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 7, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - The Inside story of Mattress Mack

Our guests this week are Anthony Curtis, and Frank B. about the Houston Astro mega-fan who needed to get more than $10 million bet on the Houston Astros to win the World Series for insurance purposes. Note that we had originally scheduled Buddy Frank for this slot. We have that interview safe and sound, but it has been postponed until November 21.

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 Huntington Press Publisher, Anthony Curtis, and pro sports bettor Frank B.
[00:40] Who is Mattress Mack?
[04:00] Betting options at the beginning of the playoffs
[07:37] Scaling issues and other logistical concerns
[11:10] Betting at the Mirage window and the South Point
[17:48] Bookmakers and dressmakers; betting in Nevada, New Jersey, and Mississippi
[26:28] Messenger betting discussion
[30:18] Would Anthony and Frank help Mack again in the future?
[31:51] Would make have been better off if the Astros won or lost?
[36:36] Mack joins the Las Vegas Advisor and gets a steak at Ellis Island
[38:36] South Point Casino November Promotions - Amazon gift cards, Thanksgiving Day Hot Seat
[39:13] Predictit.org - place bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[40:10] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - blackjack training site
[40:57] VideoPoker.com - free pro membership trial for GWAE listeners
[42:01] Were all of the bets placed on the Astros?
[51:14] Game 7 of the World Series line movement, pitcher scratches
[55:48] Recommended - Phantom's of the Card Table by David Britland, street magician Gazzo at the Linq

Links
SouthPointCasino.com
Predictit.org/promo/edge
BlackJackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae

Wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_L._Heston

Phantom's of the Card Table - Confessions of a Card Sharp by David Britland and Gazzo

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Buddy Frank

Bob and I interview long-time slot director Buddy Frank about how video poker has changed over the past several years. Since Buddy worked for Eldorado for three years, we get his prediction about how Caesars will change when the sale to Eldorado goes through.

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 Buddy Frank, former slot director and current slot consultant

[00:47] Recent events in video poker, IGT, Aristocrat, bar top machines

[09:22] W2G and tax discussion

[20:07] Loose vs tight slots

[21:28] Persistence bonuses and slot hustlers

[29:32] New video poker games

[31:25] El Dorado Resorts

[34:00] South Point Casino November Promotions and free video poker classes

[35:10] http://Predictit.org/pomo/edge - political betting market with a $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners

[37:52] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and forum

[39:22] VideoPoker.com/gwae - pro membership offers correction on Ultimate X

[39:54] Video Poker for Winners software

[41:11] Suited Royals

[45:18] VideoPoker.com's app, Pay Tables

[48:26] Progressive meter replacements

[50:55] Recommended: "The Magical Science of Storytelling" TED talk, The Moment podcast

Links

SouthPointCasino.com

Predicitit.org/promo/edge Get a $20 matching bonus with your first deposit.

BlackjackApprenticeship.com

VideoPoker.com/gwae

BobDancer.com/seminars

"The Magical Science of Storytelling" - Youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-hdQMa3uA

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Webman of videopoker.com

Our guest this week is Webman, who is the Director of Web Operations at videopoker.com. The main topic of discussion is the new Pro Membership at that site.

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 Webman, director of web operations at VideoPoker.com
[00:35]  What does Webman do at VideoPoker.com
[01:35]  Types of membership available at VideoPoker.com
[06:38]  Pro membership features:  training mode, coaching mode, charts, EV cost of errors, etc
[21:06]  Ultimate X offerings and strategies
[31:40]  500-hand free trial
[38:08]  Does VideoPoker.com list what paytables are available in casinos?
[42:23]  South Point Casino October Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker, free video poker class
[44:03]  Predictit.org - political prediction market, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[48:06]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com - blackjack training site and forum
[49:26]  Recommended - Las Vegas Advisor emails, Chile Caliente Tacos y Marisco, Storytellers Showcase





Thursday, October 17, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Richie Rich

Our guest this week is Richie Rich, an advantage player for almost 40 years.

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, Richie Rich
[01:25]  Richie's gambling background
[07:23]  Richie starts counting cards
[10:56]  Is Richie a full time AP?
[12:21]  Cover strategy, back-offs, and names
[23:52]  "Wesley Snipes"
[28;50]  What other techniques enable Richie's longevity
[38:19]  South Point Casino October Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker, free video poker classes
[39:45]  Predictit.org - political betting market with a $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[42:48]  VideoPoker.com - Pro membership details coming soon
[44:15]  Frank Sinatra's last concert in Atlantic City
[47:25]  Casino grand opening stories
[56:27]  Recommended - Lizzie:  The Musical by Poor Richard's Players


Beat the Dealer by Edward O. Thorp  https://amzn.to/2pteOOd

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Dan Alban of Institute For Justice

Our guest this week is Dan Alban of the Institute For Justice. The Institute For Justice focuses on civil forfeiture cases, and handles them pro bono in an effort to get these laws changed.

