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How I Came to Know and Love Newsmax.com

How I Came to Know and Love Newsmax.com

Friday, 29 June 2018 02:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive


I was playing Gin at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, in the Winter of 2003. We were using two decks to make play faster. While one is being dealt out, the other is shuffled and ready for play when the hand is completed. And so on, saving at least five minutes over the course of the game.

One of the decks, a red casino quality BEE, gets a cut on its 10 of Hearts. It becomes a marked card that serious players like me and the late Robert T. Davis find so serious we toss the deck.

“No problem,” says Robert, “I have a backup deck. And look: it’s got a red backing like the one we trashed. It works with the Blue BEE still in play.”

“Great,” I said. And we played on.

Problem and suspicion arose when I realized the quotes on the cards were so funny and definitive that any concentration I had on the game disappeared.

Maybe, I thought, Robert T. Davis had arranged the cut in the BEE deck so he could insert the Newsmax.com deck and make me lose whatever concentration I had in our high stakes Gin Game.

I figured that even Stuie Ungar, the greatest Gin player in history, couldn’t keep his head squeezing his cards and seeing on his 9 of Diamonds this quote from Mrs. Clinton:

“Every document that we have obtained has been turned over to the special counsel.”

Just that would have caused Stuie to forget his discards, forget what the opponent did, and knock with 36 after five discards.

It worked on me and I completely lost it.

“They have Jokers in this deck, Robert?”

“Of course,” Davis answered.

“But we’re not playing Poker. We don’t need ‘em.”

“That ‘JOKEHER’ on the side is pretty weak,” I critiqued. “Little over the top and unnecessary. The quote there is funny enough.”

Davis offered that Newsmax.com is not a card company like BEE and TALLY-HO, but a serious company with serious political commentary on its site.

“You mean,” I offered “They wouldn’t want someone like me who’s worked on Presidential, Governor, and Senate races and now dabbles in Gin, Poker, and Golf doing an occasional column?”

“Not a chance,” said the late Robert T. Davis. Just before he said “Gin.”

The combination of Hillary Rodham Clinton and competitive Gin reminds me now of the line often attributed to Stuart Errol Ungar.

"I never want to be called a 'good loser.' Show me a good loser and I'll just show you a loser.”

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