Gambling Is a Lonely Business but Partnering Up Can Be Beneficial

In one of his books, Ernest Hemingway wrote that a man could not make it by himself. That man always needed a partner in order to make his existence complete.

A gambler needs a partner. He or she may not admit it, but it's true.

Gambling is a lonely business regardless of how successful you are at doing it. It requires discipline, long hours of preparation and practice, and a single-minded dedication to the duty of winning.

I have partnered up with gamblers in the past. One was my late buddy Dave Molina. I had the distinct pleasure of introducing Dave to three women whom he would marry and later divorce.

Dave and I were born partners. He was married to a high-strung wife and mother of his three children in Clovis, N.M. The publisher had just appointed him managing editor, the first Hispanic to ever reach that height in Clovis.

As the newly hired reporter, I was delighted to find out that Dave loved to gamble. His favorite idea of fun was to drive non-stop to Las Vegas for a wild weekend of gambling, wine and women.


Our first gambling escapades involved blackjack or 21. Prof. Ed Thorpe had written a book, 'Beat The Dealer,' which purportedly offered the reader a new system of winning at blackjack.

The book sold millions of copies and forced the casinos to change their rules on blackjack or 21. From now on, there would be no more single deck games. Casinos increased their decks from two to four and then a six deck shoe. It made it more difficult for the player to win by counting cards and lessened the player's chances of winning.

After Dave and I parted trails, I partnered with a building contractor and showman. Paul was a concert promoter who lived in Branson, MO. We met at Indigo Sky Casino near Seneca, MO. and discovered we had an affinity for poker.

Soon we began driving to the various casinos. It seemed that I played well with a partner since afterwards we could share our laughs and war stories. Paul was a cautious person who played a skillful game of poker. Never flamboyant, he would sit back in the bushes and catch other players who got out of line.

Since moving to Arizona. I have been looking for a partner. I thought for a while that my daughter, Rossana, might fit the bill. She's smart, has guts of steel and would make an excellent poker player with a little training. But she has gotten herself caught up in other things, so I am still looking.

“His favorite idea of fun was to drive non-stop to Las Vegas for a wild weekend of gambling, wine and women”

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    This article is interesting for me. Reading it, I got curious about the forms of partnership between gamblers. I believe that it is not pre-decided betting on the table together. Then, how do the gamblers partner in the game ? Does it mean that they go together to casinos and then do what ?? The article gives a little hint about it, but, I want to know a little more in details. Maybe I should read more :)
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    Im the same Jade, I don't want an ongoing conversation or someone asking me questions . Ive put off my game play until I knew my attention wasn't required for anything . To me its just aggravating , it may have nothing to do with my losses but somewhere in my head I think it is.
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    Thanks for sharing Geno. I always enjoy learning about you. Jade, I couldn't agree more, when I am playing online, the last thing I want is someone talking to me. There have been many deposits gone too soon because I wasn't paying attention to my gaming. On the other hand, there have been only a few occasions when I was completely oblivious to the gaming, came back & found I had won quite a bit. Those are the best times ever! Unexpected instant gratification!
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    I think that your probably right if your going out to a casino. A wing man, I think you guys call it, would be safer as well, especially if one of you won a big pile of money. I have read several articles, right here at LCB, where people actually look out for those that win big and then rob them when they leave the casino. Now, changing the location a bit, from gambling out at a brick and mortar casino to gambling online, well that changes everything. When I'm gambling online, the last thing I want or need is a wing man. I enjoy this quiet time, all by myself, without any chitter chatter.

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