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, 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

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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

[44:26] South Point Casino March Promotions: Extra free play, next free video poker classes start in Sept

[45:12] VideoPoker.com: Game of the Week "Stack the Deck"

[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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