Tag: gambling

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A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite

In 1980, a bankrupt gambler came up with a plan to get his money back. He built an incredibly complex bomb, one that was impossible to diffuse and that only he knew how to move, and snuck it into a Lake Tahoe casino with an extortion note demanding $3 million. Part of the plan worked. Part of it did not.

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A Life on the Edge

How Billy Walters, the world’s most successful gambler, keeps winning.

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The Truth About Dan Bilzerian

The strange, gun-filled life of the “King of Instragram,” a failed NAVY Seal trainee turned poker-playing playboy with an exiled fraudster for a father and two heart attacks already under his belt.

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The Billionaire's Bad Dream

Nearing the end of his career, a Canadian tycoon named Michael DeGroote went for one last deal, investing $100 million to build a Las Vegas in the Dominican Republic. His partners? Two brothers with a criminal past, a con man and an old friend with close ties to the mob.

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Horserace

Deep in debt, a man makes a large racetrack wager and recalls his history of gambling.

"I lean in to the betting window and tell her I want a grand on my horse. She looks shocked at first. She knows it’s a bet I shouldn’t be making, a bet I can’t afford, but she doesn’t know I’m running out of options. If I can’t come up with some serious cash soon, my number’s up. She types in some information but it seems to take her longer than usual."

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The Peekaboo Paradox

The dark secret life of The Great Zucchini, Washington D.C.’s most sought after children’s birthday party entertainer.

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Finding a Video Poker Bug Made These Guys Rich—Then Vegas Made Them Pay

A pair of gamblers and a glitch too good to last.

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MLB Game-Fixing Investigation Uncovers Lies, Luck and Hard Feelings

This is what happens when you concoct game-fixing allegations against a Major League pitcher because of a perceived slight on Facebook.

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Portrait of the Consummate Con Man

“On a small scale, Titanic Thompson is an American legend. I say on a small scale, because an overpowering majority of the public has never heard of him. That is the way Titanic likes it. He is a professional gambler. He has sometimes been called the gambler’s gambler.”

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Degenerate, Inc.

The life of a mid-level bookie.

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Dress Code

“In 1981, with a computer built into my shoe, I walked into a Las Vegas casino and beat the house.”

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Manhattan Fold ’Em

How a high-stakes poker game that started at Tobey Maguire’s house became part of a $100 million gambling and money-laundering operation orchestrated by the Russian mob.