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 27, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Nick Howard

The guest this week is poker player, teacher, and computer analyst Nick Howard. Nick is one of the poker coaches at Run It Once.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - G2E 2016 and listener emails

No guest this week. Bob and Richard answer listener email questions, and discuss this year's G2E.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jimmy Jazz 5

The guest this week is Jimmy Jazz. We talk about advantage travel, and some of the best credit cards for airline mile churning.

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Here are some links that Jimmy mentioned during the show.

In addition Jimmy can be reached at this email.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

When Vegas started changing.

I remember when I first noticed it. About 10 years ago my friend Minnie (who has lived in Las Vegas for 40 years) had a meeting at Mandalay Bay.  She was running late, and pulled into valet.  The valet said, "Are you staying in the hotel?"
She said, "No, just here for a meeting."
"I'm sorry but the valet is full, and we can only take hotel guests."
Minnie said, "I understand" and tried to hand him a $20.  "This is for you. I'm late for a meeting."
The valet said, "I'm sorry, I can't park it if you're not staying here."
Minnie's reaction was, "Am I still in Las Vegas?"

Vegas was the town where a $20 handshake got you an upgrade to the presidential suite, or front row to see Frank Sinatra. Eating at a casino was cheaper than buying food and cooking at home.  I started to look around and saw that now the buffet wasn't $4.95, it was $49.95.  And it all just kept coming:
Resort Fees
Late check out fee
Early check in fee
Pay for the coffee pods in your room
This year - pay for parking
And finally - pay for drinks while you are gambling at the bar.

Benny Binion is rolling in his grave. (Bennie was the first guy to start giving away free drinks to his players.)  It has gotten so bad that this was an article recently discretionary comps help casino build loyalty. Think about that.  It has gotten so bad that someone thought it noteworthy to report on a casino giving out comps!

Change is inevitable.  This all was brought to mind this week when I stopped by The Klondike for their $1.49 bacon and eggs.  I thought, yeah, this is what it was like.  But at the same time I came out reeking of cigarette smoke. Not everything about the old days was so great.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Gambling With an Edge - no guests this week part 2

This week we have no guests. Bob and Richard continue their discussion of how they got started on the road to gambling as professionals.
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