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The Education of a Poker Player - Part III

by James McManus |  Published: Jan 16, 2008


In early 1930, with his esoteric skills no longer in demand and the unemployment rate spiraling toward 35 percent, Herb Yardley couldn't find a job. "I felt very small in my rags and could scarcely open my mouth," he said later. "Poverty had done strange things to me, though only a few months before I had stood at the top of my profession. Now I suddenly found myself with no voice, no matter, no confidence." He probably didn't even consider trying to support his wife and son at the poker table. The games were either too big or too small, and in the bigger ones he could hardly count on a fair shuffle. On top of that, gambling was illegal in nearly all jurisdictions. Playing square poker as a regular job would have been almost unthinkable.

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