I’m sure you’ll have heard poker stories like this before…
A gambler is so much into a game but ends up having a bad streak. He loses his cool and is desperate to make a comeback, convinced that the next hand will be THE hand to make him. So there he is, with no more money to put on the table. What does he do? He bets something else of value.
Remember the latest James Bond flick, which I actually labeled a poker movie in an article just recently? Remember that poker game between that Greek guy and Agent 007? The other guy bets his car, sure that he would win. I think it was an Alfa Romeo, I am not sure, my memory is a bit hazy (all I can remember is Daniel Craig as James Bond). Anyhow, Bond wins the hand and the car, of course.
The question is, does this really happen in real life?
You better believe it does!
Check out this news clip from Avanova.com:
A Russian man lost his wife in a game of cards after putting her up as a stake instead of cash. Andrei Karpov, from Murmansk, had run out of money in a game of poker and offered his opponent his wife instead of cash to stay in the game.
When Karpov lost the game and his opponent, Sergey Brodov, turned up to claim his winnings, his wife Tatiana was so angry she decided to divorce her husband and started a relationship with Brodov.
She has since married Brodov, and said she does not regret leaving her first husband.
She said: “It was humiliating and I was utterly ashamed. But as soon as my ex-husband did that I knew I had to leave him.
“Sergey was a very handsome, charming man and I am very happy with him, even if he did ‘win’ me in a poker game.”
Talk about crazy! In this day and age you would think that putting up a person as your stake wouldn’t be possible! When you think about it, though, the whole thing sounds hilarious, doesn’t it? I mean it irks me that a guy would bet his wife as if he “owned” her (as if a person can actually own another person). Then again, the wife leaving him and marrying the other guy – I’m sorry but this just sounds like something out of a soap opera, or something from the Middle Ages!
No wonder people who aren’t into poker see it in a negative light most of the time. When they hear or read news such as this, their eyes probably pop out in wonder, or maybe they shake their head in dismay. Then again, this happened in Russia, where norms may be quite different from that of the US or other European countries. It makes me think of Borat, you know that “Khazakstan journalist.”? It’s like something he would do. I hope that I haven’t offended anyone with my musings in this article. I just found it really hilarious.
So guys, next time you decide to put up your wife as a bet, make sure that you win. Otherwise, you might just find yourself in the divorce courts!
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