or less applies to football. Once I chanced to sit in a press box right next to the official scorer. Card games? That was the case, for example, in this experience told by a friend of mine as happening to him in a certain Canadian city not long ago. While it stood at the bottom, awaiting passengers, each man drew a number out of a hat. 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Of other major sports, baseball is undoubtedly their favorite. All rights reserved. Every Issue. Access to this content requires a subscription to the Maclean's Archives. Only eight races, at most, in a whole long afternoon! {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Though he'll bet on the end of the world, a racing raindrop, or a falling drunk, the gambling "fool" takes fewer chances than you'd think. Privacy Policy Terms of Service. For you can gamble not only on the game itself, and on each separate inning, but also on the outcome of every ball pitched. Visit Macleans. However, cards can have their possibilities, even for those handicapped by inexpert fingers. Click to View Article Pages. They still tell of one absent-minded fellow who suffered greatly from such mistakes in identity until he devised the simple scheme of carrying with him sticks of colored chalks. For that matter, all gambling is folly; and gambling fools seldom attain to eminence or renown. I asked him the reason for this unusual interest. IT WAS around noon, the day when the papers first came out with that yarn about the guy in California who was predicting how the end of the world was due to arrive the following Friday. Very late one night I came upon two of the breed, who were staring intently across the way to where a drunken man was propped against an alleyway wall, his knees sagging, almost ready to. Him and Whitey, that runs the elevator, have it all fixed between them. Protective Coloration Naturally, in matters of this kind, you must keep your wits about you; for it can be disillusioning, and even dangerous, to go congratulating by mistake somebody you have just induced to wager on a horse that finished a well-beaten last. Browse Issues Search Subscribe Now. And it is well for any such innocent to be extremely wary about risking his cash with them, especially on propositions that are at all unfamiliar. 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