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March 4, 2006 8:11 PM   Subscribe

A little high stakes golf, anyone? It's no surprise that people play golf for high stakes, but it does make for an entertaining read.
posted by mosk (13 comments total)

 
Brings to mind Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker with high-stakes played at poker and at being a bonds salesman on Wall Street during the 1980's.
posted by ericb at 8:31 PM on March 4, 2006


Yeah, I was originally trying to put together a post of both this article and the recent Andy Beal vs. Phil Ivey poker match, where Ivey beat Texas billionaire Beal out of $16.6 million dollars, but it was getting wordy, long, and awkward. Besides, I think this is a well written article and makes for a good read.
posted by mosk at 8:43 PM on March 4, 2006


Excellent read. Im already booking my next flight to Vegas for myself and my Hogans.
posted by subaruwrx at 8:58 PM on March 4, 2006


Can these people possibly be any more disgusting?
posted by ori at 9:40 PM on March 4, 2006


Which reminds me:

A guy walks into a bar full of people starts to make his way towards the bar. Along the way he notices a that there's a whole bunch of meat stapled to the ceiling.

When he finally gets a bartender's attention he asks, "Hey, what's with all that meat up there?". The barman replies, "Oh, that's a contest we do in here. If you can jump up and bite one of those pieces of meat, you get drinks on the house for the rest of the night. Otherwise, you buy everyone in here a drink.

The guy looks around at how full the place is, then looks up at how high the ceiling is and says to the bartender while shaking his head: "those steaks are too high".

buuu-rrrrrrruump! Thank you very much.
posted by redteam at 9:49 PM on March 4, 2006


I am amazed at how someone who must have been bright enough to become a self-made millionaire (billionaire?) is so damn stupid as to loose 3/4 of a million dollars over a FUCKING GOLF GAME to obvious hustlers.

I wonder how long it took his company to earn its first $700,000. Then to piss that away on a golf game.

Even if he is phenomenally wealthy, buying a couple of new sports cars that afternoon would provide more entertainment than a round of golf and obvious anger, disappointment, and frustration.

I just don't get it.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:08 AM on March 5, 2006


Hubris -- massive hubris. That's why I find these sorts of stories so interesting: It should be obvious to anyone with half a brain that playing a known golf hustler for $50k a hole with rented clubs on a course that you don't know is a bad idea. But that's what the mark did, and the only reasonable explanation is hubris.
posted by mosk at 8:41 AM on March 5, 2006


People do lots of stupid things in Las Vegas. How the hell do you think the casinos stay in business, let alone plan to build several $5B casino/high-rise complexes over the next few years.
posted by SirOmega at 9:55 AM on March 5, 2006


I dunno - if they gave me 37 strokes a side and played at night I might take them up on it....
posted by TeamBilly at 1:43 PM on March 5, 2006


Can these people possibly be any more disgusting?

I guess that in your eyes Barry Greenstein is also a disgusting person, despite the fact that he's given more to charity than you've made in your entire life.

You're judging people you've never met, because some of them like to gamble, and some others like to provide a game.

I'd say that this thread is shockingly judgemental, but I shouldn't have been shocked. MeFi loves to get self-rightous.
posted by I Love Tacos at 8:54 PM on March 5, 2006


I'm 100% confident that you haven't taken more than $2m home, because if you had, you would've figured out that it doesn't hurt anybody when Some Rich Guy decides to take a sucker bet from Some Other Rich Guy for entertainment value.
posted by I Love Tacos at 8:55 PM on March 5, 2006


I guess that in your eyes Barry Greenstein is also a disgusting person, despite the fact that he's given more to charity than you've made in your entire life.

No, but I count as immediately suspect someone who would put the recipients and amounts of his charity donations on a public web page.
posted by Ynoxas at 9:29 PM on March 5, 2006


No, but I count as immediately suspect someone who would put the recipients and amounts of his charity donations on a public web page.

Wow, what do you suspect him of, not actually donating the money? Those are his charities, and that's what he's given to each. And yes, he's very public about it; so what?

I don't understand your sanctimony.
posted by mosk at 12:55 AM on March 6, 2006


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