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The Hundred and Fifty Million Dollar Man

Alan Woods has used computer technology to become one of the world's most successful gamblers. but it isn't always a sure thing.
Michael Kaplan
From the Print Edition:
Gen. Tommy Franks, Nov/Dec 03

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Woods appears disappointed but not the least bit angry. He taps his index finger up and down, checks the screen layered with spreadsheets, looks at a scrap of paper in front of him, scribbles numbers and punches some information into a calculator at his side. The audio feed from Sha Tin resonates with all the emotion Woods lacks—"Somebody has won a hat-load of money," enthuses a British-sounding announcer—and it almost seems like taunting. Seeming to ignore it, Woods glances up from his work and says, "We lost $1.6 million on the TT."

The news is delivered in a neutral tone and followed by a moment of silence before things start to heat up for the next race. In no time Woods is back to work, monitoring Betfair, IM-ing with Hong Kong, momentarily resembling a teenager lost in death-match nirvana as he resumes finding an edge and winning money.

 

Michael Kaplan is Cigar Aficionado's gambling columnist.


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