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, July 11, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Just Joe

 Our guests today are two poker players we are calling Just Joe and Mr. B. They are pro poker players who also play table games and slots at an advantage. This was a show that was more fun than average to record because there was a lot of banter going on.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of poker players and APs, Just Joe and Mr. B.

[00:29] Just Joe's gambling background

[03:01] Online poker and Black Friday

[05:56] Heads Up Limit Hold'em

[08:14] Rob Reitzen and pokergirl z

[11:35] The origin of Mr. B's name

[13:04] IGT's Heads Up Poker game

[20:58] A Mississippi Stud game at the Rio

[24:28] South Point Casino July Promotions: $600k "Mad Money" progressives promotion

[25:18] VideoPoker.com - The gold membership offers correction on most games

[25:55] Mr. B gets back-roomed for eating dinner

[30:46] The casino personalities of Mr. B and Just Joe

[31:52] Just Joe's back-off story and back-off discussion

[38:45] The evolution of Mr. B and Just Joe's business

[44:02] The Swamp and Mr. B's purse

[47:01] Mr. B's very expensive flat tire

[50:36] Bankroll sharing and partnerships

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Bob Wachtel

Our guest this week is backgammon expert Bob Wachtel, who discusses his book "In the Game Until the End: Winning in Ace-Point Endgames." Wachtel and both co-hosts knew each other at the Cavendish West backgammon club in the late 1970s and we discuss how each of the backgammon clubs of the era was a bit different.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

00:00] Introduction of backgammon expert and author, Bob Watchel

[00:47] Bob's gambling background in chess and backgammon

[05:25] The Cavendish West in Los Angeles

[13:30] Chouette discussion

[19:45] The Mayfair Club in New York City

[27:52] Did Bob ever consider moving into poker?

[30:52] Paul Magriel

[35:40] Discussion of Bob's book, In the Game Until the End: Winning in Ace-Point Endgames

[44:38] South Point Casino July Promotion: Mad Money casino-wide progressives

[45:28] VideoPoker.com: Gold Membership offers correction on most games

[46:04] Coup Classique

[53:03] Book availability and Bob's contact information

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

TheGammonPress.com

Books:
In the Game Until the End: Winning in Ace-Point Endgames by Bob Wachtel

Youtube:
Paul Magriel Memorial Tribute by Robert Wachtel
Youtube.com/watch?v=ymsjCQxvtB8

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest "It's Not a Fluke"

Our guest this week uses the handle, "It's Not a Fluke." He is an advantage player that has also worked as a dealer, a supervisor, and in surveillance.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of ItsNotAFluke, a current AP who previously worked in surveillance

[00:37] Fluke's early casino career and experience in dealer training

[07:19] Sycuan and the Tran Organization

[15:25] High stakes shuffle trackers

[19:44] Employee theft, day to day operations and monitoring AP

[27:13] Reno pit boss experience with a card counter

[34:55] South Point Casino June Promotion: Half Price Gas and Goods

[35:38] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers correction on most games

[36:31] Working during a grand opening of a casino in northern California

[39:47] Fluke gets fired after a bet capping incident

[44:08] Fluke's transition into AP

[49:05] How does Fluke's wife handle his AP life?

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Inside The Edge

Our guests this week are KC and Chris Buddy, on to talk about their new documentary "Inside the Edge," which follows a successful blackjack player across the country.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Chris and KC, producers of the blackjack documentary "Inside the Edge"

[00:38] How did "Inside the Edge" come about?

[04:06] The loneliness of being on the road

[07:29] Editing and production challenges

[11:02] When was the documentary filmed?

[14:50] How did they get so many APs to appear in the documentary?

[19:12] Did KC have any reservations about revealing AP techniques?

[23:57] Discussion about KC's father

[30:25] When was the last time that KC played blackjack?

[31:55] KC's negative experience with a foreign casino

[35:36] Did KC get back-roomed during filming?

[39:10] South Point Casino - Half Price Gas and Goods promotion

[39:53] VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games

[41:14] Trouble cashing chips in Tunica
[44:20] Traveling with cash

[49:27] What did KC do after blackjack?

[51;21] Where is "Inside the Edge" available?

