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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:52 pm 
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See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15272675

Can chess learn anything from this? I'm sure the answer is "Yes" but are we too conservative to do so?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:00 pm 
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I once bought a percentage of Stewart Reuben on his then annual trip to Las Vegas.

Stewart had made a profit in each of the preceding five or six years. That year he lost (quite coincidentally, of course) and I duly paid up.

I'm too conservative to repeat the experience.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:09 pm 
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Stewart Reuben was a pioneer in this field. His poker and chess memoirs, can be found in "Poker 24/7", published by D & B publishing.
Essential reading !


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:37 pm 
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Gordon Cadden wrote:
Stewart Reuben was a pioneer in this field. His poker and chess memoirs, can be found in "Poker 24/7", published by D & B publishing.
Essential reading !

Probably not on the Chief Anteater's reading list.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:47 pm 
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David Sedgwick wrote:
I once bought a percentage of Stewart Reuben


Now, how can I use this partial quotation most inappropriately?

Possibly by combining it with the attached image:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 2:43 pm 
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John Upham wrote:
See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15272675

Can chess learn anything from this? I'm sure the answer is "Yes" but are we too conservative to do so?


Surely that's where British chess was thirty to thirty five years ago. A boom of young players becoming world standard professionals either instead of, or following university. Go back forty five years and professional players, even people earning their living from activities associated with chess are few and far between.

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..... is what's known as a grinder - someone who doesn't win giant pots at glamorous events,
This reminded me of a chess player or two. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:49 pm 
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Not that I'll be any great loss to chess but I too have decided to make the switch to poker as a main hobby. :)

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I arrange sixth form maths lectures at Wilson's for local schools.
The most popular ever (about 150 attended) was in April this year when Emma McCoy (from Maths Department, Imperial College) spoke on "Maths in Gambling".


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:43 pm 
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Gareth >Not that I'll be any great loss to chess but I too have decided to make the switch to poker as a main hobby.<

You should buy all my books. But please don't read them. Just follow the First Commandment and you won't go far wrong.

I am pleased to read about Neil's initiative. I have thought of offering to conduct a class about gambling to older school pupils. I've not done anything about it because I assumed schools wanted to keep quiet about gambling. Then, they hope, people won't indulge. A bit like not teaching sex education when I was a teenager.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:19 pm 
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Stewart Reuben wrote:
A bit like not teaching s*x education when I was a teenager.


Were the consequences of this decision to be regretted?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:15 pm 
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Stewart Reuben wrote:
I am pleased to read about Neil's initiative. I have thought of offering to conduct a class about gambling to older school pupils. I've not done anything about it because I assumed schools wanted to keep quiet about gambling. Then, they hope, people won't indulge. A bit like not teaching s*x education when I was a teenager.

2 years ago she gave a similar talk under the title of 'Praise Bayes', which pupils attended because it was about probability. This year all the other talks were 'Maths in ...' so it seemed sensible to call this one 'Maths in Gambling'.


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If anyone wants to 'poker network' I'll be happy too- as long as you're not a pedant. Poker is obviously more appealing than chess to young people these days- I've been playing nearly 3 years now and like it :).

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It's fairly ludicrous that Rupert Elder isn't mentioned in that article.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:26 pm 
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Poker is great. I still play an occasional game of bitz chess but prefer poker. I haven't done badly from it. As for young people and gambling my brother was 13 when he backed Ben Nevis in the Grand National and he rarely gambles these days.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:23 pm 
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Phil Makepeace wrote:
It's fairly ludicrous that Rupert Elder isn't mentioned in that article.



Phil, Did he really win $54,851 for coming 132nd in a tournament? That is some prize fund!

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