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 18, 2020

Gambling With an Edge - listener emails 6/18/20

No guest this week as Bob and I once again dip into the mail bag.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction

[00:39] Bob's recent experiences in Las Vegas casinos

[09:33] Richard's thoughts on indexes?

[12:05] Online blackjack

[14:14] At what level does the heat subside?

[15:34] The Illustrious 18

[16:35] Rocky Aoki stories

[18:47] What constitutes a losing streak?

[19:59] The processing of six-figure jackpots

[27:06] Is card counting better than scouting for other plays?

[29:54] How can a blackjack player play longer sessions?

[31:57] Rat-holing chips

[34:22] Problems downloading the podcast

[35:40] Full pay Jacks or Better progressives in Las Vegas

[36:43] Memorable guests and favorite episodes

[38:47] Exhibit CAA

[40:30] Card mechanic videos

[41;29] Tips on buying a vintage video poker machine

[41:58] Blackjack training suggestions

[44:12] Has Richard ever had someone intercept signals?

[46:53] Using a magnetron

[47:17] Has GWAE created a wave of APs?

[48:28] Should a red to green chip counter play rated?

[49:59] South Point Casino June Promotions - "Free Play with a Kicker," no free VP classes this fall

[50:52] - place small bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners

[51:50] - card counting training site and community

[52:31] - Gold Membership offers corrections on most games, Game of the Week is Wheel Poker with Quick Quads

[53:17] Tips for avoiding slot losses and losing blackjack sessions

[55:10] Dana White's blackjack strategy

[57:32] Playing blackjack in Australia

[58:24] American Casino Guide and Las Vegas Advisor coupons

[59:40] Exploiting dealer errors

[61:55] Does a positive count make the dealer's hand stronger?

[63:31] Greek and Czech blackjack teams

[64:46] Do multiple tickets over $1200 generate a W2G?

[68:06] How to recommend future guests to GWAE
[71:09] Recommended - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Squirrel Ninja

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Books Referenced:

Professional Blackjack by Stanford Wong
Comp City by Max Rubin
Exhibit CAA by James Grosjean
Billion Dollar Hollywood Heist by Houston Curtis

Episodes Referenced:
Kelly Sun

James Holzhauer

Bill Baxter


Small Cap Growth

Bob Nersesian - many episodes available

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Squirrel Ninja,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I have a comment about the listener question regarding the number of indexes to learn.

I liked Richard's answer about how rounds per hour, penetration, and bet spread are way more important.

I personally think that even some of the Sweet Sixteen indexes are overkill.

I recommend the listener to analyze the indexes he is interested in with some sort of software.

How much more EV per hour will he get? It all depends on bet size, rounds per hour, etc., but I've found that the less important Sweet Sixteen indexes, even assuming a pretty big bankroll, only add up to a few dollars per hour. For me, this is maybe $30 or $40 over the course of a weekend trip, and it is in the noise, when compared to fluctuations in hotel room costs, and similar things that I don't even think about.

I personally only do hit/stand and insurance indexes. I decided years ago to skip all the double down and split indexes. I calculated that this would reduce my EV by 10%. It was worth it to me. Your mileage may vary!

Brian W.