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rdw4potus
June 1st, 2017 at 10:55:09 AM permalink
Roger Snow penned a nice article on LinkedIn concerning Dan here: Requiem for a Gamer
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June 1st, 2017 at 11:22:30 AM permalink
Thank you for sharing the LinkedIn post by Roger Snow. It solidifies in stone everything in the brief history I knew about Dan. Every time I read his book, I see him, hear him and continue to learn.
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rdw4potus
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June 1st, 2017 at 11:42:34 AM permalink
Roger's article is wonderful. Also, Roger's LinkedIn profile is hilarious.
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June 1st, 2017 at 1:01:43 PM permalink
Quote: rdw4potus

Roger's article is wonderful.



Amen to that.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 3:25:05 PM permalink
Wow.

Having been away from the forum for six months, I was immediately saddened to hear about Dan's passing. I was in Las Vegas last weekend with my brother (arrived on Sunday) and he said there was a "Commission Free Pai-Gow" game at the Nugget which I told him was impossible unless it was EZ Pai Gow (turns out it was a variant where the 9 high in the top sparked a draw).

He will be sadly missed.
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June 4th, 2017 at 7:49:34 PM permalink
It occurs to me that many WoV members would have been at the service if they could have been. I live in New Jersey. It was mere chance that I was in Vegas that week.

While the service was not recorded, I DO have the sermon that I wrote, and wanted to share it.

Per Mike's Request, I began with Ecclesiastes 3:1-3:8.

When writing my sermon, I found on an Athiest funeral website, a great short poem by Robert Burns called Epitaph of a Friend, which talks about an honest man. That was a no-brainer to include. It was followed by my sermon.

Quote: Sermon at the Dan Lubin Memorial

On the forum, I go by my former stage name, DJ Teddy Bear. I was raised Jewish, but as some of you know, I became a Reverend to officiate weddings as a way of staying in the wedding industry when I retired from DJing. I was ordained thru an atheist internet church.

Mike knew all that when he asked me to preside today. In his initial request, Mike called me the Wizard of Vegas resident “Math of the Cloth”. I’m not sure if “Math” was a Freudian slip, or an intentional pun, but I feel honored by the title.

Math of the Cloth has a nice ring to it. It seems to imply that I would preach about math. Okay. So be it. Let’s include a discussion of math or at least one of history’s math greats. 17th century mathematician, physicist, theologian and philosopher: Blaise Pascal.

As this group of math nerds sit here in Las Vegas, a town who’s very nickname of Sin City suggests that combining religion with the vice of gambling would seem absurd, it should be noted that Pascal did exactly that. Pascal tied God and gambling together.

One of his famous theories, is about man’s ultimate gamble. To paraphrase, Pascal’s Wager argues that it is an Advantage Play to behave as if God exists. Doing so, you may miss out on some of life’s pleasures, but will be rewarded with an eternity in paradise. The alternative, taking advantage of all that is available in this world, could cost you dearly in the afterlife.

The question is, do you believe in an afterlife? What’s the house edge on eternity?

Pascal’s Wager asks us that very question. It insists that we make a choice, regardless of our particular religious beliefs, regardless of whether we’ve ever heard of Pascal or the Wager, regardless if we have even considered such a choice, and regardless of whether we even believe in God. One way or another, consciously or not, we do make that choice.

The key to Pascal’s Wager is this: A belief in God is not a requirement to live your life as if God does exist.

Dan Lubin was a perfect example; born Jewish, converted to Christianity, married to a Buddhist, but not particularly religious. Anyone who knew him, or merely read some of his posts, knew where he stood on the important stuff. To Dan, the Golden Rule was the only rule.

Is there an afterlife? 70’s rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears said it best: “I can swear there ain't no heaven, but I pray there ain't no hell, but I'll never know by living, only my dying will tell.”

I don’t know if Dan believed in God or an afterlife. But as a math nerd like us, and with his ability to tell a good game from bad, I’m sure he has at least heard of and thought about Pascal’s Wager. And no doubt, he was very comfortable with his life decisions.

I don’t know if Dan is on that great escalator towards the afterlife, or just taking the next step towards “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” But I think he beat Pascal’s Wager. He lived a good, full life, despite being cut short early. And if there is an escalator waiting for him, it’s going up.

That was all I had for a written sermon. I then spoke from the heart, and not from a 'script' and started to tell a few stories about Dan. Here’s two that I haven’t mentioned here before:

Quote: Stories about Dan

Several years ago, I stayed at the Fiesta Henderson. After checking in, I went down to the pit to find Dan, to play at his table. As luck would have it, I caught him coming off break, going to the craps table to work the stick. I also noticed the dealer rotation was stick to base left to base right to break.

There were two players on the right side, nobody on the left, so I took up a spot on the left next to Dan so we could talk while I played. When the next dealer push came, with still the same players, I moved to the end of the table so we could continue our conversation. When the next push came, the floorman told Dan to stay where he was, and had the stick move to base right. He said he did this so we could continue our conversation.

When I thanked the floorman, he said, “Hey, any friend of Dan’s…”

When I signed my contract with Galaxy Gaming, I got a package with a bunch of cool Galaxy logo SWAG. Mouse pad, coasters, coffee mug, that sort of stuff. It came with a congratulatory card from the Galaxy staff.

