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How You Can Become a Professional Gambler

I get an annoying amount of email from people asking me how to gamble like I used to. The truth is that what I used to do isn't profitable anymore. It was a right time, right place sort of scenario. Although I'm not a professional gambler anymore, I have been spending time studying and improving at poker (I'm a break-even or slightly profitable player), and I have friends who are pros. There are surely several different paths you can take to make a living gambling; this is the one that I'm aware of and is feasible for someone of above average intelligence.

Despite offering a rough guide to making money gambling, I don't necessarily recommend that you do so. I gambled professionally for seven years. During that time I made a lot of money and enjoyed my life. One morning I woke up and all of my money was gone. The story behind that is complicated, but the gist is that "they caught on". The strongest emotion I felt was a sense of relief. Gambling is fun, but it's not "big". It doesn't contribute in a meaningful way or leave you with a body of work.

Most casino games have a house advantage ranging from 2-5%, assuming "perfect play". That means that if you play perfectly, you can expect to lose, on average, about 2-5% of the action you put through a machine. Perfect play for slot machines is simply to bet the maximum amount of coins (the jackpot is skewed heavily in favor of maximum coins). For blackjack you need to memorize what to do for every combination of player hands vs. dealer hands, specific to each set of rules (hit on soft 17, resplitting aces, etc).

day 36 | john 15-16

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Jesus is talking to the disciples about the persecution they will suffer because they follow him. The consequences are marginalization and death. They will be kicked out of their communities because they follow him. They will be killed because they seek to emulate him in mind, body, and spirit. Even though the disciples and their persecutors believe in and worship the same God, they will be at odds. Jesus is saying that because these people will kick them out and kill them, they do not know God.

I think this says something of the character of God, revealed through the life of Jesus.

God includes all people and values the lives of all people.

As we've seen throughout the gospels, Jesus only teaches those who wish to be taught, but serves all people. Healing does not require discipleship. A meal does not require obedience. Jesus was moved with compassion for everyone, and his heart was hard only toward those who would withhold life and blessing - shalom - from everyone.

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