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Men of Action: Jack “Treetop” Straus

Top-Notch Hall of Famer, Raconteur, and Action Junkie

by Bob Pajich |  Published: Sep 04, 2013


A chip and a chair. We’ve all repeated it to ourselves or cringed when one of those friendly and upbeat tournament opponents cheerfully said it after watching our chips be pushed in front of another yokel. A chip and a chair. Maybe no poker cliché boils poker down to its purest form as “a chip and a chair.” For the downbeatens and the degenerates and the losers, the limitless potential of owning a chip and a chair is lifeblood. It means: There’s always hope, no matter how meager the beginnings. It means: Just let me get in there to show them what I can offer. It means: Since I’ve been stripped to nothing except a single chance, there’s the potential for peace and clarity. It’s the sixth seed winning the Super Bowl. It’s an American statement as clean and pure as the Bronx cheer or chapter one in a story ...

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