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, September 10, 2020

Gambling With an Edge - guest Peter Alson

Our guest this week is author Peter Alson.  Peter joins us to talk about his new book, "The Only Way To Play It."

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[00:00] Introduction of Peter Alson, author of The Only Way to Play It
[00:34] Peter's gambling background
[05:25] Playing at The Mayfair Club
[07:37] The New York poker scene
[12:54] The art world
[15:48] Are Peter's characters based on actual people?
[21:30] Family problems and gambling
[27:38] South Point Casino September Promotions - $500k Money Madness casino-wide progressives
[28:22] - place small bets on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[29:42] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[30:38] The Russian mob
[34:10] Downswings and variance
[37:23] Choosing a title for The Only Way to Play It
[39:20] Deke Castleman
[42:26] Does writing difficult scenes affect Peter's life at home?
[43:30] How to buy The Only Way to Play It
[45:29] One of Kind by Nolan Dolla
[47:32] Recommended - Hotels Tonight app, The Blech Effect documentary

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Books Referenced:
The Only Way to Play It by Peter Alson
Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie by Peter Alson
One of a Kind by Nolan Dolla

Episodes Referenced:

Hotels Tonight app
The Blech Effect,

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