By Arnie Wexler
Arnie Wexler's lifestyles as a gambler started at the streets of Brooklyn, big apple, flipping playing cards, taking pictures marbles, and enjoying pinball machines. At age fourteen he came across the racetrack, a bookie, and began taking part in the inventory marketplace. His obsession with playing sped up until eventually a fateful day in 1968 whilst all of it got here crashing down.
Wexler's gripping narrative leads us in the course of the dungeon of a compulsive gambler's world—chasing the large win and bobbing up with empty pockets—and how his dependancy drove him and his spouse, Sheila, to the sting of lifestyles. With aid, they controlled to flee, and jointly they've got dedicated themselves to supporting others with the matter they comprehend so well.
Arnie Wexler is a professional Compulsive playing Counselor and runs a countrywide hotline for compulsive gamblers. He used to be the administrative director of the Council on Compulsive playing of latest Jersey and the senior vice chairman of nationwide Council on challenge playing. He has seemed on quite a few radio and tv courses, together with Nightline, the this present day express, sturdy Morning the US, inside of variation, forty eight Hours, and Crossfire, between others.
Steve Jacobson was once a activities reporter and columnist for Newsday for greater than 40 years with an outstanding curiosity in all features of activities. He co-authored a couple of books with impressive activities personalities. He used to be named by way of linked Press one of the best activities columnists and two times used to be nominated by way of Newsday for the Pulitzer Prize.
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Extra resources for All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction
Then it was back to the sidelines to lie immobile under a pile of blankets. The whole point, as Bob saw it, was to get Percy warmed up with the minimum expenditure of energy. When it was time for Percy to race, Bob even dug his starting holes for him. First up was the hundred-yard dash. Released from his blankets, Percy was “warm as toast,” and after two or three practice starts was ready to go. Bob kept him in the sweats and sweaters until the last moment. Then, as Percy was taking his marks, Bob raced down to the finish with his clothes so that he could re-bundle his boy the moment he was first through the tape.
Imagine my feelings,” Bob writes, “as he raced at the side of the great and graceful Coaffee in that style. ” 8 Cyril crossed the finish first in 10 1/5 seconds. Percy, struggling most of the way, came second. Things now became confusing. At just about any major track meet, a second-place finish in a semifinal guaranteed a spot in the final. Most major meets, however, were held on tracks with six lanes. The Varsity Stadium track had only five. To accommodate this fact, meet organizers had adopted an awkward qualification process for the final: the winner of each of the three semis would advance, plus the second-place finishers in the two fastest races.
2 He had gone out for rugby at the start of the school year, no doubt to Bob Granger’s immense aggravation, and had promptly twisted his ankle in his very first game. He contented himself with being the team’s secretary-treasurer after that. 3 He also formed a private club with his best friend Bobby Gaul and four others in his graduating class, complete with a custom-designed crest for their sweatsuits. ” 4 “Luke’s” track shoes, meanwhile, gathered dust in the closet. Bob Granger for his part was keeping busy with his unpaid coaching.
All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction by Arnie Wexler