Dostoevsky’s Gambling Spree
Fyodor Dostoevsky, the Russian novelist who wrote several classics, including The Gambler, had an inordinate attraction to the roulette tables of casinos along the Rhine. In one trip to Baden-Baden, which started on July 4, 1867, he ran up a starting bankroll of 100 francs into 4,000. But, never one to quit while he was ahead, he kept playing.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he lost it all back, and then some. Learn the complete Dostoevsky story in Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling.
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