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What did I learn? That you’re a shallow bitch.(r/gaming)
I know Jon professionally and he’s a standup guy (I was a pro Magic player before moving to Seattle to work on the game behind the scenes; check out an interview I did with Jon here: magic.tcgplayer.com/db/article.asp?ID=6639).
As a writer I would guess this piece was written under the gun and off the cuff with little thought put into it. It’s certainly a bold personal stake for the author to take (“I’m shallow, and that’s a good thing!”).
Jon is arguably the greatest professional Magic player of all time, but the reality is that he simply has an incredible mind. He left Magic professionally to beat casinos playing blackjack, and a book was written about his exploits (find it here: www.amazon.com/Jonny-Magic-Card-Shark-Kids/dp/1400…). With the money he made there, he started a hedge fund where he is still involved in day-to-day operations (last I knew). The company is called Landscape Capital Management.
It’s offensive from the perspective of being a human being to see the author talk about humanity in such shallow terms, but to see a good guy get disparaged by such a shallow cretin is even more frustrating. The truly sad thing for the author is that as a self-admitted shallow husk of a human being, the wealthy well traveled Finkel is exactly the type of guy she’s looking for.
(Edit: Jon played on a Blackjack team, not poker, though lots of famous poker players are former/current Magic players.)
EDIT: Jon responds mobile.twitter.com/#!/Jonnymagic00