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guests Ed Miller and Matt Davidow

Our guests this week are Ed Miller and Matt Davidow.  They are on to talk about their new book, "The Logic of Sports Betting." While the book is geared to be for beginners, there's a lot of information here that both Bob and I found new and interesting.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow, authors of The Logic of Sports Betting

[00:30] What is The Logic of Sports Betting about?

[02:47] In-play betting models

[12:09] Market-making sports books vs retail sports books

[16:02] Why are derivatives often better bets than sides or totals?

[18:14] How much math do professional bettors need to know?

[22:54] South Point Casino June Promotions - Chevron and Walmart gift cards promotion

[23:33] VideoPoker.com - Gold Membership offers correction on most games

[24:30] How to bet bonuses and promotions

[27:55] Parlays and parlay cards

[34:36] Can sports bets be made on desktop computers?

[36:07] "Chopping the hold"

[43:21] Informational disadvantages and the timing of in--play bets

[52:32] DeckPrismSports.com and other online info for Ed and Matthew

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
DeckPrismSports.com
Twitter.com/EdMillerPoker
Twitter.com/davidowmatthew

"The Logic of Sports Betting" https://amzn.to/2WciyOB

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Mike Shackleford

Our guest this week is Mike Shackleford aka The Wizard of Odds.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Michael Shackleford, The Wizard of Odds
[00:43] Ultimate X Keno
[13:40] Golden Egypt explanation and strategy
[20:10] Michael's negative experience with Intertops online casino
[33:57] South Point Casino June Promotions: $50 Chevron and $50 Walmart gift cards
[34:39] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers correction on most games
[35:57] Listener question about 10/8 Jacks or Better machine
[38:01] Listener question about the Pair Plus side bet pay tables in Three Card Poker
[39:25] More variable state slot machine discussion
[40:58] Discussion about favorite casino resorts
[46:50] Listener question about how the Wizard balances keeping AP secrets with promoting education

SouthPointCasino.com

VideoPoker.com

WizardofOdds.com

WizardofVegas.com

Twitter.com/wizard0fodds

ThePogg.com

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Rob Reitzen

Our guest this week is Rob Reitzen, the 2019 inductee into the Blackjack Hall of Fame. We talk about early blackjack days, banking games in CA, and solving limit hold em.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of 2019 Blackjack Hall of Fame Inductee, Rob Reitzen

[00:38] When and how did Rob start playing blackjack?

[03:58] Blackjack HOF Induction

[05:08] Claude Shannon

[06:30] Banking games in California

[10:51] Banking against a cheater at Sycuan

[16:42] Other cheating stories from the banker's perspective

[18:18] Getting backed off at the Barbary Coast

[22:42] Bob Stupak story

[29:12] South Point Casino May Promotions: $500 Swipe, Spin, and Win

[30:00] VideoPoker.com - Gold Membership offers correction on most games

[31:20] 1997 Esquire article "Fleecing Las Vegas"

[36:51] Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance, as BP

[37:14] Solving Limit Hold'em

[40:41] Training other people at Limit Hold'em

[46:37] Rob's poker patents

https://classic.esquire.com/article/1997/5/1/fleecing-las-vegas

Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere - https://amzn.to/2Mi8qnX

The Ultimate Edge by Mark Billings - https://amzn.to/2K8FzQ2

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Prozema

Our guest this week is Prozema, a successful part-time player who focuses mainly on slots. We talk about the advantages of playing in places other than Las Vegas, and how he got connected with other APs.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of low limit AP, Prozema, @pro_zema
[00:32] Prozema's early experiences with gambling
[04:18] Playing poker and learning to find an edge
[12:07] Three card poker, Wizard of Odds, blackjack, and video poker
[17:35] How did Prozema transition into beating playing slots?
[21:03] Harley Davidson slots
[26:39] Prozema's background in statistics and regression analysis
[29:30] South Point Casino May Promotions: $500k Swipe, Spin, and Win, Memorial Day Hot Seat
[30:31] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers correction on most games
[31:04] An error on the Wizard of Vegas' card counting trainer
[34:24] Networking within the advantage play community
[36:23] How does Prozema analyze a new machine?
[43:00] Finding reliable sources on AP Twitter
[44:40] Exhibit CAA
[49:59] Meeting Romes and Bruce
[51:34] Are there beatable games in Missouri?
[55:47] Is Prozema interested in becoming a full-time AP?

