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 21, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Duncan from The Pogg.com

Our guest this week is Duncan. Duncan runs a website called The Pogg.com which caters to online casino players, and helps players who have disputes with online casinos.


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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Adam Kucharski

Our guest this week is Adam Kucharski, author of, The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling.  Adam's fascinating book is about how computers and game theory have revolutionized advantage gambling.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guests Jeffrey Compton & Steve Rowland

Our guests this week are Jeffrey Compton, the publisher of CDC Gaming Reports, and Steve Rowland, a writer, and professional poker player from the southern coast of the UK. Here is a link to Steve's article, The Secret Life of a Professional Poker Player: I'm on the Fringes of Society.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Joseph Kerr #2

The guest on the show this week is Joseph Kerr. Joseph is an advantage player from Florida. He was on our show two year ago talking about "Advantage Cruising" and now he is back on to talk about gaining advantages on travel by credit card churning.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Blair Hull

This week we talk with former blackjack professional turned top trader, Blair Hull. Blair started in blackjack in the 70s, and connected with Al Francesco who invented the "Big Player" concept. He played with Ken Uston on that team, and then moved from blackjack into trading. He founded the Hull Trading Group which he sold to Goldman Sachs in 1999 for over $500 million. His current company is Hull Investments where he continues to trade.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Las Vegas Strip Diaries - Roger Hall

Last year my partner Minnie Madden and I decided to launch a new web series called Las Vegas Strip Diaries. The idea was we would interview interesting people in Las Vegas. Vegas has no shortage of interesting characters, and everyone has a story.

As often happens, life intrudes. We never launched the series, but we did record 4 episodes. This is one of those episodes; an interview with a wonderful musician named Roger Hall. I learned that Roger died last month at the age of 90. Roger was a saxophone player that moved to Las Vegas in 1954. He played with the "swing band" which meant that he played 6 nights a week, each night at a different casino on the strip in order to give the house band at each place a night off. When I interviewed him it was just before his 90th birthday, and he was still playing his saxophone every day. I hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guests Matt Kaufman & Rob Stan WSOP 2016

Our guests this week are Matt Kaufman and Rob Stan, two poker professionals that are on to talk about the upcoming world Series of Poker 2016. Matt Kaufman is a mixed game specialist, and a gaming consultant and general manager of a group of affiliate websites. Rob Stan in addition to being a cash game pro, blogs, and coaches through crushlivepoker.com.

 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

loaning money, and a couple jokes

One of the blogs I skim is that of Paul Harris. Paul is a radio personality, blogger, and serious poker player. He had a brief blog post today entitled Poker Loans. He started the post with this:

"If you lend a poker player $20,000, you will always get your money back.
But if you lend him $20, you'll never see it again."

It got me to thinking about it, and my experience is that it is the guy, not the amount. The same guy who won't pay back the 20k is the one who won't pay back the 20 bucks.  And vice versa. Paul concludes with the following joke, which I particularly enjoy since I am a theater person:

A homeless guy walks up to a man on the street and asks if he can spare a few dollars. The man rebuffs him, saying, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be. That's Shakespeare." To which the homeless guy replies, "Oh, yeah? Fuck you! That's David Mamet!"

and that reminded me of one of my favorite gambling jokes.

Bob gets hit up by his friend Jimmy, who says, "Hey, can you help me out. My rent is past due, and I really need some money for food." Before he can respond a third guy walks up and says, "Hey Jimmy, there is a really soft $2-$5 game at my house tonight. The buy in is $1,000." Jimmy says, "I'll be there."  Bob says, "What the hell? You just told me your rent is past due and you need money for food." Jimmy says, "Yeah, that's right, but I have money for a game."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Russell Fox #2

This week we talk with tax professional Russell Fox. Russell is based in Las Vegas and handles many professional gamblers. We discuss things like - how teams handle W2Gs, 1099s, and K1s. We talk about how to be smart about having residences in 2 states, and some tips on an HSA.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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 was on our show in June of 2015, and we continue to get comments on how well people liked that episode. He graciously consented to come back. In the past year he has focused more on foreign travel.


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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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