It’s fun until you lose everything (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/06/2005

Gambling wears an alluring face these days. It’s served up on television in the form of powerful men in dark shades playing a high-stakes game of poker. Or maybe it’s ladies’ night when beautiful women take their turn at the table. Or it’s Hollywood celebrities anteing up.

A favourite past-time for the likes of Ben Affleck, poker has taken off as a spectator sport. It’s a far cry from Hollywood’s stereotypical gambling addict in a gaudy checkered suit betting on the ponies. On-screen gamblers have moved from shady mafia-types and assorted ne’er-do-wells to members of the jet-set crowd.

And with them come a legion of fans and players. The