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"Money won is twice as sweet as money earned" Paul Newman

I learned a bit of poker etiquette from Henry Gondoff, aka, "Shaw", Newman's character in The Sting, that---Poker is anything you can get away with!

Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) gets put on TILT, and Newman owns him, making us realize, Poker is not a game of cards played with money—It is a game of money played with cards. This isn't really a poker movie but it does contain this one famous poker scene:

Dealer: Doyle, I KNOW I gave him four THREES. He had to make a SWITCH. We can't let him get away with that.

Doyle Lonnegan: What was I supposed to do - call him for cheating better than me, in front of the others?
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Our brain is the most powerful computer. When on tilt, our brain is the most powerful broken computer .

The power of mind over money is rooted in mental bias . It is our own idiosyncratic way to distort our map of reality. Just as the menu is not the meal, this map is not the territory--because everyone experiences gambling differently.

When Lonnegan's reality check bounces, he goes on major steam--- He change the map (and the deck) , but Harry goes over the top---putting the CON back in confidence, and the SIN in sincere, cheating the cheating crime boss at his own game.

"If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you." Paul Newman

He had vision, and the rest of the word was wearing glasses---You never saw the whole deck, there was always some card somewhere he may or may not have played, like being an Indy Racing Car Owner and a Gourmet Food King, whose salad dressing out-grossed his films, shameless exploitation in pursuit of the common good

Maybe he didn't even have it, and bluffed, like when he did that movie Slap Shot, and didn't play a "big" bastard, just a simple one; and maybe he did have "it"--- like every thing he did after 1977 (Slap Shot).

Makes me think how unlike, but must be compared to, Brando he was; who, in the second half, pissed away his talent.

Newman instead, got old and grey, but better, like The Color Of Money lyrics, " It's in the way that you use it..It comes and it goes..."

The extraordinary role that luck plays in all our lives--

"Luck is an art. Luck just marches by any number of people, and they're looking in any direction but where luck is. I guess I know how to look in the right direction." Paul Newman

I saw Paul, taking a metaphorical last lap at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway pit lane -- the Indy 500, this past May.

Somebody up there liked him...down here too.



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