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 civil forfeiture attorney, Dan Alban from the Institute for Justice, ij.org
[00:46]  What is civil forfeiture?
[01:37]  The Institute for Justice
[06:13]  How can APs avoid civil forfeiture?  CTR and structuring discussion
[22:28]  Is it preferable to carry money in your pockets?
[25:23]  Recently trends in civil forfeiture laws at the federal and state levels
[33:25]  Which states are the worst offenders in civil forfeiture?
[37:50]  South Point Casino October Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker, free video poker classes
[39:56]  VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games
[40:44]  Predictit.org/promo/edge for a deposit bonus offer for GWAE listeners
[40:54]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com - learn blackjack and network with other players
[43:10]  How to contact the Institute for Justice about a potential case, ij.org/report-abuse
[46:47]  How could someone donate to the Institute for Justice?
[47:27]  Does Dan recommend recording audio during a traffic stop?
[52:34]  Recommended - Wes Winters at the SouthPoint, Jerry Tiffe at Italian American Club, MindHunter on Netflix



Links:


Books:

The 21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones https://amzn.to/2M1zgyk

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Flip Pidot of Predictit.org

Our guest this week is Flip Pidot of Predictit.org. PreditIt is a trading site where you can make legal bets on political outcomes by buying and selling futures contracts.

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 Flip Pidot from political prediction market Predictit.org
[00:48]  How does Predictit.org work?
[04:13]  Why are Predictit.org's markets only politically focused?
[06:10]  Examples of some of the unique contracts that are currently being offered
[08:56]  Illustration of fees
[11:12]  Position limits,active trader limits, and volume discussion
[17:40]  Withdraw rules and fees
[18:39]  Deposit match at Predictit.org/promo/edge
[21:40]  South Point Casino October Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker, free video poker classes
[24:36]  VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games
[26:13]  Predictit's newsletter offerings, comments section
[30:51]  Are there professional traders on Predictit.org?
[35:45]  Are bots trading the markets?
[36:31]  Where is the smart money going?
[38:42]  Correlated markets
[41:09]  Are prediction markets more accurate than polls?
[44:01]  Predictit.org's data, research partnerships
[46:11]  Will there be a market for election interference?
[49:06]  Recommended - Shang Artisan Noodle, The Oakey Family Supper Club


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Nersesian

This week we continue our discussion with Bob Nersesian, and then Bob and I dip into the mail bag.

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 gaming attorney Bob Nercessian
[00:33]  Are there any different rules for gambling in U.S. territories?
[01:22]  Cashing chips without showing ID in Colorado
[06:38]  Has Bob ever represented any baccarat players?
[07:26]  Manipulation of slot club points in Biloxi
[10:14]  Changes in civil forfeiture laws
[12:31]  Using markers to pay of other debts
[14:09]  Should chips from a London casino be declared at the U.S. border?
[15:20]  Could creating vouchers in advance be considered money laundering?
[19:15]  W2Gs that are under $1200 excluding the cost of the bet
[20:49]  Would texting about a hot shoe violate the device law?
[24:21]  South Point Casino - more than 10,000 games returning 99%+, free video poker classes
[26:16]  VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games
[27:11]  Recommended
[31:51]  What are the must-read books about advantage play?
[32:33]  Does Bob recommend playing video poker to grow a bankroll?
[38:05]  What movies has Richard been in?
[38:35]  What is an acceptable starting blackjack bankroll?
[40:08]  Blackjack the Discord
[40:40]  Capping a machine
[42:56]  Stories about the first card counters
[44:00]  One2Six shufflers in Macau
[46:25]  Pitch games in Tunica and Biloxi
[48:41]  How do you fake losses?
[49:58]  Do big players provide cover to bet bigger?
[52:09]  Keeping your name clean, playing as a refusal
[53:18]  Is it better to play two hands of ten units or one hand of twenty?
[54:27]  Triple Double Bonus Triple Play bankroll question
[56:55]  A 200-hour blackjack losing streak

Links:

Books:
Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks https://amzn.to/2ntl3Al
Repeat Until Rich by Josh Axelrad https://amzn.to/2lmyMIz
Advanced Tactics in Casino Advantage Play by Abram Alexander https://amzn.to/2lRndtq
Comp City by Max Rubin https://amzn.to/2m0IHE3
21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones https://amzn.to/2lnl8oJ

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bob Nersesian

Our guest this week is attorney Bob Nersesian. We discuss questions sent in by listeners, including trespass, Phil Ivey, and machine malfunctions.

