Fading Hearts on the River: A Life in High-Stakes Poker by Brooks Haxton

By Brooks Haxton

Headquartered round multi-million buck stakes and a sequence of nationally televised poker tournaments, Fading Hearts at the River deals a narrative of odds—the odds of a child surviving serious jaundice, the percentages of Congress passing a legislations that renders one's on-line playing source of revenue inaccessible, the chances of drawing the appropriate card at the flip or the river. during this story of fatherhood and worldy luck, Haxton follows his son Isaac's not going occupation as a poker participant, the worried father frequently sitting at the sidelines along with his palms crossed or looking at a on line casino visual display unit whereas Isaac wins extra in a single hand of play than Haxton has earned from all his books of poetry combined.

during this deftly crafted tale Haxton explores the propensity for abstraction, common sense, and reminiscence all stable poets and poker gamers proportion, all of the whereas taking readers on a rollicking travel of complicated, intertwined issues, starting from online game concept and monetary recommendations, to clinical mysteries and misplaced love, to chess, Magic playing cards, and Texas carry 'em. Guided by means of the through-line of a father's love and admiration for his proficient son, Fading Hearts grants a distinct standpoint on expert playing and one family's adventure enjoying the chances.

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When we’re underwater, the refractive index of the water is too similar to that of our corneas. This means we can’t focus as well and our lenses can’t adjust enough to make up the difference. Therefore, our vision is blurry underwater unless we wear goggles. Goggles solve the problem because they introduce a pocket of air between the water and our eyes. Penguins need to be able to see clearly both on land and in water. They have corneas that are much flatter than ours; this takes almost all of the focusing power away from the cornea, so the lens does most of the focusing.

They have corneas that are much flatter than ours; this takes almost all of the focusing power away from the cornea, so the lens does most of the focusing. To form a sharp image, a penguin’s eye must be able to vastly change the shape of the lens. Penguins’ lenses are softer than ours and the muscles can squeeze them up against the opening of the pupil to help them focus in the water. Diving birds also use a similar technique when hunting underwater. D ID YO U KNOW ? The blue whale has the largest heart of any animal.

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