Stu Ungar's Genius

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Postby Guest » 07/13/05 12:34 AM

I just read my first article on Stu Ungar, The Kid, who was renowned for being one of the greatest poker players of all time. He has a fascinating life, and I wonder about his abilities.

Does anyone know where his great ability came from? In the article I read, they made mention of his prodigious photographic memory, in which he once bet a guy $100,000 that he could name all the remaining cards in a half-played-out 6-deck shoe--and won the bet.

He was also able to read people to a tee, as a result, perhaps, of his upbringing as the son of a NYC bookie.

Both of these skills--a good memory and the ability to read people--are useful in magic. They are essential, however, in poker.

I find fascinating parallels to similar geniuses in magic, including Vernon, who was similarly obsessed with his own passion of magic to the exclusion of all else, including personal relationships and his own physical and financial welfare.
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Postby Randy » 07/13/05 09:30 AM

ESPN ran a great story about Stu before last year's World Series of Poker tourney. Stu appears to have been a guy with great genius that, unfortunatley, was coupled with great demons.......demons that lead to his untimely death alone & broke in a hotel room. I also understand that there is a motion picture in the works about Stu and his very interesting life story.
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Postby Guest » 07/13/05 11:42 PM

Originally posted by Randy Gastreich:
I also understand that there is a motion picture in the works about Stu and his very interesting life story.
High Roller - The Stu Ungar Story has been out on DVD for several months now. I haven't watched it yet, so I can't comment on the quality, but casting Michael Imperioli as Stu does not inspire a lot of enthusiasm in me...
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