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 8, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Russell Fox

Our guest this week is tax advisor Russell Fox.  We discuss various tax situations that affect gamblers and other citizens.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Russel Fox of Clayton Financial and TaxableTalk.com, rcfox@ClaytonTax.com
[00:35] Draft Kings daily fantasy sports special at the Las Vegas Advisor.
[01:43] Do new tax laws affect end of year planning?
[03:39] Are there any recent legal decisions that affect gamblers and taxes?
[05:14] Could the next Congress pass any important tax bills?
[06:53] Could you postpone claiming a jackpot for tax purposes?
[10:49] Are lottery tickets deductible from gambling winnings?
[15:11] Does the IRS accept win/loss statements?
[17:16] How will the larger standard deduction negatively affect amateur gamblers with only a few W2Gs?
[19:52] Would claiming $100,000 in wins and $100,000 in losses trigger an audit?
[25:21] Would gambling winnings in the U.K be transmitted to the IRS?
[27:07] Discussion "gambling sessions."
[32:10] SouthPoint Casino - Walmart gift card promotion, Thanksgiving Hot Seat promotion, Senior Day Mondays
[33:17] AutoSlash.com - six things that listeners should know about saving money on rental cars.
[35:03] Videopoker.com - free membership offer for GWAE listeners, "Stack the Deck" is the game of the week.
[36:58] Do poker winnings in Texas have to be reported?
[38:02] Discussion of the tax implications for a team consisting of an amateur gambler and a professional gambler.
[43:52] Does being barred from a casino affect a player's ability to get win/loss records?
[47:16] Can a professional gambler take the foreign earned income exclusion?
[51:30] Should enrolled agents violate federal law or state law when there is a conflict?

ClaytonTax.com
TaxableTalk.com
LasVegasAdvisor.com
DraftKings.com

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails

This week Bob and I answer questions submitted by our listeners. We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes:

[00:00]  Intro
[00:40]  What hourly rate is acceptable for casino play with little or no heat?
[03:55]  Have you ever let your personal dislike for a casino corporation or casino owner factor into your decision to play?
[08:29]  How do full time APs answer questions and/or provide documentation on CTRs?
[12:42]  How do you deal with players following you from game to game?
[18:34]  Do you know of anyone that has successfully fought a trespass?
[22:15]  If you're not trespassed, how long would you stay away after being backed off?
[26:56]  SouthPoint November Promotions:  Walmart gift cards promo.
[28:42]  AutoSlash.com can save you money on car rentals.
[30:43]  VideoPoker.com GWAE listeners can get a free trial.
[33:08]  Why would a video poker player not want use casino credit?
[35:42]  How much should a full time card counter expect to make?
[37:59]  How does someone get a legal name change?
[43:02]  Could you play two hands of $1000 with mid-shoe and only positive count?
[44:42]  What books would you recommend for a novice slot player?
[46:50]  How can someone find pay tables on old video poker machines?
[48:40]  What strategy adjustments are needed to play Blazing 7's blackjack?
[50:18]  A casino made a Martingale customer flat bet after winning $800 bet.
[52:00]  Las Vegas Advisor coupon run question.

"The Slot Expert's Guide to Playing Slots" - https://amzn.to/2Rqs7aE

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - card counter Yoshi

Our guest this week is Yoshi. Yoshi was on the show last October.  At that time he had been counting cards for about 14 months, and ran $3,000 into $300,000.  Now he is back a year later, and his bankroll is over a million.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of card counter Yoshi
[01:00] What has happened to Yoshi's bankroll since his last appearance?
[01:50] How many hours is Yoshi playing now?
[02:37] How much is Yoshi betting?
[04:17] Has Yoshi finally had a 100+ hour losing streak?
[05:30] Is Yoshi still optimistic about being an AP indefinitely?
[07:38] How did Yoshi's girlfriend feel about his profession?
[08:27] Would Yoshi return to being an AP if he was single?
[11:00] Would being part of a team rekindle Yoshi's desire for playing?
[12:07] Has Yoshi been able to maintain gambling friendships since he has become inactive?
[13:12] Is Yoshi writing songs about his gambling experiences?
[14:21] What advice would Yoshi give to aspiring card counters?
[20:48] Discussion of burnout and boredom.
[23:32] How did Yoshi deal with CTRs and player's cards?
[27:02] Has Yoshi had any bad back-offs or 86s?
[31:08} SouthPoint October Promotions
[31:58] AutoSlash.com
[36:30] VideoPoker.com
[38:23] Has Yoshi had any recent pleasant surprises in casinos?
[41:22] What was Yoshi's tipping policy?
[42:51] Did Yoshi celebrate after reaching any bankroll milestones?
[45:04] Does Yoshi endorse a large spread with no cover strategy?
[49:17] Why did Yoshi like to play standing up?
[55:30] Yoshi shares some other fond memories.


AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
VideoPoker.com - https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest Captain Jack and G2E 2018

Bob and I are again joined by sports bettor and GWAE columnist Captain Jack to discuss what we saw, liked, or didn't like at the recent Global Gaming Expo held last week in Las Vegas.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Captain Jack and G2E
[00:40] How can casino managers improve sportsbook operations?
[03:40] What new sports betting offerings did Captain Jack see at G2E?
[08:10] In-game betting approval process and regulation.
[11:45] Expansion of Westgate SuperBook to other states.
[12:54] Facial recognition products.
[16:07] A blackjack variant where all hands push on a dealer 16.
[19:06] A "smart shoe" ShuffleMaster blackjack variant.
[20:22] New side bets on most table games.
[21:42] New video poker games: Lucky 8, Max Action Poker, and Stack the Deck, etc
[35:38] Multi-Strike and Super Times Play Keno.
[36:30] Gamblit skill-based games: Pac-Man, Deal or No Deal, etc
[39:18] Gaming Arts' Casino Wizard blackjack game.
[40:20] Stadium games with multiple games, fewer dealers.
[41:17] Next Gaming's skill-based games.
[42:15] SouthPoint Casino October promotions.
[42:37] VideoPoker.com promotions.
[43:12] AutoSlash.com car rentals.
[45:11] Cammegh roulette randomness.

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
VideoPoker.com - https://www.videopoker.com/gwae

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest Captain Jack

Our guest this week is Captain Jack.  Captain Jack is a sports bettor and GWAE columnist, and we discuss how sports betting is proliferating in numerous states following the repeal of the PASPA law.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Captain Jack
[00:30] What is Captain Jack's opinion of sports betting in states that recently legalized sports betting?
[01:52] Sports betting promotions that have a positive expectation.
[03:30] Are there sports betting apps in New Jersey?
[05:03] Are the lines in New Jersey identical to lines in Las Vegas?
[06:02] Are soccer prices different between the U.S. and Europe?
[07:06] What other states are soon going to have legalized sports betting?
[09:30] How would someone know if their home state is good for sports betting?
[13:58] Why is Louisiana facing more opposition to gambling than Mississippi?
[15:30] What will September sports betting in New Jersey revenue be?
[19:14] How is online gambling doing relative to online sports betting in New Jersey?
[20:15] What is the online gambling revenue in New Jersey?
[21:26] Is it wise to ban skilled sports bettors? Does this happen in New Jersey?
[25:02] Why hasn't BetFair done better?
[28:33] The FanDuel Denver vs Oakland live-betting line error incident.
[34:11] Southpoint October promotions
[35:08] AutoSlash saved Bob time and money.
[36:33] VideoPoker.com promotions
[38:30] What makes a winning sports bettor?
[44:20] How smart are sports betting APs?
[46:52] Reconciling historical data, rule changes, and small sample size.
[51:11] Discussion of sports tout and affiliate services.
[55:35] Captain Jack's column on Gambling with an Edge
[57:55] Captain Jack's Twitter @CapJack2000

AutoSlash - http://autoslash.com
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails

This week Bob and I answer questions submitted by our listeners. We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes:

[00:00]  Intro
[00:40]  AutoSlash now sponsors GWAE.  Richard shares a personal experience where AutoSlash saved him over 50% off of his initial reservation.
[04:39]  How can listeners help to support GWAE?
[06:50]  Bob discusses strategies for saving money on wine while on a Norwegian Cruise.
[11:30]  Listener Question #1:  Are their any resources that illustrate the logic of blackjack basic strategy?
[13:57]  Listener Question #2:  How do you figure out the advantages of joining a slot club for a video poker player?
[15:16]  Listener Question #3:  Does having a multiplier in Good Times Pay change the strategy?
[16:19]  Listener Question #4:  What blackjack counting strategy is best for a beginner with reasonable ability?
[19:22]  Listener Question #5:  What theoretical loss will be assigned to a 25-cent 9/6 Jacks machine on a bank of mostly 8/5?
[22:51]  Listener Question #6:  Should a player 86'd from Pechanga continue to play elsewhere in CA or move to NV?
[30:40]  Listener Question #7:  What games should a player practice to maximize win in Vegas?
[32:30]  SouthPoint October promotions
[33:27]  VideoPoker.com memberships and game of the week, 100-play Draw Poker
[36:26]  Listener Question #8:  Does Richard plan his trips in advance?  What was his longest trip?
[37:55]  Listener Question #9:  What are Vegas restaurants are great for a date night?
[44:52]  Listener Question #10:  How do you find casinos if maps aren't helpful?
[45:55}  Listener Question #11:  Do you have an stories about people wrongly believing that they have an edge?
[49:45]  Listener Question #12:  Can you postpone claiming a jackpot until the new year for tax purposes?
[52:46]  Listener Question #13:  What is the origin of Richard's last name?

