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, September 28, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Mickey Crimm

Our guest today is Micky Crimm. Mickey is a low stakes machine player that lived for years for free in casinos.  He now makes his living grinding away in Montana of all places.

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Show Notes 


[01:15] How long has Mickey been in Montana, and what kind of AP things are there?
[03:25] Keno games in Montana
[06:58] Getting around the betting limits
[12:42] Games that Mickey used to play
[13:31] What kind of games is Mickey looking for now?
[14:19] Mickey’s train hopping adventures
[17:58] 5 years of living in McLaughlin for free
[20:20] Do casinos recognize Mickey?
[21:50] Quitting alcohol
[27:04] How Video Poker changed Mickey’s life
[34:22] Gambling has been a steady source of income since 1996. 
[36:37] Mickey’s math education
[39:56] A future book on Mickey’s adventures 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Zach Resnick on Bitcoin

Our guest today is Zach Resnick, a poker player, coach, and host of the “Just Hands Poker” podcast. Our show today is primarily about bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.

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Show Notes

[02:07] How is Bitcoin relevant to gambling?
[04:24] What is blockchain?
[09:20] Mt. Gox exchange hack and the security of Bitcoin
[10:17] Cold wallet vs hardware wallet
[15:23] Coinbase has been closing U.S. accounts due to online gambling. Is that a problem in other countries?
[19:33] Bitcoin’s store of value.
[21:26] Can you open accounts on online casinos using Bitcoin?
[23:25] Are there derivatives market for Bitcoin?
[24:15] Other gambling uses of Bitcoin
[32:23] What other cryptocurrencies are relevant to gambling?
[34:48] Cryptocurrencies and smart contract app
[39:13] What is Just Hands Poker and what is Zach’s podcast about?
[43:20] Credit card & mileage points brokerage

Z-cash: https://z.cash/
Virtue poker: https://virtue.poker/
Bread wallet: https://breadwallet.com/

Just Hands Poker: http://www.justhandspoker.com/

Friday, September 15, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guests Pat Christenson and Andy Uyal

Our guest today is Pat Christenson, author of “Rock Vegas: Live Music Explodes in the
Neon Desert.” We discuss the book, and how Las Vegas has become one of the premiere live music venues in the US. We also have Andy Uyal  who attends 5 or 6 live concerts a year.

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Show Notes

[01:28] How did Grateful Dead revolutionize Las Vegas?
[07:23] How did Thomas and Mack Center at UNLV usher Las Vegas into the modern age of touring acts?
[08:44] What memorable acts passed Thomas and Mack Center?
[14:03] What are the effects of the size of the venues?
[20:33] What rock music festivals are in Las Vegas?
[23:26] How would having big stadiums affect live events in Las Vegas?
[26:50] Who are some potential candidates for residency?
[29:53] What percentage of shows are comped by the casinos?
[34:28] Algorithms that remember and anticipate the users' music preferences
[40:17] Pros and cons of different formats of live concerts
[42:23] Do you ever go to concerts in other cities for research?
[43:49] Do you hire with demographic in mind for capturing music preferences of different age groups?
[46:53] Las Vegas taking a chance on ABC
[51:05] Do you see extended-duration events in Las Vegas in the future?
[55:20] What is Las Vegas Events?

Las Vegas Events: http://www.lasvegasevents.com/
Thomas and Mack Center: http://www.thomasandmack.com/

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Captain Jack 2

The guest this week is Captain Jack. He is on to talk sports betting before the first week of NFL football starts. We also touch on the potential for legal sports betting in the US, and some parlay strategies.


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Show Notes

[00:34] How can you play Video Poker faster?
[02:29] Football rule changes and their effects on handicapping
[05:28] How much does the absence of Ezekiel Elliott affect the line on Dallas Cowboys?
[10:20] LA money coming into Vegas
[13:20] The Mayweather vs McGregor fight
[18:45] The significance of beating the closing line
[21:05] Using bitcoins for anonymous sports betting
[25:05] Is it possible to set up an anonymous sports book account?
[27:30] What it means to have money working in a sportsbook
[28:45] What is the general status of online sports books?
[31:30] New Jersey sports betting cases
[45:17] Stanford Wong's “teasers"
[47:32] Learning resources for sports betting
[52:22] Placing a bet without a feel for handicapping


Stanford Wong - "Sharp Sports Betting: http://amzn.to/2xdAGPZ