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 gaming attorney Bob Nersesian
[00:28]  Noises Off at Super Summer Theatre
[02:54]  Voluntary facial recognition programs at airports
[06:39]  Does Bob practice law only in Nevada?
[11:32]  Tribal court's power of arrest and prosecution
[13:40]  CTRs and SARs
[15:29]  Nevada trespass laws
[22:57]  A malfunction on a must-hit-by machine at $4950/$5000
[27:29]  Messenger betting with apps in Nevada
[30:51]  Abandoned credits played accidentally in Colorado
[34:26]  Ligation of a verbal threat of assault
[36:14]  Phil Ivey's cases, discussion of other procedural vulnerabilities
[44:15]  South Point Casino Promotions -  Bottles of City Lights Shine, free video poker classes
[45:06]  VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games
[48:33]  Trespass status after Caesars and Eldorado merger
[53:22]  Off-duty police officer moonlighting as a security guard


Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Andrew Uyal and Anthony Curtis

This week our guests are Andrew Uyal and Anthony Curtis. They are on to discuss Andrew's new book, The Blackjack Insiders.

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 guests Andrew Uyal, author of The Blackjack Insiders and Anthony Curtis from Huntington Press
[00:37]  Andrew's content on GamblingWithAnEdge.com
[02:02]  What makes The Blackjack Insiders unique?
[03:43]  Did Andrew ever get heat from his employer about playing blackjack?
[05:20]  Does Andrew's employer ever ask for his opinion about possible counters?
[06:13]  Barbary Coast discussion, sweat stories, and Dustin Marks
[09:31]  Andrew's card counting partner and discussion of casino employees' knowledge of games
[15:32]  Andrew goes on the road, playing without a players card, and back-off discussion
[31:00]  South Point Casino September Promotion - South Point 400 City Lights Shine bottles and free video poker classes
[31:53]  VideoPoker.com - Gold Membership offers strategy correction on most games
[33:19]  How did Andrew respond to being ID'd?  Double deck vs shoe games
[37:05]  Are the looser games at the Cromwell attracting more players?
[41:36]  Salary ranges for floor and pit employees?
[44:10]  Discussion of pooling tips
[49:24]  The Eldorado acquisition of Caesars Entertainment
[50:46]  The blackjack scene in Seattle


The Blackjack Insiders by Andrew Uyal https://amzn.to/34I1B4c
The Theory of Blackjack by Peter Griffin https://amzn.to/2ZY7Thp
Cheating at Blackjack by Dustin Marks https://amzn.to/34KtqZN
The 21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones https://amzn.to/2LvI4fT


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - listener questions

This week Bob and I dip into the mail bag to 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
[00:31]  iTunes broken link and how to report time sensitive show problems
[02:11]  Noises Off at Super Summer Theatre
[03:37]  Royal Caribbean and MGM status match
[05:23]  Why is GWAE only an hour long?
[06:00]  Where is the best play to live as a new card counter with a small bankroll?
[07:54]  Is traveling to get free play worth it?
[10:57]  Should someone is always carded play rated?
[12:44]  Will Eldorado honor Caesar's Seven Stars offers?
[15:35]  How should listeners network?
[20:46]  How to avoid heat at table games?
[22:45]  How can a listener help people get bets down?
[23:52]  Bob's blackjack history.
[25:35]  How should a player deal with an unresponsive host?
[27:07]  Tropicana in Atlantic City voucher policy
[29:41]  How can players manage terms of service risk with off-shore online casino bonuses?
[32:55]  Question about video poker speed and comps.
[37:42]  South Point Casino September Promotion - City Lights Shine bottles, free video poker classes
[39:24]  VideoPoker.com - gold membership offers correction on most games
[41:14]  Was a baccarat tracking system successful due to luck?
[42:29]  How does Bob log his gambling activities?
[46:58]  Is it to late to learn how to beat video poker?
[48:45]  Blackjack Apprenticeship
[49:47]  Variance in a two million hand FPDW sample.
[52:54]  What is the best way to play promotional chips?
[56:55]  How can you exploit a game when the information is scarce?



