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Betting the book will sell

… if author Annie Duke’s interview is any measure:

Video link -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxUZDiscLis

Made me go looking for Ms. Duke’s work. After checking Barnes & Noble stock, I was going for my keys when I realized I was actually preparing to get charged a roughly 50% premium for the trip. Too much vig for my taste.

MG signing off (having put my chips on the pass line instead)

When the client’s away, the brownliners will play

Trent's PigI’d been working like a dog all week, and seeing it was a short week I was extremely worn out. A man can only go without fly fishing for so long, and my limit seems to be…uh…well it has been roughly ninety hours since I last cast a fly to fish. Pathetic I know, but it was a really time sensitive project.

At 9:30 am the phone calls ceased, meaning the work was either complete or no longer in red-level alert mode. A half hour later there was a knock at my door, guaranteeing that any additional work requests wouldn’t get fulfilled on contact anyway. Fly rods were our keyboards, and the new client was carp.

Our arrival at goldfish city started with disappointment – the water was silted over throughout, making sight fishing a difficult task. We stalked what tailers we could see, stacked up anywhere from 20 to 60 feet off the banks, and did what devoted brownline folk do, exercise extreme patience. Colleague in arms Trent was first to score, with a roughly 15 pound piggie that ate a red sparkle worm. He felt mighty proud, and with good reason – it was his first carp on the fly! I was beaming too – Trent had been standing where the surface glare obscured his view, and I had spotted the fish for him. It took just one perfect cast and three short, fast strips to hook the prize, and more than ten minutes to get it to net. Carp usually give anglers a black eye, but in this case it was the fish that showed up with one.

Two piglets - only the one in the blue shirt stinksOnce we had a clue about flies, the rest was pretty easy still like pulling teeth. We got plenty of strikes on variations of the sparkle worm, from armored cars to straight red San Juans following small, flashy buggers. But carp mathematics are complex. For every hundred hits you think you felt, maybe two are legit. And for every ten hookups, you’re lucky if you land one. Even worse, you get a [potential] strike about every twenty or so casts to fish you specifically target. If you ask a commodities trader, a poker player, or even most fly fishers, they’d say that is a chance not worth betting on.

It’s that one good fight that immediately puts you at even money. And it’s the infrequent, but big, payoffs that keep this brownliner in the game.

Gambling site denounces blog spam

It is always cute to see companies attempt to take the high road regarding their promotion. We all know it is all about the greenbacks, so while 888 Casino denounces blog spam, you know someone will keep on trying, because there is money to be made. If they really wanted to stop uncontrolled, unethical promotion, they would simply halt the affiliate or other promotional program that is at the root of the issue, but we know that isn’t going to happen (think 180Solutions).

Everyone is guilty, somewhere, somehow. Unfortunately, the contextually driven nature of the internet makes it diffficult to manage. Case in point: you’re a high-profile political blog who mentions the word Connecticut. There are big casinos in Connecticut. And although online gambling is technically illegal, your sites feeds are bound to grab a casino ad sooner or later. Whether you throttle that advertiser next time around depends on you (and, of course, whether you are making tons of cash off that ad).

Gambling system ripe for abuse

As if casino gambling wasn’t already the best way to put you in the poor house, now you may be able to add data theft from casinos to the list. A new system is on the market (to casinos) which will automatically grab data off your driver’s license when you hit the window for a cash advance.

Lets hope casino data security systems are better than Choicepoint’s.