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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, October 21, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Mail Bag 10/21/2021

No guest this week as we once again dip into the mail bag. 

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


Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction
[00:33]  Did Bob ever take advantage of online casino promotions?
[01:28]  W2Gs for craps players
[03:44]  General rules for all variations in video poker
[05:32]  Card counting for comps
[10:12]  Should slot hustling be avoided where hole-carding
[11:30]  Magic of the Nile slot advantage player tracking
[13:21]  $5DDB with double progressive amounts
[16:52]  Should a new AP chase progressives?
[19:54]  Seven Stars Insider newsletter
[21:34]  Prax
[23:23]  Card counting as a refusal and AP sports betting
[25:03]  Signing up for new credit cards when purchasing a home
[27:08]  Baccarat, roulette, and baccarat bonuses
[32:05]  How do the odds change playing two hands versus one hand
[35:24]  Valuing a blackjack hot seat promotion
[39:20]  South Point Casino October Promotions - $500k+ Monster Money casino-wide progressives, Prime Time Mondays for people 55 and older
[40:45]  http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[41:25]  http://VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[42:35]  How did Bob get backed off playing video poker at MGM properties?
[44:52]  Basic strategy for multi-deck and doubling on A7
[48:18]  How can a dealer handle impolite players?
[50:12]  Putting tape over unused camera on computer
[52:17]  Loss rebates for roulette
[53:16]  Blackjack dealer yells "skills check"
[54:31]  Card pulling
[57:34]  Recommended:  books by Donald Westlake, Margins of Error podcast

Sponsored Links:

Books Referenced:
Comp City by Max Rubin https://amzn.to/3jjfvCw

Software Referenced: 

Recommended:
Donald Westlake books https://amzn.to/3C7k0I4

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Buddy Frank and G2E 2021

 Bob and I get a return visit from long time slot director Buddy Frank, and this was taped immediately after the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) show, the biggest casino industry trade show of the year. We spend a lot of time talking about the new things we saw. 


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




Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Buddy Frank, long time slot director and casino executive

[00:36] Player identification and video poker player skill tracking products at G2E

[14:08] Resorts World's cashless system, credit cards

[24:25] Interesting AP games at G2E, slots, keno

[31:45] Auto-hold on video poker

[35:24] Ultimate X Gold

[39:18] http://VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners

[39:38] http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools

[40:08] South Point Casino October Promotions - $500k+ Monster Money casino-wide progressives

[41:11] South Point operations, comments on the locals market in Las Vegas, Circa

[47:12] Strategy for a player who has been banned, but not trespassed

[51:01] Aristocrat party at Allegiant Stadium

[53:15] Recommended: Sooley by John Grisham, CSI Las Vegas, Aruze claw game and craps game


Sponsored Links:

http://SouthPointCasino.com

http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com

http://VideoPoker.com/gwae


Sites Referenced:

http://Wizardofodds.com/games/video-poker/tables/ultimate-x-gold/


Recommended:

Sooley by John Grisham https://amzn.to/2YU8EbL

Cbs.com/shows/csi-vegas/

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Mail Bag 10/7/2021

No guest this week as we once again dip into the mail bag. 

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



Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction

[00:40]  Biggest gambling regrets

[03:57]  How can dealers gain AP knowledge?

[06:44]  Variance on multi-line video poker

[10:20]  Fixed-odds horse racing

[11:49]  Bob's problems with betting in Arizona

[22:29]  How do APs network?

[25:45]  Advantages and disadvantages of playing on casino credit

[30:39]  South Point Casino October Promotions - $500k+ Monster Money casino-wide progressives

[31:54]  http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools

[32:35]  http://VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners

[34:15]  Who should a player contact about re-entering a property after being thrown out?

