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 13, 2023

Gambling With an Edge - Blackjack roundtable 2023

Our guests this week are: colin Jones, Darryl Purpose, and Byrnin Down The House.  For our last episode about Blackjack we wanted to have a blackjack roundtable.  We talk about how blackjack has changed over the last 45 years, and how Byrnin is still able to play 100 hours per month just counting cards.

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[00:00]  Introduction of Colin Jones, Darryl Purpose, and Burning Down the House
[01:00]  Current blackjack conditions
[03:38]  How long could Burning Down the House continue to play?
[05:57]  Betting, cover, max bets
[07:30]  Darryl's approach to cover, use of big players
[10:08]  Colin and The Church Team's approach to cover, changes over time
[15:56]  Playing abroad
[18:52]  Expenses when traveling to casinos abroad
[22:18]  Playing in the UK
[23:58]  Getting stiff, cheating accusations, and confiscated chips
[29:07]  Generating EV at blackjack
[32:02]  Commercials
[34:00]  Playing music, playing blackjack, and favorite hands
[45:15]  Playing without a player's card
[47:50]  Recommended:  We Own This City on HBO, Singer Songwriter Heaven by Kevin Faherty, Darryl Purpose at McCabes, Tales from the Felt

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