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I have been told by one or two masters of the craft that they have
a fancy to see how matters are likely to go before they strike in,
as if it were possible to deduce the future of the game from its past!
That it is possible appears to be an article of faith with the old stagers,
and, indeed, every now and then odd coincidences occur which tend to
confirm them in their creed. I witnessed an occurrence which was
either attributable (as I believe) to sheer chance, or (as its
hero earnestly assured me) to instinct. A fair and frail Magyar
was punting on numbers with immense pluck and uniform ill
fortune. Behind her stood a Viennese gentleman of my
acquaintance, who enjoys a certain renown amongst his friends for
the faculty of prophecy, which, however, he seldom exercises for
his own benefit. Observing that she hesitated about staking her
double florin, he advised her to set it on the number 3. Round
went the wheel, and in twenty seconds the ball tumbled into
compartment 3 sure enough. At the next turn she asked his
advice, and was told to try number 24. No sooner said than done,
and 24 came up in due course, whereby Mdlle L. C. won 140 odd
gulden in two coups, the amount risked by her being exactly four
florins. Like a wise girl, she walked off with her booty, and
played no more that day at Roulette. A few minutes later I saw
an Englishman go through the performance of losing four thousand
francs by experimentalizing on single numbers.

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