Easyadvantageplay.com
WizardofOdds.com
WizardofVegas.com
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
Twitter.com/Pro_Zema

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Kim Hultman

Our guest this week is Kim "LetsGiveItaSpin.com" Hultman, a slot player who streams his play, and uses bonuses and affiliate money to be profitable. We also dip into their mailbag and answer some of your questions

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of slot AP Kim Holtmann, aka LetsGiveItASpin
[00:43] GWAE is now available on Spotify
[01:45] Kim's gambling history and strategies
[03:02] Kim's streaming on Twitch and Youtube
[07:37] Generating revenues from streaming
[12:58] What slots attract viewers?
[14:16] Live streaming from Cosmo
[16:47] South Point Casino May promotions: $500k Swipe, Spin, and Win
[17:54] VideoPoker.com: Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[19:06] Does Kim ever stream video poker and casino table games
[25:21] Kim's respect for money
[26:06] What does think is the future of the streaming market?
[27:10] Casino Grounds, online streaming community
[28:10] How do new streamers build an audience?
[30:06] Does Kim get his own affiliate sponsorships or use an agent?
[32:48] Kim's "real job"
[33:38] Kim's YouTube and social media, LetsGiveItASpin
[35:47] Kim's advice to listeners

[36:41] Listener question about the value of a clean name
[39:29] Listener question about the risks of selling comps
[43:39] Listener question about how long it takes surveillance to spot a card counter
[47:58] Listener question about blackjack rules
[49:52] Listener question about counting and betting
[51:12] Listener question about hole-carding
[55:27] Listener question about casino reviews for blackjack APs

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
CasinoGrounds.com
Twitch.tv/letsgiveitaspin
WizardofOdds.com
Twitter.com/LetsGiveItASpin
Blackjackapprenticeship.com
WizardofVegas.com

Books:
Blackbelt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder https://amzn.to/2Yn9doz
Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine https://amzn.to/2vUBHtG

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Seth Palansky on WSOP 2019

While Richard takes the week off, Bob interviews Seth Palansky, Vice President of Corporate Communications for the World Series of Poker. Seth discusses the upcoming WSOP, which begins at the Rio beginning in late May.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Seth Palansky, VP of Corporate Communication about WSOP
[00:50] The Big 50 Event
[02:32] $50k and $100k High Roller Events
[03:30] $10k Short Deck No-Limit Event #8 rules
[05:19] $10k No-Limit Hold'em Heads Up Event #15
[06:53] $1k Double Stack High Limit Hold'em Event #22
[08:33] Big blind ante games
[10:38] Mixed game events
[11:47] Super turbo and bounty events
[14:14] Salute to Warriors
[15:51] $1500 No-Limit Winners Only
[18:19] Colossus
[21:38] Minor change to the Main Event registration
[25:36] South Point Casino May Promotions: $500k Swipe, Spin, and Win
[26:44] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers free strategy correction on most games
[28:40] WSOP television coverage
[30:53] Time clocks
[35:27] WSOP online events
[37:17] Little One for One Drop
[38:18] Air conditioning in the Amazon Room
[39:47] What type/design of cards will be used in the WSOP?
[40:54] Would a sale of Caesars affect the WSOP?
[41:57] Other WSOP info: WSOP dates, free admission, free parking, daily tournaments, and cash games.


SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
WSOP.com
PokerGo.com

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Barry Meadow

Our guest this week is Barry Meadow. We discuss his new book “The Skeptical Handicapper: Using Data and Brains to Win at the Racetrack.” Meadow is a long-time winning player, and shares many secrets to winning at the track.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of horse handicapper, Barry Meadow

[00:39] Barry's horse handicapping qualifications

[02:05] Ken Massa and data analysis

[07:31] What questions from handicapper's are answered in Barry's new book?

[09:45} What advice does Barry have for someone interested in handicapping?

[11:35] Computer handicappers versus individual handicappers

[14:58] Overcoming the high house edge in horse racing

[18:13] Handicapping teams

[20:03] Why did Barry wait so long to write another book about horse racing?

[22:15] Quantitative versus qualitative data

[25:51] What data surprised Barry?

[29:06] South Point Casino May Promotions: $500k Swipe, Spin & Win

[30:18] VideoPoker.com: Gold Membership offers strategy correction on most games

[32:18] What are the most common mistakes made by horse racing bettors?

[35:15] Santa Anita problems

[36:35] What is the future of horse racing in the United States?

