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Gambling With an Edge

Learn to Gamble With an Edge from authors, and professional gamblers Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin. We aim to make you a better gambler tomorrow than you were yesterday.

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Gambling With an Edge - The Inside story of Mattress Mack

Our guests this week are Anthony Curtis, and Frank B. about the Houston Astro mega-fan who needed to get more than $10 million bet on the Houston Astros to win the World Series for insurance purposes. Note that we had originally scheduled Buddy Frank for this slot. We have that interview safe and sound, but it has been postponed until November 21. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00] Introduction of Huntington Press Publisher, Anthony Curtis, and pro sports bettor Frank B. [00:40] Who is Mattress Mack? [04:00] Betting options at the beginning of the playoffs [07:37] Scaling issues and other logistical concerns [11:10] Betting at the Mirage window and the South Point [17:48] Bookmakers and dressmakers; betting in Nevada, New Jersey, and Mississippi [26:28] Messenger betting discussion [30:18] Would Anthony and Frank help Mack again in the future? [31:51] Would make have been better off if the Astros won or lost? [36:36] Mack joins the Las Vegas Advisor and gets a steak at Ellis Island [38:36] South Point Casino November Promotions - Amazon gift cards, Thanksgiving Day Hot Seat [39:13] Predictit.org - place bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners [40:10] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - blackjack training site [40:57] VideoPoker.com - free pro membership trial for GWAE listeners [42:01] Were all of the bets placed on the Astros? [51:14] Game 7 of the World Series line movement, pitcher scratches [55:48] Recommended - Phantom's of the Card Table by David Britland, street magician Gazzo at the Linq Links SouthPointCasino.com Predictit.org/promo/edge BlackJackApprenticeship.com VideoPoker.com/gwae Wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_L._Heston Phantom's of the Card Table - Confessions of a Card Sharp by David Britland and Gazzohttps://amzn.to/2JYrvrr Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Gambling With an Edge - guest Michael Shackleford aka Wizard of Odds

Our guest this week is Michael Shackleford aka The Wizard of Odds. We discuss the updated version of his book "Gambling 102". We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00]  Introduction of Michael Shackleford, The Wizard of Odds [00:37]  New content in Mike’s new book, Gambling 102[03:11]  Updated sports betting information[04:47]  Updated video poker information[05:46]  Keno[08:08]  Pai Gow Tiles[12:53]  Video Poker in New York[17:22]  Powerball and Mega Millions Advantage Play[18:48]  Predictit.org bridge jumpers[20:34]  Setting fair lottery odds[22:23]  Harley Davidson slot machines[25:35]  South Point Casino January Promotions - $500k Spin to Win, free VP classes start on 1/14[27:24]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com[28:26]  VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold membership offers correction on most games[29:28]  Predictit.org/promo/edge - political betting market with a $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners[29:58]  Strategies for the South Point “Hot Seat” promotion[31:17]  Vegas Three Poker field trial at Harrah’s [35:20]  Prosperity Three Pictures field trial at the Venetian[36:49]  Jackpot Hold’em field trial at SLS[38:30]  Paris Poker field trial at Paris[40:36]  Recommended - Wescliff Airport Express, DuoLingo, avoid Run at Luxor, The Magic of Jen Kramer at the Westgate, The Mac King Comedy Magic Show SouthPointCasino.comBlackjackApprenticeship.comVideoPoker.com/GWAEPredictit.org/promo/edgeBobDancer.com/seminars WizardofOdds.comWizardofVegas.com Gambling 102 by Michael Shackleford https://amzn.to/2QvZvybSharp Sports Betting by Stanford Wong https://amzn.to/2rrRuSh Recomended Airport Bus to downtown Rtcws.rtcsnv.com/routepdf/1219/wax.pdf DuoLingo.com Westgateresort.com/hotels/nevada/las-vegas/westgate-las-vegas-resort-casino/entertainment/the-magic-of-jen-kramer/ Caesars.com/harrahs-las-vegas/shows/mac-king-comedy-magic-show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

47mins

26 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Gambling With an Edge - guest card counter SD1

