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.

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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] - place small wagers on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[38:29] - card counting training site and community
[39:08] - 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

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 Books by Jim Kilby

Books Referenced:
Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere
Casino Management by Bill Friedman


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I very much enjoyed the last minutes in which it was mentioned that these days anyone that wins "too much", something "has to be done", so just ban them.

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