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, 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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Show Notes

[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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Show Notes

[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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Show Notes

[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 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?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Super Bowl 2018

Our guests this week are Frank B. and Anthony Curtis. We discuss this week's super bowl, and talk about proposition bets. We focus not just on good bets to make, but more importantly on how sharp players think and analyze bets in order to get an edge.

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Show Notes

[02:04] How does public's sentiment apply to bettors? Getting an advantage over the over-reacting public
[07:13] Betting props: who would be some of the more interesting players for New England?
[11:33] The effect of specific players in the New England Super Bowl
[16:58] Cross sports prop bets and the basic strategy
[29:31] The value on the rushing yards for the quarterbacks
[32:19] Betting no safety, no overtime, and no 2 point conversions, no 3 point margin of victory (bridge jumper bet of sorts)
[42:18] Over/Under on field goals
[45:13] Market Efficiency and the basic strategy for sports betting
[47:51] Interesting off the wall props this year