[37:20]  Slot YouTubers

[39:28]  Vulturing Ultimate X

[40:46]  New GWAE intro

[42:40]  Recommended - Goliath on Amazon Prime, The Devil May Dance by Jake Tapper, Ross Thomas novels, The Hustler, The Color of Money, Jake Jacobs review of The Card Counter


Sponsored Links:

http://SouthPointCasino.com

http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com

http://VideoPoker.com/gwae


Episodes Referenced:

http://Lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-wilma0-part-2


Recommended:

http://Amazon.com/Goliath-Season-1/dp/B0875NY2V2

The Devil May Dance by Jake Tapper https://amzn.to/3AmrHs7

Ross Thomas novels https://amzn.to/306VNn1

The Hustler https://amzn.to/2WPNJFQ

The Color of Money https://amzn.to/3lmk2Wy

The Card Counter movie review. http://Lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/the-card-counter-review

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Mail Bag 9/30/2021

No guest this week as we once again dip into the mail bag. 

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




 Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction

[00:32] Video poker progressive with a must-hit-by amount

[02:08] Hole carding practice

[05:26] Civilian criticism of hitting A7 vs 10 while counting

[09:03] How easily can a video poker pay table be changed?

[15:13] Playing Spanish 21 unrated

[17:47] How to approach a vulnerable table?

[20:38] Handling variance on 9/6 Triple Double Bonus

[24:14] Game selection in video poker and table games

[25:50] Running bad on video poker

[30:10] Phone apps and device law

[34:51] Long hotel comp stays

[36:26] Why doesn't Bob Dancer have a Youtube channel?

[38:29] Bet spread vs min to max

[41:51] http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools

[42:31] South Point Casino September Promotions - $500k Monster Money casino-wide progressives

[43:35] http://VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners

[44:23] Playing in retirement and the comp game

[47:10] Why do dealers hate match play coupon players?

[51:08] Do people recognize Richard's voice?

[55:18] Tipping after W2G bar tops

[58:12] Recommended - Sex Education on Netflix, The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz 


Sponsored Links:

http://SouthPointCasino.com

http://BlackjackApprenticeship.com

http://VideoPoker.com/gwae


Books Referenced:

Beyond Counting by James Grosjean - (out of print)

Modern Blackjack by Norm Wattenbarger - https://amzn.to/3m9xBrn


Recommended:

Sex Education http://Netflix.com/title/80197526

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz  https://amzn.to/3ii0GQl


Thursday, September 23, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Captain Jack Andrews and Rufus Peabody part 2

 Our guests this week are professional sports bettors, Captain Jack Andrews, and Rufus Peabody.  This is part 2 of our discussion on their new site unabated.com. This is a site with tools to help sports bettors trying to get an edge.  No touts, no affiliate ads, just good information and tools for players trying to find an edge. 

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




Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Captain Jack Andrews and Rufus Peabody from Unabated.com
[00:53] Rufus' experience with advantage players from Appalachian State, as described on a recent Risk of Ruin podcast
[06:29] Rufus' Cantor Gaming interview
[08:15] How should players attack new markets?
[14:47] Does Arizona have any independent sportsbooks?
[16:31] Sports betting in California
[21:35] How is NFL betting different in 2021?
[23:09] How does a quarterback's vaccination status affect bets and futures?
[27:08] Has Unabated received any blowback from bettors who resent others releasing information?
[29:47] Have people used Madden to simulate NFL games?
[31:32] How can casual sports bettors use Unabated.com's tools to get EV?
[37:39] South Point Casino September Promotions - City Lights Shine giveaway, Hot Seat promotions, South Point 400 tickets
[38:25] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[38:57] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[40:44] Unabated.com's target audience
[43:39] Will Captain Jack's Youtube content remain on Youtube?
[44:58] Definition of Unabated
[48:53] The data science behind Unabated
[50:06] When will Las Vegas improve mobile sports betting?
[52:07] Is William Hill taking action now?
[54:27] Recommended: Our Town on Kanopy, Sidedoor podcast


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Books Referenced:
Sharper: A Guide to Modern Sports Betting by True Pokerjoe https://amzn.to/2XXjCN8


Recommended:
Kanopy.com/product/our-town
Si.edu/sidedoor

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Captain Jack Andrews and Rufus Peabody

 Our guests this week are professional sports bettors, Captain Jack Andrews, and Rufus Peabody.  They are on to discuss their new site unabated.com. This is a site with tools to help sports bettors trying to get an edge.  No touts, no affiliate ads, just good information and tools for players trying to find an edge.

