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, March 25, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Michael Sall

Our guest this week is arguably the world's best gin rummy player, Michael Sall. He is the author of "Gin Rummy: A Predator's Guide." We spoke to Michael back in December and thought he merited a return visit.

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Michael Sall, arguably the best gin player in the world
[00:34] Bets about fasting and weight
[05:40] Adjusting play to an opponent's strategy in gin
[08:25] Artificial intelligence analysis and game theory in gin
[13:09] Is Michael planning any other books?
[15:07] The worst mistake that inexperienced gin players make
[18:32] South Point Casino March Promotion - $500 Swipe, Spin, and Win, many restaurants have re-opened
[19:55] - place small wagers on various political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners
[20:50] - card counting community, and training site
[21:14] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free pro trial for GWAE listeners
[22:05] The value of social elements of gin advantage play
[26:20] How difficult is it to make a living as a full-time gambler?
[33:02] Recommended - The Source by James Michener, A Time for Mercy by John Grisham, Fortune's Formula by William Poundstone, The Information by James Gleick
[36:51] Does Richard have plans to write a memoir?
[38:17] Slots and vulturism
[40:08] Timing of ADT beginning and end
[41:33] Is Wheelchair still alive?
[42:12] Are there any offerings for slot advantage play?
[42:27] Did Richard get paid in Moscow?
[44:40] Advantage plays in craps without dice control?
[46:25] Beating roulette and The Eudaemonic Pie by Thomas Bass
[47:38] Bob and Richard's favorite episodes (all available at
[50:39] How did Bob and Richard tell their wives about advantage play

Books Referenced:
Gin Rummy: A Predator's Guide by Michael Sall
Eudaemonic Pie by Thomas Bass
Follow the Bouncing Ball by Mark Billings
The Ultimate Edge by Mark Billings

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The Source by James Michener
A Time for Mercy by John Grisham
Fortune's Formula by William Poundstone
The Information by James Gleick


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