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, December 28, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Nersesian #19

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. His new book is called The Law for Gamblers: A Player's Guide to Legal Survival in the Casino Environment. Today we discuss questions submitted by our listeners.

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Show Notes

[00:27] The Donovan case in Indiana and various conditions of trespassing.
[11:36] Can a sportsbook in Nevada refuse to pay a player due to posting an off number?
[15:19] Is it a malfunction when a player hits a jackpot wagered with the slot credit higher than the amount offered by the casino host?
[17:46] What happens if you don’t pay a marker from Indian casino
[20:14] Bob’s view on lowering the Nevada bar exam’s passing score and omitting essay on commercial paper.
[26:40] A player who was self excluded from Caesars in Atlantic City about 15 yrs ago, hit a jackpot at a Caesar’s property in Arizona. What are the implications?
[30:03] What happens to a 7-card straight flush in Fortune Pai-Gow Poker when other players muck their hands?
[41:12] 500% fewer people support attacking Syria than supported attacking Iraq. What does "500% less" mean?
[42:57] Would it be better to carry chips rather than cash in consideration of civil forfeiture?
[46:58] Recent uptick of Suspicious Action Reports. What can you do?
[51:38] Do you have to show I.D. for betting on a baseball game? 7 bets, and all less than $1,000 each.
[54:20] At Silverton, jackpots over $12,000 just spits out a ticket. When cashing that ticket of over $12,000 the casino insists on showing I.D. to cash that ticket.
[58:27] The legality of carrying a passport from a country that no longer exists
[1:02:58] Is it true that TSA can’t legally open a sealed envelope if it made it through the x-ray? 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest James Vogl

Our guest this week is James Vogl.  James is a former backgammon, and poker player (He won a WSOP bracelet at 24.) who then moved into the world of hedge funds.  Now he has moved on from the trading world to start something called The Cerebral Gym.

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Show notes

[01:27] James Vogl’s backgammon career
[02:47] Are there still active backgammon club in London?
[03:55] What it was like transitioning into poker from Backgammon
[06:23] Poker books that stood out for James
[07:39] Why did Gus Hansen change his name?
[09:14] How long did James play poker before he got a real job?
[09:47] Did James play a lot of online poker?
[12:29] Hedge funds, computer, and math skills. What was James’ market?
[15:38] Did the fund keep track of P/L? How did James compare to S&P 500 over the years?
[17:15] Video Poker v.s. trading
[19:28] Why did James leave trading?
[20:23] Did his romantic relationships affect his decision to quit gambling?
[23:34] Gambling v.s. trading
[28:39] Do the traders look at themselves as gamblers?
[30:51] Is a press-up the same as a push-up?
[33:31] Does James find the various games he played different or similar?
[38:52] Does James see himself returning to the gambling world?
[47:47] James’ cheating encounters at gambling or trading

"Theory of poker" by David Sklansky:
"Play Poker, Quit Work and Sleep Till Noon” by John Fox:
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - guest Mike Shackleford, the Wizard of Odds

Our guest this week is Mike Shackleford of the Wizard of Odds, and Wizard of Vegas websites. Mike is a former cohost of Gambling With an Edge, and his websites are the number one resource when people need information about casino games.


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Show Notes

[00:29] Mike’s take on 21 sidebet 
[04:14] Video Poker speed challenge on Wizard of Vegas website and how to play 2,000+ hands per hour
[16:07] Super Bowl prop bets and no safety
[20:58] Dan ruben and Pai Gow Poker
[22:44] Dream Card
[28:13] Video Poker Wizard and Win Poker
[35:13] Mike’s strategy on total eclipse
[43:21] What does the number 19 trillion represent in the WoO VP strategy calculator?
[47:11] The cycles in a great big loop
[50:01] Game inventor’s conference
[52:28] Pai Gow Tiles: pros and cons of banking

Wizard of Vegas:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gambling With an Edge - Rozanna Travis and Jo part 2

This week our guests are two female advantage players.  Rozanna Travis, and Jo started out as card counters on one of the largest blackjack teams of all times. Over the years they have played with several other teams, as well as individually.  This is the second of our two interviews with them.

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Show Notes

[01:11] Blackjack tests Rozanna Travis had to pass
[09:33] The Blackjack test Jo had to pass
[15:02] How well did Rozanna Travis and Jo know each other before Blackjack?
[18:16] Getting ripped off and the requirements for joining the Sinatra group.
[25:11] Emotional effects of teams breaking up
[33:21] Dealing with the family, Gambling Anonymous, and relationship dynamics for professional Blackjack players
[47:14] Rozanna Travis’s writings
[48:37] Televised Blackjack programs, before and after.
[52:15] Their favorite part about the Blackjack world.
[57:20] Who would they thank for the success in Blackjack?

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