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



Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Captain Jack Andrews and Rufus Peabody from Unabated.com
[00:54] Unabated.com
[05:07] NFL simulator
[09:42] How is the NFL simulator updated?
[10:53] How much does one bad game affect season totals?
[13:15] Will derivative markets eventually be automated?
[16:18] How much does Unabated cost?
[20:02] Written and video educational content
[23:10] What other roles exist Unabated?
[26:55] Upcoming features
[31:20] South Point Casino September Promotions - City Lights Shine giveaway, Hot Seat promotions, South Point 400 tickets
[32:03] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[32:36] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[33:58] Super Bowl prop arbitrage
[40;34] Calculating place and show prices
[42:20] Will Unabated be adding golf tools?
[44:26] Are Captain Jack and Rufus still betting?
[46:18] Betting exchanges in New Jersey
[53:14] Recommended: A Boy and His Dog, Icarus, Risk of Ruin podcast


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Guest Links:
Unabated.com
Twitter.com/UnabatedSports
Twitter.com/RufusPeabody
Twitter.com/capjack2000


Recommended:
A Boy and His Dog
Icarus.film
Podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/risk-of-ruin/id1527018692

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Mail Bag 9/6/2021

No guest this week as we once again dip into the mail bag. 

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




Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction
[00:36]  Comments on commercials
[02:27]  Probability of royal flushes on 9/6 Jacks
[03:56]  Vetting of GWAE guests
[07:25]  New casino table games
[09:43]  Double Joker video poker
[11:40]  W2G jackpoint threshold
[13:30]  What's the best way to listen to GWAE?
[14:44]  RFID and TITO at Resorts World table games
[16:15]  Return on card counting
[17:51]  Will the Mirage poker room ever re-open
[18:06]  $1 to $3 Limit Hold/em in Vegas
[19:04]  Why do casinos allow Bob to play?
[19:37]  VideoPoker.com strategy corrections
[21:26]  Card counting advice for a new player without a network
[25:02]  Burning cards on a double deck games
[27;31]  What edge can a recreational player get?
[29:06]  Comp hustling
[30:15]  Split Card Poker
[32:41]  Software used by casinos to catch card counters
[33:19]  $125/hand video poker comps
[36:13]  IRS reporting requirements on table games
[39:01]  Why wasn't the card maker in Phil Ivey's edge sorting case charged?
[41:09]  South Point Casino September Promotions - City Lights Shine giveaway, Hot Seat promotions, South Point 400 tickets
[42:20]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[43:03]  VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[44:10]  Using side bets in blackjack to reach table minimum when the count is high
[46:33]  Can banks deny service to professional gamblers?
[48:27]  Transitioning from a recreational gambler to a professional gambler
[51:55]  A match play dispute on craps
[54:50]  Recommended:  Advantage 32 rubber bands, Here Today


Sponsored Links:

Links Referenced:


Recommended:
Advantage 32 rubber bands  https://amzn.to/2VrhRqk

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Host Steve Cyr

Our guest this week is "Super Host" Steve Cyr. We talk about how covid has effected things, the new Resorts World, and what happens with your comps if you are restricted from play.

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





Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of casino super host, Steve Cyr
[00:28] How has the pandemic affected the hosting business?
[05:16] Does Steve work outside of Las Vegas?
[07:36] Resorts World
[08:29] Hosting advantage players
[15:00] Rating dice
[20;57] What happens to a deal if a player is restricted mid-play?
[25:26] Problem gambling
[20:13] Cash players and source of funds
[32:33] South Point Casino September Promotions - City Lights Shine giveaway, Hot Seat promotions, South Point 400 tickets
[33:26] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[33:55] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[34:56] Front money
[36:02] Sending Bitcoin to the cage
[37:22] Requests for escorts
[40:56] Casino Comp Wallet app
[42:55] How to contact Steve Cyr
[44:38] Whales
[46:07] Getting burned by players
[51:03] Stephen Paddock
[55:31] Recommended - Taverna Costera, The Father, Garbage salad at Barry's Downtown Prime


