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 28, 2019

Gambling With an Edge - guest Maria Romano on American Coin

Our guest this week is Maria Romano, the widow, daughter, and brother of the three principals of American Coin company --- the video poker company that was cheating players in the late 1980s. We discuss the book by her deceased husband, Frank Romano, called "American Coin."

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Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of Maria Romano
[00:48]  How is Maria related to the owners of American Coin?
[01:36]  American Coin's history and business model
[05:09]  Nevada Gaming Control Board investigates American Coin's program
[14:10]  EPROM gaffes and testimony
[17:38]  The murder of Larry Volk
[27:05]  South Point Casino December Promotions - half price when paying with points until 12/24
[27:57] - place bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[29:02] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[30:27]  Frank Romano's lawsuit
[35:15]  Frank Romano's book, American Coin:  A True Story of Betrayal, Gambling, and Murder in Las Vegas
[36:45]  Maria and Frank's financial recovery
[39:38]  Additional book discussion
[44:14]  What is Maria doing now personally and professionally?
[48:11]  Recommended - The Las Vegas Improvisational Players, A Public Fit

American Coin by Frank Romano

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