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, December 27, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Surveillance Pro, Griff part 2

This week we have a return visit from "Griff," a surveillance director who works somewhere east of Las Vegas. Griff answers questions from our listeners.  We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Grif, Surveillance Pro
[00:39] Does the mode of transportation affect the casino's opinion of a player?
[01:25] How often to casinos review all available footage of a player?
[04:12] Do casinos track who APs talk to into the casino?
[06:35] How do casinos detect hole carding?
[07:29] How often do casinos read players texts?
[10:12] Has Grif ever seen distractions used as part of a scam?
[14:04] How does surveillance deal with calls about betting table thresholds?
[15:42] What happens when a player receives a sizable marker?
[17:09] Does surveillance get a call for every W2G?
[18:00] Do casinos notify their competitors about known APs or cheaters?
[19:21] Does Grif contribute to OSN? How widely dispersed are OSN flyers?
[20:43] How long is digital surveillance information saved?
[22:42] Has Grif participated in choke point design?
[24:29] Does surveillance have direct access to kiosk or ATM cameras?
[26:04] South Point Casino Promotions - VP classes start 1/8
[27:01] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week: Face Card Frenzy
[28:19] What is the difference between a back-off and a trespass?
[31:14] Is there software that can identify various types of advantage play?
[31:42] Does Grif's casino sweat people who track numbers at roulette?
[33:45] How many casinos use RFID chips to track betting patterns?
[35:53] How does the work day begin and end in the surveillance department?
[37:20] How does surveillance head count vary by shift and time of day?
[39:33] Will casinos buy AP literature to educate employees?
[42:11] Is Grif an AP is his spare time?
[43:13] How much analysis is done in real time versus after the fact?
[44:40] Does Grif check other players at the table during a hole-card game?
[46:51] Are their cameras that cannot be seen by the customers?
[48:20] Does a surveillance officer wear a wire when investigating employee theft?
[49:38] Who makes the decision to call the police?
[50:48] Are surveillance and security usually in the same department?
[54:16] Is math aptitude part of the job in surveillance?

"Card Counting for the Casino Executive" by Bill Zender and Derryl Rice https://amzn.to/2GAxL9A

"Burning the Tables in Las Vegas " by Ian Andersen - https://amzn.to/2QYYLDV

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Surveillance Pro, Griff

Our guest this week is "Griff," a surveillance director who works somewhere east of Las Vegas. Griff answers questions from our listeners.  We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Grif, The Surveillance Pro
[00:54] Would coloring up during high counts provide cover?
[03:08] Is Hi-Lo tracked by employees or software?
[04:30] How effective are Ian Andersen's cover plays?
[05:48] Who makes the decision to bar a player?
[07:16] Do casinos ever ban losing players?
[07:32] How does facial recognition software perform?
[11:34] Do casinos actively gather license plate data?
[14:33] Do casinos have the ability to scan license plates automatically upon entrance?
[16:22] How does surveillance prioritize their duties?
[18:59] How often is Grif free to look at things on his own?
[22:26] Are hats a big tell for advantage players?
[23:29] Is Grif aware of advantage slot players and efforts to ban them?
[26:59] Does surveillance track regular players who only play high video poker progressives?
[27:58] Does not using a player's card raise any red flags?
[29:02] Does Grif use a database? Who checks the database?
[31:17] How user friendly are the databases?
[32:08] South Point Casino: December Promotions
[33:26] VideoPoker.com: GWAE offer until 12/31
[35:19] Is there a database for player's jewelry?
[38:20] Does drinking alcohol have any effect on the analysis of players?
[39:41] How long does Grif keep pictures of AP's that have not yet been banned?
[41:01] How do casinos treat large wins by non-counters?
[43:37] Does Grif making HR decisions in the surveillance department?
[47:03] Are more losses caused AP's, cheaters, or employees?
[49:18] How prevalent is professional cheating?
[51:15] How often does Grif see advantage play?

"Burning the Tables in Las Vegas " by Ian Andersen - https://amzn.to/2QYYLDV

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Anthony Curtis

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis, owner of Huntington Press, and publisher of The Las Vegas Advisor. We discuss room rates for New Years, the new Member Rewards book, and what is new in Las Vegas.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Anthony Curtis from The Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press.
[00:42] 2019 Las Vegas Advisor Member Rewards Book
[05:43] Las Vegas Advisor & Draft Kings deals
[13:28] FanDuel is prepaying Alabama National Championship bets
[16:12] Captain Jack's sports betting blog on LasVegasAdvisor.com
[17:45] Expansion of sports betting in the U.S.
[19:16] Room rates for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
[24:32] Loss rebate offers
[30:51] South Point Casino December Promotions, Free video poker classes
[31:47] VideoPoker.com, free 30-day trial for GWAE listeners
[33:12] Sigma Derby has been removed from MGM Grand.
[35:36] Derek Steven's new downtown casino
[41:08] Resorts World progress
[43:06] Las Vegas in 2020
[46:44] Possible federal regulation in sports betting
[49:49] Jean Scott and Russel Fox's upcoming book about taxes and gambling.
[51:44] Listener question about blackjack rules and betting

LasVegasAdvisor.com
HuntingtonPress.com
DraftKings.com
FanDuel.com
BobDancer.com
VideoPoker.com/GWAE
SouthPoint Casino - https://southpointcasino.com/

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gambling With an Edge - Anthony Curtis

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis, owner of Huntington Press, and publisher of The Las Vegas Advisor.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Anthony Curtis, publisher of Huntington Press and Las Vegas Advisor
[00:34] Louisiana law that prevents skilled players from being barred.
[04:27] Las Vegas room rates in December.
[07:36] Anthony's dealt royal flush story and bar video poker games/promotions.
[19:55] LVA football contest strategy, "Beat the Bookie" promotion at Rampart.
[26:54] Raiders stadium progress and parking options.
[32:54] South Point Casino December promotions: Senior Days, 2x points, VP classes, etc
[34:30] AutoSlash.com: their average user saves over 30% on car rentals.
[36:07] VideoPoker.com: GWAE listeners 30-day Gold membership promotion.
[39:14] Eating Las Vegas, 7th Edition
[44:47] Listener question about blackjack side bet "Top 3."
[50:05] Listener question about Anthony's favorite sports betting books.
"The Book" by Tom Tango, Mickey Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin https://amzn.to/2SqlsOi
"Sharp Sports Betting" by Stanford Wong https://amzn.to/2Q53Zyd
"Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting" by King Yao https://amzn.to/2QztC9G
"Burning the Tables in Las Vegas" by Ian Andersen https://amzn.to/2U6XA3R
"Turning the Tables in Las Vegas" by Ian Andersen https://amzn.to/2U6XA3R
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