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Steve Cyr's Links:
Instagram.com/stevecyrvegas
Stevecyr.com
Twitter.com/SteveCyrVegas
Whale Hunt in the Desert by Deke Castleman https://amzn.to/3yGahG3


Recommended:
Tavernacostera.com
The Father (On Demand)
Barrysdowntownprime.com

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Wilma0 part 2

Our guest this week is a return from last week, Wilma0.  We discuss more blackjack, and video poker.  But we also talk about an incident at MGM where lots of mistakes were made, and leads to Bellagio refusing to cash $20,000 of his chips.

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



Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of AP Wilma0
[00:20]  Comedy show at the MGM Grand results in a trespass
[22;58]  Lessons that can be learned from Wilma0's MGM experience
[27:30]  South Point Casino September Promotions - City Lights Shine giveaway
[28:20]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[28:44]  VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[29:26]  Bank of America
[36:25]  Trusting a bum
[40:34]  Certified mail and going to jail
[49:56]  Seven Stars advantage play
[53:53]  Recommended - Deja True storytelling, Below Deck on Bravo


Sponsored Links:

Recommended:

 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Wilma0

Our guest this week is and advantage player named Wilma0.  We discuss blackjack, video poker, credit cards, and taking advantage of promotions in the grocery store.

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


podcast
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Show Notes


[00:00] Introduction of Wilma0
[00"25] The origin of Wilma0's name
[00:14] Wilma0's introduction to advantage play
[04:26] Getting backed off from putt-putt gold
[06:41] Playing blackjack on a cruise ship
[09:21] Card counting and playing carded
[13:20] Video poker
[16:21] Blackjack Boot Camps
[19:15] Credit card points
[25:09] Manufactured spending
[28:40] South Point Casino August Promotions - South Point 400 race merchandise and $100 free play, email promo for locals
[30:05] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[30:38] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[32:19] Travelers checks
[39:56] AAA and an Wilma0's old car
[42:51] Coca-Cola AP
[47:56] Best back-off story
[51:24] Recommended - Queen of the South on Netflix, Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens, The Yoda Guy


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Referenced Links and Episodes:
Lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/author/jimmy-jazz

Lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-edge-guest-cartwright-4

Lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-guest-jimmy-jazz-9-17-20

ThePointsGuy.com

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest William Ziemba

Our guest this week is mathematician, William Ziemba. Professor Ziemba has written many books on sports betting, race betting, and the stock market.  

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

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Show Notes


[00:00] Introduction of gambling author William Ziemba
[00:20] How did Bill get into sports betting?
[02:10] Ed Thorp
[07:38] Bill Benter
[12:14] Risk arbitrage examples
[23:54] Betting NFL and market efficiency
[27:04] South Point Casino August Promotions - South Point 400 race merchandise and $100 free play, email promo for locals
[28:33] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[29:10] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[30:21] Betfair's inefficiencies
[35:08] Lotteries
[45:22] Stock market recommendations
[53:40] William's books are on sale
[57:46] Recommended - Planet Money podcast, Richard's storytelling on Facebook


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


William Ziemba's Links:
Williamtziemba.com
Amazon author's page  https://amzn.to/3s9tgal
Ziembainvestments.com/about-dr-ziemba.html
Worldscientific.com

Recommended:
Npr.org/sections/money
Facebook.com/lvstoryslam

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Arnold Snyder part 2

 Our guest this week is Arnold Snyder. This is part 2 of our talk about his new book Radical Blackjack.