[39:00] How important is computer programming in horse betting?

[39:39] What other books does Barry recommend to aspiring horse bettors

[41:14] Horse racing touts

[43:14] Overrated and underrated handicapping factors

[46:05] Public pricing of exactas and trifectas

[48:42] Betting at the track and mobile betting

[52:10] Kentucky Derby

Books:
The Skeptical Handicapper by Barry Meadow  https://amzn.to/2IodB2K
Blackjack Autumn by Barry Meadow https://amzn.to/2LeT0A9
Handicapping 101 by Brad Free https://amzn.to/2VBelYr
Money Secrets at the Racetrack by Barry Meadow https://amzn.to/2GU2KeR
Betting with an Edge by Mike Maloney https://amzn.to/2LdDsNb
Six Secrets of Successful Bettors by Frank R. Scatonir and Peter Fornatale https://amzn.to/2VB1XrI

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
Htr2.com
TRpublishing.com

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Mickey Crimm

Bob and Richard interview a free-spirit gambling loner, Mickey Crimm. Mickey spends about half the year in Montana chasing down various types of progressives, and spends the rest of the year traveling through about 20 states knocking off various promotions.

Mickey also shared some of his experiences of when he used to hop the freight trains to get from place to place.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of free-spirited AP Mickey Crimm, @MickeyCrimm
[01:00] Is Mickey still spending most of his time in Montana?
[02:53] The games in bars in Montana
[07:45] Must-Hi-By machines
[09:08} Casinos in Oklahoma
[11:50] Does Mickey still play live poker?
[14:02] Riding freight trains
[18:16] How often does Mickey play in Nevada?
[23:00] Do Native American casinos offer different games?
[26:40] Using a card to generate offers
[29:37] Does Mickey usually work alone?
[33:37] Mickey's Twitter, @MickeyCrimm
[35:56] South Point Casino's April Promotions: Free buffets, email bonuses
[37:07] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers corrections on most games
[38:02] Mickey's drinking and gambling stories
[42:39] How did Mickey discover that video poker could be beaten?
[44:49] Piggy Bankin' stories
[49:28] Harley Davidson and Buffalo Diamond
[53:45] $5k and $10k progressives


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Gill Alexander

Bob and Richard are joined by Gill Alexander. Gill hosts a daily show on VSiN (Vegas Stats and Information Network), and is the host of the podcast Beating The Book. We cover a variety of sports betting questions

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of VSIN host Gill Alexander
[00:27] What is the Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSIN)?
[02:42] How does Gill still find the time to bet?
[04:45] Gill discusses sharing personal stories on his show
[06:04] In-game betting risks, processes, and statistics
[13:11] Gill's background, statistics, models, and betting strategies
[17:14] NFL pass interference rule change
[18:52] Discussion of touts
[21:53] Vegas Dave's shenanigans and “Action” discussion
[26:06] South Point Casino April Promotions: Free buffets
[27:17] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers corrections on most games
[28:43] William Hill discussion
[38:18] Nevada sports betting messenger law
[40:16} How has the sports media changed in the last 10-20 years?
[47:44] How did Gill prepare to become a host?
[51:26] Gill's advice to aspiring sports bettors and broadcasters

SouthPointCasino.com
VIdeoPoker.com
VSIN.com
VSIN Sirius Channel 204
BeatingTheBook.libsyn.com

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Bill Krackomberger

Bob and Richard are joined by sports bettor Bill Krackomberger, one of the stars of the Showtime show, "Action." He has a colorful personality, and goes off on a few subjects he feels passionately about.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Bill Krackomberger , professional sports bettor, @BillKrackman

[00:24] What does Bill does differently than other pro bettors that have appeared on GWAE?

[02:47] Bill's early adventures in advantage gambling

[07:04] The events that led Bill to Vegas

[11:40] "Action" show on Showtime, Vegas Dave's troubles, Kelly Stewart

[24:14] South Point Casino: April free buffet promotion

[25:17] VideoPoker.com: Gold Membership offers strategy correction on most games

[26;05] What sports does Bill specialize in?

[28:29] Betting on college basketball

[32:20] Manipulating lines, getting money down, and trespassing stories

[38:01] Beating the Book" on VSIN

[42:11] Has Bill ever been ripped off by teammates or sportsbooks?

[44:32] Is Bill interested in in-game betting?

