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Revision 2 . . September 20, 2004 1:07 am by JLE [Added some extra stuff consistent with my entry on the history of MC and gambling. Not enough to really take credit for though.]
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In his career, Sydney Hall played an astonishing 2,155 internationals, winning 1,821: and, in between championships, plied his trade with considerable success in the highest and most exclusively gentlemanly class of casino, in order to win any "non-standard" tokens that he might want to use in his next formal championship - he considered it the height of bad manners to actually *buy* more than a beginner's set of tokens: an attitude which was regarded as outdated even in his heyday, and which no World Champion since him has held. In many ways one could call him the last of the true "amateur" World Champions, despite being as great a player - and winning as much money from the game - as any professional: and his defeat by Hugo truly signalled the passing, not just of his career, but of an era.
In his career, Sydney Hall played an astonishing 2,155 internationals, winning 1,821: and, in between championships, plied his trade with considerable success in the highest and most exclusively gentlemanly class of casino, in order to win any 'non-standard' tokens that he might want to use in his next formal championship - he considered it the height of bad manners to actually buy more than a beginner's set of tokens: an attitude which was regarded as outdated even in his heyday, and which no World Champion since him has held. In many ways one could call him the last of the true 'amateur' World Champions, despite being as great a player - and winning as much money from the game - as any professional: and his defeat by Hugo truly signalled the passing, not just of his career, but of an era.

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