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, January 16, 2020

Gambling With an Edge - guest Big Red

Our guest this week is Big Red, a video poker player who was able to figure out and exploit the Movin’ On Up video poker game.  Several features of the discussion highlight the type of things video poker players do to gain an edge in a casino

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Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of Big Red, successful video poker player
[00:46]  Movin’ On Up video poker
[06:40]  Researching IGT’s numbers
[08:26]  Finding Movin’ On Up and a car drawing
[19:14]  Figuring out the strategy
[22:54]  Does the game still exist?
[25:15]  Auto-hold
[28:32]  Paytables, draw variants, and strategy
[30:21]  South Point Casino January Promotions - $500k Spin to Win, $32k Hot Seat on 1/20, free video poker classes
[33:41] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, Pro Membership includes Quick Quads and basic Ultimate X
[34:56] - place small wagers on political events
[36:12] - blackjack training site and forum 
[36:58]  “All But Dissertation” in computer science 
[41:05]  Movin’ on Up strategy in the dissertation
[48:42]  Recommended - write 2020, Library Extension, Las Vegas Improv, Storytelling at A Public Fit

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