[49:14] What sports betting books does Bill recommend?

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
VSIN.com
GamingToday.com
Twitter.com/PinnacleSports
Twitter.com/BillKrackman

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Sassy Red

Our guest this week is a card counter who goes by the name Sassy Red. We talk to her about how she got started, and her experience as a female AP.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

00:00] Introduction of blackjack player, Sassy Red
[00:30] How did being raised in Africa help to prepare Sassy Red for AP?
[03:05] How did Sassy Red get interested in blackjack?
[05:45] Blackjack Boot Camp and initial bankroll discussion
[07:50] Sassy Red/s previous work experience helps her to manage emotions and risk
[14:58] How often does Sassy Red get backed off?
[17:21] Sassy Red shares a battlefield analogy, more discussion about emotions
[22:10] Sassy Red's experiences as a female AP
[26:08] Sassy Red's most memorable back-offs
[28:34] South Point Casino April Promotions - Free buffet vouchers, email free play offers
[29:26] VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers strategy correction on most games
[30:30] Has Sassy Red every been physically afraid while playing blackjack?
[34:32] Sassy Red's other AP endeavors
[35:56] Sasssy Red's retirement from AP
[37:20] Discussion of extended losing streaks, video poker, hourly EV

SoutPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Joe and Semi Pro part 2

Our guests this week are Joe and Semi Pro, back for part 2 of our interview. They are a young couple who count cards together. We talk about the professional gambling life, and how that effects their relationship, and the relationships with their families.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Joe and Semi-Pro, an AP couple
[00:40] How does Semi-Pro's family view professional gambling?
[18:40] Joe discusses how his family views professional gambling.
[21:01] What is Joe's tipping policy?
[28:12] South Point Casino March Promotions: Free play promotion
[28:47] VideoPoker.com: Game of the week is "Max Action Poker"
[29:38] How do Joe and Semi-Pro mix work and vacation?
[38:53] A question from Blackjack Apprenticeship Boot Camp about cutting the deck.
[45:52] How can casino countermeasures backfire?
[52:38] Semi-Pro's hiatus from blackjack

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
BlackjackApprenticeship.com

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Mike Shackleford

Our guest this week is Mike Shackleford of the Wizard of Odds, and Wizard of Vegas websites. Mike is a former cohost of Gambling With an Edge, and his websites are the number one resource when people need information about casino games. This week we talk about a huge score made recently in Atlantic City playing a slot machine called Ocean Magic.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00;00] Introduction of Michael Shackleford, The Wizard of Odds
[00:29] The Ocean Magic online play in New Jersey
[02:26] Listener question about a 2-million hand sample in video blackjack
[12:33] Ocean Magic strategy explanation
[19:40] Odds of a perfect March Madness bracket
[24:34] The 2nd Edition of Mike's book, Gambling 102
[27:42] South Point Casino March Promotions: Extra Free Play
[28:12] VideoPoker.com: Gold Membership offers corrections on most games
[31:02] Burning Man discussion
[34:56] Betting on the Academy Awards
[36:52] Betting $67,000 on the Warriors to win $670.
[37:54] Betting on the presidential election
[39:03] Listener question about counting the "Bust Bonus" side bet
[41:02] Listener question about CTRs and slots
[45:23] Listener question about getting backed off in California
[48:04] Listener question about cashing out $1400 in $100 chips
[51:32] Listener question about using a pencil and paper
[53:44] Listener question about beating a 6:5 blackjack game

Wizardofodds.com/games/slots/ocean-magic
Wizardofvegas.com/forum/gambling/slots/32613-ocean-magic

Njonlinegambling.com/advantage-players-nj-online-casinos-win

Barstoolsports.com/barstoolu/some-brave-soul-put-67000-on-the-warriors-to-make-the-playoffs-and-won-a-whopping-670

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Joe and Semi Pro

Our guests this week are Joe and Semi Pro.  They are a young couple who count cards together. We talk about the professional gambling life, and how that effects their relationship.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of a card counting couple, Joe and Semi-Pro

[00:36] How did Joe and Semi-Pro meet?

[01:54] Did Semi-Pro's bosses care about card counters?

[03:36] The early stages of Joe and Semi-Pro's long distance relationship

[07:58] How did Joe train Semi-Pro as a card counter?

