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!



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guests Mr. Yuk, and Charles Hondi 2

Our guests this week are Mr. Yuk, and Charles Hondi.  Yuk, and Charles are advantage players that play both tables games, and machines.  In this episode we focus on machine play. Check last week's episode to hear us discuss table games.


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guests Mr. Yuk, and Charles Hondi

Our guests this week are Mr. Yuk, and Charles Hondi.  Yuk, and Charles are advantage players that play both tables games, and machines.  In this episode we focus on the table games side of their play, and in a few weeks they will be back to talk about their machine play.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Michael Kaplan 2

Our guest this week is gambling writer Michael Kaplan. For my money Michael is the number one gambling writer today. Mainly we discuss two articles.

The Baccarat Machine This article is about Kelly Sun's exploits with Phil Ivey.  Together they won millions of dollars at baccarat using a technique called edge sorting.

How Advantage Players Game the System This article from the NY Times magazine tells the story of James Grosjean beating a craps game dealt with cards.


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Layne Flack

Our guest this week is poker player Layne Flack. Layne has won 6 WSOP bracelets, and we talk about the 2017 World Series.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Seth Palansky on WSOP

Our guest this week is Seth Palansky, editor in chief of WSOP.com.  Seth came on to discuss the World Series of poker which begins next week.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Vegas Institution

White Cross Drugs opened in 1955.  It stands on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Oakey.  The drug store was a Vegas Institution. A place you could go at 3 in the morning to buy a bottle of aspirin, or a bottle of Jack Daniels.


Unfortunately the drug store closed a couple years ago, but attached to the drug store is a greasy spoon called Vickie's Diner.  I think before Vickie's it was called Tiffany's Diner, but I killed a lot of brain cells in the 70s so I can't really be sure.


Back in the day this was a meeting place for players.  We didn't have cell phones so to meet up before or after a play this was a central location.  This or the Peppermill.  So it was only fitting that when I arranged to have breakfast this morning with an old Vegas scuffler he said, "Meet me at White Cross."  I said, "I think they closed."  He said, "The diner is still open.  Best breakfast you'll ever have."



He brought a couple friends, and I listened to stories from the old days.  Stories about Puggy, and Amarillo Slim, and guys still alive who I can't mention in order to protect the guilty.




I could listen to guys like this for hours.  And I would have but they were off to a golf match with a couple big name poker players.

Was it the best breakfast I ever ate?  Well, no.  But if you are looking for a piece of Vegas history you might want to give it a try.  Just be warned, this isn't the best part of town.  In the parking lot on the way in there was a guy swinging a 2x4 at another guy who then pulled a gun.  The first guy dropped his 2x4 and ran, but the gun owner chased him down the street.  I never heard shots so I'm sure it was fine. Besides, the police were busy across the street at the Stratosphere with a guy threatening suicide. Just another day in Paradise.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest James McManus author of Positively 5th Street.

Our guest this week is James McManus.  James is the author of several books, and many magazine articles.  He is also an avid poker player.  Today we discuss the upcoming WSOP, and his book Positively 5th Street.


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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest blackjack player - Lee Jensen

Our guest this week is advantage player Lee Jensen.  Lee was on our show once after winning the Grosjean cup at the Blackjack Ball a couple years ago.  He has started a new blog for player which you can find here - APStreet.


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest blackjack player - Blade

Our guest this week is a blackjack player who calls himself Blade. After teaching computer science and playing poker part time for several years, in 2016 he supported himself almost entirely by playing blackjack, in Las Vegas and elsewhere. He’s here today to talk about those experiences.  


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest James McManus author of Cowboys Full part 2

Our guest this week is James McManus.  James is the author of several books, and many magazine articles.  He is also an avid poker player.  Today is part two of his history of poker, Cowboys Full.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest James McManus author of Cowboys Full

Our guest this week is James McManus.  James is the author of several books, and many magazine articles.  He is also an avid poker player.  Today we discuss his history of poker, Cowboys Full.


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Kelly Sun - Queen of Sorts

Our guest this week is Kelly Sun. The media dubbed her the "Queen of Sorts," and her team mates called her a "baccarat machine." You know her as the mysterious Chinese woman behind the Phil Ivey edge sorting cases in London, and Atlantic City. Also on this show is Michael Kaplan, who has written about Kelly for the NY Times, and Cigar Aficionado, and Lori Chang.  Lori is a former member of the MIT blackjack team, and friend of Kelly. Kelly sometimes has trouble with English, and Lori came along to help translate, and share a few stories of her own. 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guests Romes & Bruce 2

Our guests this week are two professional blackjack players.  In addition to counting cards they exploit casino carnival games, and various casino side bets.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Anthony Curtis

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis, owner of The Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press publishing.  We discuss the new LVA website, upcoming books, and answer some listener email.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Buddy Frank 2

The guest this week is Buddy Frank. Buddy has been a casino director in slots and marketing for 25+ years, and now runs a small consulting business.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Olympic Gold Medalist Connor Fields

Our guest this week is Connor Fields. Connor won the 2016 Olympic gold medal for BMX racing. This is likely the only show we will do with a gold medalist unless we can get Charles Barkley on to talk about his gambling stories.


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Greg "Fossilman" Raymer

Our guest this week is Greg Raymer, also known as Fossilman.  Greg is a professional poker player best known for winning the World Series of Poker main event in 2004.


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Brian Zembic - The Man With the $100,000 Breasts

Our guest this week is Brian Zembic, also known as The Man With the $100,000 Breasts. His story was first told in the book with that title. Basically Brian put in breast implants to win a $100,000 bet.  The man who lost the bet, Mike Svobodny told his side of the story in Gambling Wizards.  Now we get the story straight from the horse's mouth, and ask him why he still has those implants 20 years later. Near the end of the show we discuss Brian's daughter's playing of the song Toxicity.  Here is the link. Toxicity


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guests Romes & Bruce

Our guests this week are two professional blackjack players.  In addition to counting cards they exploit casino carnival games, and various casino side bets.


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Ed Thorp

The guest this week is Ed Thorp. the father of modern blackjack. His book Beat the Dealer was the first to discuss card counting, and paved the way for thousands of card counters over the last 50+ years.  His new book is A Man For All Markets.



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