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64. Does a Tiger Change Its Stripes?
Melissa had heard about Bill. He was a
. He dated one woman after another, telling one
after another. He was a pilot, a tiger
, a banker, a publisher, a tycoon, an investor,
adventurer, and on and on. He laughed about
easy it was to deceive women. Dress sharp
drive a luxury car, and they would follow
anywhere. Bill could get almost any woman he
. And then he discarded them like so many
Although Bill owned a carpet-cleaning business
had five employees, he made most of his
gambling. He went to Vegas at least six
a year, and played at a couple of
in the Los Angeles area regularly. Tonight he
invited himself to a monthly neighborhood poker game.
most of the evening, Bill was rather quiet.
hadn’t said one unkind word about women, and
only briefly bragged about his poker skills. Melissa
if Bill had finally met a woman who
put him in his place. Meanwhile, he was
every third hand.
Melissa decided to play one
hand, and then leave. She ended up with
wonderful hand—three nines and two aces. The betting
spirited, but eventually all the other players dropped
, except Bill. Bill made a final raise, and
called. There was almost $200 in the pot,
biggest of the evening. Melissa was mentally shopping
the money (much of it Bill’s!). Bill, however,
had a full house—three tens and two deuces.
chuckled, “The best female poker player in the
couldn’t beat me, honey. What on earth were