People, Society & Culture of Tunbridge Wells in the 18th Century & later.

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A Day at Tunbridge Wells
cries aloud for the opportunity to indulge in games of pure chance, and there are always people ready to provide such opportunities, at a profit to themselves. It is necessary to know something about the methods of those who set up these games to realise how it is worth their while to do so. The man who collects a party for whist, or any of its various forms, has no more chance of winning than any other player. In such games as require a banker, it will be found that there is always an advantage to the bank, which, while it may have a run of bad luck, must in the end win handsomely. Even in these days of scientific calculations, no theory has yet been devised whereby a bank, if it has a limit whereby it prevents perpetual doubling, can in the long run be defeated. Punters every year go to Monte Carlo to break the bank by means of a system : invariably they return convinced that they would have won if they had taken longer over the study of their method. Players with systems are beloved by the authorities at Monte Carlo, where, the curious have noted, money is taken away only by those who stake their money in blissful ignorance of rhyme and reason.
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