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 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.

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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] - place small bets on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[37:50] - 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,

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