Shuffling the Deck

Bridge may seem like a simple card game to the uninitiated, but once you're hooked, you may find yourself doing some extreme things. For Bill Gates, it was flying in bridge partners to surprise his friend, investment guru Warren Buffet, with a 24-hour marathon game during a long train trip. For late Chinese Premier Deng Xiao Peng, it was risking everything to play bridge underground after it was outlawed by Mao.

For Jay Baum, who up until December 2001 was chief executive officer of t

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