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'I waited patiently for the next hand to be played out, and I had a feeling it was going to be a Natural, a perfect nine.' His name is Lord Doyle. His plan: to gamble away his last days in the dark and decadent casino halls of Macau. His game: baccarat punto blanco -- 'that slutty dirty queen of casino card games.' Though Doyle is not a Lord at all. He is a fake; a corrupt lawyer who has spent a career siphoning money from rich clients. And now he is on the run, determined to send the money - and himself - up in smoke. So begins a beguiling, elliptical velvet rope of a plot: a sharp suit, yellow kid gloves, another naughty lemonade and an endless loop of small wins and losses. When Lady Luck arrives in the form of Dao-Ming, a beautiful yet enigmatic lost soul, so begins a spectacular and unnatural winning streak in which millions come Doyle's way. But in these shadowy dens of risk and compulsion, in a land governed by superstition, Doyle knows that when the bets are high, the stakes are even greater. The Ballad of a Small Player is a sleek, dark-hearted masterpiece: a ghost story set in the land of the living, and a decadent morality tale of a Faustian pact made, not with the devil, but with fortune's fickle hand.
No matter how many times you hear Nick-Anthony Zamucen's success story, it never gets boring. It's not only timeless, it's rare. You'll almost never come across a franchising business with a 100% success rate, but Nick-Anthony's company, Bio-One Inc., is just that! His company has been around for over twenty years but only began franchising four years ago. Since then, it hasn't had a single franchise that hasn't broken even within eight months! In most business models, breaking even in the first two to three years is usually considered pretty impressive. What Nick-Anthony's company has achieved is phenomenal.
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