Sites/Books referenced:

Black Belt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder - https://amzn.to/2RnF8m8
Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine - https://amzn.to/2Rm03WJ
Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere - https://amzn.to/2Ozuuu9
Million Dollar Blackjack by Ken Uston - https://amzn.to/2OxXrGU
Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong - https://amzn.to/2DWPTcs
Million Dollar Video Poker by Bob Dancer - https://amzn.to/2RoPjqM

SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Gabby Girl part 2

Gabby Girl returns, telling us about her interactions with mobster Tony Spilotro and others.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro
[00:43] Listener question #1: Should a casino care about simultaneous pass and don't pass bets? [05:18] Listener question #2: Is it just as effective to count only aces and tens?
[07:30] Listener question #3: Do casinos care if players use a video poker strategy card at the machine?
[09:00] Listener question #4: Which machines are best for coupon redemption?
[10:35] Listener question #5: Is a 25% commission reasonable to sign someone else's W2G
[14:17] Gabby Girl's experience wearing a wire in a DMSO case discussion
[19:19] Has Gabby Girl ever testified?
[21:00] Gabby's experiences with Anthony Spilotro
[22:11] Tommy Amato discussion
[26:59] Conflicts between private investigator work and social life
[30:57] Prostitution sting at The International (currently known as the Hilton)
[35:23] Serving papers on a boxer
[40:44] Chateau Vegas
[42:39] Frank Cullotta's avoidance of gun use
[44:48] Toastmasters

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Gabby Girl

Our guest this week is Gabby Girl, a woman who was a private investigator back in the early 1980s and did work for Oscar Goodman as he defended mobsters.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Gabby Girl Intro
[00:55] Show Notes for GWAE
[02:12] Richard randomly experiences of the value of an Las Vegas Advisor coupon at the Palms [03:42] Listener email question #1: Why would a sports book ban a sharp player?
[06:43] Listener email question #2: How do you discretely scout table games?
[08:40] Listener email question #3: When is it socially acceptable to leave a poker home game? [11:14] Listener email question #4: Is 6:5 blackjack here to stay in Las Vegas?
[13:40] Listener email question #5: Why are Europeans more accepting of constant shuffle machines? [14:23] Listener email question #6: Where does Richard play chess online?
[14:54] Gabby Girl's experience as a private investigator before she was 21
[16:14] How Gabby Girl learned to extract information from people
[18:01] Cary Sayegh kidnapping case
[21:13] Joseph Yablonsky and Oscar Goodman
[24:23] Gabby Girl's father's perception of her job
[25:23] Anthony Spilotro and the Hole in the Wall Gang
[29:15] Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal
[35:11] Frank Cullotta
[41:29] Eddie LaRaue and bonuses for serving difficult subpoenas
[47:39] Surveillance in adultery cases

Las Vegas Advisor - https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/
Mob Museum - https://themobmuseum.org/
Chicago Joe's - http://www.chicagojoesrestaurant.com/

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Eric Rosenthal part 2

Our guest this week is Eric Rosenthal. Eric returns to continue our conversation about advantage traveling.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Eric Rosenthal,
[00:50] Richard wants to go to London efficiently via cash and/or points
[07:15] How to build a network of casino hosts, getting value from social skills and host referrals [14:18] Utilizing player cruise offers, UrComped.com
[20:28] Creating goodwill by referring other strong players to hosts
[22:32] Identifying and maximizing tier-based benefits, additional cruise offer discussion
[30:00] Are hosts interested in AP video poker players?
[33:53] Starwood Preferred Guest, Marriott, and Cosmo points
[36:58] Timing action and "theoretical" to maximize offers
[40:10] Could someone earn Seven Stars only via churning without gambling?
[43:08] Markers versus front money
[46:04] Leveraging non-casino programs to negotiate with hosts
[50:52] The need for modern day travel agents/award travel specialists
[52:48] "Vegas Confessions" podcast

Award Wallet https://awardwallet.com/blog/
Urcomped https://urcomped.com/
Travelzork https://travelzork.com/
Twitter @erosenthal1029
Email ericr@travelzork.com
podcast Vegas Confessions https://www.vegasconfessionspod.com/

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Eric Rosenthal

Our guest this week is Eric Rosenthal. We talk to Eric about combining advantage gambling with advantageous use of travel options.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Eric Rosenthal, @erosenthal1029, ericr@travelzork.com
[00:45] TravelZork.com, casino loyalty and travel loyalty education company
[02:45] Eric's experience with Revel's $100k loss rebate promotion, mailers, and the benefits of verifiable play
[13:36] Finding partners, managing taxes, and dividing comps from the Revel $100k promotion [18:25] Parlaying play at Revel into offers from competing properties in Atlantic City
[32:56] Travel hacking, manufactured spending, credit card discussion
[40:40] Tracking loyalty and credit card points, Award Wallet app
[43:54] Nothing lasts forever in AP or churning
[45:34] Creating extra video poker "theoretical."
[49:48] What has happened to Eric's team since the Revel promotion?
[52:42] How is Las Vegas for comps?
[54:05] Creating extra table games "theoretical."

Max Rubin's Comp City https://amzn.to/2PJt2mC
Award Wallet https://awardwallet.com/blog/
Urcomped https://urcomped.com/
Travelzork https://travelzork.com/
Twitter @erosenthal1029
Email ericr@travelzork.com
podcast Vegas Confessions https://www.vegasconfessionspod.com/

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Dr. Nick

Our guest this week is Dr. Nick.  Dr. Nick is a blackjack player, gambling writer, and host of the podcast Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick.

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Show Notes

[0:30] Listener question #1:  Basic player card info for video poker
[4:29] Listener question #2:  Tips for memorizing basic blackjack strategy
[7:39] Listener question #3:  Blackjack and No Limit Texas Hold'em risk of ruin
[11:52] Dr. Nick's arrest for allegedly cheating at Green Valley Ranch
[20:30] G2E's "Current Cheats, Scams, and Frauds" seminar featured Dr. Nick's case, despite dismissal of charges
[31:15] Dr. Nick's path to blackjack and experience with the MIT blackjack team
[39:49] Blackjack in Las Vegas, EV of players card versus EV of anonymity 
[44:01] Dr. Nick's case against Caesar's for breach of innkeeper's duty
[46:03] Dr. Nick's educational background and current projects
[48:30] "Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick" podcast

"Dr. Nick and the Hot Aussie Chick" podcast Gamblingwithanedge.com

Casino Verite software https://www.qfit.com/

Playing Blackjack as a Business  https://amzn.to/2PbJxqn

Theory of Blackjack  https://amzn.to/2NoyRnO

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - RX Gamble part 2

This week is part 2 of our interview with RXgamble, a woman born and raised in Vegas who went from casino dealer to top advantage player.

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Blog rxgamble.com
Twitter @rxgamble

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - RX Gamble

Our guest today is RXgamble, a woman born and raised in Vegas who went from casino dealer to top advantage player.

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Blog rxgamble.com
Twitter @rxgamble

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest Max Shapiro

Our guest today is Max Shapiro, longtime CardPlayer columnist of "Read 'Em and Laugh," and one of the best poker humorists of all time. But first we go back to the mail bag to answer listener questions.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - poker player Barbara Enright

Our guest today is Barbara Enright, member of the Poker Hall of Fame, the Women's Poker Hall of Fame, and the Senior Poker Hall of Fame. Barbara is also the only woman to ever make the final table of the main event of the World Series of Poker. Before our interview with Barbara we answer listener emails.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jimmy Jazz

Bob and I are joined by Jimmy Jazz to talk about getting the most bang for your bucks on auto rentals, air travel, and credit cards.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - card counter Ryemo

This week our guest is Ryemo (pronounced RYE-mo), who is a family man who plays blackjack full time without a partner. Ryemo is on the road playing about 500 hours per year, and talks honestly about the difficulties of life on the road, and long losing streaks.

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blackjackdiscord.com


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Poker Pro, Tony part 2

Bob and Richard visit with poker player Tony in the second of two back-to-back interviews. We speak of how the UIGEA and Bitcoin regulation are related, cheating in poker, online tells, and being clipped in a European strip club.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Poker Pro, Tony

Bob and Richard visit with poker player Tony in the first of two back-to-back interviews. We speak about how he got started, his WSOP bracelet, and his experience playing in Macau,  among other topics.

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Show Notes

[00:35] Tony’s first poker BR and rebooting
[04:30] Live poker and underage gambling
[09:39] Limit Hold ‘em bots
[14:59] WSoP event where Tony won the bracelet
[17:56] The Macau gold rush and money exchange
[21:48] Differences between Limit and No Limit
[23:35] Tournament v.s. Cash games & Tony’s take on mixed games
[32:15] Cases and how to handle cheating in poker for both online and offline games
[45:31] Online tells
[48:41] What are the big mistakes that online poker players make?
[51:57] Poker resources   

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Tax Adviser Russell Fox

Our guest this week is tax adviser Russell Fox.  Russell is a tax adviser with many professional gamblers as clients.  We talk about the new tax laws, and how they effect both professional gamblers, as well as the recreational player.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Super host Steve Cyr

Bob and I talk to super-host Steve Cyr. We received many questions for hosts from our listeners, and many of them made it into the podcast. We will have Steve on again in the near future to address more of your questions. You can always submit questions to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com

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[00:51] Salary host v.s. Theoretical loss hosts
[02:51] The changes in Palms in the recent 6 weeks
[05:29] The new rule on the source of funds and its effect on casinos
[08:58] Does Steve tell people to wire the money?
[09:58] How to verify the sources of funds and whose blame it is if the source is incorrectly identified
[11:41] What’s the benefit of wiring and calling the host ahead of time?
[13:20] Using central credit
[14:27] If the host makes promises to a player based on some amount of action, and he plays nowhere near that amount, what happens then?
[16:13] Hard comps
[19:58] Discretionary comps
[25:09] Representing players internationally v.s. domestically
[31:23] Steve and boxing
[34:17] Tip etiquettes and realities for hosts
[38:28] Awkward situations with advantage players
[40:19] Subtleties with promo chips
[45:41] If a player stiffs the casino, how does this affect Steve?

Email: Steve@Stevecyr.com
Twitter: @SteveCyrVegas

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Listener emails

We have no guest this week.  Bob and I answer listener emails, and then discuss lessons we learned about gambling from starting out in backgammon.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Maria Konnikova

Bob and Richard are joined by Maria Konnikova, a writer and psychologist who contracted with poker star Eric Seidel to teach her enough tournament poker so she could write a book about it. Turns out she was pretty good at poker. The book has been delayed as she pursues poker full time.

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[00:49] How Maria met Erik Seidel
[03:53] Deciding on the learning process?
[05:09] The initial vision of the book?
[05:56] How much time did Maria originally plan to practice? Was it a full-time commitment in the beginning?
[08:29] Did she move to Las Vegas?
[09:19] The arrangement at Aria
[11:50] Erik’s lessons and his book recommendations
[12:46] Maria’s poker experience prior to the project
[15:19] Low limit tournaments in Las Vegas that were different from online tournaments
[18:04] Angle shooters & women players
[21:59] Maria starting to play professionally
[22:49] The Poker News article on Maria
[24:17] Black Widow’s comment: advantage and disadvantages of playing as a woman
[27:13] The false dichotomy of approaching poker psychologically and mathematically
[32:57] Poker Star’s sponsorship of Maria’s project
[34:10] WSoP & satellites
[36:07] Tournament winnings & turning full-time poker player
[38:19] Did the book change along the writing process due to the unexpected developments with her poker experience?
[39:50] Will some chapters be published in different places before the publication of the book?
[41:54] Will she play poker 5-10 years later? Other immersive projects in the future?
[43:16] Is Erik comfortable with Maria writing about what he taught her?
[45:10] Maria’s previous books
[46:51] The Grift podcast
[49:04] Last thoughts


Best ways to reach Maria:
    Twitter @mkonnikova and 
    Instagram @grlnamedmaria
Maria’s books:
    The Confidence Game  https://amzn.to/2xpjtUW 
    Mastermind  https://amzn.to/2L7wPaq
The Grift Podcast: http://thegriftpodcast.com/


Harrington on Hold’em vol.1: https://amzn.to/2LlMabG
Harrington on Hold’em vol.2: https://amzn.to/2uQHZdQ
Harrington on Hold’em vol.3: https://amzn.to/2LlMQ0I


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Sports betting coming

Bob and Richard are joined by four sports betting experts to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling legalizing sports betting across the country. Anthony Curtis, Frank B, Captain Jack, and Jake (aka The Chairman) all chipped in with their opinions.

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[01:35] The situation with the union and the strike.
[05:04] The integrity fee, royalties, and the leagues.
[12:36] Is the new change good for the AP?
[18:58] Anticipating which state will legalize sports betting first.
[27:11] The effects of lobbying
[32:13] New casinos and promotions
[35:33] Future of other online gambling
[38:21] How would legalizing sports betting affect Nevada and New Jersey?
[44:47] Nationally legalizing sports betting
[49:24] Indian tribes and sports betting 

Weighing The Odds in Sports Betting by King Yao

Conquering Risk: Attacking Vegas and Wall Street

Sharp Sports Betting by Stanford Wong


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - The Big Blackjack Team

This week we are joined by "Thea" and "Theo," a brother-sister combination who talk about the early days of their blackjack team-playing experiences. This pair went on to run one of the biggest and most successful blackjack teams in history.

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Show Notes

[00:46] Origin story
[07:37] The expansion of the team
[19:25] Getting away with it
[21:35] Being a female player & Backoffs
[30:06] Stories before the team became big
[33:45] 150+ hrs losing streak and early lessons
[40:45] Cross-polination with other Blackjack teams
[42:24] Rigorous checkout process
[49:06] Compensation structure
[54:02] Investors & time commitments of bankroll & administrative expensive

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Seth Palansky, WSOP 2018

This week Bob and Richard interview Seth Palansky, Vice President of Communication for the World Series of Poker, which begins later this month

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Blackjack Ball 2018

We have 3 guests this week discussing the 2018 Blackjack Ball.  Max Rubin who hosts the Ball, Wally Simmons, the latest inductee into the Blackjack Hall of Fame, and Wahoo who won this year's skills competition.

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[00:45] Why was the BJ Ball held in Spring this year?
[04:37] Richard’s role in this year’s BJ Ball event
[05:43] the bet: who is going to be inducted into the hall of fame
[06:11] What being inducted into the Blackjack hall of fame mean to Wally?
[07:54] Favorite questions of guests and the hosts
[15:49] Wahu and Attorney WRX
[20:49] The finalists and the 4 contests to determine the winner
[42:41] The guests and hosts' favorite parts of the Blackjack Ball  
[48:19] A quiz on counting system 
[50:27] True v.s. False question regarding a first lady
[54:05] Countermeasures and bottom lines

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Dr Alan Schoonmaker

Bob and Richard interview industrial psychologist Alan Schoonmaker who has written a large number of books and articles about the psychology of poker

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[00:39] Introduction to Dr. Alan Schoonmaker
[05:27] How negotiation relates to poker
[07:13] The importance of game selection in business
[15:06] “Your worst enemy is yourself” Why it’s more important to study yourself than to study your opponents
[20:07] Game selection differences between poker and VP
[25:30] Compulsive gamblers and their first gamble
[29:37] Herbert Simon and evaluating information
[37:40] Dan Ariely
[39:18] “Business is a Poker Game"
[47:13] Inspirations for his book writing

Dr. Alan Schoonmaker’s website: https://dr-al-schoonmaker.net/
“Negotiate to Win, Gaining the Psychological Edge” by Alan Schoonamaker https://amzn.to/2I99wMe
“Business is a Poker Game” by Alan Schoonmaker: https://amzn.to/2I8tSoC

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - blackjack player Lone Wolf

Bob and Richard interview "Lone Wolf," an east coast blackjack player who has primarily worked alone.

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[00:52] Are 6 to 5 Blackjack beatable? If so, how?
[04:47] Lonewolf’s origin story
[06:55] His first time in casino and the progression of the BR
[16:03] BR by the year 3
[17:56] When did the heat start coming?
[20:08] How much Lonewolf has been playing
[21:06] Swtiching to Blackjack variants
[25:11] Other versions than Spanish 21
[26:09] Blackjack Switch
[27:02] Getting in touch with Lonewolf
[28:25] Side counts
[29:21] The origin of the name Lonewolf
[30:45] Family reactions
[36:47] Lonewolf’s AP daughter and team play 
[43:44] Blackjack writing 
[45:32] Backoffs
[50:57] Playing rated
[54:45] For a player with 2 yrs practice, 10k BR planning a 5 day trip to the US. Where should he go?

"Blackbelt in Blackjack” by Arnold Snyder: https://amzn.to/2rBLVxB
"Professional Blackjack” by Stanford Wong: https://amzn.to/2rtH6X2

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - guest attorney Bob Nersesian

Our guest this week is attorney Bob Nersesian. The primary source of questions for Mr. Nersesian were emails from our listeners.  If you have questions you would like Bob Nersesian to answer on future shows please send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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[00:43] For a non-US citizen who is mistreated, are his rights different than a US citizen?
[02:17] If a passenger in a driver's car has substances, is he in a legal jeopardy due to his passenger’s substances?
[06:44] Is the Paster v.s. Garcia case regarding mistreatment in tribal casino accurate and final?
[11:43] Why are there no real craps or roulettes in CA?
[15:20] An AP in southern California with a prospective case against a tribal casino 
[15:54] A tribe in NY has two satellite casinos, but not a part of reservation. Would the case proceed because the casinos are in US soil?
[17:51] Machine mispay case
[22:16] The legality of a woman entering the WSOP dressed as a man
[25:49] Is preferential shuffling in Blackjack legal?
[31:05] Bob Nersesian’s take on Phil Ivey case
[34:33] Is a phone charging machine where you could play VP a gambling machine?
[40:36] Can other states extradite you if Nevada issues a warrant for unpaid marker?
[42:44] Is it legal to show somebody else’s player’s card as opposed to playing as a refusal?
[44:25] Would Bob Nersesian come to answer Q&A for your hourly rates?
[46:55] Are VP machine required to show pay schedule?
[47:33] A VP player was trespassed. Does that extend to the poker room at a related property?
[54:46] Can a security guard demand to see your cellphone?
[56:17] If a blacjack team video tape a member’s play to later discuss errors, is that a crime?


"The Law for Gamblers” by Bob Nersesian: https://amzn.to/2I4YQCc
"Blackjack and the Law" by I Nelson Rose and Robert Loeb: https://amzn.to/2KP59I3
The Black Widow WSOP reference: https://www.lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-poker-pro-sia-layta/

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Millennial Gambler

Our guest this week is "Millennial Gambler," a young Canadian player who parlayed online gambling and the rise of Bitcoin to go from a bankroll of $250 to more than a million dollars.

Two important notes:
This episode is about Internet gambling which is illegal in some places.  Know your laws before you do this. Second, it is paramount that if you play any online casino with a bonus that you carefully read the terms and conditions.

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[00:47] A humble strategy for Pokey 
[03:56] The origin of MG’s name 
[07:07] MG’s start as an intelligent gambler
[10:49] What happened in 2009 and Bitcoin
[27:19] Camouflage bets
[36:51] Total Rewards, social media, and voluntary child labor
[43:50] The Las Vegas story
[46:03] Other gambling interests
[48:08] Watchdog websites for online gambling
[49:49] Issues over trust between partners
[53:21] Online resources on online casinos


Blackjack Blueprint: https://amzn.to/2H9tTcx
Wizard of Odds: https://wizardofodds.com/

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - German BJ player, Ultimate

Our guest today is a German blackjack player who posts under the name of 'Ultimate' on various forums. He tells us about extended trips in the United States and Europe --- how they are similar and how they are different.

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[00:51] How competent was Ultimate before and after the Blackjack Apprenticeship bootcamp
[05:15] Ultimate’s extended trip in LV
[16:08] When should you cash out the chips?
[20:55] The losing streaks
[25:07] Traveling with money 
[28:33] Blackjack in Europe 
[41:03] Game protection and crossing borders with money in Europe
[46:39] Future plans for Ultimate
[48:11] Was Ultimate always playing solo?
[49:46] Responses from family and friends
[52:17] A free ride from a Samaritan policeman


Blackjack Apprenticeship: https://www.blackjackapprenticeship.com/

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Sia Layta

Our guest is Sia Layta --- a pseudonym of a woman whose about-to-be-published book is called Black Widow Poker. It's about the advantages and disadvantages of women playing poker. In addition, Sia is planning to enter the Main Event in this year's World Series of Poker dressed as a man. Seth Palansky, WSOP Communication's Director, has said that dressing in this manner is against WSOP rules and Sia will be removed from the event and her entry fee forfeited if discovered. Bob and Richard also dip into their mailbag.

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[00:49] The origin of the nickname “Black Widow" and the advantages of being a man in poker
[05:35] Cash games v.s. tournaments
[06:26] Playing poker disguised as a man
[09:48] Black Widow’s first time dressing as a man
[16:49] WSOP rule on revealing identity
[18:57] Go Fund Me page
[19:41] The origin of the name Sia Layta
[20:59] Advantages of being a woman at a poker table
[27:05] Will the pictures in her book inadvertently reveal her identity?
[29:13] Playing the main event v.s. satellites
[30:13] Women’s representation in the world of poker
[37:31] A strategy deviation in Triple Double Bonus
[40:12] Paul Magriel’s passing
[43:18] Are good VP games still available? Do you have to learn all the strategies? What kind of BR do I need?

Black Widow Poker: http://black-widow-poker.com/

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Professional card counter, Joe

Our guest this week is a professional card counter named Joe.  Joe is a young blackjack player with the expressed goal of getting kicked out of every casino in the country. We are also joined by Colin Jones, who was in town for a Blackjack Apprenticeship boot camp.

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[00:42] The Irish Roulette player
[03:29] Joe’s goal in the beginning
[04:11] Joe’s origin story
[07:08] Building the bankroll
[10:49] 200hr losing streak
[14:57] Team play and thoughts on counting systems
[18:37] Heat, overplays, and tourism
[30:14] Tipping
[33:35] Playing internationally
[39:09] Betting less for longevity
[40:59] Joe’s two experiences with illegal detainments
[43:35] Wearing disguises
[46:28] Casinos in the U.S. that Joe hasn’t played yet

Blackjack Apprenticeship: https://www.blackjackapprenticeship.com/

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Slot Expert John Robison

Our guest this week is John Robison, author of The Slot Expert’s Guide to Playing Slots. John has been a gaming writer for more than twenty years and we talk about some of the inner workings and misconceptions regarding slot machines.

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[01:39] John’s thinking on slot machines and common misunderstandings
[11:37] The reality of loosening and tightening of slot machines
[13:44] How the casinos set their theoreticals
[22:43] Class 2 machines v.s. Class 3 machines
[25:09] Fruits in England
[29:47] The Big Time Bonus in Station Casinos 
[34:24] How do slots randomly trigger bonus events?
[38:37] Are the slot machines next to the restrooms are looser?
[43:01] Are no-name slot machines looser than licensed slot machines?



