Drawing from his own experiences in the turbulent ‘70s and ‘80s, hedge fund pioneer Jerrold
Fine blends a heartfelt story of a young man fiercely intent on achieving independence with a
fascinating insider’s look at the perks and pitfalls of a high-stakes life in the world of financial
markets in his debut novel MAKE ME EVEN AND I’LL NEVER GAMBLE AGAIN.
Rogers Stout has the gambler’s gifts—a titanic brain, an uncanny ability to read people, and a
risk-taker’s daring. As an apathetic high school student who loves baseball but lacks a 90-mph
fastball, he knows that the game does not begin until the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand. But his
life needs direction.
Everything changes the summer he is invited into the boisterous environment of an investment
bank’s trading room, and to a gambling hall dive where he immediately wins big at poker,
capturing the attention of his co-workers with his card-playing skills. Intrigued by trading
markets, Rogers’s intellectual curiosity takes him to Wharton and then Wall Street, where he
faces challenges as an outsider who thinks and acts differently from the white-shoe
With his intuition and prowess, he’s ready to rewrite the rules and tackle markets with a flair that
leaves his employers flabbergasted. Rogers leans heavily on his gut instincts and the unusual
cadre of friendships he cultivates, but learns the hard way to be alert to the perils that await him.
As Rogers plays his career hand, life plays another. Should he follow the temptress Elsbeth and
her ravishing beauty, or Charlotte, his high-spirited first love?
An intriguing look at human aspiration and the interplay of honor, greed, fear, and individuality,
MAKE ME EVEN AND I’LL NEVER GAMBLE AGAIN reveals a time when a new
generation upended the status quo on Wall Street and forever changed investing.
About the Author
Jerrold Fine was a pioneer in the hedge fund industry. At age 24, along with two Wharton
colleagues, he started one of the first hedge funds in 1967. Nine years later he founded a private
investment firm which he managed until he converted it into a family office in 2014. Throughout
these years he survived and thrived during a multitude of market ups and downs. When the
character Rogers Stout entered his consciousness and refused to leave, he launched his career as
A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he has served multiple
terms on its Undergraduate Executive Board and Board of Overseers. Running his family’s
investments while working diligently on his next novel, Jerry has conveniently forgotten his
baseball batting averages but still relishes memories of winning poker hands. He lives in
Connecticut with his artist wife and a ridiculously spoiled Portuguese Water Dog.