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, June 11, 2020

Gambling With an Edge - guest Bill Robertie

Our guest this week is two time backgammon world champion and author, Bill Robertie.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Bill Robertie, 2x winner of the World Backgammon Championship and author of How to Play the Opening in Backgammon, Part 1: A New Way of Thinking

[00:57] What makes How to Play the Opening in Backgammon different from other books?

[05:53] Will excluded positions be included in a future part of this series?

[07:53] What over topics will be covered in Book Two and Book Three?

[10:10] Could the content of these books change as bots improve?

[15:26] Playing openings versus understanding openings

[18:41] Scoring tournaments by lowest impact of errors

[20:53] Does Bill still play in tournaments?

[24:13] Is the proliferation of XG good for the game?

[30:13] Do published PR scores reduce gambling?

[33:33] South Point Casino June promotions - Free Play with a Kicker

[35:12] - place small bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners

[35:40] - card counting community and training site with boot camp events

[36:54] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners

[37:45] Learning from writing and publishing

[40:36] Does Bill revisit any of his pre-bot matches or books?

[43:14] Michy's endgame book, EndGame Technique

[46:35] What will Bill's next project be?

[47:53] publishing, blog, history, news, etc.

[49:12] Recommended - Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly, Bosch on Amazon Prime, John Lescroart books, and The Spenser Series by Robert B. Parker

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Books Referenced:
How to Play the Opening in Backgammon,  By Bill Robertie
Endgame Technique by Michihito Kageyama


Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Nine Dragons by Michael Connelly
John Lescroart books
The Spenser Series by Robert B. Parker

Bosch on Amazon Prime

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