Book: A Calculated Gamble by Ed Tejacategories: Book, Traveling Fiction, Cambodian Underworld, Corrupt Politicians, Russian Mafia, Suspense, Professional Gambler, Southeast Asia Stories, Crime, Bar Girls, Street Life, High-Stakes Poker Stories
Ed Tejaabout this book: Aaron is a professional gambler living in a world that most people never see. Even most gamblers don't know his universe. He makes his living traveling the world, playing poker games in its far-flung corners. Living this way, among strangers, in places with varying rules, out on the road is something of a gamble itself.
But Aaron understands that there are few things worth having that you don't have to win in some fashion. Love, money, and success of any kind must be won — you must gamble to win. But as a professional, he has learned to calculate the odds, determine which risks are worth taking. Whether playing cards or making life choices, he prefers to know the odds are in his favor.
And yet, you confront things outside of your control. Circumstances stack the deck against you. When a sore loser in Malaysia turns out to be a sore loser and a well-connected thug, he flees to Phnom Pehn, Cambodia and straight into the arms of the corrupt and well-connected Chea Pran. Although Aaron knows there are no offers that can't be refused, the choices he faces aren't good. He'll have to play a high-stakes game, and ordinarily that would be fun, exactly what he is looking for. But the reason he has to play and the fact that he'll be playing a Russian mafia boss aren't good. Not all.
When not playing isn't an option and there are dire consequences to winning or losing, how can you improve the odds?
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