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Leaving Las Vegas

The Great Escape

by Todd Brunson |  Published: Oct 01, 2010


As I’m cruising across Flathead Lake in Montana at 50 mph in my brand-new 21.5-foot Cobalt, I’m flashing back to a scene in Apocalypse Now. Remember when they were briefing Charlie Sheen’s dad? (I know that his name’s Martin Sheen, and that his character’s name was Captain Willard, but it sounds funnier this way.) Anyway, Army Intelligence had intercepted a message from one of Don Corleone’s men. (I know, Marlon Brando’s character’s name was Col. Kurtz in this film, but again …) The message was to his wife, and it said something along the lines of, “Sell the house, sell the car, sell everything; it’s all BS …” That’s kind of how I feel about poker right now. I’ve escaped Las Vegas to the nicest spot on Earth, so why would I ever go back? I would write to my wife and tell her to sell everything and escape with ...

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