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Meet the Chicago num who constantly out-handicaps the bookies together with her professional soccer selections. discover the world's maximum backgammon hustler at paintings as he travels the globe looking for clean suckers. persist with the mythical (and broadly feared) Line Mover, whose vast activities bets strength bookies national to change the chances. dwell the key lifetime of the excessive curler, who will get no matter what he wishes (yes, no matter what) simply by exhibiting up in Los Vegas. Glimpse the wild scene on the casinos in Macao and stopover at a few of the planet's poshest playing dens. Get the right way to manage definitely the right domestic poker video game, how to not get ripped off through offshore activities books and the way to play "Who desires to Be a Millionaire" like a playing specialist.
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