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, January 10, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Math Boy

Our guest this week is Math Boy, a former player who used mathematical techniques to beat the house. He speaks about a lot of promotions over the years that have been very lucrative.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Mathboy, an AP with a PhD in mathematics
[00:39] How did Mathboy get started as an AP?
[01:21] Was Mathboy beating casinos before he got his PhD?
[02:00} Discussion of Mathboy's early online gambling experiences.
[14:26] Discussion of potential opportunities in newly legalized sports betting markets.
[17:37] Mathboy's unique approach to loss rebates.
[22:52] Mayboy's story about meeting Bob in in the early 2000's
[26:17] Mathboy discusses a 2001 play at Greek Town casino in Detroit.
[36:23] What was Mathboy's strategy at Three Card Poker?
[42:17] South Point Casino - January promotions and free video poker classes
[44:57] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week: Max Action Poker
[46:28] What is Mathboy's video poker variance-splitting pool?
[53:20] Bob and Mathboy discuss their video poker speed-related strategies.
[57:04] Harrah's New Orleans Rolex promotion.

Sponsors
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Spanky

Our guest this week is a professional sports bettor, Spanky.  We discuss how Vegas books have changed, his interaction with Billy Walters, and how important getting a good line is.

 We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Spanky, a sports bettor
[00:30] How did Spanky start gambling?
[01:33] When did Spanky realize that he could make money gambling?
[07:28] How did people in Spanky’s life react to his transition into a professional gambler?
[09:34] Why did Spanky go to Costa Rica?
[12:36] Did Spanky initially also play in online casinos?
[20:24] Did UIGEA impact online sports betting?
[23:26] Is Spanky still able to find arbitrage opportunities?
[26:02] Why is Spanky more successful than other sports bettors?
[28:33] How well does Spanky know Billy Walters?
[32:55] Did Spanky ever develop betting bots?
[34:38] South Point Casino - January Promotions and Free Video Poker Classes
[40:38] Does Spanky make in-game bets?
[42:18] What advice does Spanky have for aspiring sports bettors?
[46:46] What sports betting books does Spanky recommend?
[48:20] What sports does Spanky bet? What sports does he avoid?
[50:43] Do games with less media coverage have higher edges?
[55:14] Spanky’s secrets to a happy life.


Books:
Robbing the One Armed Bandits - https://amzn.to/2BUNj2u
Sharp Sports Betting - https://amzn.to/2Q53Zyd
Conquering Risk - https://amzn.to/2COODFN

Sponsors
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Surveillance Pro, Griff part 2

This week we have a return visit from "Griff," a surveillance director who works somewhere east of Las Vegas. Griff answers questions from our listeners.  We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Grif, Surveillance Pro
[00:39] Does the mode of transportation affect the casino's opinion of a player?
[01:25] How often to casinos review all available footage of a player?
[04:12] Do casinos track who APs talk to into the casino?
[06:35] How do casinos detect hole carding?
[07:29] How often do casinos read players texts?
[10:12] Has Grif ever seen distractions used as part of a scam?
[14:04] How does surveillance deal with calls about betting table thresholds?
[15:42] What happens when a player receives a sizable marker?
[17:09] Does surveillance get a call for every W2G?
[18:00] Do casinos notify their competitors about known APs or cheaters?
[19:21] Does Grif contribute to OSN? How widely dispersed are OSN flyers?
[20:43] How long is digital surveillance information saved?
[22:42] Has Grif participated in choke point design?
[24:29] Does surveillance have direct access to kiosk or ATM cameras?
[26:04] South Point Casino Promotions - VP classes start 1/8
[27:01] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week: Face Card Frenzy
[28:19] What is the difference between a back-off and a trespass?
[31:14] Is there software that can identify various types of advantage play?
[31:42] Does Grif's casino sweat people who track numbers at roulette?
[33:45] How many casinos use RFID chips to track betting patterns?
[35:53] How does the work day begin and end in the surveillance department?
[37:20] How does surveillance head count vary by shift and time of day?
[39:33] Will casinos buy AP literature to educate employees?
[42:11] Is Grif an AP is his spare time?
[43:13] How much analysis is done in real time versus after the fact?
[44:40] Does Grif check other players at the table during a hole-card game?
[46:51] Are their cameras that cannot be seen by the customers?
[48:20] Does a surveillance officer wear a wire when investigating employee theft?
[49:38] Who makes the decision to call the police?
[50:48] Are surveillance and security usually in the same department?
[54:16] Is math aptitude part of the job in surveillance?

