God is a Gambler

All the evidence shows that God was actually quite a gambler, and the universe is a great casino, where dice are thrown, and roulette wheels spin on every occasion.

Physicist Stephen Hawking comparing the universe to Gambling

Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen

How neat is this. I certainly never tire of seeing face cards when I’m playing cards, but I can’t lie, I’d like to get my hands on an 11, 12 and 13 if only for the curiosity factor. In some countries such as France, packs of card featuring these cards are in fact the norm, as the cards are used in a game called 500 (aka bid Euchre)

Five Casino Quotes

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Roman philosopher Seneca

 

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.

Motivational speaker, Brian Tracey,

 

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.

American writer, Cormac McCarthy

 

Better an ounce of luck than a pound of gold.

Proverb

 

The only way I’ll ever get hurt in the casino is if there’s an earthquake and a slot machine falls on my foot.

American entertainer, Jack Benny

Playing Cards

There is a certain appealing aesthetic and style associated with casinos. Imagines or bright lights, stylised interiors. Affluent. Celebrity. This visual extends to all aspects of casino, and casino games including playing cards. Here we see a varied collection of decks of cards that one collector has picked up. Packs can be picked up for varying sums depending on the depth of your pockets. Online auction houses such as Potter Auctions even have an annual auction dedicated specifically to playing cards.

Shannon Elizabeth

Texas-born actress Shannon Elizabeth is probably still best known for her role as foreign exchange student Nadia in the Universal Pictures ‘America Pie’ franchise from the late Nineties onwards. However, for a few years in the mid- to late Noughties, she flirted with what she described as a ‘second career’ as a poker player.

Elizabeth played draw and stud poker from an early age, but came to Texas hold’em much later, thanks in no small part to her friendship with the likes of Jennifer Tilly, Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari. In 2005, under the auspices of Daniel Negreanu, she entered the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event but, although she performed with credit, finished out of the money.

On New Year’s Eve 2006, Elizabeth beat 83 celebrities and professional poker players to the $55,000 first prize in the Pure Nightclub Presents the Opening of the Caesars Palace Poker Room event and, as a representative of Full Tilt Poker, cashed three times, albeit for small amounts, in the WSOP during the year. The following year, she achieved far and away her best live cash so far, when collecting $125,000 for a third-place finish in the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, also at Caesars Palace. Indeed, Elizabeth achieved her last major cash, nearly $80,000, when finishing runner-up to Phil ‘Tiltboy’ Gordon in the WSOP Ante Up For Africa event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in 2010 and has cashed just once since. Even so, with a net worth estimated at $9 million, Elizabeth hardly needs to play poker for a living.

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