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, October 8, 2020

Gambling With an Edge - guest author Peter Alson

Our guest this week is  author Peter Alson. Peter returns to our show to discuss his book, "The Vig: Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie." The book concerns working in a New York bookmaking operation in the early 1990s. Both Bob and I enjoyed and recommend you read the book

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Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of Peter Alston, author of The Vig (originally published as Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie)
[00:32]  Republishing The Vig
[04:02]  How did Peter become a bookmaker?
[06:44]  Prologue of The Vig
[09:36]  Spanky
[12:41]  Degenerates working in the bookie's office
[15:57]  The era of bookmaking without computers
[20:01]  Paying customers and collecting debts
[21:00]  Mob involvement in bookmaking
[23:04]  Billie Walters and other sharp players
[26:04]  Office dynamics with a female employee
[28:25]  Calculating commission on recruited players
[33:14]  South Point Casino October Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker
[33:51] - place small bets on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
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[35:27]  The original of the title The Vig
[37:36]  Life lessons from being a bookmaker
[41:14]  The aftermath of writing a book about former co-workers
[43:58]  Writing about dysfunctional relationships
[49:21]  How can listeners contact Peter?
[50:40]  Recommended:  Amore Taste of Chicago restaurant, All American on Netflix, remembering Mike Sexton

Peter Alson's links:
The Only Way to Play It by Peter Alson
The Vig by Peter Alson
The Novice Twins: A Novel  by Eden Alson
One of a Kind:  The Rise and Fall of Stuey Ungar by Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Try to get this guy on your show!