Casinos in Las Vegas looks like a bingo place, set up on side of a nursing home, somewhere, lost in the countryside , compared against a real estate poker table , set up by brokers , mortgage companies , banks , FED and also a players , who joined the the game at the very beginning and now , just waiting to pick up the “dead” bodies and bury them …for a fee , of course.
I said dead bodies , because , if you joined the game , while the “smart” players were getting out , shouting : ” look people , this is the table , where everybody is a winner”, you had most likely ended up with a deck of cards , which for the story purposes , I will call : “Dead man’s hand”. You holding a pair of black aces , which is the mortage company , pair of black eights , which is the broker , who talked you to it and finally , unknown card , which is the tenant , late on rent payment for 2 months . Not that it matters much , you are probably paying for the bunch of houses , which you had accumulated in a foolish hope , that you sell them quick, out of you pocket anyway. What you forgot ( you are not alone) is , that unlike gambling in casino , Hope is not part of the “game”. The only thing missing here is the “bullet” in the back of your head . Unless you have a lot of “useless” cash in you wallet , rest assured , the bullet will come soon…..If you are one of those , whose image to them, around people in the local “country club” , or the “yacht association” is more important , than a common sense , then I need to admit , I will be probably one of those , “digging” the “grave” for a fee and I will have no pity for you , because when a “wrong” choice is made , and we all are making them on ocassions , instead of waiting and hoping , it will correct itself , action should be taken . There is a lot of different types of actions and some are more complicated than other , I would like to imagine , again for a story purposes , how Wild Bill would play the game , if he had the choice of course.
I imagine , he would “bluff” a little bit , if still not incorporated , he would do so right away , while his personal credit is still O.K. , try to pull as many credit lines as he could , build a strong cash position , and then put the “cards” on the table saying loudly : ” I pass…” Then he would walked away from the “bar” , while ordering his loyal “deputies” to attend the nearest auction of the same “cards” , where the “stakes” will be a lot lower and his remaining “chips” will get him new , and I am pretty sure much better “hand.”
Of course , you are not the Wild Bill and you won’t do that . Maybe you have a lot of family , friends and fools to let them stay in your houses , and while paying for their living , you can always proudly tell your buddies in the “country club” : ” I played Poker in Deadwood…..”