"Card Counting for the Casino Executive" by Bill Zender and Derryl Rice https://amzn.to/2GAxL9A

"Burning the Tables in Las Vegas " by Ian Andersen - https://amzn.to/2QYYLDV

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Surveillance Pro, Griff

Our guest this week is "Griff," a surveillance director who works somewhere east of Las Vegas. Griff answers questions from our listeners.  We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Grif, The Surveillance Pro
[00:54] Would coloring up during high counts provide cover?
[03:08] Is Hi-Lo tracked by employees or software?
[04:30] How effective are Ian Andersen's cover plays?
[05:48] Who makes the decision to bar a player?
[07:16] Do casinos ever ban losing players?
[07:32] How does facial recognition software perform?
[11:34] Do casinos actively gather license plate data?
[14:33] Do casinos have the ability to scan license plates automatically upon entrance?
[16:22] How does surveillance prioritize their duties?
[18:59] How often is Grif free to look at things on his own?
[22:26] Are hats a big tell for advantage players?
[23:29] Is Grif aware of advantage slot players and efforts to ban them?
[26:59] Does surveillance track regular players who only play high video poker progressives?
[27:58] Does not using a player's card raise any red flags?
[29:02] Does Grif use a database? Who checks the database?
[31:17] How user friendly are the databases?
[32:08] South Point Casino: December Promotions
[33:26] VideoPoker.com: GWAE offer until 12/31
[35:19] Is there a database for player's jewelry?
[38:20] Does drinking alcohol have any effect on the analysis of players?
[39:41] How long does Grif keep pictures of AP's that have not yet been banned?
[41:01] How do casinos treat large wins by non-counters?
[43:37] Does Grif making HR decisions in the surveillance department?
[47:03] Are more losses caused AP's, cheaters, or employees?
[49:18] How prevalent is professional cheating?
[51:15] How often does Grif see advantage play?

"Burning the Tables in Las Vegas " by Ian Andersen - https://amzn.to/2QYYLDV

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Anthony Curtis

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis, owner of Huntington Press, and publisher of The Las Vegas Advisor. We discuss room rates for New Years, the new Member Rewards book, and what is new in Las Vegas.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Anthony Curtis from The Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press.
[00:42] 2019 Las Vegas Advisor Member Rewards Book
[05:43] Las Vegas Advisor & Draft Kings deals
[13:28] FanDuel is prepaying Alabama National Championship bets
[16:12] Captain Jack's sports betting blog on LasVegasAdvisor.com
[17:45] Expansion of sports betting in the U.S.
[19:16] Room rates for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
[24:32] Loss rebate offers
[30:51] South Point Casino December Promotions, Free video poker classes
[31:47] VideoPoker.com, free 30-day trial for GWAE listeners
[33:12] Sigma Derby has been removed from MGM Grand.
[35:36] Derek Steven's new downtown casino
[41:08] Resorts World progress
[43:06] Las Vegas in 2020
[46:44] Possible federal regulation in sports betting
[49:49] Jean Scott and Russel Fox's upcoming book about taxes and gambling.
[51:44] Listener question about blackjack rules and betting

LasVegasAdvisor.com
HuntingtonPress.com
DraftKings.com
FanDuel.com
BobDancer.com
VideoPoker.com/GWAE
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Anthony Curtis

