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March 11th, 2023 at 4:34:09 PM permalink
Sorry to hear about Pickle. We'll miss Pickle's antics. 😿
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March 25th, 2023 at 7:07:26 PM permalink
Episode #89
Stream Date: 03-23-2023
Length: 00:59:35
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Cruise ship
02:30 Magic trick
05:50 Spring trivia (throughout show)
06:24 A finger wag
07:19 Puppies and dogs
09:48 Inventing casino games
12:00 A normal haircut
12:33 Wizard's retirement
19:50 VP: Player's Clubs
21:12 Slots: Rock Paper Scissors
25:01 Normal hair pics
28:36 Baccarat: Counting the Dragon
31:11 Are progressive jackpots worth it?
34:52 The Mole People of Vegas
37:56 Wizard's bad bets & stories
41:26 Slots: Buffalo red or black cards
42:35 Slots: Youtubers losing money
43:34 Blackjack: Extreme variance
48:09 Sports: Betting on pro wrestling
49:09 Great gamblers
52:40 Magic trick explained
55:00 The Mirage volcano
56:04 Ugly colors


Next LiveStream: 04/07/2023
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April 6th, 2023 at 3:05:47 PM permalink
QUESTION: Do you think the casino table minimums have far outpaced inflation rates of the U.S. dollar?

It seemed like $5 table minimums for games like craps or blackjack were available not too long ago, and they jumped to $15 or $25 without staying for long at $10.
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April 6th, 2023 at 5:21:26 PM permalink
Quote: smoothgrh

QUESTION: Do you think the casino table minimums have far outpaced inflation rates of the U.S. dollar?

It seemed like $5 table minimums were for games like craps or blackjack were available not too long ago, and they jumped to $15 or $25 without staying for long at $10.
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I think what happened was that they left them at $5 for way too long. $5 minimum was common 30 years ago. If they had raised them $5 every 5 or so years it wouldn't seem like such a shock now.
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April 7th, 2023 at 5:37:15 AM permalink
Quote: smoothgrh

QUESTION: Do you think the casino table minimums have far outpaced inflation rates of the U.S. dollar?

It seemed like $5 table minimums for games like craps or blackjack were available not too long ago, and they jumped to $15 or $25 without staying for long at $10.

I checked this out with a calculator and to cover inflation the bet would now be still less than $10
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April 8th, 2023 at 12:43:26 PM permalink
Episode #90
Stream Date: 04-06-2023
Length: 01:02:40
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Park permits & Burning Man
04:11 Jumping off a cliff
05:08 Peanuts trivia (1st quarter)
05:42 Blackjack: Ace/Five counting
06:36 Favorite games
08:20 Slots: Lightning Link
09:02 Lottery: Ticket codes
09:41 Wizard retirement
12:10 Slots: Bonus round randomness
12:52 Blackjack: 3/2 vs 6/5
14:14 Pai Gow Tiles: Skill vs luck
16:15 Easter trivia (last 3 quarters)
17:11 Show: Gambling with an Edge
19:54 Ojos Locos casino
20:32 Calculating house edges
21:35 UTH: Playing two hands
21:51 Photographic memory games
23:18 Tipping casino dealers
26:33 Blackjack: Freebet vs standard
27:36 Craps: Dice control
33:21 Show: Las Vegas Advisor
34:30 VP: Sequential royals
38:09 Slots: Jackpot taxes
40:51 Wonderhussy
44:28 Smoking in casinos
46:29 Baccarat: Sequential wins
50:50 Formula 1 in Vegas
51:22 Craps: Bubble game
51:40 Solar Eclipse 2024
54:46 3CP: Good for new players?
57:05 Craps: Light vs Dark side
58:10 Tongue twisters
59:21 Sports: +EV bets