[14:00] Semi-Pro's first real world counting experience

[20:33] Semi-Pro's 200-hour break-even streak

[22:31] Married money vs bankroll money

[23:28] Joe's goal to be backed off every casino

[24:33] Do Joe and Semi-Pro play simultaneously?

[28:35] The team dynamics of management and leadership as a couple

[33:12] Semi-Pro's experiences as a female AP

[39:20] Playing blackjack in Europe

[41:07] Semi-Pro's cashing out troubles

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[46:44] More discussion on investor/player dynamics as a couple

[52:30] Semi-Pro's $25 tip situation

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Blackjack Ball 2019

We have 2 guests this week discussing the 2019 Blackjack Ball. Max Rubin who hosts the Ball, and Tony S. who won this year's skills competition.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introductions of Blackjack Ball host Max Rubin and 2019 Grosjean Cup winner Tony S.

[01:04] The future of the Blackjack Hall of Fame and the Blackjack Ball

[07:52] Rob Reitzen, the newest member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame

[10:41] The test of 21 Questions

[21:08] Skills test

[31:30] South Point Casino: March Promotions and free video poker classes

[32:43] VideoPoker.com: Gold membership offers corrections on most games

[33:38] Final table: Bob Nersesian vs Tony S.

[39:33] What is Tony S. doing with his trophy?

[43:33] Dr. Edward Thorpe discussion

[47:04] Champagne and $100 attendance fee

[51:24] Final thoughts about the 2019 Blackjack Ball

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Vagabond and emails

In today’s show, we have about 10 extra minutes from when Vagabond was on last week, and then we go into our mailbag and answer listener questions.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of globetrotting AP, Vagabond
[00:30] Extreme couponing [08:50] Computer programming and AP
[09:40] Safety and security in foreign casinos
[13:23] Online Ocean Magic game in New Jersey
[17:37] Louisiana card counting law
[19:10] Requests for questions for Bob Narsesian
[19:51] Listener question about the "two pass method"
[21:12] Listener question about hole-carding UTH
[21:59] Listener question about a loss rebate
[22:55] Listener question about card counting without heat
[26:30] Listener question about penetration and EV
[28:24] Listener question about suite blackjacks paying 2 to 1
[29:57] Listener question about bankroll question about Jacks or Better
[35:08] Listener question about a cash out threshold that requires surveillance
[38:34] Listener question about an over payment in blackjack
[42:54] South Point Casino March promotions: Extra free play offers
[43:38] VideoPoker.com: Game of the week is "Peek and Play Poker"
[44:50] Listener question about video poker locations and pay tables
[47:00] Listener question about getting backed off at the El Cortez
[49:11] Listener question about a possible sighting of Richard in Reno
[50:25] Listener question about errors in video poker caused by sticky buttons
[52:20] Listener question about dealer cheating in blackjack
[55:41] Listener question about the greatest gambling songs 

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Vagabond

Our guest this week is a professional professional blackjack player, and world traveler - Vagabond.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of globetrotting AP, Vagabond

[00:32] Vagabond's early gambling experience with deuces wild, blackjack, and table games

[02:25] Overcoming shyness and interacting with casino employees

[05:37] Is working in government intelligence helpful in AP work and getting through customs?

[07:13] How did Don Johnson help Vagabond?

[08:40] How is Vagabond's approach blackjack different than players who get backed off often?

[09:37] Travel planning, customs, foreign currency management, and currency declaration

[17:48] Casinos in Cambodia

[20:55] Vagabond's favorite and least favorite countries

[24:30] Good blackjack rules and a 15% loss rebate

[30:32] South Point Casino February promotions: casino-wide progressives, free video poker classes

[32:25] VideoPoker.com: free strategy correction for video poker games for gold members

[33:30] Gambling in Madagascar

[35:58] How to bet big as a white American in foreign countries.

[37:00] Does Vagabond usually travel with his wife?

[38:55] Vagabond's trip to Suriname

[40:36] Vagabond's layover in the Dominican Republic

[41:55] What countries are notorious for cheating?

[43:51] Additional discussion of currency exchange problems

[48:48] Vagabond's note taking methodology

[51:56] Do foreign countries have databases of APs like OSN?

[53:17] Are back-offs in foreign countries more polite that back-offs in the U.S.?