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

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Anthony Curtis, publisher of Huntington Press and Las Vegas Advisor
[00:34] Louisiana law that prevents skilled players from being barred.
[04:27] Las Vegas room rates in December.
[07:36] Anthony's dealt royal flush story and bar video poker games/promotions.
[19:55] LVA football contest strategy, "Beat the Bookie" promotion at Rampart.
[26:54] Raiders stadium progress and parking options.
[32:54] South Point Casino December promotions: Senior Days, 2x points, VP classes, etc
[34:30] AutoSlash.com: their average user saves over 30% on car rentals.
[36:07] VideoPoker.com: GWAE listeners 30-day Gold membership promotion.
[39:14] Eating Las Vegas, 7th Edition
[44:47] Listener question about blackjack side bet "Top 3."
[50:05] Listener question about Anthony's favorite sports betting books.
"The Book" by Tom Tango, Mickey Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin https://amzn.to/2SqlsOi
"Sharp Sports Betting" by Stanford Wong https://amzn.to/2Q53Zyd
"Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting" by King Yao https://amzn.to/2QztC9G
"Burning the Tables in Las Vegas" by Ian Andersen https://amzn.to/2U6XA3R
"Turning the Tables in Las Vegas" by Ian Andersen https://amzn.to/2U6XA3R
AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Jimmy Jazz

This week Bob and I talk to Jimmy Jazz. We talk about some credit card plays, auto rentals, and casino promotions.

We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Jimmy Jazz, frugal travel and credit card expert
[00:38] Is the Total Rewards credit card a good deal?
[04:00] Can you use a credit card for WSOP entries?
[05:10] Implications of a merger between MGM and Caesar's
[08:43] Groupon Select
[12:49] Las Vegas Advisor Draft Kings promotion Lasvegasadvisor.com
[14:35] Finding lost tickets and using abandoned credits.
[22:18] SouthPoint December promotions: Christmas Day multipliers
[23:46] VideoPoker.com - 100-Play Quick Quads is the Game of the Week
[25:17] Jimmy's experience with Avis, toll roads, and transponders.
[34:24] Jimmy's experience with an inaccurate mileage record at Budget.
[38:17] Jimmy's experience with bad wipers on an Alamo rental.
[40:33] Red Rock's free play promotion.
[45:27] Hollywood Toledo's food donation promotion.
[51:56] Richard discusses an old Palace Station $20 bill serial number promotion
[55:14] Jimmy's thoughts on current credit card offers.

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails

This week Bob and I answer questions submitted by our listeners. We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro
[00:35] Richard's recent experience on a Norwegian Cruise Line.
[06:12] Richard's AutoSlash experience with a Priceline Express Deal car rental.
[09:31] Bob's experience filing a complaint with the Nevada Gambling Control Board.
[12:08] How can APs deal with rules that are intended to exclude them from promotions?
[14:11] Is Boyd becoming less friendly to players?
[15:46] When Bob travels out of state does he stay where he plays?
[18:20] How can a player set up an account with a bet broker?
[19:58] Are "unseen cards are unseen cards" as Don Schlesinger says?
[23:21] Is it better for a player's ADT to play to on multi-game machine or a stand only machine?
[25:50] Is penetration important when shuffle tracking?
[28:11] How can a player find risk and variance information on blackjack side bets?
[29:19] Is roulette still profitable?
[31:32] Should a player continue to play a positive, but slow baccarat game?
[34:50] How is video poker dealt?
[38:14] How do you find strong players to network with?
[43:51] South Point Casino November Promotions: Walmart gift cards, Hot Seats, Senior Days
[45:02] VideoPoker.com Game of the week is "Super Triple Play Jackpots"
[48:10] What is the EV of $200/month in free play?
[52:24] Does changing a bet from $5 to two hands of $25 look better than one hand of $50?
[54:30] Does dressing well work as cover when making large bets?
[58:43] What's the best tipping policy?
[100:30] Is sitting out negative counts better than leaving the table?

Blackjack Shuffle Tracker's Cookbook - https://amzn.to/2TrOazA

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Bank and Teller

Our guests this week are Bank and Teller with some tales of their adventures in mainly, California casinos.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of APs Bank and Teller
[00:44] Why did he choose the name Bank?
[02:46] What type of cheating used to happen in player banked games?
[04:27] Teller's experience has a dealer.
[07:20] How Bank and Teller played a 2:1 Blackjack promotion.
[09:47] Bank's experience solving a slot machine.
[16:20] Bank was barred at a casino 25 years ago, can he go back?
[22:00] Discussion of "next card" games and dealer tells.
[25:10] Bank's introduction to advantage play.
[32:08] SouthPoint Casino's November promotions: Walmart gift cards and Thanksgiving Day Hot Seat
[32:33] AutoSlash.com - free service to save money on rental cars.
[36:00] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week is "Six Card Frenzy"
[38:54] Is Bank still coupon hustling?
[42:45] How did Bank meet his wife?
[48:12] What was Bank playing in Las Vegas a few years ago?
[49:33] Why did Bank stay at The Riviera and The Plaza?
[53:05] Bank and Teller's Pechanga story.
AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Russell Fox

