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, November 25, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Mike Shackleford aka The Wizard of Odds

 Our guest this week is Mike Shackleford, aka The Wizard of Odds.  We talk to Mike about what he had been up to lately, as well as his book Gambling 102.

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Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of Michael Shackleford, the Wizard of Odds

[00:48]  Gambling 102

[03:27]  Wizard of Odds newsletter and James Bond movies

[09:25]  Punto Banco

[14:11]  James Bond/s other gambling games

[19:56]  Sal Piacente and cheating scenes in other movies

[20:32]  Which James Bond was the best gambler?

[23:30]  The Card Counter

[24:21]  South Point Casino November promotions - earn up to ten half-priced Walmart gift cards, $32k Thanksgiving Day hot seat promotion

[26:02] - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools

[26:35] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners

[27:45]  Double Up promotion

[31:45]  How often does Michael gamble these days?

[32:21]  Michael's relationship with and

[34:44]  Magic trick and magicians

[45:03]  Michael's other interests

[46:02]  Recommended:  Wonderground by Jeff McBride, Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead, Mind Games at The Strat

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Guest Links:

Books Referenced:

Scarne's Complete Guide to Gambling by John Scarne

Other Things Referenced:


Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Mind Games at the Strat

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