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Destined for a brilliant career in academia, Pascal Silver instead decides to be a risk taker. Packing up his unfinished philosophy dissertation he moves to Las Vegas to pursue his dual goals of winning the World Series of Poker and the only slightly less daunting task of finding the meaning to existence.

Low on cash, Pascal is forced to take a part-time job at a private d
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published March 19th 2012 by St Januarius Publishing
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Jan 02, 2014 Courtney rated it it was amazing
What a great way to start off a new year – By reading a thrilling murder/mystery type book!
Pascal is a private investigator living in Las Vegas, and above all, his goal is to win the World Series of Poker.
After giving up his promising academic career of attaining a Philosophy degree, he decides moving to Vegas and pursuing his poker dreams is a better idea.
When a prominent figure in the Vegas hotel scene gets murdered, his daughter hires Pascal to find answers. Her mother is accused of the mur
Aug 01, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
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What do you call a hardboiled egg that’s slightly runny in the center? Mark Jacobs’ protagonist, Pascal Silver, is that kind of hardboiled detective. It’s his soft center that sets him apart from the stereotypical hardboiled gumshoe and makes me like him even more. An ex-PhD-candidate in philosophy (should I stretch the analogy and call him an egghead?), the professional poker player and part time private investigator is living in Las Vegas while he searches for the meaning of existence. He’s ...more
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May 15, 2012 Heather Boustead rated it really liked it
Pascal’s Wager
By Mark Jacobs

After working on his philosophy dissertation Pascal Silver decides to move to Las Vegas in order to find the meaning of existence through playing poker and actually living. On the side he is a part time private investigator where his skills at reading people come in handy, one day a beautiful woman hires him to find out who really killed her father. The police’s prime suspect is Allegra’s mother since her father was found shot in her bed by his own gun that never left
May 17, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
Pascal Silver wants to make a career out of playing poker. To make ends meet, he takes on the job of part-time private detective. When his boos is in Hawaii, he takes a job from Allegra LaPierre who wants to find out who her murdered her father Houston Phil” LaPierre, a local casino owner. Pascal decides to take a gamble.

This novel has it all; pretty women, gambling, suspense, colorful characters, the Mob and murder. Jacob’s knowledge of Vegas’ poker world is evident in his writing. I found the
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Mar 22, 2012 Mark Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Mark Jacobs is an author, magazine columnist and martial arts instructor whose written work has appeared in numerous publications including Sports Illustrated and The Ring Magazine. The author of the acclaimed instructional text, The Principles of Unarmed Combat, he currently serves as a contributing editor for Black Belt Magazine. His other books include the detective novel, Pascal’s Wager and ...more
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