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, 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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Show Notes

[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:
“Negotiate to Win, Gaining the Psychological Edge” by Alan Schoonamaker
“Business is a Poker Game” by Alan Schoonmaker:

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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Show Notes

[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:
"Professional Blackjack” by Stanford Wong:

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

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Show Notes

[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:
"Blackjack and the Law" by I Nelson Rose and Robert Loeb:
The Black Widow WSOP reference:

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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Show Notes

[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:
Wizard of Odds: