I have two distinct lives. One in the trenches of low-budget film and television, the other in professional gambling. Because of the feast-or-famine nature of show business I need a reliable income... gambling. So here you will read about both worlds. Enjoy!



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - no guest this week

This week Bob and I discuss how technology has influenced cheating, and a case of a top bicyclist caught with a hidden motor inside the frame of her bike. We also discuss a book, Molly's Game - soon to be a movie, about high stakes poker in Hollywood with some top actors.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jimmy Jazz 4

The guest on the show this week is Jimmy Jazz. Jimmy talks about lessons learned from his years of play, and tells some amazing stories of his gambling exploits.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest author David Schwartz

Our guest this week is Professor David Schwartz. We talk about his new book Boardwalk Playground, which is a history of Atlantic City.



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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Max Coins

Our guest this week is Max Coins. We talk about managing risk, and how to analyze certain gambling situations.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Dink - Alan Denkenson

Our guest this week is sports bettor Alan Denkenson, aka Dink. Dink was a character in Beth Raymer's book, Lay the Favorite, and was portrayed by Bruce Willis in the movie made from the book. We talk to Dink about his specialty - hockey betting.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guests Jeffrey Compton & Anthony Curtis

Our guests this week are Jeffrey Compton, the publisher of CDC Gaming Reports, and Anthony Curtis, publisher of The Las Vegas Advisor, and Huntington Press Books. We talk about current events in Las Vegas and other gambling news.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Charlie Davis #2

Our guest this week is Charlie Davis. Charlie makes his living betting horses, and this week we discuss horse racing contests or tournaments.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling


The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling by Adam Kucharski could well be titled, a brief history of advantage gambling. More specifically, how computers and game theory have revolutionized advantage gambling.

In the 1500s there was a brilliant guy named Gerolamo Cardano who blew through all his inheritance. He decided he would become a professional gambler. What could go wrong? But he is the first guy we know of to analyze basic probability. He worked out the 36 combinations of two dice, and even worked out how to deal with multiple random events using "Cardano's Formula." He wrote the first book on probability in 1564, Book on Games of Chance, but it wasn't published until 100 years later.

Zoom through the next 500 years, and we get a bit about Fermat, and Pascal, and the beginnings of game theory, and John von Neumann. But this is not a dry history text. Because we quickly get to the computer age, and Ed Thorpe inventing card counting, and then trying to beat roulette. We get the story of Packard and Farmer using hidden roulette computers in the Eudaemonic Pie. We get the story of Bill Benter revolutionizing horse race betting in Hong Kong with computer assisted wagering. The MIT students that crushed the Massachusetts lottery, and much more.

When my kids were growing up I kept telling them, "Math is where the money is." I can't think of a better book to illustrate my point. I give it: 4 aces



Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Olaf Vancura

Our guest this week is Olaf Vancura, author of Knock-Out Blackjack The Easiest Card Counting System Ever Devised. The book was recently updated and rereleased with two added chapters.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Nersesian #14

The guest this week is Bob Nersesian.  Bob is a frequent guest to the show, and always entertaining.  Bob is the lawyer who advocates for the players against the casinos, and has successfully sued many Vegas casinos on the behalf of players.  He has a new book coming out called The Law for Gamblers: A Player's Guide to Legal Survival in the Casino Environment 


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bill Ordine

Our guest this week Bill Ordine author of Fantasy Sports Real Money. We speak with Bill about his book, the potential for advantage play, and the future of fantasy sports


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guests Jeffrey Compton & Darryl McEwen

Our guests this week are Jeffrey Compton, the publisher of CDC Gaming Reports, and Darryl McEwen of the Seven Stars Insider. We talk with Jeffrey about current news topics in the gambling world, and we talk to Darryl about changes for 2016 in the Total Rewards program.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - Blackjack Ball 2016

This week we discuss the Blackjack Ball 2016. Every year Max Rubin holds a party for the best, and biggest blackjack players, and some of the most successful gamblers in other gambling endeavors as well. Our guests this week are Max Rubin, the host of the ball, Bill Benter, this years inductee into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, and Lee Jenson, the winner of this year's skills competition.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guests Frank B & Mike Shackleford - Super Bowl 2016 edition

The guests this week are Mike Shackleford of wizardofodds.com, and Frank B of LVA Sports. We talk about Super Bowl prop bets, and current gambling news. 


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - Guest Joe Navarro

Our guest this week is Joe Navarro, author of Read 'Em and Reap, 200 Poker Tells, and several other books on reading body language. For 25 years, Joe Navarro worked as an FBI special agent in the area of counterintelligence and behavioral assessment. Today he is one of the world's leading experts on nonverbal communications and lectures and consults with major corporations worldwide. He is an adjunct professor at Saint Leo University and frequently lectures at the Harvard Business School. 

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - Guest Barry Meadow  

Our guest this week is Barry Meadow, author of Money Secrets at the Racetrack,  which we discuss today. This is not a handicapping book,  but more about the thinking behind deciding which horse to bet,  and how much.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest blackjack player Steve Waugh

Our guest this week is blackjack player Steve Waugh.  We talk to Steve about how he went from engineer to professional blackjack player, and discuss some of the crazy things that have happened to him in casinos. Think that card counters can't be barred in Atlantic City? Don't throw your water bottle in the trash too hard.


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jeffrey Compton publisher of CDC Gaming Reports

Our guest this week is Jeffrey Compton, the publisher of CDC Gaming Reports.  We discuss the takeover of the Review Journal by Sheldon Adelson, and Jeffrey's new book which looks at how slot clubs work, and how they have changed over the last 20 years.


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Russell Fox

This week we talk with tax professional Russell Fox. Russell is based in Las Vegas and handles many professional gamblers. We get some year end tax advice, and ask him questions like: Can I form an LLC? Can a professional gambler carry losses forward? Can I choose not to file as a professional, and is there a benefit to that?

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest advantage player - Chairman

Our guest this week is named Jacob, but on the internet he's known as Chairman. We talk about sports betting, and a very interesting story of him being arrested in AZ for using this nefarious cheating device.

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