Our guest this week is a card counter we call SD1. We discuss how he got started, and where the professional gambling road has taken him. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00]  Introduction of blackjack player, SD1[01:00]  How did SD1 learn to play blackjack?[04:03] What Blackjack Apprenticeship tools did SD1 use?[06:55]  SD1's life after Blackjack Boot Camp[11:26]  How did a losing streak affect SD1's home life?[13:27]  Is SD1 full time?[15:48]  Playing unrated[17:52]  SD1's experience in the financial industry[19:55]  SD1's image and personality at the table[22:41]  Bad back-offs[29:06]  South Point Casino December Promotions - Half price when using points, free video poker classes[30:04]  Predictit.org - place small bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners[32:46]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training program[33:38]  VideoPoker.com - gold membership offers correction on most games, free pro membership trial for GWAE listeners[35:21]  How did Sky Diver One get  his nickname?[39:11]  Does SD1 use alcohol as part of his cover strategy?[41:09]  Additional back-off story[44:15]  The value of networking[46:40]  Cashing out[48:10]  SD1's other advantage plays[50:40]  Recommended - Jeff McBride's Wonderground, HelpAReporter.com SouthPointCasino.comPredictit.org/promo/edgeBlackjackApprenticeship.comVideoPoker.com/gwae VegasWonderground.comHelpAReporter.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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Gambling With an Edge - guest Refinery

Our guest this week is an advantage player we call Refinery. He combines blackjack play, with carnival games, and slots. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00] Introduction of Refinery [00:29] The origin of Refinery's name? [01:37] Refinery's entrance into AP, early counting methods [08:48] What is Refinery's professional background? [10:44] Online blackjack forums and networking [18:13] A collusion play with Vagabond [22:36] What happened in between REKO and advanced collusion plays? [26:55] Does Refinery still count cards? [28:24] How does Refinery's wife feel about AP? [29:29] Using a player's card [30:38] Bankroll usage and part-time AP decisions [32:42] Getting flat bet at MGM National Harbor [36:04] BJ21 post about MGM National Harbor [40:21] South Point Casino March Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker [41:49] Predictit.org/promo/edge - place small bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners [43:06] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - counter counting training website and community [43:30] VideoPoker.com/edge - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, Pro Membership includes Quick Quads and Ultimate X [44:28] A technique for great penetration at blackjack [52:33] Facial recognition software Sponsors SouthPointCasino.com PredictIt.org/promo/edge BlackjackApprenticeship.com VideoPoker.com/edge Books: Blackjack Attack by Don Schlesinger https://amzn.to/2UdzkhB Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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Gambling With an Edge - guest The Heist

Our guest this week is a former surveillance operator turned professional sports bettor.  We call him "The Heist.". We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00]  Introduction of The Heist, former surveillance employee and current poker player/sports bettor[00:35]  The Heist's surveillance experience[07:15]  The Tran Organization and Archie Karas[07:55]  Cheating and facial recognition[11:00]  Card craps AP story[16:04]  G2E trips and other surveillance training[17:41]  Tribal casino legal proceedings[19:09]  Why did The Heist give up surveillance?[22:18]  Sports betting[24:45]  The SuperContest[27:20]  South Point January Casino Promotions - $500,000 "Spin to Win." MLK Hot Seat, free video poker classes start 1/14[29:48]  Predictit.org/promo/edge - places small bets on political events[30:35]  BlackJackApprenticeship.com - blackjack training site[31:00]  VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, Pro Membership includes correction on Ultimate X and Quick Quads[32:07]  Do casinos data mine search for players with lifetime wins?[32:43]  Red flags that attract attention from surveillance[37:02]  Sports betting promotions[40:17]  Betting on Asian baseball[43:50]  Prop betting[45:58]  How did he get the name "The Heist?"[47:01]  Recommended - Las Vegas Improv, National Parks Lifetime Pass, "52 Things that I learned in 2019." SouthPointCasino.comPredictit.org/promo/edgeBlackJackApprenticeship.comVideoPoker.com/GWAEBobDancer.com/seminarsYoutube.com/user/bjavideos Las Vegas Improvisation Players LVimprov.comNational Park Passes Nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm52 things I learned in 2019 Medium.com/fluxx-studio-notes/52-things-i-learned-in-2019-8ee483e6c816 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

50mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #5

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Gambling With an Edge - guest Richie Rich

Our guest this week is Richie Rich, an advantage player for almost 40 years. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00]  Introduction of blackjack player, Richie Rich[01:25]  Richie's gambling background[07:23]  Richie starts counting cards[10:56]  Is Richie a full time AP?[12:21]  Cover strategy, back-offs, and names[23:52]  "Wesley Snipes"[28;50]  What other techniques enable Richie's longevity[38:19]  South Point Casino October Promotions - Free Play with a Kicker, free video poker classes[39:45]  Predictit.org - political betting market with a $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners[42:48]  VideoPoker.com - Pro membership details coming soon[44:15]  Frank Sinatra's last concert in Atlantic City[47:25]  Casino grand opening stories[56:27]  Recommended - Lizzie:  The Musical by Poor Richard's Players SouthPointCasino.comVideoPoker.com/gwaePredictit.org/promo/edgeBobDancer.com/seminars Beat the Dealer by Edward O. Thorp  https://amzn.to/2pteOOd Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr

17 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Gambling With an Edge - guest Buddy Frank

Bob and I interview long-time slot director Buddy Frank about how video poker has changed over the past several years. Since Buddy worked for Eldorado for three years, we get his prediction about how Caesars will change when the sale to Eldorado goes through. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00] Introduction of Buddy Frank, former slot director and current slot consultant [00:47] Recent events in video poker, IGT, Aristocrat, bar top machines [09:22] W2G and tax discussion [20:07] Loose vs tight slots [21:28] Persistence bonuses and slot hustlers [29:32] New video poker games [31:25] El Dorado Resorts [34:00] South Point Casino November Promotions and free video poker classes [35:10] http://Predictit.org/pomo/edge - political betting market with a $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners [37:52] BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training website and forum [39:22] VideoPoker.com/gwae - pro membership offers correction on Ultimate X [39:54] Video Poker for Winners software [41:11] Suited Royals [45:18] VideoPoker.com's app, Pay Tables [48:26] Progressive meter replacements [50:55] Recommended: "The Magical Science of Storytelling" TED talk, The Moment podcast Links SouthPointCasino.com Predicitit.org/promo/edge Get a $20 matching bonus with your first deposit. BlackjackApprenticeship.com VideoPoker.com/gwae BobDancer.com/seminars "The Magical Science of Storytelling" - Youtube.com/watch?v=Nj-hdQMa3uA The Moment podcast - Stitcher.com/podcast/slate/the-moment-with-brian-koppelman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Gambling With an Edge - guest Bryce Carlson

Our guest this week is Bryce Carlson, author of "Blackjack for Blood." We talk about his blackjack adventures, his Omega II strategy, and how his approach differs from today's "Road Warriors." We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter or https://www.facebook.com/GamblingWithAnEdge. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00] Introduction of Bryce Carlson, author of Blackjack for Blood [00:58] Blackjack simulation software [03:55] Omega 1, Omega 2, and other counting systems [13:05] "Hit and Run" discussion [17:35] Bryce's early blackjack, Kelly criterion, trips to Las Vegas [26:54] Camouflage and bet spreads [34:00] South Point Casino February Promotions - free buffets, free video poker classes [35:46] VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold Membership offers correction on most games, free trial of Pro Membership for GWAE listeners [36:57] 21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones [38:00] Playing without a player's card [46:16] Camouflage and jewelry [47:44] The Blackjack Ball [49:40] Blackjack book discussion [54:28] Bryce's work experience in other industries [55:55]  Recommended - Recomendo, A Public Fit  Sponsored Links:  SouthPointCasino.com VideoPoker.com/GWAE Predictit.org/promo/edge  Books:  Blackjack for Blood by Bryce Carlson https://amzn.to/2I2918g Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere https://amzn.to/2wajjR7 Beat the Dealer by Edward O. Thorpe https://amzn.to/2Vr0WBZ The Theory of Blackjack by Peter Griffin https://amzn.to/2Tir4fy 21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones https://amzn.to/2Tm8Dqd Burning the Tables in Las Vegas by Ian Anderson https://amzn.to/2T3qgfw  Recommended:  Recomendo.com APublicFit.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

58mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Gambling With an Edge - guest Anthony Curtis

Our guest this week is Anthony Curtis of The Las Vegas Advisor.  Anthony is on to talk about the new Member's Rewards book for 2020, and what is in the pipeline for Huntington Press. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00]  Introduction of Anthony Curtis, publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and Huntington Press[00:38]  The 2020 Member Rewards Book - free play, match play, restaurant deals[07:42]  Why are casino becoming more reluctant to participate?[12:50]  Are any local bars participating in Member Rewards?[17:50]  The Original Cocktail Club[20:42]  2020 Eating Las Vegas by John Curtas[25:49]  South Point Casino January Promotions - $500,000 Spin to Win, free video poker classes[27:09]  Predictit.org/promo/edge - political betting market with a $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners[28:03]  BlackjackApprenticeship.com - card counting training program[28:22]  VideoPoker.com/gwae - gold membership offers correction on most games[29:08]  Jean Scott leaving Las Vegas[36:43]  Upcoming releases from The Huntington Press[42:25]  More Mattress Mack stories[50:00]  Recommended:  Dealt documentary on Netflix, 2-for-1 entree LVA coupon at Treasures Sponsor Links: SouthPointCasino.comPredictit.org/promo/edgeBlackjackApprenticeship.comVideoPoker.com/gwae Links: LasVegasAdvisor.comHuntingtonPress.comOriginalCocktailClub.comEatingLV.comTreasuresLasVegas.com Books: 2020 Eating Las Vegas by John Curtas https://amzn.to/2Qha6xHThe Frugal Gambler by Jean Scott https://amzn.to/2rK2YR4Kill Phil by Blair Rodman and Lee Nelson https://amzn.to/2MOo7AOGambling 102 by Michael Shackleford https://amzn.to/2ZUr4FHKnockout Blackjack by Ken Fuchs and Olaf Vancura https://amzn.to/2ZHlMNyThe Logic of Sports Betting by Ed Miller and Matthew Davidow  https://amzn.to/2SSDWdA Previous Episodes: LasVegasAdvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-the-inside-story-of-mattress-mackLasVegasAdvisor.com/gambling-with-an-edge/podcast-the-inside-story-of-mattress-mack-part-2 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

52mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Gambling With an Edge - listener emails part 2

No guest this week as Bob and I dip into the mail bag for a second time. We welcome your questions - send them to us at gamblingwithanedge@gmail.com, or you can find me at @RWM21 on Twitter. podcast Click to listen - Alt click to download Show Notes [00:00]  Introduction of show featuring questions from listeners[01:04]  Playing 2/5 vs playing blackjack[04:07]  Dead Man's Hand side bet[05:00]  9/6 Jacks or Better progressive frustrations[11:31]  Should a $25 blackjack player with a low spread use a player's card?[12:50]  Is it legal to use the WinPoker app while playing?[15:41]  Intentional fouls in Face Up Pai Gow[19:31]  Staking at blackjack[24:18]  What casino games do Bob and Richard hate?[27:00]  Christmas promotions[32:51]  South Point Casino December Promotions - half price points until 12/24, free VP classes on 1/14[33:55]  Predictit.org/edge - place small bets on political events, $20 deposit match for GWAE listeners[34:42]  VideoPoker.com/gwae - Gold membership offers correction on most games, 1000-hand Pro membership trial for GWAE listeners[35:31]  Norm MacDonald stories[36:39]  AP etiquette in casinos[39:55]  Recommended - cruise discounts for Norwegian shareholders, Instagram photographer jungraphy_, Shooting Kabul, Tim Ferris' Five Bullet Friday SouthPointCasino.comPredictit.org/edgeVideoPoker.com/gwaeBobDancer.com/seminars The 21st Century Card Counter by Colin Jones https://amzn.to/35DzLWB Shooting Kabul by N. H. Shenzai https://amzn.to/35Dun6b Go.Tim.blog/5-bullet-friday-1 Iinstagram.com/jungraphy_ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

44mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #10