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- A 1978 song by Kenny Rogers that includes some basic truths about poker.
- A 1974 movie starring James Caan as Axel Freed, an English professor in New York City who is a degenerate gambler.
- An 1867 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky that was inspired by the author's addiction to roulette.
The film is said to be loosely based on the Dostoevsky novel, but it also represents a lifelong fixation with degenerate gambling that was explored in many of screenwriter James Toback's scripts, but nowhere so thoroughly as this one.
In this clip, Axel Freed starts on a heater in Las Vegas: