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, 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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