Christmas 1996, Kerry Packer and ten Asian acquaintances
descended on Las Vegas. Shortly afterward, the group
walked away with $22 million. They were credited with
contributing to a 19 percent drop in quarterly profits
at the Hilton Hotel Corporation, resulting in shares
dropping 11 cents. They did it by playing $250,000
Online Baccarat Games hands. After draining the Hilton,
Packer and his associates moved on to the Mirage casino
and came away with another $2 million.
Packer, an Australian media baron vvho owns a share
of casinos inSydney and Melbourne, is a celebrated
gambler. How did he do it? Has he discovered the secret
of winning Online Baccarat Games? No, not really.
Packer's win, while huge by the standards of ordinary
gamblers, is unsurprising considering the stakes he
plays for. While the casinos have the advantage when
they play against him, even their resources are dwarfed
by his own. Packer's personal fortune is estimated
at $15 billion, which guarantees him an instant line
of credit at any casino. As one Las Vegas boss who
has refused to allow Packer to play put it, "If
you let him dictate the terms, you are gambling like
any other sucker-but for millions invested by stockholder's
against a billionaire's pocket money."
are some other passages in the New Testament that
lead me to the firm conclusion that Jesus would have
been an enthusiastic poker player, and come to think
of it, the guy who produced those four eights in Vegas
looked a little like him. But I will leave theological
discussions of poker to a future volume.
I think what this scripture means is that people find
it easier to be inspired by strangers than by their
peers. A friendship is a relationship of mutual respect.
If you try to tell a friend about a new idea, that
person cannot accept that idea without conceding some
authority to you, at least in that specific area.
That's hard for some people to do, especially if they
are kiddie players who hold their poker "skills"
in high regard.