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

podcast
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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Arnold Snyder, blackjack player, theorist, and author
[00:23] Explaining unusual blackjack plays to casino employees
[08:19] A very strange comp offer
[12:56] Keith and Marty Taft
[21:03] More interviews, links, and articles about Keith via Kindle version of Radical Blackjack
[22:26] John Ascuagas' Nugget
[32:51] South Point Casino August Promotions - Free Logo gifts and $100 in free play, email promo for locals
[34:09] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site and community with lots of training tools, software, and a members' only forum
[34:42] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[35:52] Arnold gets a call from surveillance about marked cards
[44:12] REKO count
[46:46] Being an expert witness
[57:57] Recommended - buying and tasting whiskey in Las Vegas, The Order by Daniel Silva, Oyster Bar at the Nugget in Reno, Big Sur Oyster Bar at South Point


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Arnold Snyder's Links:
Write-aholic.com/about-arnold-snyder
Blackjack Forum articles  http://www.blackjackforumonline.com/


Books Referenced:
Radical Blackjack by Arnold Snyder https://amzn.to/3Cm9woE
Read the Dealer by Steve Forte (out of print)

Recommended:
Nevadadistilling.com

Totalwine.com/store-info/nevada-south-strip/1205

Leesliquorlv.com

Doublehelixwine.com

Emerilsrestaurants.com/delmonico-steakhouse

Whiskyattic.com

The Order by Daniel Silva https://amzn.to/3jsknEF

Nuggetcasinoresort.com/dining/restaurants/oyster-bar

Southpointcasino.com/dining/big-sur-oyster-bar

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest attorney Stan Pietruska

 Our guest this week is Stan Pietruska.  Stan is an attorney in New Jersey.  We talk about the legalization of sports betting, online poker, and the Phil Ivey case.

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


podcast
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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of gambling attorney Stan Pietruska
[00:37] Dan’s background in gambling
[02:28] PAPSA
[04:33] Off-shore sites in the late 1990s
[07:21] UIGEA
[11:39] Why did some poker sites still allow U.S. players?
[13:30] Chris Christie
[19:50] Phil Ivey case
[27:35] Fanduel’s NFL pricing error
[31:01] Does Dan take gamblers’ civil rights cases in New Jersey?
[33:58] South Point August Casino Promotions - free gift promotions, email free play promotion for locals
[35:35] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site and community with a member's forum, casino database and software tools
[36:08] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[36:36] Live betting at William Hill and others
[38:56] Barring sports bettors in New Jersey
[40:37] Super Bowl streaker wager
[43:48] Caesars’ surveillance case
[46:43] Current state of online poker
[52:58] Recommended - Downton Abbey, Gosford Park, The Other Woman by Daniel Silva, Tales from the Pit by David Schwartz


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Tales from the Pit episode:
https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-edge-week-3/


Recommended:

Downton Abbey Netflix.com/title/70213223
Gosford Park Amazon.com/Gosford-Park-Maggie-Smith/dp/B000I543SM
Tales From the Pit https://amzn.to/3j1mFKX
The Other Woman https://amzn.to/3f5KDTU

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - former surveillance operator - Junior part 2

Our guest this week is a former surveillance operator named Junior.  For the last 15 years Junior has worked in surveillance rooms on the Las Vegas strip. This is part 2 of our interview.

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

podcast
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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Junior, recently retired surveillance expert
[00:19] How often does a casino track a patron to get their license plate?
[02:51] Does a large color up without cashing out cause heat?
[04:05] Will surveillance ever check the trash to identify patrons?
[07:42] Other techniques used to identify persons of interest
[10:45] ID scanners
[11:17] Causes of heat
[14:03] Cheating at craps, other inside jobs
[19:15] A fun baccarat play
[21:54] Loss rebates
[23:22] Any chance that Junior returns to surveillance work?
[25:50] Tracking jewelry or clothing?
[26:48] Cheating at poker
[29:31] How to get in touch with Junior
[29:55] Can software effectively analyze play on blackjack variants?
[31:00] South Point Casino July Promotions - "Free Play with a Kicker"
[31:35] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site and community with a member's forum, casino database and software tools
[32:07] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[33:15] Biometrica
[35:43] MGM sweat shops
[37:33] Do casinos care about losing card counters?
[41:06] Splitting tens
[42:36] Flagging players with a players card
[43:40] Chip shuffling
[44:42] What do APs do to draw heat that could have been easily avoided?
[49:21] Recommended - The Winner by David Baldacci, Bosch on Amazon Prime


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BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Recommended:
The Winner by David Baldacci  https://amzn.to/3BoGowB

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Arnold Snyder

Our guest this week is Arnold Snyder on to talk about his new book Radical Blackjack.

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

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Show Notes


[00:00] Introduction of Arnold Snyder, blackjack expert and author of Radical Blackjack
[00:26] Arnold's career in playing blackjack, blackjack forums, and publishing
[05:11] Pricing The Blackjack Formula
[12:21] Arnold's other books, Blackjack for Profit, Blackbelt in Blackjack
[14:12] Developing the unbalanced count, the Red 7
[18:56] Why did it take so long to publish Radical Blackjack? Loss rebate discussion
[32:11] Doubling on a hard twelve
[41:55] South Point Casino July Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker
[42:33] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training tools, members forum, casino database, and betting software
[43:06] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[44:34] Is shuffle tracking dead?
[47:42] Betting six hands of $6k for an entire 6-deck shoe
[56:03] Recommended: Super Summer Theatre, Daylight by David Baldacci, Cottonwood Station Eatery


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Arnold Snyder's Huntington Press Site:
Huntingtonpress.com/arnold-snyder/


Recommended:
Supersummertheatre.org

Daylight by David Baldacci  https://amzn.to/3i9GZsZ

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bill Robertie (backgammon)

Our guest this week is two time backgammon world champion and author, Bill Robertie. We discuss his new book, How to Play the Opening in Backgammon -- Part 2: Everything Matters.

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

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Bill Robertie, backgammon champion author of How to Play the Opening in Backgammon/Part 2: Everything Matters
[00:28] Remembering Stan Tomchin
[02:48] How is Bill's new book different from the other books in the series?
[05:09] Bill's target audience for this book series
[07:42] Counterintuitive plays
[08:34] Does writing about backgammon improve Bill's game?
[10:04] Making your own 3pt versus 22pt
[19:42] 6-1 is weaker than 3-1 and 4-2
[22:51] eXtreme Gammon
[30:25] XG making plays that conflicts how humans play
[34:02] South Point Casino July Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker
[34:30] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting community, training suite, and forum
[35:05] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[36:23] Making an early ace point
[39:58] Considering opponent's style
[46:45] What will be covered in Part 3
[49:16] TheGammonPress.com
[51:45] Recommended: Hobak Korean BBQ, Mr. Kim's Korean BBQ, Colin Jone's new video on Youtube, Unsettled by Steven E. Koonin, James Grosjean's blog at GamblingWithAnEdge.com


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae
BlackjackApprenticeship.com

Recommended:
Hobakkoreanbbq.com

Mrkimbbq.com

Youtube.com/watch?v=XM7fPwjJKuk&ab_channel=BlackjackApprenticeship

Unsettled by Steven E. Koonin  https://amzn.to/3hk5vZk

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - former surveillance operator - Junior

Our guest this week is a former surveillance operator named Junior.  For the last 15 years Junior has worked in surveillance rooms on the Las Vegas strip. We will be having Junior on again soon so if yu have more questions for him send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of former surveillance employee, Junior
[00:17] Junior's gambling experience outside of surveillance
[00:57] Getting into surveillance
[03:23] How much attention do casinos pay to slot and video poker players?
[04:59] Hustlers
[06:35] Multi-carding
[07:47] Facial recognition
[13:26] What information is shared across company properties and with competitors
[14:31] Ted Whiting
[15:49] Techniques used to identify card counters
[18:09] Methods used to identify other forms of advantage play
[23:21] Surveillance room culture
[25:57] How much time is spent monitoring casino employees?
[29:05] Cheating and theft by employees
[34:22] South Point Casino July Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker starts July 5th
[35:08] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site with software, tools, and members-only forum
[35:41] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[36:41] False positives
[39:50] Playing uncarded
[41:29] Is wearing a hat a red flag?
[41:55] Hole carding
[43:19] Phil Ivey and Kelly Sun
[46:36] Famous players
[51:57] Did Junior ever contact a player who was generating heat?
[53:02] Age, race, and gender stereotypes
[57:30] Recommended: No Stupid Questions podcast, The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae
BlackjackApprenticeship.com


Recommended:
Freakonomics.com/nsq

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson https://amzn.to/3dyzqdM

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Anthony Curtis

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis of The Las Vegas Advisor. We talk to AC about what is currently going on in Vegas including the opening of Resorts World, Weed Lounges, and more.