Our guest this week is tax advisor Russell Fox.  We discuss various tax situations that affect gamblers and other citizens.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Russel Fox of Clayton Financial and TaxableTalk.com, rcfox@ClaytonTax.com
[00:35] Draft Kings daily fantasy sports special at the Las Vegas Advisor.
[01:43] Do new tax laws affect end of year planning?
[03:39] Are there any recent legal decisions that affect gamblers and taxes?
[05:14] Could the next Congress pass any important tax bills?
[06:53] Could you postpone claiming a jackpot for tax purposes?
[10:49] Are lottery tickets deductible from gambling winnings?
[15:11] Does the IRS accept win/loss statements?
[17:16] How will the larger standard deduction negatively affect amateur gamblers with only a few W2Gs?
[19:52] Would claiming $100,000 in wins and $100,000 in losses trigger an audit?
[25:21] Would gambling winnings in the U.K be transmitted to the IRS?
[27:07] Discussion "gambling sessions."
[32:10] SouthPoint Casino - Walmart gift card promotion, Thanksgiving Hot Seat promotion, Senior Day Mondays
[33:17] AutoSlash.com - six things that listeners should know about saving money on rental cars.
[35:03] Videopoker.com - free membership offer for GWAE listeners, "Stack the Deck" is the game of the week.
[36:58] Do poker winnings in Texas have to be reported?
[38:02] Discussion of the tax implications for a team consisting of an amateur gambler and a professional gambler.
[43:52] Does being barred from a casino affect a player's ability to get win/loss records?
[47:16] Can a professional gambler take the foreign earned income exclusion?
[51:30] Should enrolled agents violate federal law or state law when there is a conflict?

ClaytonTax.com
TaxableTalk.com
LasVegasAdvisor.com
DraftKings.com

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails

This week Bob and I answer questions submitted by our listeners. We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes:

[00:00]  Intro
[00:40]  What hourly rate is acceptable for casino play with little or no heat?
[03:55]  Have you ever let your personal dislike for a casino corporation or casino owner factor into your decision to play?
[08:29]  How do full time APs answer questions and/or provide documentation on CTRs?
[12:42]  How do you deal with players following you from game to game?
[18:34]  Do you know of anyone that has successfully fought a trespass?
[22:15]  If you're not trespassed, how long would you stay away after being backed off?
[26:56]  SouthPoint November Promotions:  Walmart gift cards promo.
[28:42]  AutoSlash.com can save you money on car rentals.
[30:43]  VideoPoker.com GWAE listeners can get a free trial.
[33:08]  Why would a video poker player not want use casino credit?
[35:42]  How much should a full time card counter expect to make?
[37:59]  How does someone get a legal name change?
[43:02]  Could you play two hands of $1000 with mid-shoe and only positive count?
[44:42]  What books would you recommend for a novice slot player?
[46:50]  How can someone find pay tables on old video poker machines?
[48:40]  What strategy adjustments are needed to play Blazing 7's blackjack?
[50:18]  A casino made a Martingale customer flat bet after winning $800 bet.
[52:00]  Las Vegas Advisor coupon run question.

"The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots" - https://amzn.to/2Rqs7aE

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - card counter Yoshi

Our guest this week is Yoshi. Yoshi was on the show last October.  At that time he had been counting cards for about 14 months, and ran $3,000 into $300,000.  Now he is back a year later, and his bankroll is over a million.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of card counter Yoshi
[01:00] What has happened to Yoshi's bankroll since his last appearance?
[01:50] How many hours is Yoshi playing now?
[02:37] How much is Yoshi betting?
[04:17] Has Yoshi finally had a 100+ hour losing streak?
[05:30] Is Yoshi still optimistic about being an AP indefinitely?
[07:38] How did Yoshi's girlfriend feel about his profession?
[08:27] Would Yoshi return to being an AP if he was single?
[11:00] Would being part of a team rekindle Yoshi's desire for playing?
[12:07] Has Yoshi been able to maintain gambling friendships since he has become inactive?
[13:12] Is Yoshi writing songs about his gambling experiences?
[14:21] What advice would Yoshi give to aspiring card counters?
[20:48] Discussion of burnout and boredom.
[23:32] How did Yoshi deal with CTRs and player's cards?
[27:02] Has Yoshi had any bad back-offs or 86s?
[31:08} SouthPoint October Promotions
[31:58] AutoSlash.com
[36:30] VideoPoker.com
[38:23] Has Yoshi had any recent pleasant surprises in casinos?
[41:22] What was Yoshi's tipping policy?
[42:51] Did Yoshi celebrate after reaching any bankroll milestones?
[45:04] Does Yoshi endorse a large spread with no cover strategy?
[49:17] Why did Yoshi like to play standing up?
[55:30] Yoshi shares some other fond memories.


AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
VideoPoker.com - https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest Captain Jack and G2E 2018

Bob and I are again joined by sports bettor and GWAE columnist Captain Jack to discuss what we saw, liked, or didn't like at the recent Global Gaming Expo held last week in Las Vegas.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Captain Jack and G2E
[00:40] How can casino managers improve sportsbook operations?
[03:40] What new sports betting offerings did Captain Jack see at G2E?
[08:10] In-game betting approval process and regulation.
[11:45] Expansion of Westgate SuperBook to other states.
[12:54] Facial recognition products.
[16:07] A blackjack variant where all hands push on a dealer 16.
[19:06] A "smart shoe" ShuffleMaster blackjack variant.
[20:22] New side bets on most table games.
[21:42] New video poker games: Lucky 8, Max Action Poker, and Stack the Deck, etc
[35:38] Multi-Strike and Super Times Play Keno.
[36:30] Gamblit skill-based games: Pac-Man, Deal or No Deal, etc
[39:18] Gaming Arts' Casino Wizard blackjack game.
[40:20] Stadium games with multiple games, fewer dealers.
[41:17] Next Gaming's skill-based games.
[42:15] SouthPoint Casino October promotions.
[42:37] VideoPoker.com promotions.
[43:12] AutoSlash.com car rentals.
[45:11] Cammegh roulette randomness.

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
VideoPoker.com - https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest Captain Jack

Our guest this week is Captain Jack.  Captain Jack is a sports bettor and GWAE columnist, and we discuss how sports betting is proliferating in numerous states following the repeal of the PASPA law.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Captain Jack
[00:30] What is Captain Jack's opinion of sports betting in states that recently legalized sports betting?
[01:52] Sports betting promotions that have a positive expectation.
[03:30] Are there sports betting apps in New Jersey?
[05:03] Are the lines in New Jersey identical to lines in Las Vegas?
[06:02] Are soccer prices different between the U.S. and Europe?
[07:06] What other states are soon going to have legalized sports betting?
[09:30] How would someone know if their home state is good for sports betting?
[13:58] Why is Louisiana facing more opposition to gambling than Mississippi?
[15:30] What will September sports betting in New Jersey revenue be?
[19:14] How is online gambling doing relative to online sports betting in New Jersey?
[20:15] What is the online gambling revenue in New Jersey?
[21:26] Is it wise to ban skilled sports bettors? Does this happen in New Jersey?
[25:02] Why hasn't BetFair done better?
[28:33] The FanDuel Denver vs Oakland live-betting line error incident.
[34:11] Southpoint October promotions
[35:08] AutoSlash saved Bob time and money.
[36:33] VideoPoker.com promotions
[38:30] What makes a winning sports bettor?
[44:20] How smart are sports betting APs?
[46:52] Reconciling historical data, rule changes, and small sample size.
[51:11] Discussion of sports tout and affiliate services.
[55:35] Captain Jack's column on Gambling with an Edge
[57:55] Captain Jack's Twitter @CapJack2000

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails

This week Bob and I answer questions submitted by our listeners. We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes:

