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, February 21, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - Vagabond

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

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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] 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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