The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

4 November 2007

Introducing the cooler

Not being much of a gambler, I never knew someone like this even existed:

A cooler is a person so unlucky that casinos hire them to sit at a hot table and shut the other players down.

You'll find one in Jana DeLeon's novel Unlucky. As the author explains:

My husband and I got married in Vegas in 2000. Before we left, I studied and studied blackjack combinations, determined to beat the house. Unfortunately, I have absolutely, positively NO LUCK. In fact, my luck is so bad that when I sit down at a table, not only don't I win, everyone else starts losing too. So I came up with Mallory Devereaux, the unluckiest woman in the world, who needs to make some money fast and decides to do it by "cooling" cards at a poker tournament of criminals.

And there was additional research involved:

While writing Unlucky, I contacted several casinos, both in Louisiana and Las Vegas. None of them would confirm or deny the existence of coolers.

That figures.

Posted at 3:38 PM to Almost Yogurt


Guess you never saw the movie.

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 4:13 PM on 4 November 2007

Nope, didn't see that one.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:14 PM on 4 November 2007