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Contracts and Poker: Lawyers as Players

by Scott J. Burnham |  Published: Jan 16, 2019

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Trivia question: Name two lawyers who have won the World Series of Poker main event. Is it a coincidence that so many people trained as lawyers have become poker players? I don’t think they all got the idea from Mike McDermott, Matt Damon’s character in Rounders, who dropped out of law school to try his hand at the big game, but he did make the green felt jungle look like a more appealing alternative. On the other hand, it could be said that since a lot of people who went to law school are not practicing law, there are ex-lawyers in every field. There are of course the writers who write about the law, like the ex-judge of the Michigan Supreme Court, Robert Traver, who wrote Anatomy of a Murder, Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason mysteries, and more recently Scott Turow (whose first book, One L, was ...


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