Thursday, August 29, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Russell Fox

Our guest this week is tax expert Russell Fox. Interesting tax items discussed include taxes on crypto-currency, reviewing the criteria for whether or not you are a professional gambler, the implications of not having a tax home, and how the WSOP Main Event final table winners actually did after taxes.

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 tax advisor, Russell Fox of TaxableTalk.com and ClaytonTax.com

[00:30] Recent changes in tax laws, foreign crypto currency exchanges

[06:03] Coinbase summons letters

[11:20] Schedule C filing as a part time professional gambler

[13:47] Does having many W2G's increase audit risk?

[18:43] Using player's club data during an audit

[20:50] Taxation of private football pool entry, winnings, losses

[25:35] California proposal to end deduction of gambling losses

[26:52] California law requiring primary candidates to release tax returns

[28:38] South Point Casino August promotions - South Point logo merchandise, free play, free video poker classes

[30:13] VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games

[31:44] Filing lost W2Gs, reconciling inaccurate W2Gs

[42:24] Can traveling expenses be deducted if you live on the road?

[44:46] WSOP final table tax liabilities

[49:23] How to properly stake a poker player, Form 5754, 1099-MISC

[52:25] Tax Help for Gamblers by Jean Scott and Marissa Chien

[53:30] Sending a tax return by regular mail

[56:25] Contact Russell at rcfox@claytontax.com

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com
TaxableTalk.com
ClaytonTax.com
BobDancer.com/seminars


Tax Help for Gamblers by Jean Scott and Marissa Chien https://amzn.to/344mvtS

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Colin Jones

Our guest this week is Colin Jones author of the new new book, "The 21st Century Card Counter." Successful blackjack players need to use different techniques today than they did in the past.

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 expert, educator, and author, Colin Jones of BlackjackApprenticeship.com

[00:45] Why did Colin write a book about blackjack?

[05:22] Why are interviews included in Colin's new book, The 21st Century Card Counter?

[07:37] Why do players quit playing blackjack?

[10:31] Does Colin consider himself to be a gambler?

[12:42] What is blackjack boot camp?

[15:08] Who is JC Rocks?

[20:53] Colin backed himself off in Wisconsin

[23:25] Playing in casinos in Arizona

[24:46] More self-back off discussion

[28:55] South Point Casino August Promotions - South Point logo merchandise, free play, free video poker classes

[29:46] VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games

[31:02] Grace Jones

[32:37] N-zero discussion

[35:20] Winning money vs EV

[38:16] A 21% discount on Colin's book for GWAE and bonus content offer

[40:52] Joe and Semi-Pro at blackjack boot camp

[42:19] The benefits of networking

[44:30] Blackjack boot camp pricing and info

[47:09] Is 6:5 blackjack beatable?

[49:50] Dead Man's Hand blackjack

[51:43] How can listeners contact Colin?


Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

BlackjackApprenticeship.com
Pudding Guy http://Wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Phillips_(entrepreneur)

Books:

The 21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones https://amzn.to/2Hij9cW

Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong https://amzn.to/2ZcmDc4

Burning the Tables in Las Vegas by Ian Andersen https://amzn.to/2ZeUf48

Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere https://amzn.to/321RncR

Million Dollar Blackjack by Ken Uston https://amzn.to/2KNQyOP

Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine https://amzn.to/2HmBCFc

The Education of a Poker Player by Herbert O. Yardley https://amzn.to/31VWDhQ

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - The Doc 2

Our guest this week is "The Doc," back for another visit. He tells of some great games  he's experienced at various casinos, and some of the ways that his approach to the game differs from some other blackjack players.

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, The Doc
[00:33] How did Doc become a certified sommelier?
[03:56] Playing blackjack at Stardust
[05:50] Discussion of cheating dealers
[11:39] Stories about casinos manipulating intoxicated gamblers
[14:25] Doc’s renewable bankroll and strategy/count discussion
[27:18] South Point Casino August Promotions - South Point merchandise, free play, and free video poker classes.
[28:19] VideoPoker.com - Gold membership offers correction on most games
[29:33] Doc’s retirement plans
[30:45] Doc’s longest losing streak
[33:12] Card counting in Vegas
[38:13] Blackjack Apprenticeship
[40:22] Blackjack training businesses
[42:25] More discussion of cheating by casinos


SouthPountCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Free video poker classes BobDancer.com/seminars

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - The Doc

Our guest this week is a blackjack player who posted for years on online forums as "the Doc." He tells how he got started, his first backoffs, and his interactions with the wealthy curmudgeon, "Mr. H."