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Sports bettor Rufus Peabody

Our guests this week is professional sports bettor Rufus Peabody,  who tells the story about being shut out of a $1 million first prize at the Draft Kings NFL handicapping contest. We also discuss his sports betting process, and his podcast, Bet The Process.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Rufus Peabody, professional sports bettor

[00:30] How did Rufus get involved in sports betting?

[03:19] Besides econometrics, what other mathematical experience does Rufus have?

[04:22] Does Rufus wish that he had an alias?

[04:59] Draft Kings contest: overlay, parlays, strategy, bet grading

[14:13] Did Rufus' Super Bowl portfolio do well?

[16:01] Where did Rufus watch the Super Bowl?

[16:30] "Bet the Process" podcast with Rufus and Jeff Ma

[19:42] Rufus' NFL consulting experience

[21:35] What teams are most likely to embrace analytics?

[23:23] Should an NFL trailing by 3 points call a time out before the 2-minute warning?

[25:00] South Point February promotions - casino-wide progressives, President's Day $32k give away, free video poker classes

[26:43] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week is "Face Card Frenzy"

[27:24] Where does Rufus release his picks?

[27:56] Does Rufus mostly bet sides and totals?

[28:57] How does Rufus balance the pros and cons of early betting and late betting?

[30:04] Does Rufus watch games?

[31:31] Does Rufus like bridge jumper bets like "no safety?"

[33:07] Betting on golf

[33:24] How does Rufus get NFL data?

[34:15] MLB data sets and umpire biases

[36:04] Rufus' Twitter feed, @RufusPeabody

[36:41] Rufus' Super Bowl betting process

[40:46] Is it more dangerous to bet on Belichick games?

[43:06] Did Rufus get as much money down as expected on the Super Bowl?
[46:47] Would Rufus use bet runners to get money down?

[47:36] Did Rufus ever consider betting on horse racing?

[49:05] How did Rufus' parents react to his career path?

[50:43] How does Rufus' career affect his relationship with his girlfriend?

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Spanky part 2

Our guest this week is a professional sports bettor, Spanky.  We discuss how his operation works, and the art and science of sports betting.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of sports bettor Spanky, @Spanky on Twitter
[00:30] Richard's secret game
[01:09] Was Spanky affected by the blown call in the Saints/Rams game?
[04:13] How did Spanky get his nickname?
[05:18] How often did Spanky get stiffed by offshore books?
[06:24] Does Spanky bet on March Madness or avoid it?
[08:26] Does Spanky enter handicapping contests?
[11:23] What percentage of Spanky's betting is against the opening line?
[13:16] What percentage of the time does Spanky beat the closing line?
[15:35] Does Spanky beat the Pinnacle closing lines?
[20:47] Is any sport particularly easy to beat?
[22:37] What division of labor exists on Spanky's team?
[26:12] Do Spanky's employees have non-compete agreements?
[28:13] How does Spanky evaluate potential betting partners?
[30:33] More info on Spanky's Billy Walters story
[33:00] South Point Casino February Promotions, free video poker classes
[34:30] VideoPoker.com: Game of the Week is "Super "Triple Play Jackpot"
[35:34] How much is Spanky involved in game analysis?
[36:47] Do less experienced bettors remove some of Spanky's edge?
[40:14] Does Spanky bet on obscure games that his employees recommend?
[42:29] How much autonomy do Spanky's employees have?
[45:02] Does Spank bet on baseball?
[46:21] More info on Spanky's experience in Costa Rica
[50:45] Did Spanky know Tony, the founder of 5Dimes?
[53:08] How does Spanky make money? What is the mix of art and science?
[56:16] How can people get in touch with Spanky?
[56:54] Do books often cut Spanky's lines as shown in his Harrah's video?

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Super Bowl 2019

Our guests this week are Frank B. and Anthony Curtis.  We discuss the upcoming Super Bowl and opportunities for sharp bettors.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of sports bettor Frank B and Las Vegas Advisor/Huntington Press publisher Anthony Curtis.
[00:34] Did Frank and Anthony enter football contests together again this season?
[02:21] Frank and Anthony share their opinions about the Draft Kings contest.
[11:55] Frank's two phases of Super Bowl betting
[20:15] Coin toss bet and receive/defer decision discussion
[24:46] Betting "No Safety" and "No Overtime"
[29:37] Individual player props and Todd Gurley discussion
[35:42] South Point Casino - February promotions & free video poker classes
[36:46] VideoPoker.com - Game of the week "100-Play Draw Poker"
[38:17] Frank B's bridge jumper
[43:56] What are the best casinos to bet on the Super Bowl?
[48:44] Where would Anthony go to watch the Super Bowl in Vegas?
[51:53] How does Frank create numbers? James Harden cross-sports prop discussion

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Ed Miller

Our guest this week is Ed Miller. We talk about DFS, sports betting, and in-game betting.


