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The Gentleman’s Guide to the Uncouth: Bet Welching

  • Ricky McCrumb


Under ideal circumstances, there are sets of unwritten rules that govern how a gentleman should conduct himself in the public arena. These rules are immutable and have been pondered over centuries by great men. We here at Kempt, however, have an unwaveringly strict “never say never” policy—because circumstances aren’t always ideal.

Like when you’re a month into your fantasy baseball league and your squad “Machado About Nothing” is pulling up the rear. While your commish has yet to collect league dues, the uninitiated may opt to capitalize on the opportunity: simply go dark on that email thread and pretend the whole thing never happened. But it did. And those shamed evaders will be left wishing they’d referred to this.

By all means, disobey your family’s unofficial motto to always pay your debts when faced with...»

Joséphine de la Baume Is a Sconce

  • Kempt Staff

Friendly Henleys: A roundup of the finest placketed thermal shirting your fall layering requires. [Well Spent]

Heart Burning, Still Yearning: In honor of Bob Dylan’s newest album, Tempest, dropping this week, The Atlantic relives the 10 most poignant moments of his career. [The Atlantic]

Best Side: Because you ought to be getting your gambling advice from NPR, here’s an interesting tip on how to cover the spread during evening games. [NPR]

Tinker with Greatness: Nuggets of wisdom from the enigmatic man responsible for some of the most iconic shoes ever made: Nike Air Jordans. (He’s designed every single one of them.) [GQ]


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The Man Who Broke Atlantic City: A man named Don Johnson (not that Don Johnson) walked away from Atlantic City with $15 million...without cheating. A closer look at the monster run. [The Atlantic]

Hand Tooled: Inside the studio with the brothers of Billykirk. [Swiss Miss]

“Swine Drunke” Is an Early Favorite: A 1592 pamphlet detailing the “Eight Kindes of Drunkennes.” Tonight, we’re aiming for sheepe drunk, which is “wise in his conceipt.” [Lists of Note]

You Never Know: We don’t know what your plans are for the weekend, but you should probably learn how to make a small-game survival snare just in case. [Art of Manliness]

The Etiquette of March Madness

March Madness

March Madness is upon us, and with it, the potent combination of basketball, gambling and pitcher beer. It’s a powerful trio, enough to inspire all sorts of uncouth behavior if you’re not careful.

So instead of advice about your bracket, we thought we’d provide a little wisdom on how to watch the games in appropriate style, with passion and zeal...but a minimum of madness.

Our etiquette rules for March Madness»

Betting On the Gatorade Bath

As gentlemen, we would never bet on the outcome of a sporting event. Luckily, we don’t have to.

Come Sunday, we’ll be betting on the outcome of the national anthem, the halftime show and the ceremonial pouring of the Gatorade. They’re part of a slew of online prop bets that have popped up in anticipation of the Super Bowl. And to guide you through the thicket of wagers, we’ve collected seven of our favorites, along with expert analysis of each one.

It’s time to bet the mortgage. There’s absolutely nothing that could go wrong.

Our seven favorite Super Bowl bets, and our wager on each one»

Online Poker Goes Underground

Word came down today that Full Tilt Poker, one of the largest poker sites on the internet, has been playing fast and loose with its bookkeeping. There’s $440 million missing, and more than a few people are likely headed to jail.

If you were waiting on a payout from them, it’s very bad news. If you were hoping to play an honest online game of hold’em at some point in the next decade, it’s just moderately bad news. But if you’ve ever had a nostalgic pang for the days of genuinely sketchy black-market games…it might actually be a good thing.

Allow us to explain…»

The Gentleman’s Guide to Movies About Gambling

With film blogs are currently buzzing about Martin Scorcese’s planned remake of The Gambler, we thought we’d take a moment to salute one of our favorite subgenres: the gambling movie. This isn’t about high-stakes games of skill like poker or pool; it’s just one blind chance after another, following the ebbs and flows of chaos. And maybe the occasional casino heist…

Our five favorite gambling movies»

Julie Christie Feels Strongly About Tea

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The Legends Were True!: The latest Steven Alan sample sale brings out Fair Isle sweater vests, $25 cotton ties and an ocean’s worth of plaid. [Sartorially Inclined]

Duty Calls: Celebrate Thanksgiving by making your own beer… and also all the usual ways. [The Q]

Step Away From the iPhone: An expert’s guide to not drunkenly dishonoring yourself on Facebook. What’s the social media word for “drunk dial”? [Mashable]

Gambling in Southeast Asia: A cautionary tale about a rigged blackjack game in Saigon doubles as an awesome gambling story. [Gridskipper]