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October 18, 2012

In Vegas, the hand is quicker than the eye


The onlooker next to me picked the left and so did I. But I didn’t have $100 in reserve and borrowed it from my friend.

“Quick, I need $100,” I told her as she reluctantly pulled out a crisp bill from her purse. “Money in the bank.”

I buckled at the knees when the cards were overturned.

How it landed on the right was totally beyond me. But there it was. Wrong once more. Out $200. And half of that belonged to my traveling companion.

“Can’t win them all,” the guy weaseled. “Let’s try it again.”

As we walked away broken-hearted, the obvious came into play. The bystander was probably in cahoots with the man, luring suckers like me into the fold. I never saw it coming.

All said and done, it taught me a valuable lesson. If seeing is believing, don’t look twice, it’s all right. Just walk away and you’re bound to come out a better man.

Photographer and writer Tom Vartabedian is retired from The Haverhill Gazette. He contributes this regular column.

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