“The Slot Expert’s Guide to Playing Slots” by John Robinson: http://amzn.to/2oMFBSd
"Slot Machines: A Pictoral History of the First 100 Years” by Marshall Fey: http://amzn.to/2Gk9Ck4

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Geoff Freeman of the AGA

Our guest today is Geoff Freeman, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association. The AGA is the chief lobbying organization for the casino industry. We discuss the coming spread of sports betting in the United States, and other issues that effect both the casino industry and the players.

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[00:27] Is it fair to say that American Gaming Association is a chief lobbying organization for gaming in the United States?
[01:09] Sports betting and PASPA
[03:16] Will there be national or state laws regarding sports betting?
[04:51] Structuring the gaming taxes to ensure sports bettors stay in the game
[07:05] The prospect of reducing the WTG threshold
[09:41] Confiscating cash by law enforcers
[11:35] Are tribal casinos’ memberships to AGA a recent development? How many tribal casinos are part of the AGA?
[20:49] Mass shooting in Las Vegas 
[23:09] 5 years ahead: the casino expansion in the U.S. 
[27:24] AGA’s view on online gaming and why did online sports betting move faster than online poker?
[31:11] Millennials and skill based gaming
[34:43] A proper time to end a Blackjack and Video Poker session
[38:50] Civilians pointing out dealers’ mistakes in favor of the player
[39:54] Cover plays in Blackjack counting
[41:46] Are differences in the basic strategy for Blackjack S17 and H17 big enough to learn separate strategies?


American Gaming Association: https://www.americangaming.org/

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - listener emails

No guest this week.  Bob and Richard discuss, in blackjack the cost of cover, and whether to play smaller stakes to stay under the radar, or play higher stakes, get barred, and move on.  We also discuss the difference between house edge and casino hold, and the new rules in the UK for online casinos.  Will these effect online casinos the way Atlantic City's no barring policy changed things for card counters?

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[01:01] Richard’s trip abroad
[01:24] The downfall of Steve Wynn
[03:53] Why is it much easier to find pictures of Bob than Richard?
[08:24] The new rules for online casinos in U.K. How will it affect AP's?
[12:13] Merits to cashing out credits after $400-500 wins. Will it convince the machine to be more generous because it thinks a new player is sitting down?
[13:02] For playing higher denomination VP, can you go to the cashier’s cage and get betting slips instead of feeding $100 bills to the machine?
[13:31] In Blackjack, why do many casinos limit the number of split hands to maximum of 4?
[15:00] Sometimes in negative count, the player bets table minimum and the dealer keeps busting anyway. Should he stick with it or go with the flow?
[17:01] A good strategy for Sic Bo or Baccarat
[17:53] What is the status of “Inside the Edge?”
[19:59] Using cover for card counters 
[26:57] Playing as a refusal for smaller stakes or signing up for a card and playing bigger
[34:17] Studying references for sports betting, college basketball in particular
[35:20] 2017 report, LV Blackjack tables held 15% of every dollar wagered. What does it mean?
[40:47] The OPP count
[42:49] Playing VP for comps
[52:30] Any value for getting "Video Poker for the Intelligent Beginner" when the listener already has Jacks or Better guide and the Video Poker for Winners software

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Frank B and Anthony Curtis

Our guests this week are Frank B. and Anthony Curtis. We discuss football contests, sports betting in general, and other things happening in Vegas.

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[00:53] A casino cancelling an sports arbitrage bet
[08:49] Why do sports books hate arbitrage players?
[14:24] Can you profit from betting the opposite of a weak sports bettor?
[20:36] A meter money opportunity at the Lucky Dragon
[25:41] Partnering up in football contests
[31:53] Expert witness opportunity with Bob Nersesian
[38:17] Max Rubin’s ratholing story in his book, “Comp City"
[40:23] When is the best time to rathole?
[44:18] Highlights in this year’s LVA book
[47:58] New books coming out
[50:39] The implications of the Supreme Court decision on sports betting

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - listener emails

We have no guest this week.  Bob and I again reach into the mail bag to answer listener questions.

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[03:25] What is the protocol for tipping floor personnels and hosts in video poker?
[09:01] "The Best Blackjack Machine on Earth”
[12:02] How should I decide whether to play more aggressive or not? 
[14:42] How do I network with other AP’s?
[18:13] What is the life of an AP now?
[25:40] Why can’t players play standing up?
[29:37] Using a Basic Strategy card at the table 
[30:58] Is Las Vegas a Wasteland?
[32:24] Getting a P.O.box as an out of state visitor or a local.
[38:23] What is a stadium Blackjack game?
[39:54] An update on Bob’s student
[43:20] Teaming up with a friend and managing compensation
[47:19] Are some VP machines rigged in casino’s favor?