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 21, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jim Kilby

Our guest this week is Jim Kilby. Jim was a professor at UNLV, has written books on casino management, casino marketing, and casino operations. His career as both a blackjack player, and dealer goes back 50 years.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Jim Kilby, UNLV professor and former blackjack player and dealer
[00:36] Dealing blackjack at 19 years old
[03:36] Identifying card counters in the late 1960s and early 1970s
[09:07] Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere
[13:14] Playing blackjack while dealing, playing conditions
[17:35] Private lessons with Lawrence Revere
[22:39] Engraved Zippo lighters
[25:27] Counting in Panama
[26:20] Bob Griffin, playing in Puerto Rico, cruises
[30:48] Returning to the casino industry after college, teaching
[36:50] South Point Casino January Promotions - $400k Spin to Win
[37:20] Predictit.org/promo/edge - place small wagers on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[38:29] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site and community
[39:08] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[40:34] Casino Operations Management by Jim Kilby and Jim Fox
[44:19] Ace location team at The Dunes
[49:56] Team manuals picked up by surveillance
[54:06] Recommended - unclaimed money, Veggie Grill


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
Predictit.org/promo/edge
BlackjackApprenticeship.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae


Jim Kilby's Links:
Principlesofcasinomarketing.com

Introductiontocasinomanagement.com

 Books by Jim Kilby https://amzn.to/39GbKSh

Books Referenced:
Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere https://amzn.to/3qFT7EJ
Casino Management by Bill Friedman https://amzn.to/35YkrX6


Recommended:
Usa.gov/unclaimed-money

VeggieGrill.com


Thursday, January 14, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest blackjack player Vecnan

Our guest this week is a blackjack player, and team leader called Vecnan.  Vecnan first came to my attention when I heard he had recruited blackjack teammates off Craig's List.  I thought he sounded completely insane, and had to get him on the show.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of card counter, Vecnan
[00:33] Vecnan's early advantage play experience
[02:51] Self-taught advantage play
[03:35] Writing articles about blackjack
[04:47] Becoming a full-time professional, difficult aspects of that job
[08:25] Dating while playing full-time
[09:46] 200-hour losing streaks, risk of ruin
[11:34] Back-offs and cover plays
[19:18] Forming a team, advertising, training
[27:30] More training program discussion
[29:18] Playing as a refusal
[31:12] Changing spread or top bet by market
[32:44] Bankroll split
[35:23] South Point Casino January Promotions - $400,000 Spin to Win
[36:49] Predictit.org/promo/edge - place small bets on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[37:50] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[38:48] Shutting down a craps promotion
[41:47] Anticipating a back-off
[45:52] Buying candy bars
[48:39] Vecnan's first AP play at a high school casino night
[50:25] Will Vecnan's team expand into other forms of advantage play?
[52:44] Recommended - "A Creature of Habit" episode of The Hidden Brain, "Two Hustlers" episode of Risk of Ruin, RxGamble.com


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae
Predictit.org/promo/edge

Recommended:
Hiddenbrain.org/podcast/creatures-of-habit

Podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/two-hustlers/id1527018692?i=1000504515764

RxGamble.com

 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Mark Billings

Our guest this week is Mark Billing on to talk about his new book "Follow the Bouncing Ball."  This is a book about how Mark and his teammates used hidden computers to beat the game of roulette.

We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge.

podcast
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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Mark Billings, author of Follow the Bouncing Ball, Silicone versus Roulette
[00:36] The Eudaemonic Pie by Thomas Bass and difficulties of predicting roulette
[08:11] Mark's experience playing roulette
[10:49] Legality of computers, software bugs
[13:18] Characteristics of beatable wheels
[20:28] Laurance Scott, computer software and hardware
[29:09] Beating only a few wheels, changing the approach of the program,and interpolation
[36:56] South Point Casino January Promotions - $400k Spin to Win
[37:45] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[38:41] Predictit.org/promo/edge - place small wagers on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[39:31] Training gamblers and playing in Great Britain
[44:47] Problems with using non-professionals
[46:04] A player in Canada wants to piggyback bets, pain thresholds
[51:49] Some examples of Mark's humor in Follow the Bouncing Ball, Silicone versus Roulette
[53:30] Recommended - James Grosjean's column at LVA, Alpha Go on Youtube, Amlee Gourmet Chinese Cuisine


Sponsored Links:
SouthPointCasino.com
VideoPoker.com/gwae
Predictit.org/promo/edge


Books Referenced:
 Follow the Bouncing Ball  https://amzn.to/3b8iBpS
The Ultimate Edge by Mark Billings https://amzn.to/2L8P44O
The Eudaemonic Pie by Thomas Bass https://amzn.to/3rWMsaV


Recommended:
Lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/2020-rise-of-the-machines
Youtube.com/watch?v=WXuK6gekU1Y&ab_channel=DeepMind
Amleechinesecuisine.com