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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Ed Miller, noted poker authority and sports bettor.
[00:26] Ed's sports betting articles in Card Player Magazine.
[03:13] Does Ed still play DFS?
[07:22] Draft Kings' Sports Betting Championship fiasco.
[11:40] In-play betting discussion.
[32:33] South Point Casino January Promotions: Spin to Win, Senior Days, and free video poker classes.
[34:34] VideoPoker.com: Game of the Week - "Face Card Frenzy."
[35:48] Remembering Gavin Smith.
[36:22] The NFL's new alternative helmet design.
[39:12] Does Ed agree with Spanky's assessment that sportsbooks in Vegas are not easily beaten?
[43:20] Does Ed bet prop bets?

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Math Boy part 2

Our guest this week is Math Boy, back for a return visit. He shares about a memo from a casino he inadvertently saw, and how he and his team exploited it.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Math boy, an AP with a PhD in mathematics.
[01:28] Double pay roulette promotion on 00 and 7.
[11:10] Vicksburg jacket promotion.
[15:26] Diamond Jack's promotion double pay promotion.
[20:09] Resorts Tunica Game King blackjack
[27:58] Fitzgerald's double deck blackjack in Tunica
[31:47] South Point Casino: January promotions - "Spin to Win" and free video poker classes
[34:04] VideoPoker.com: Game of the week is "Face Card Frenzy."
[35:00] Does Math boy regret retiring?
[40:13] Did Math boy prefer being a lone wolf or leading a team?
[44:15] Three Card Poker team at Caesar's.
[48:15] Stories about clearing tables.
[54:16] Leaked memo from Harrah's Lake Tahoe.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Math Boy

Our guest this week is Math Boy, a former player who used mathematical techniques to beat the house. He speaks about a lot of promotions over the years that have been very lucrative.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Mathboy, an AP with a PhD in mathematics
[00:39] How did Mathboy get started as an AP?
[01:21] Was Mathboy beating casinos before he got his PhD?
[02:00} Discussion of Mathboy's early online gambling experiences.
[14:26] Discussion of potential opportunities in newly legalized sports betting markets.
[17:37] Mathboy's unique approach to loss rebates.
[22:52] Mayboy's story about meeting Bob in in the early 2000's
[26:17] Mathboy discusses a 2001 play at Greek Town casino in Detroit.
[36:23] What was Mathboy's strategy at Three Card Poker?
[42:17] South Point Casino - January promotions and free video poker classes
[44:57] VideoPoker.com - Game of the Week: Max Action Poker
[46:28] What is Mathboy's video poker variance-splitting pool?
[53:20] Bob and Mathboy discuss their video poker speed-related strategies.
[57:04] Harrah's New Orleans Rolex promotion.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Spanky

Our guest this week is a professional sports bettor, Spanky.  We discuss how Vegas books have changed, his interaction with Billy Walters, and how important getting a good line is.

 We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Intro of Spanky, a sports bettor
[00:30] How did Spanky start gambling?
[01:33] When did Spanky realize that he could make money gambling?
[07:28] How did people in Spanky’s life react to his transition into a professional gambler?
[09:34] Why did Spanky go to Costa Rica?
[12:36] Did Spanky initially also play in online casinos?
[20:24] Did UIGEA impact online sports betting?
[23:26] Is Spanky still able to find arbitrage opportunities?
[26:02] Why is Spanky more successful than other sports bettors?
[28:33] How well does Spanky know Billy Walters?
[32:55] Did Spanky ever develop betting bots?
[34:38] South Point Casino - January Promotions and Free Video Poker Classes
[40:38] Does Spanky make in-game bets?
[42:18] What advice does Spanky have for aspiring sports bettors?
[46:46] What sports betting books does Spanky recommend?
[48:20] What sports does Spanky bet? What sports does he avoid?
[50:43] Do games with less media coverage have higher edges?
[55:14] Spanky’s secrets to a happy life.


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