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, The Doc
[00:34] The origin of Doc's name
[01:39] How did Doc start playing with an edge?
[03:50] Internet blackjack forums
[06:15] Doc's memorable back-offs
[09:48] Doc's wife's opinion of his advantage play
[13:10] More Treasure Island back-off details
[15:40] Doc's annual blackjack hours and travel schedule
[17:04] Doc's bet size strategy
[20:25] Has Doc had any bad back-offs?
[24:08] Playing rated vs playing unrated
[27:57] South Point Casino August Promotions - South Point merchandise and free play
[29:02] VideoPoker.com - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[30:16] Stories about Mr. H
[42:09] Playing in a private casino

Books:
Beat the Dealer by Edward O. Thorp https://amzn.to/2TiPAgf
Blackjack Attack by Don Schlesinger https://amzn.to/2GUvSlY
Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong https://amzn.to/31jnJ2i
Black Belt in Blackjack by Arnold Snyder https://amzn.to/2H8IrdJ

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Jeopardy James Holzhauer

Our guest this week is sports bettor James Holzhauer, whose claim to fame is earlier this year winning just shy of $2.5 million on Jeopardy! We discuss his Jeopardy! success, along with his other gambling interests, including what's next for him.

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 James Holzhauer, professional sports bettor and Jeopardy! champion
[00:28] Summary of James' Jeopardy! winnings and records
[01:02] The Jeopardy! contestant screening process
[03:28] Ken Jennings
[06:00] James' future plans
[10:38] How did James start gambling?
[14:01] Emma Boettcher's strategy
[16:30] Daily Double and Final Jeopardy! betting strategy
[19:12] South Point Casino August Promotions: South Point logo merchandise, free video poker classes
[20:21] VideoPoker.com - Gold Membership offers strategy correction on most games
[21:01] Buzzer practice
[21:53] Did James plan to be gracious in in defeat?
[22:45] Studying the Jeopardy! archive and children's books
[24:35] Board game discussion
[26:34] Has James dabbled in card counting?
[26:57] WSOP, Party Poker, and Project 150
[29:01] Cleveland Browns Super Bowl futures
[30:55] What other sports does James bet on?
[31:27] In-game NFL betting

SouthPointCasino.com 
VideoPoker.com
PartyPoker.com
Project150.org
Cisnevada.org

 The Logic of Sports Betting by Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow https://amzn.to/2MCLKgq

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Bob Wachtel Part 2

Backgammon expert Bob Wachtel pays us a return visit, discussing some of the colorful players (and cheats!) of the good old days, plus how the game today is different than it was a few decades ago.

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 Wachel

[00:49] Gaby Horowitz and the Cavendish West

[08:58] Stan Tomchin, Gaby Horowitz and discussion of cheaters

[19:54] Steve Sax

[22:21] Japanese and Danish backgammon players

[37:32] South Point Casino July Promotions: $600k "Mad Money" casino-wide progressives

[38:21] VideoPoker.com - The gold membership offers correction on most games

[38:56] Why are the best players in poker so much younger than the best players in backgammon?

[42:54] Bob Watchel's second place finish in the Monte Carlo tournament

[44:57] How does an opponent's demeanor affect Bob Watchel's play?

[47:09] The use of chess clocks in backgammon tournaments

Books:
In the Game into the End by Bob Wachtel

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Black Asian

Our guest today is a woman who posts under the name of Black Asian. She is a relatively new, successful blackjack counter, and describes some of the adventures in her first few years of AP experience.

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 card counting AP and attorney, BlackAsian
[00:39] Discussion of the value of being an Asian female AP
[05:48] BlackAsian's gambling background, playing with Vagabond, Blackjack Boot Camp
[13:30] Moving to Vegas with a $3,000 bankroll
[16:03] BlackAsian's marriage
[17:45] Bankroll progression
[20:03] Comparison of AP and practicing law
[23:18] BlackAsian's personality when playing
[26:22] South Point Casino July Promotions: "Mad Money" casino-wide progressives
[26:58] VideoPoker.com: Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[27:23] Driving in Arizona, civil forfeiture
[32:01] Traveling with money
[35:18] Discussion of AP personality types
[37:36] Ed Thorpe
[38:55] Session length
[45:51] Big player discussion

SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com

Books:
Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine https://amzn.to/2Lp8PDH
A Man for All Markets by Edward O. Thorp https://amzn.to/32BDTFu

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

Qfit.com

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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