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 28, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - 10th anniversary show

No guest this week.  The first episode of GWAE was February 4, 2011.  So after 10 years we look back at some of our favorite moments, and dip into the mail bag.

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 the 10-year anniversary show and listener questions
[00:55] GWEA history and evolution
[02:46] Favorite episodes
[08:40] Making money playing live poker
[10:14] Benefits of Seven Stars
[11:22] Abandoned cash or slot tickets on the ground
[15:07] Taxes for a European playing in the U.S.
[16:28] Pros and cons of team play
[17:57] Dottie's
[19:15] Moving from 9/6 Jacks to Bonus Poker Deluxe
[21:07] Cash storage and deposits
[25:19] The Video Poker Hall of Fame
[26:44] Boyd tier credits on video poker
[29:06] Calling surveillance on a missed blackjack signal
[32:26] Blackjack tournament
[33:28] Using software to analyze games
[35:23] Blackjack the Discord
[38:09] South Point Casino February Promotions - "Free Play with a Kicker," President's Day hot seat
[39:27] Predictit.org/promo/edge - place small wagers on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[40:16] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training site and community
[40:33] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games
[42:12] Money Clip
[43:21] Recommended - Super Con by James Swain, "100 Tips for a Better Life"


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


Recommended:
Super Con by James Swain https://amzn.to/2YnUA6s
Lesswrong.com/posts/7hFeMWC6Y5eaSixbD/100-tips-for-a-better-life


Books Referenced:
Lay the Favorite by Beth Raymer https://amzn.to/3pqFWra
Smart Money by Michael Konik https://amzn.to/3iUxEoV
Casino Tournament Strategy by Stanford Wong https://amzn.to/3a3mdHm
Sex, Lies, and Video Poker by Bob Dancer https://amzn.to/3iXKoLt


Episodes Referenced:
Billy Baxtor - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-with-edge-guest-poker-legend/
Billy Baxter - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-edge-guest-poker-legend-billy-baxter-2/
Kelly Sun - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-edge-guest-kelly-sun-queen-sorts/
Tommy Highland and John Chang - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-with-edge-guests-tommy-hyland/

Stanford Wong - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-with-edge-guest-stanford-wong-3/
James Holtzhauer - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-jeopardy-james-holzhauer/
Ed Thorp - lasvegasadvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/gambling-edge-guest-ed-thorp/
Bob Nersesian - many episodes available at gamblingwithanedge.com


Links Referenced:
Sevenstarsinsider.com
Blackjack Discord  https://blackjackplayer28.wixsite.com/blackjackthediscor-1
Wizardofodds.com/games/video-poker/strategy/bonus-poker-deluxe/9-6/
Blackjackinfo.com
Facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge



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.

podcast
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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.

podcast
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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