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, April 29, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Jay Helfert part 2

 Our guest this week is a return visit from Jay Helfert. Jay is a pool player, tournament organizer, and pool room owner. 

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Show Notes

[00:00] Introduction of Toupee Jay Helfert, pool and poker player
[00:22] Subscriptions and reviews
[01:49] Jay's background in poker
[02:33] Playing in the WSOP
[08:47] Amarillo Slim
[09:50] Gavin Smith
[12:12] Richard's Amarillo Slim story
[14:06] Hollywood Park
[23:07] South Point Casino May Promotions - Half-Priced Gas and Goods, Mother's Day Chocolates Giveaway
[24:14] - card counting training site and community, Blackjack Bootcamps are scheduled for this summer
[24:30] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[25:16] The origin of Minnesota Fats' nickname
[29:33] Walter Tevis
[32:35] Harry Reasoner
[36:21] Playing pool against the a leader of a motorcycle club
[45:35] Carrying a gun
[48:44] Unusual pool stories
[58:25] How to order copies of Jay's books, Pool Wars and More Pool Wars

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