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RIDDLES & quirky news

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A poker prodigy.

”I don’t know why, but it’s just easy for me,” says Dan Cronan, a secondary school dropout who pays his bills in a nontraditional way.

At only 20 years-old, Dan Cronan is now one of Europe’s best poker players. Cronan, from Yorkshire, failed his A levels in school, but credits the secret of his success in life to good poker-playing. He says, “Bad players have bad luck because they don’t understand probabilities. There are so many compulsive gamblers out there.” In his defence, Dan added, “I failed my A levels because I was always playing golf. My stepdad played poker. I watched him play and got interested in it.”

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The latest issue of Hot English (175 – the December issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: 10 songs to help you learn English, 12 Christmas words, 10 useful office expressions, 12 family words and expressions, 10 useful phone expressions, 8 useful book words and expressions... plus: • Quiz – What holiday character are you? • Celebrities – names with meaning • Humour – jokes • Language – error correction • Film – movie extracts • Culture – winter festivals • The environment – green spaces • General knowledge – trivia • Cuisine – sausage and courgette pasta • Crime – corny criminals • Dialects – Scots English • Music – misheard lyrics • Politics – censorship • Psychology – New Year’s resolutions AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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