Now is a time to remember and reflect upon someone truly remarkable. He left an indelible imprint upon the gaming industry and gambling culture. His name was Stanley Sludikoff. He was a pioneer, a visionary, an educator, and a giant.
Today, there are thousands of gambling-related websites in many different languages. There are online casinos and sportsbooks operating in more than 100 countries. There are countless books, guides, and other periodicals, including several hundred titles on poker alone. There’s a treasure trove of gambling information out there, both narratives and on strategy. It’s virtually impossible to remember an earlier era when none of this existed.
Calling oneself a Libertarian has become politically fashionable nowadays.
And why wouldn’t it be?
Based on the Latin word liber, which means free, Libertarian philosophy “upholds liberty as its principal objective. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association, and the primacy of individual judgment.” [See Footnote 1]
More freedom. That sounds great. Who wouldn’t be for that?
Other reasons to self-identify as a Libertarian are equally as persuasive. Breaking the two-party system’s tyrannical stranglehold on the political system is long overdue. The two major parties have broken the public trust. They have wrecked faith in government. Both parties deserve total abandonment. Fact is, America desperately needs more third-parties — and a fourth party, and a fifth party….ad infinitum.
Note: The following is provided for information and discussion purposes only. I do not encourage nor endorse any gambling site or wagering on the World Series of Poker final table, or any other poker event.
Bovada Sportsbook has released odds on this year’s “November Nine.” These are the remaining players still in the hunt to become the 2014 world poker champion.
A few interesting things about these odds and my personal thoughts (not to be taken as the basis for any wager):