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Nick Dandolos

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Nikolaos Andreas Dandolos (Νικόλαος Ανδρέας Δάνδολος niˈko.la.os anˈðɾe.as ˈðan.ðo.los; April 27, 1883 – December 25, 1966), commonly known as Nick the Greek, was a Greek professional gambler and high roller. Dandolos was the son of wealthy parents. He attended the Greek Evangelical College and earned a degree in philosophy. When he was 18 years old, his grandfather sent him to the United States with an allowance of 150perweek.AlthoughDandolossettledinChicagoheeventuallymovedtoMontrealwherehebegangamblingonhorseraces.Dandoloswasknownthroughouthislifeforwinningandlosinglargesumsofmoney.Afterwinningover150 per week. Although Dandolos settled in Chicago he eventually moved to Montreal where he began gambling on horse races. Dandolos was known throughout his life for winning and losing large sums of money. After winning over 500,000 on horse racing, he moved back to Chicago where he lost it all on card and dice games. He quickly became a master of these games, however, and became a prime attraction at casinos when he would play in them. From January 1949 to May 1949, Dandolos played a two-person "heads up" poker match against poker legend Johnny Moss where the two played virtually every variation of the game that existed at the time. The game, set up by Benny Binion as a tourist attraction, is widely credited as being the inspiration for the modern day World Series of Poker. At the end of this five-month poker marathon, down an estimated $2–4 million, Dandolos uttered what has become one of the most famous poker quotes ever: "Mr. Moss, I have to let you go." One urban legend claims that Dandolos once had the opportunity to escort Albert Einstein around Las Vegas. Thinking that his gambling friends may not be familiar with him, Dandolos allegedly introduced Einstein as "Little Al from Princeton" and stated that he "controlled a lot of the numbers action around Jersey." According to Dandolos's own testimony in Gambling Secrets of Nick the Greek, just before the end of World War II, he got a call from a friend at the US State Department. The caller said that there was someone who was looking for a poker game on a weekend in Manhattan.
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