Mission146
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February 5th, 2014 at 11:52:34 AM permalink
Greetings!

It is my pleasure to announce that I have contacted Josh Axelrad recently, and he has very graciously accepted my request to conduct an interview of him for the Board.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Josh, he was (and I believe is again) a professional Blackjack player for many years, played with one of the most lucrative teams in recent years as well as playing with an MIT team temporarily, and is the author of Repeat Until Rich which chronicles his play with the team and eventual addiction to online poker.

This will prove to be a most enlightening and informative interview as I have already researched, and will continue to research, interviews that have already been conducted with Josh. The reason for this is because my goal is to ask more specific questions and to get more detail and insight on Josh's life, rather than regurgitate the same questions and answers that have already been done elsewhere.

Josh Axelrad has also been interviewed by Bob Dancer and Wizard (Mostly Dancer, it was only Wizard's second show) on Gambling with an Edge on February 9th, 2012.

I would encourage all Forum Members to enjoy this Interview, to obtain Repeat Until Rich, and perhaps to listen to the Gambling with an Edge Interview of February 9th, 2012. I will also be posting links to other Interviews conducted of Josh Axelrad prior to posing my questions to him in this thread. The reason for this is because I intend for my questions to link to other interviews as a point of reference, because again, my questions are going to be more of follow-up type questions on interviews with Josh that have previously been conducted.

Finally, any comments or questions can be posted in this thread. Also, if Josh were to become a regular Member here, that would be fantastic, but for the time being, he should be treated as a guest so anything that could even remotely be construed as an insult, even pursuant to the Statler & Waldorf standard, against Josh will absolutely not be tolerated.

Once again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Josh for agreeing to being interviewed for WoV.
https://wizardofvegas.com/forum/off-topic/gripes/11182-pet-peeves/120/#post815219
AcesAndEights
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February 5th, 2014 at 12:01:23 PM permalink
Nice. I enjoyed the book.
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EvenBob
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February 5th, 2014 at 12:03:23 PM permalink
My first question is, does he agree with Grojean's
comment that casinos are evil and corrupt places.
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Mission146
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February 5th, 2014 at 1:27:27 PM permalink
He may choose to answer that for himself, though that will not necessarily be among my questions. However, from what I have read in other interviews in which he was the subject, he has described them as, "Predatory." The subject is also touched upon in the Gambling with an Edge interview, so I suggest you give that a listen, as well.

The main reason I won't be asking is that his answer to that particular question has been covered in many places elsewhere.

For example, in this post on APHeat.net -while not an interview:

http://apheat.net/2013/06/29/the-top-five-ways-to-win-more-and-lose-less/comment-page-1/

Josh describes casinos as having a, "Blatantly predatory attitude."
https://wizardofvegas.com/forum/off-topic/gripes/11182-pet-peeves/120/#post815219
Nareed
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February 5th, 2014 at 1:30:40 PM permalink
Here's a controversial one: does he think his advatage play is in any way productive?
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Mission146
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February 5th, 2014 at 1:37:07 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

Here's a controversial one: does he think his advatage play is in any way productive?



I guess I would say that, in the thread in which the actual Interview will take place (and we may just use this one) that's a question he could answer if he chooses. I would be more inclined to ask the question if I could contextualize it in a way that is pertinent to him, specifically, and I'm not sure there's really a way to do that. I might try to find a creative way to work it in, though.

Honestly, Nareed, I think you'll find that Josh has such a fascinating (true) story that there will be no need to deal in any generalities in this interview.
https://wizardofvegas.com/forum/off-topic/gripes/11182-pet-peeves/120/#post815219
EvenBob
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February 5th, 2014 at 1:40:01 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146


Josh describes casinos as having a, "Blatantly predatory attitude."



Josh and Grosjean can say that, yet when I say
it here I get piled on from all sides. If you can't see
the predatory attitude of casinos, you aren't paying
attention.
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AxiomOfChoice
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February 5th, 2014 at 1:51:25 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Josh and Grosjean can say that, yet when I say
it here I get piled on from all sides. If you can't see
the predatory attitude of casinos, you aren't paying
attention.



I'm not sure what predatory means here. They are a business and want to make as much money from their customers as possible. That's true of any business.

As long as they don't cheat, I don't have a problem with it.
EvenBob
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February 5th, 2014 at 1:56:34 PM permalink
Quote: AxiomOfChoice

I'm not sure what predatory means here. They are a business and want to make as much money from their customers as possible. .



So you think your grocery and barber are predatory,
then? No you don't, and you know exactly what it
means that casinos are predatory.
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AxiomOfChoice
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February 5th, 2014 at 2:02:14 PM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

So you think your grocery and barber are predatory,
then? No you don't, and you know exactly what it
means that casinos are predatory.



I really don't.

A grocery store might offer cheap turkeys around thanksgiving, hoping that people will come in and buy $300 worth of groceries along with the turkey. Is that not just as predatory?

A barber shop will charge you $15 for a haircut and then try to sell you hair gel for $100. Same thing.

As I said, as long as they give me what they advertise that they will give me, and they deal the games fairly, I don't have a problem with it.

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