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 29, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Jimmy Jazz

This week Bob and I talk to Jimmy Jazz. We talk about some credit card plays, auto rentals, and casino promotions.

We encourage your questions, and you can send them to gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Jimmy Jazz, frugal travel and credit card expert
[00:38] Is the Total Rewards credit card a good deal?
[04:00] Can you use a credit card for WSOP entries?
[05:10] Implications of a merger between MGM and Caesar's
[08:43] Groupon Select
[12:49] Las Vegas Advisor Draft Kings promotion Lasvegasadvisor.com
[14:35] Finding lost tickets and using abandoned credits.
[22:18] SouthPoint December promotions: Christmas Day multipliers
[23:46] VideoPoker.com - 100-Play Quick Quads is the Game of the Week
[25:17] Jimmy's experience with Avis, toll roads, and transponders.
[34:24] Jimmy's experience with an inaccurate mileage record at Budget.
[38:17] Jimmy's experience with bad wipers on an Alamo rental.
[40:33] Red Rock's free play promotion.
[45:27] Hollywood Toledo's food donation promotion.
[51:56] Richard discusses an old Palace Station $20 bill serial number promotion
[55:14] Jimmy's thoughts on current credit card offers.

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Thursday, November 22, 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
[00:35] Richard's recent experience on a Norwegian Cruise Line.
[06:12] Richard's AutoSlash experience with a Priceline Express Deal car rental.
[09:31] Bob's experience filing a complaint with the Nevada Gambling Control Board.
[12:08] How can APs deal with rules that are intended to exclude them from promotions?
[14:11] Is Boyd becoming less friendly to players?
[15:46] When Bob travels out of state does he stay where he plays?
[18:20] How can a player set up an account with a bet broker?
[19:58] Are "unseen cards are unseen cards" as Don Schlesinger says?
[23:21] Is it better for a player's ADT to play to on multi-game machine or a stand only machine?
[25:50] Is penetration important when shuffle tracking?
[28:11] How can a player find risk and variance information on blackjack side bets?
[29:19] Is roulette still profitable?
[31:32] Should a player continue to play a positive, but slow baccarat game?
[34:50] How is video poker dealt?
[38:14] How do you find strong players to network with?
[43:51] South Point Casino November Promotions: Walmart gift cards, Hot Seats, Senior Days
[45:02] VideoPoker.com Game of the week is "Super Triple Play Jackpots"
[48:10] What is the EV of $200/month in free play?
[52:24] Does changing a bet from $5 to two hands of $25 look better than one hand of $50?
[54:30] Does dressing well work as cover when making large bets?
[58:43] What's the best tipping policy?
[100:30] Is sitting out negative counts better than leaving the table?

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Bank and Teller

Our guests this week are Bank and Teller with some tales of their adventures in mainly, California casinos.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of APs Bank and Teller
[00:44] Why did he choose the name Bank?
[02:46] What type of cheating used to happen in player banked games?
[04:27] Teller's experience has a dealer.
[07:20] How Bank and Teller played a 2:1 Blackjack promotion.
[09:47] Bank's experience solving a slot machine.
[16:20] Bank was barred at a casino 25 years ago, can he go back?
[22:00] Discussion of "next card" games and dealer tells.
[25:10] Bank's introduction to advantage play.
[32:08] SouthPoint Casino's November promotions: Walmart gift cards and Thanksgiving Day Hot Seat
[32:33] AutoSlash.com - free service to save money on rental cars.
[36:00] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week is "Six Card Frenzy"
[38:54] Is Bank still coupon hustling?
[42:45] How did Bank meet his wife?
[48:12] What was Bank playing in Las Vegas a few years ago?
[49:33] Why did Bank stay at The Riviera and The Plaza?
[53:05] Bank and Teller's Pechanga story.
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SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/
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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?

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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.

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