[00:00]  Intro
[00:40]  AutoSlash now sponsors GWAE.  Richard shares a personal experience where AutoSlash saved him over 50% off of his initial reservation.
[04:39]  How can listeners help to support GWAE?
[06:50]  Bob discusses strategies for saving money on wine while on a Norwegian Cruise.
[11:30]  Listener Question #1:  Are their any resources that illustrate the logic of blackjack basic strategy?
[13:57]  Listener Question #2:  How do you figure out the advantages of joining a slot club for a video poker player?
[15:16]  Listener Question #3:  Does having a multiplier in Good Times Pay change the strategy?
[16:19]  Listener Question #4:  What blackjack counting strategy is best for a beginner with reasonable ability?
[19:22]  Listener Question #5:  What theoretical loss will be assigned to a 25-cent 9/6 Jacks machine on a bank of mostly 8/5?
[22:51]  Listener Question #6:  Should a player 86'd from Pechanga continue to play elsewhere in CA or move to NV?
[30:40]  Listener Question #7:  What games should a player practice to maximize win in Vegas?
[32:30]  SouthPoint October promotions
[33:27]  VideoPoker.com memberships and game of the week, 100-play Draw Poker
[36:26]  Listener Question #8:  Does Richard plan his trips in advance?  What was his longest trip?
[37:55]  Listener Question #9:  What are Vegas restaurants are great for a date night?
[44:52]  Listener Question #10:  How do you find casinos if maps aren't helpful?
[45:55}  Listener Question #11:  Do you have an stories about people wrongly believing that they have an edge?
[49:45]  Listener Question #12:  Can you postpone claiming a jackpot until the new year for tax purposes?
[52:46]  Listener Question #13:  What is the origin of Richard's last name?

Sites/Books referenced:

Black Belt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder - https://amzn.to/2RnF8m8
Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine - https://amzn.to/2Rm03WJ
Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere - https://amzn.to/2Ozuuu9
Million Dollar Blackjack by Ken Uston - https://amzn.to/2OxXrGU
Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong - https://amzn.to/2DWPTcs
Million Dollar Video Poker by Bob Dancer - https://amzn.to/2RoPjqM

SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Gabby Girl part 2

Gabby Girl returns, telling us about her interactions with mobster Tony Spilotro and others.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro
[00:43] Listener question #1: Should a casino care about simultaneous pass and don't pass bets? [05:18] Listener question #2: Is it just as effective to count only aces and tens?
[07:30] Listener question #3: Do casinos care if players use a video poker strategy card at the machine?
[09:00] Listener question #4: Which machines are best for coupon redemption?
[10:35] Listener question #5: Is a 25% commission reasonable to sign someone else's W2G
[14:17] Gabby Girl's experience wearing a wire in a DMSO case discussion
[19:19] Has Gabby Girl ever testified?
[21:00] Gabby's experiences with Anthony Spilotro
[22:11] Tommy Amato discussion
[26:59] Conflicts between private investigator work and social life
[30:57] Prostitution sting at The International (currently known as the Hilton)
[35:23] Serving papers on a boxer
[40:44] Chateau Vegas
[42:39] Frank Cullotta's avoidance of gun use
[44:48] Toastmasters

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Gabby Girl

Our guest this week is Gabby Girl, a woman who was a private investigator back in the early 1980s and did work for Oscar Goodman as he defended mobsters.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Gabby Girl Intro
[00:55] Show Notes for GWAE
[02:12] Richard randomly experiences of the value of an Las Vegas Advisor coupon at the Palms [03:42] Listener email question #1: Why would a sports book ban a sharp player?
[06:43] Listener email question #2: How do you discretely scout table games?
[08:40] Listener email question #3: When is it socially acceptable to leave a poker home game? [11:14] Listener email question #4: Is 6:5 blackjack here to stay in Las Vegas?
[13:40] Listener email question #5: Why are Europeans more accepting of constant shuffle machines? [14:23] Listener email question #6: Where does Richard play chess online?
[14:54] Gabby Girl's experience as a private investigator before she was 21
[16:14] How Gabby Girl learned to extract information from people
[18:01] Cary Sayegh kidnapping case
[21:13] Joseph Yablonsky and Oscar Goodman
[24:23] Gabby Girl's father's perception of her job
[25:23] Anthony Spilotro and the Hole in the Wall Gang
[29:15] Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal
[35:11] Frank Cullotta
[41:29] Eddie LaRaue and bonuses for serving difficult subpoenas
[47:39] Surveillance in adultery cases

