Games of chance

Why are men like Dave Coleman Jr. willing to risk so much to play a game?

Updated: December 19, 2012, 11:24 PM ET
By Kevin Van Valkenburg | ESPN.com


n a hot summer evening, when you drive the stretch of highway that snakes its way through water tower towns and the green and golden fields of farmland that make up the landscape between Northeast Indiana and Western Ohio, it's easy to get lost inside your own head.

There are vast stretches of Middle America where the ground is so flat, if you stare out at the horizon line long enough, you can almost make out the gentle curve of the earth. Large white clouds loom overhead, casting ...

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