A couple days later, I got another shipment. It came with a card from Dan. It was a bottle of Glenlivet 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. (Lifting it) This very bottle here. I’m not a drinker, so it's been sitting at home, unopened for two years. I could not think of a more appropriate time to open it. After the conclusion, we'll use it to toast Dan.

At that point, I invited all assembled to tell their own Dan stories.

I learned a great deal about Dan as people spoke. In short, he was loved by all.

At the conclusion, we made that toast and drank that Whiskey. Then we hung out and continued to tell stories. People were slow to trickle out.
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DJTeddyBear
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June 6th, 2017 at 5:54:04 AM permalink
I wrote my sermon on my computer. Except for a word or two, the above sermon is exactly what I said at the memorial. I intended to merely speak from the heart when telling my own Dan stories. Instead, while on the flight in, I made some notes which I used as bullet points when speaking. In preparing to send a personal note to Dan's wife, I looked at those notes, and remembered several things I said but hadn't mentioned in my post above.

Quote: Memories of Dan

I ‘met’ Dan on the Wizard of Vegas forums in 2010. He mentioned, on multiple occasions, that he created EZ Pai Gow. Since I had something of an idea for a game in my head, but no idea how to get it out, I asked Dan, and he was very generous with his help.

A few months later I was coming to Vegas for a wedding professionals conference. Dan immediately offered to give me rides to my hotel, a ride to a meet & greet with the Wizard, and arranged a meeting with a gaming company to discuss my idea, a ride to that meeting, and a ride back to the airport. My wife thought I was crazy to accept rides from someone whom I never met in person. But by that time, I had already read enough of Dan’s posts about ethics to know that there was no danger in the situation.


A couple years later, I decided to stay at the Fiesta Henderson, so I can hang with Dan while he works. After checking in, I went down to the pit to find Dan, to play at his table. As luck would have it, I caught him coming off break, going to the craps table to work the stick. I also noticed the dealer rotation was stick to base left to base right to break.

There were two players on the right side, nobody on the left, so I took up a spot on the left next to Dan so we could talk while I played. When the next dealer push came, with still the same players, I moved to the end of the table so we could continue our conversation. When the next push came, the floorman told Dan to stay where he was, and had the stick move to base right. He said he did this so we could continue our conversation.

When I thanked the floorman, he said, “Hey, any friend of Dan’s…”


When I signed my contract with Galaxy Gaming, I got a package with a bunch of cool Galaxy logo SWAG. Mouse pad, coasters, coffee mug, that sort of stuff. It came with a congratulatory card from the Galaxy staff.

A couple days later, I got another shipment. It came with a card from Dan. It was a bottle of Glenlivet 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. This very bottle here. I’m not a drinker, so it's been sitting at home, unopened for two years. I could not think of a more appropriate time to open it. After the conclusion, we'll use it to toast Dan.


On another occasion, several Wizard of Vegas members had dinner together followed by group gambling. Dan wasn’t with us. At one point, the dealer accidentally paid me when I should have pushed. The other WoV members who were with me looked at each other, and knowing what Dan would say, we simultaneously said, “Don’t tell Dan.”

I eventually did tell Dan. He initially laughed, then told me why I was wrong. He said, “You’re just gonna lose it again in a few minutes, so why make a fuss, right? So it’s your plan to be a loser? Why not just do the right thing and be a winner?” It’s hard to argue with logic like that.


So, when you’re out there, faced with a decision like that, remember Dan, and be a winner.

Superstitions are silly, childish, irrational rituals, born out of fear of the unknown. But how much does it cost to knock on wood? Note that the same could be said for Religion. I.E. Religion is nothing more than organized superstition.
boymimbo
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June 6th, 2017 at 8:08:58 AM permalink
Very nice!

I think however, at least in my Christian view is that God knows your heart. In Christianity, living "like a Christian" is not the same as "being a Christian". Quite the opposite. To be Christian, you have to be of the view at one time or another that Jesus is your personal savior and that he died for your sins. There is a quantification of "rewards in heaven" -- whatever they are based on how "good" you are, but entering the gates of heaven for Christians is based on that tenet and what is or has been in your heart. Actually, Christians believe it is God's grace that gets you to the afterlife.

There is no proof of an afterlife, no proof of God. The EV of an afterlife apparently compared to the existence of 0-115 years on this planet is unknown. To have an understanding of what an afterlife would be like, you have to read and believe a book written by humans inspired by "God". Which to many is a far stretch.

I have faith in an afterlife, but I completely understand that my basis in that faith could be nonsense.

Point is, I don't think Pascal got it right, or maybe we didn't. You kind of have to pass the Jesus died for your sins test before you get to the Christian camps' pearly gates, and even for Christians, at times, that's a difficult one.

Please note that I am not biasing against other religions. Although my Christian leaders tell me that the only path to Heaven is via Jesus, I think you need to add the adjective "Christian" before the word heaven. I think that other religions have their own path to a positive afterlife too -- just not Christianity's version of heaven.

Which makes no sense.
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June 7th, 2017 at 12:11:50 PM permalink
There will be an official funeral mass for Dan tomorrow (June 8) at 2:00. Anyone interested please PM me for details. Any friend of Dan's is welcome to attend.
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