Las Vegas Advisor - https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/
Mob Museum - https://themobmuseum.org/
Chicago Joe's - http://www.chicagojoesrestaurant.com/

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Eric Rosenthal part 2

Our guest this week is Eric Rosenthal. Eric returns to continue our conversation about advantage traveling.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Eric Rosenthal,
[00:50] Richard wants to go to London efficiently via cash and/or points
[07:15] How to build a network of casino hosts, getting value from social skills and host referrals [14:18] Utilizing player cruise offers, UrComped.com
[20:28] Creating goodwill by referring other strong players to hosts
[22:32] Identifying and maximizing tier-based benefits, additional cruise offer discussion
[30:00] Are hosts interested in AP video poker players?
[33:53] Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott, and Cosmo points
[36:58] Timing action and "theoretical" to maximize offers
[40:10] Could someone earn Seven Stars only via churning without gambling?
[43:08] Markers versus front money
[46:04] Leveraging non-casino programs to negotiate with hosts
[50:52] The need for modern day travel agents/award travel specialists
[52:48] "Vegas Confessions" podcast

Award Wallet https://awardwallet.com/blog/
Urcomped https://urcomped.com/
Travelzork https://travelzork.com/
Twitter @erosenthal1029
Email ericr@travelzork.com
podcast Vegas Confessions https://www.vegasconfessionspod.com/

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Eric Rosenthal

Our guest this week is Eric Rosenthal. We talk to Eric about combining advantage gambling with advantageous use of travel options.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Eric Rosenthal, @erosenthal1029, ericr@travelzork.com
[00:45] TravelZork.com, casino loyalty and travel loyalty education company
[02:45] Eric's experience with Revel's $100k loss rebate promotion, mailers, and the benefits of verifiable play
[13:36] Finding partners, managing taxes, and dividing comps from the Revel $100k promotion [18:25] Parlaying play at Revel into offers from competing properties in Atlantic City
[32:56] Travel hacking, manufactured spending, credit card discussion
[40:40] Tracking loyalty and credit card points, Award Wallet app
[43:54] Nothing lasts forever in AP or churning
[45:34] Creating extra video poker "theoretical."
[49:48] What has happened to Eric's team since the Revel promotion?
[52:42] How is Las Vegas for comps?
[54:05] Creating extra table games "theoretical."

Max Rubin's Comp City https://amzn.to/2PJt2mC
Award Wallet https://awardwallet.com/blog/
Urcomped https://urcomped.com/
Travelzork https://travelzork.com/
Twitter @erosenthal1029
Email ericr@travelzork.com
podcast Vegas Confessions https://www.vegasconfessionspod.com/

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Dr. Nick

Our guest this week is Dr. Nick.  Dr. Nick is a blackjack player, gambling writer, and host of the podcast Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick.

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Show Notes

[0:30] Listener question #1:  Basic player card info for video poker
[4:29] Listener question #2:  Tips for memorizing basic blackjack strategy
[7:39] Listener question #3:  Blackjack and No Limit Texas Hold'em risk of ruin
[11:52] Dr. Nick's arrest for allegedly cheating at Green Valley Ranch
[20:30] G2E's "Current Cheats, Scams, and Frauds" seminar featured Dr. Nick's case, despite dismissal of charges
[31:15] Dr. Nick's path to blackjack and experience with the MIT blackjack team
[39:49] Blackjack in Las Vegas, EV of players card versus EV of anonymity 
[44:01] Dr. Nick's case against Caesar's for breach of innkeeper's duty
[46:03] Dr. Nick's educational background and current projects
[48:30] "Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick" podcast

"Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick" podcast Gamblingwithanedge.com

Casino Verite software https://www.qfit.com/

Playing Blackjack as a Business  https://amzn.to/2PbJxqn

Theory of Blackjack  https://amzn.to/2NoyRnO