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, 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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Show Notes

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

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Show Notes

[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?

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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Show Notes