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Signe Wilkinson

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  1. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    Nappies with safety pins, one-arm bandits with…arms. :-|
    I think I last saw a one-arm bandit in the early ‘90s. Not that I gamble much. At all.
    I have a family friend whose son, in his 20s, makes about 40 000 euro a year playing on-line poker, which in Portugal is quite a considerable sum. Claims to know his limits and keeps to affordable losses[uh-uh], low stakes tables etc. Works from home, uses at least 4 screens (I kid thee not).
    He is a good son, paying for his sister’s art college, keeps our friend out of debt and housed. However. His father left them penniless (escudoless?) because he was an inveterate gambler.
    Hmmm. Say no more.

  2. mikefive

    mikefive said, almost 4 years ago

    Ima, I can usually understand your comments but not this time, I can’t relate your comment to omQ R’s

  3. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 4 years ago

    America became the loser because of the dumb masses voting in 2000 and 2004. We lost our respect among the civilized nations of the world.
    Remember, it’s the GOP that has been hell-bent to cut education.
    There’s an old saying that not all conservatives are dumb, but many dumb people are conservative.

  4. ronald rini

    ronald rini said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes gambing is stupid. Most people lose look at vegas who pays those light bills. and the stupid ones are the idiot (like in ohio) that voted to leaglize. Why becasue they were saying that the people were going out of state and ohio was losing tax money. Now we are losing a fortune because all the profit from the casino is going to some out of county and state owners. Look at all the cities that have gambling they are worse off than before. Now they a strip for you taxpayers getting a promise of big money and a hand coming stealing his wallet

  5. ARodney

    ARodney said, almost 4 years ago

    Gambling is yet another way to transfer money from the poor to the rich. The churches are correct on calling it sinful, since it victimizes the powerless for the benefit of the powerful.

  6. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    Hmm, there appears to be some disbelief about this person I know. Ok, I shall post about him on another site which several posters here have access to. They can confirm if it’s true or not if they want to.


    @Clark The young man I refer to is admittedly making a real success of it. His mother and aunt say he is level headed but I’m sure gambling addicts will laugh at this. I remain sceptical but wish him all the best
    He is quite smart, likeable, finished his engineering degree but I do not think he has ever worked in a normal 9-5 job nor do I think, Clark, that he would ever want to. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a disdain for office-jobs. ;-) When I say he works from home, I mean he plays the on-line tables from home, and treats it as if a normal job, “working” 5 6 days a week. His tutorials on youtube often show him playing 4 on-line hands/games at the same time. he’s quite popular and has a respected following from all over the world in the on-line poker community.

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 4 years ago

    @omQ R

    It is a certain way of thinking that you either have or don’t. I believe you.
    When I was in high school I joined the chess club.
    The number one chess player had a speech problem, but was a math genius.
    He used to play “blindfold chess” with his back turned toward the board, and he could sometimes play two blindfold chess games at once.
    Facing the board, I don’t think anyone but his best friend ever beat him.

  8. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @omQ R

    It’s laughable that lma & Howgozit are arguing with you about this. It’s well established that some people make a living by playing poker, especially online. Pros make their money by playing casual players like the guy in the comic. Successful pros relentlessly play the statistics of each hand, not intuition or trying to bluff. I found a good description of the mindset of a pro:

    http://www.cracked.com/article_19303_6-reasons-professional-poker-way-harder-than-it-looks.html

    The whole point of this comic is that legalizing online gambling enables addicts to more easily feed their ruinous addiction.

  9. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, almost 4 years ago

    Gambling will solve ALL out ills. Just ask the pols that insist on having it EVERYWHERE.

  10. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    the cards are stacked against some of us from birth on.

  11. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Doc, online poker with actual betting, is playing against other people over the Internet. I haven’t done it, but I believe the sites that ‘host’ the games make money by charging a membership fee or taking a cut of the money transfers.

    Some countries allow a full “online casino” service. Much like brick & mortar casino’s, I’m sure the odds are rigged in favor of the house.

    So far, it has been illegal for a company to run an online gambling site in the U.S., but several states have recently passed laws that legalized online gambling.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, almost 4 years ago

    My Dad learned a system for blackjack — it required a lot of memory and quick calculating skills, both of which he had. He discovered that with the amounts he could afford to bet, he was making about half what he made in his job. It wasn’t gambling, it was a low-job. He didn’t enjoy it. So he stopped.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    If you own the “house”, “table”, or computer gambling site, it’s not gambling, it pure guaranteed profit.


    My dad told of traveling the mid-west with his professional gambler cousin back in the 30’s in the days of the “Pendergast circuit”. His cousin could “work a deck” and always seemed to win, not enough to be suspicious, but enough to keep ‘em traveling and fed. One night when an extra ace showed up, he and his cousin departed, quickly, accompanied by multiple gun shots fired in their direction. They never went back to that town again!! (The story was even funnier with my dad’s gestures and facial expressions!)


    BTW, Zit, once again, some folks have lived lives, even their relatives have, and not had to “Invent themselves” for blogs, Farcebook, or dating services. You should get a life less dependent on trying to insult folks you envy.

  14. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    Hey DrC, Uncle Joe has pretty much explained it, not that I understand anything about poker. – I don’t!.
    I can email you the kid’s blog where he describes what/how/when he does it. He has youtube vid tutorials (In English as he has a a following from all over) describing strategies, etc. Goes over my head.

  15. omQ R

    omQ R said, almost 4 years ago

    Tigger asked “How much does he lose?”


    As far as I know, he bought & is maintaining an apartment for himself in Lisbon, pays for his sister’s tertiary tuition & lodging in Lisbon (oddly enough his surname is the city he was born in), ensures his mother’s mortgage is paid for and traipses around the world playing in gaming & I think also poker tournaments. He’s 26 or 27. The figure of €40 000 is from his aunt. I have no way of verifying that claim. He does have a blog where he describes what he does. One in Portuguese & one English as well. (I don’t follow either at all).
    Others here have said there are professional gamblers that do make a living from it, as he apparently does despite my scepticism, but I suppose that is the very exceptional and not the norm as depicted in the ’toon.

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