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What's Luck Got to Do with It? by Joseph Mazur

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Let It Ride

The House Money Effect

I hold the Fates bound fast in iron ChainsAnd with my hand turn Fortune’s wheel about, . . .—Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine

I was eight years old when I lost my lucky aggie shooter marble to Jerry Cutler playing immies. It was streaked with colors. Jerry was one of the older kids. He acted as the owner of a gambling establishment, a rake; his turf was the walls and sidewalks outside our six-story apartment building in the Bronx. On summer afternoons the street smelled of chestnuts and peanuts from ...

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