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The charitable nature of poker players

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Jun 25, 2010


When I first started gambling professionally, some 40 years ago, it was not a socially acceptable occupation. Over the years, that has changed. Star poker players now can make enormous amounts of money and achieve celebrity status with TV appearances. It still surprises me when I go out somewhere with a bunch of gamblers and someone asks for autographs. Even though playing poker is now widely accepted, I find that many people I meet, especially those who are liberal or radical, still think poorly of poker players. Recently, a woman from an animal-rights organization called me to solicit a contribution for her organization. Her call woke me up, and I guess I was a little sharp with her. I told her that I had been up late playing poker, and asked her to mail me the information, but never to call again. In the course of this conversation, I mentioned ...

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