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Last Article of This Century

31 December 1999

This is my last column of this century. Considering the fact that I don't realistically expect to have this opportunity at the end of the next century, I thought that it would be appropriate to share with you some of the things that I know and feel. Some pertain to gambling, some to life in general. The list will not be in any order of importance.

1. Honesty should always be the first consideration whenever there is doubt in your mind. Sometimes the truth hurts and it is easier to duck and hide behind an elaborate smokescreen. But in the end, the truth in almost every circumstance will be appreciated and respected.
2. There are good people and bad people. Fortunately there are many more good people.
3. Money doesn't care who owns it.
4. Racial prejudice says more about the bigot than it does about the viewpoint.
5. Gambling doesn't build character, it reveals it.
6. If you don't know the rules, don't play the game.
7. No one that I respect uses the word lock or guarantee when they refer to betting on sports.
8. Taking risks sometimes pays off, sometimes not. But if you never take any risks you are limiting your potential.
9. You can never have enough friends. If you have three that you truly trust you are indeed fortunate.
10. Charity is a way of thanking the fates.
11. Never double-up after a losing hand.
12. If you are born into a family that loves you, you have a great starting hand in life.
13. Don't bet on the favorite in the Kentucky Derby.
14. The ten best bands I've ever seen are The Grateful Dead, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen &The E Street Band, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Bob Dylan with The Band, and Santana.
15. You must see the play "Death Of A Salesman".
16. It takes inner strength to be a person of principals and substance.
17. When in doubt, take the points.
18. Because you have two ears and only one mouth, you should listen twice as much as you speak.
19. If you find yourself apologizing frequently, you should re-think what you are doing in the first place.
20. If a deal sounds too good, and it feels like you are getting way the best of it, in many cases you are about to get taken.
21. Don't embarrass your family or friends.
22. Never betray a trust.
23. Always keep your word.
24. Listen to an opera every once in a while.
25. Be open to possibilities.
26. Split aces and eights.
27. Don't bet the hard ways.
28. Toke the dealers when you win.
29. Know your neighbors.
30. Keep your lights on.
31. If a person burns you, write them off.
32. Look people in the eye.
33. Don't write something and send it that you will later regret.
34. Keep a good mechanic happy.
35. Let the people you love, know you love them.
36. Read "On The Road", "Piecework", and "Working".
37. Fair is fair, and just is just. It's hard to explain, but easy to recognize.
38. We owe our senior citizens and veterans a huge debt.
39. Help a visually or physically challenged person, if they need it.
40. See "The Godfather"1 & 2, a few times, skip 3.
41. Laugh out loud at least once a day.
42. Give a well thought out eulogy.
43. Try a micro-brew or two.
44. Hang out with someone smarter than yourself.
45. Read at least one newspaper a day.
46. Invest in your future.
47. Plant a tree.
48. Learn from people younger than yourself.
49. Learn from your mistakes.
50. Think good thoughts.

Larry Grossman

Larry Grossman is host and producer of Las Vegas' most popular gaming and handicapping radio show, "You Can Bet On It." Since 1989 he has interviewed World Champion poker players that include Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Tom McEvoy. Regular guests during the football season include Lem Banker, Mike Lee, Mort Olshan, and Andy Iskoe.

During the 1997 and 1998 season, Grossman hosted a nationally televised show that featured many of the nations' top handicappers.

Larry Grossman is the author of two books, "You Can Bet On It" Volume 1 - Casino Games and Volume 2 - Sports Betting. He is a regular columnist for many gaming publications. Larry has hosted and produced handicapping seminars in Las Vegas. Visit AudioVegas.com to listen to archives of his "You Can Bet On it" radio show.

Larry Grossman Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com

Books by Larry Grossman:

You Can Bet On It! -- Volume 1: Casino Games
Larry Grossman
Larry Grossman is host and producer of Las Vegas' most popular gaming and handicapping radio show, "You Can Bet On It." Since 1989 he has interviewed World Champion poker players that include Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Tom McEvoy. Regular guests during the football season include Lem Banker, Mike Lee, Mort Olshan, and Andy Iskoe.

During the 1997 and 1998 season, Grossman hosted a nationally televised show that featured many of the nations' top handicappers.

Larry Grossman is the author of two books, "You Can Bet On It" Volume 1 - Casino Games and Volume 2 - Sports Betting. He is a regular columnist for many gaming publications. Larry has hosted and produced handicapping seminars in Las Vegas. Visit AudioVegas.com to listen to archives of his "You Can Bet On it" radio show.

Larry Grossman Websites:

www.AudioVegas.com

Books by Larry Grossman:

You Can Bet On It! -- Volume 1: Casino Games