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, December 2, 2021

Gambling With an Edge - guest Steven Bridges

Our guest this week is magician, and card counter Steven Bridges. In 2018 Steven was a street magician in London.  He decided to learn to count cards, and document his journey in a YouTube series.

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Show Notes

[00:00]  Introduction of blackjack player, Steven Bridges
[00:44]  Being "unintentionally retired"
[01:51]  Stephen's YouTube channel
[03:33]  Colin Jones
[04:36]  Content creation, filming, and related considerations
[13:07]  An instant bankroll
[16:36]  What was the plan before the bankroll appeared?
[17:58]  Blackjack Bootcamp
[19:07]  Managing the logistics of cash
[21:52]  Early play, bet sizes, and swings
[24:21]  Filming the early sessions and field tests
[26:39]  Playing in Washington
[29:31]  South Point Casino December promotions - 50% off almost everything, City Shine moonshine giveaway
[30:59] - card counting training website and community with many betting, tracking, and analytical tools
[31:39] - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free Pro Membership trial for GWAE listeners
[32:57]  Statistics from the first month in Washington
[35:10]  U.S. blackjack versus European blackjack
[40:36]  Returning to the U.S.
[49:21]  Bad back-offs
[52:00]  How to find Steven on Youtube
[53:00]  Recommended:  Dead Irish by John Lescroart, Anki app

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