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, November 30, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - Kit Woolsey

Our guest this week is bridge and backgammon expert Kit Woolsey.  We talk about his recent book The Backgammon Encyclopedia Volume 2 as well as some of his stories from years of playing bridge and backgammon at the highest levels.


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Show Notes

[00:53] The difference between the volumes 1 and 2 of the Backgammon Encyclopedia
[02:27] How helpful the Backgammon bots have been in learning the game
[04:41] Is Kit planning future volumes in the Backgammon Encyclopedia series?
[05:14] Would cube decisions in the book change depending on the proficiency of the opponent?
[08:44] What is the current state of Backgammon in the U.S.?
[09:41] Does Kit team up with other bridge players in big events?
[11:23] What sets apart Kit’s defense to no trump openings
[12:43] Why was Woolsey convention considered illegal?
[18:08] Cheating scandals in bridge
[20:03] How some players cheat at high-level games with dividing screens
[23:03] How to identify cheating in bridge
[25:57] Richard and Kit shuffle tracking in the late 70’s.
[28:41] Kit’s bad barrings from playing Blackjack
[29:27] What is the Alcatraz coup?
[34:37] Does studying one game help studying other games? What other games interest Kit?
[38:07] How is playing bridge with wife affect Kit’s marriage?
[39:15] Backgammon tournament in the Las Vegas area
[40:29] Book recommendations for backgammon tournaments
[43:43] Examples of different plays 30 years ago
[47:01] Do high level games of backgammon and bridge require a genius level intelligence?

Kit Woolsey, "Backgammon Encyclopedia Vol. 1" http://amzn.to/2AsWOoy
Kit Woolsey, "Backgammon Encyclopedia Vol. 2" https://thegammonpress.com/product/the-backgammon-encyclopedia-volume-2/
Kit Woolsey, "The Language of Bridge" http://amzn.to/2nrOaUo
Kit Woolsey, "New Ideas in Backgammon" http://amzn.to/2ihyQUN
How to Play Tournament Backgammon” http://amzn.to/2nsUuLe
Paul Magriel “Backgammon” http://amzn.to/2iNH1w7

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