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Famous gamblers in the literary world

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Famous gamblers in the literary worldIt’s a common saying the realm of writing – whether fiction or non-fiction – to ‘write what you know’. In the case of some famous authors and thinkers, what they know is the anticipation of the draw and the thrill of the win.

Today we will be talking about three very well known figures in the literary world that enjoyed gambling and what they would play if they had access to modern technology.

Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)

This Russian novelist, writer and philosopher needs no introduction. Initially studying to become an engineer, Dostoyevsky instead followed his love of literature to begin translating novels and then writing his own. His work influenced a great number of authors and philosophers including Freud, Sartre and Nietzsche, among others.

It was after the completion of his engineering studies that Dostoyevsky was introduced to gambling. He was visiting his brother Mikhail in the town of Reval when he was introduced to the finer things in life – concerts, operas, ballets, plays and of course, gambling.

This turned into something of an addiction for Dostoyevsky but not such a bad thing for fans of his writing. His experiences would lead him to write ‘The Gambler’, a novel about gambling addiction.

He would play…

Aloha! Cluster Pays. After spending some time in a Siberian prison camp for reading prohibited texts, Dostoyevsky might want to immerse himself in the warm, sunny atmosphere of this slot, particularly if he got to play through a good casino bonus.

Rene Descartes (1596 -1650)

This French philosopher, dubbed the father of modern western philosophy, was (and continues to be) a huge influence on the study of mathematics, science and philosophy.

Descartes had ambitions to become a military officer, and joined the Dutch States Army in 1618. A year later, he claimed to have had three visions, which revealed to him a new philosophy. After this experience, Descartes dedicated himself to finding the answers to the important questions, eventually producing the tenets of Cartesian philosophy now taught the world over.

Before embarking on this military training, Descartes writes in his biography, he wanted to make a living out of gambling. When a steady source of income failed to materialize, he turned to a more traditional means of livelihood. He would, however, continue to gamble for pleasure over the course of his life.

He would play…

Pacific Attack. With his military training, Descartes would surely appreciate this slot, packed with symbols related to the army and WWII.

Ernest Hemingway (1898 – 1961)

Another author who needs no introduction, Hemingway is one of the most respected American writers in the world, receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964, a year after winning a Pulitzer, and becoming a huge influence on writers who followed him.

Having written such literary behemoths such as ‘The Old Man and The Sea’, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ and ‘A Farewell to Arms’, Hemingway forged his own path in the literary world and continues to be a strong influence on writers hoping to emulate his style.

Hemingway’s interest in gambling, poker specifically, started in his teens, when he would join secret poker games with friends. During his years in Europe, he became an avid horse bettor and would continue to enjoy table games until late in his life.

He would play…

Secrets of Atlantis. A theme common to several of Hemingway’s works is ‘man vs nature’. There is no more powerful force of nature than the ocean (another theme that was of interest to this author) and Secrets of Atlantis also throws in a good dose of intrigue and mystery.

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