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

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Anthony Curtis, publisher of the Huntington Press and The Las Vegas Advisor
[00:20] Resorts World
[01:41] Crockfords affiliation
[02:32] Food court
[04:11] Video poker
[06:03] Casino management
[06:43] Vegas pandemic recovery
[11:11] Virgin Spanish 21 and crapless craps
[11:48] Radical Blackjack by Arnold Snyder
[15:28] Stanford Wong
[16:19] Peter Griffin
[20:21] South Point Casino June Promotions - $500k Spin to Win
[20:54] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site, tools, and community
[21:27] VideoPoker.com/gwae Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[22:40] Weed lounges
[25:55] Federal marijuana laws
[27:43] Las Vegas Advisor Youtube channel
[34:58] WSOP
[36:19] The Pass in Henderson
[43:56] Casinos tightening up
[47:37] Slot tickets, change issues
[50:31] Recommended - Risk of Ruin podcast on Dr. Ziemba, The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper, Water Street in Henderson


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Guest Links:
Huntingtonpress.com
The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper - https://amzn.to/3gXfFh7
Waterstreetdistrict.com

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - Mail Bag 6/14/2021

No guest this week.  Bob and I answer questions from our mail bag.

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

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction
[00:32] Double deck Hi-Lo true count
[02:20] Peter Liston’s slot course
[05:22] Vegas video poker bars
[08:28] Are Native American casinos using full decks?
[13:07] Are casino conditions getting worse?
[15:22] NSUD penalty cards
[16:40] Does a room comp affect free play?
[19:15] Would using a chip bank generate a CTR?
[21:51] Casinos asking for ID when playing as a refusal
[23:03] Providing name while playing as a refusal
[25:13] Why did the into to GWAE change?
[27:11] South Point Casino June Promotions - $500 Spin to Win
[27:45] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site and community
[28:22] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, Free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[29:51] W2G withholding
[31:48] Splitting after a dealer error
[33:00] Tucking 22 during a negative count
[36:00] Mask wearing after restrictions ease
[37:14] Dealer theft concerns
[39:35] Added stress from cashing around large amounts of cash and chips
[41:36] Recommended: James Clavell books, Mark Twain by Ken Burns


Sponsored Links:
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BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Recommended:
James Clavell books, like Shogun and Tai Pan - https://amzn.to/2SyXoP8
pbs.org/kenburns/mark-twain/

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Socrates

Our guest this week is an AP who goes by the name Socrates. 

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

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Socrates, AP and golfer
[00:30] Will there be a slot round table on GWAE?
[02:32] Making money golfing
[03:56] Building a bankroll
[07:02] How did people attempt to hustle Socrates?
[08:38] Betting serious money at golf
[09:25] Cheating
[11:27] Winning at golf versus winning at a casino
[14:52] How does Socrates’ wife feel about his advantage plays?
[15:38] Getting started in advantage play
[16:18] Learning to play blackjack
[19:09] Losing streak
[20:10] Getting backed off locally
[23:01] Learning to hold card
[25:59] Meeting another counter
[26:46] South Point Casino June Promotions - $500 Spin to Win, share your email for free play on weekends
[27:59] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting community and training site
[28:34] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[29:39] Team play
[30:41] More on Socrates’ progression
[32:27] Finding hole card games
[33:48] Team play with his wife
[34:34] Playing with a full-time job
[36:52] Bad back-offs
[40:46] Lessons learned
[45:08] Getting backed off at the men’s club
[49:48] Traveling with money
[51:25] Recommended - Global Entry, Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell, The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Books Referenced:
Blackbelt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder https://amzn.to/3wc1Od4


Recommended:
cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry

Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell https://amzn.to/3ivRKrC

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson https://amzn.to/3ivRMzK