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Poker can be a Sick Business

Notice that we didn't start this by saying 'sick game' since the sick part of this is on the player's side, and brought about solely by the player - John Maklouf.

It appears that Maklouf called in sick to jet around the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour for over seven months in 2010 while on sick leave from NSW Transport where he was on the government payroll RailCorp.

Maklouf had medical certificates showing the reasons he requested sick leave. His managers at RailCorp finally Googled his name due to frustration with his ongoing absenteeism. Boom Baby! They found him playing poker instead of home recuperating.

Maklouf was fired, but he appealed the firing, like any true poker player would trying to run a bluff.

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