The Gambler


The gambler knows that if he somehow wins
it covers up a multitude of sins.





(Acknowledgements: first appeared in Asses of Parnassus).



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Damian Balassone is a failed half-forward flanker who writes poetry. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Ah, but does he really know?
    Very interesting!

  2. Very true. Gamblers have collects. Never wins. Chopping down the walls to feed the fire.
    To stay in the game long term you need a plan; strict money management & staking. Successful gambling is a time consuming, meticulous business. Not casual fun as the ads portray.
    Fine if you want to make small donations for the fun of it, but many of us have an accelerator and no brakes. The corporate bookies and their enablers in media and government prey on that vulnerability.

  3. Having visited MONA again I was inspired to read David Walsh’s memoir, ‘A Bone of Fact.’ In it he describes organising a paid army to work around the clock in Sydney newsagents completing lotto entry forms. He and Zeljko Ranogajec had run the numbers and calculated the effort needed. I know gambling is at best problematic, but the imagination and daring of this is spectacular. The prize was tens of millions. Of course, they won.

    Great couplet, DB!

  4. DBalassone says

    Thanks for the feedback gents. Interesting stuff. That line Peter “Chopping down the walls to feed the fire” hits me like a ton of bricks.

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