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To Live and Die in L.V. - Part 2

by Michael Kaplan |  Published: May 17, 2005

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One auspicious afternoon in 1975, back when he was still living in New York and reigning as the city's most fearsome gin player, Stu Ungar found himself at the home of a friend named Bernie. Set down in the middle of Bernie's kitchen table was a small, amber colored, glass vial. It contained a gram or so of white powder. Amazingly, 22-year-old Ungar needed to ask what it was. "Cocaine," replied Bernie. "It lifts your spirits and makes you feel good."


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