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, 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?
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[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.

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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] promotions.
[43:12] car rentals.
[45:11] Cammegh roulette randomness.

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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] 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

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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

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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] 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 -
Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine -
Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere -
Million Dollar Blackjack by Ken Uston -
Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong -
Million Dollar Video Poker by Bob Dancer -

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