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, June 30, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Loeb #3

Our guest on the show this week is attorney Bob Loeb.  Bob is based in Chicago, and is the coauthor of Blackjack and the Law.  


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest card counter SmallCap

Our guest on the show this week is a very successful card counter we call SmallCap. SmallCap started counting cards seriously about 2 1/2 years ago, and has built a bankroll to mid 6-figures as a solo card counter. His "balls to the wall" approach should enlighten any who try to make money counting cards.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Anthony Curtis #7

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis, owner of The Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press publishing.


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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest bookmaker Jimmy Vaccaro

This week's guest is legendary Vegas bookmaker, Jimmy Vaccaro.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest poker pro Limon

This week's guest is Limon. He is a Los Angeles based poker pro and one of the hosts of Live at The Bike. You can find that show at liveatthebike.com

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jake Jacobs #3

Our guest this week is a blackjack, and backgammon professional and author of The Battered Butterfly. We talked to Jake about his many gambling exploits.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Ed Miller #8 on DFS

This week's guest is Ed Miller, poker author and player. His new book is called The Course, but today our discussion is on Daily Fantasy Sports. DFS is legal sports betting, and is rife with opportunities for the advantage gambler.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Ed Miller #7

This week's guest is Ed Miller, poker author and player. His new book is called The Course.


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Loeb

Our guest on the show this week is attorney Bob Loeb.  Bob is based in Chicago, and is the coauthor of Blackjack and the Law.  On this show we talk about a case of some players who beat a Keno machine to the tune of $1,200,000, and then had 80 felony charges brought against them. We also discuss an Illinois case where they are trying to prosecute some hole card players for cheating.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jeff Hwang #2

This week's guest is Jeff Hwang, author of Pot Limit Omaha Poker.  We discuss Limit Omaha Hi Lo as well as developing new casino games.


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Sunday, April 19, 2015

An AP play worth 6 figures

Since I am only 29 I don't worry much about social security. But I have a lot of friends who are around 60, and they will be facing choices on when to start taking their social security benefits. Turns out that just like any game, the people who really understand how to play are going to make WAY more money than those who don't.  I recently picked up Get What's Yours by Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Soloman. Think of it as the Beat the Dealer of how to play the social security game.

There are several different ways you can get benefits, and different times when you can start collecting. In a nutshell, you can start getting money at 62, or you can wait until "Full Retirement Age" which is 66 (plus some months depending what year you were born) or you can wait until 70. The longer you wait, the more money you get every month. About 40% of the people start taking it at 62, and 1% wait until 70. That alone should tell you what the right play is. For the vast majority of people it is right to wait until 70. And they polled social security workers on the advice they give people. As you can imagine it is the equivalent of getting advice from a dealer on how to play blackjack... hopeless.

I can't boil down the whole book in one blog post - but here is one tip which alone is worth more than the cost of this book, and can easilly be worth 50k. Say you are married, and both you and your wife work. Let's say your incomes are about equal, and you are the same age. (although this works even better if there is an age difference.) When you hit 66 you "file and suspend". Basically the idea is you turn on your benefits, but then suspend them until 70. But now your wife can take spousal benefits for 4 years, and then when she hits 70 she can file her own. Basically you get an extra 4 years of payments for her at no cost. When you both turn 70 you get paid at a much higher rate.

If you are close to 60 this book is a must read. I give it... 4 aces.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Mohan Srivastava #2

This week's guest is Mohan Srivastava. Mohan cracked the code on several scratch off lottery games. We talk about beating the lottery. You can read about some of his exploits in this Wired magazine article. - Wired. Here is a link to the first time Mohan was on the show. Mohan #1

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bradley Davis

Our guest this week is Bradley Davis. We discuss his case with the IRS after they took issue with his filing as a part time professional gambler.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest H. Lee Barnes

Our guest this week is H Lee Barnes, author of Cold Deck. Lee was a casino dealer, a Griffin Agent, and now a writer who teaches creative writing at College of S. Nevada.


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Eric Strasser

Our guest this week is Eric Strasser, author of Baseball Betting  for Profit.”


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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Nersesian #12

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 is also the author of Beat the Players


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Michael Craig

Our guest this week is Michael Craig, author of The Professor, The Banker, and the Suicide King. This is a fascinating book about a billionaire who came to Vegas, and played poker with the best players in the world for the highest stakes anyone has ever played for.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Gambling With an Edge - guest Michael Gaughan

The guest on the show this week is Michael Gaughan, owner of the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. We talk with Mr. Gaughan about his father Jackie Gaughan who owned the El Cortez casino in downtown Las Vegas, as well as pieces of many other casinos.
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