Next LiveStream: 04/20/2023
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The Ace/Five Count
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April 22nd, 2023 at 11:19:26 AM permalink
Episode #91
Stream Date: 04-20-2023
Length: 01:01:23
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Miscellaneous trivia (throughout show)
02:28 Roulette: Repeating numbers
04:57 Craps: Dice control
07:56 Computer simulated dice rolls
14:25 Linking player cards
15:54 Pineapple & cakes
20:40 Slots: Pulling player cards
28:41 Roulette: Triple zero
30:36 Confronting aggressive players
33:48 Craps: Long shoots
35:31 Slots: Combating vultures
37:38 When to stop playing
38:59 Book: "Gambling 102" update
41:17 Online: Urgent Software games
49:42 Craps: A limited bankroll
51:59 Can RNGs be cracked?
53:40 Blackjack: 2 hands vs raising bet
54:45 Ampelmännchen
58:02 Casino minimums outpacing inflation


Next LiveStream: 05/11/2023
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Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games (2nd edition at Amazon)
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April 23rd, 2023 at 9:00:55 PM permalink
Are you using Chapgpt or any of the other Ai to do anything gambling related?

I asked Bing's chat ai to write a poem with a few parameters. (Elvis, you, playing poker on Christmas Eve) It took 3 seconds or so to write this. Not great but it's free.

The Wizard of Odds and Elvis too,
Playing poker on Christmas Eve,
The stakes were high and the cards were new,
And the Wizard was ready to deceive.

He played his hand with skill and grace,
And Elvis was left in awe,
For the Wizard had a poker face,
That left the King with his jaw on the floor.

But Elvis wasn't one to give up so soon,
He played his hand with all his might,
And soon he had the Wizard in a swoon,
As he won hand after hand that night.

The chips were flying and the drinks were flowing,
As the two legends played their game,
And soon they were both glowing,
With the joy that comes from winning fame.

So if you ever find yourself in Vegas on Christmas Eve,
Just remember this story and you'll believe,
That the Wizard of Odds and Elvis too,
Were once playing poker, just like me and you.

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There was another version it wrote where you had a royal flush and Elvis has a pair a kings but he foiled you somehow by bringing out his guitar and playing it. And then somehow God was in on this game. I don't where it came up with that one.

One things i've noticed, is that the more specifics you can add into the inquiry the less generic the output. Otherwise you get similar outputs around the same ideas or questions.
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May 6th, 2023 at 8:06:23 PM permalink
Episode #92
Stream Date: 05-04-2023
Length: 01:06:02
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 1960's Trivia (throughout show)
03:13 VP: Double Up feature
04:41 Video Keno vs Slots
06:34 Bubble Craps: Buying the 4 & 10
09:49 Blackjack: Winning 4 hands in a row
11:15 Mahjong
12:45 Blackjack: Free Bet 3/2 vs regular 6/5
13:21 Arcade redemption ticket games
16:11 Blackjack: Are online games rigged?
18:02 Gaming conferences
22:35 Blackjack: Card counting for beginners
25:07 Which game has the best odds?
26:08 Book: "Gambling 102" (3rd edition)
30:07 Is electronic roulette rigged? (part 1)
31:18 RNG vs algorithm
34:02 Blackjack: Can 6/5 be beaten?
35:29 Blackjack: Wizard's app
36:27 Higher minimum trends
40:29 Is electronic roulette rigged? (part 2)
41:41 The value of comps
46:23 A random card is a random card
50:14 The A's moving to Vegas
52:15 Is card counting still a thing?
53:23 Is electronic roulette rigged? (part 3)
54:08 A low HE & a high volatility
56:30 Sports betting & AI
58:13 A magic trick


Next LiveStream: 05/18/2023
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Wizard Blackjack Card Counting Trainer
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May 6th, 2023 at 8:28:18 PM permalink
Contrary to what was said at the end of the April 20 live stream, we had one on May 4. This was due to a scheduling misunderstanding.

The next live stream is scheduled for May 18. So, no live stream this week.
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May 27th, 2023 at 4:23:36 PM permalink
Episode #93
Stream Date: 05-18-2023
Length: 00:52:52
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Sorry I'm late
01:20 Birthday trivia (1st half of show)
01:54 Blackjack: Pennsylvania mandates
02:39 Calculators in the casino
06:16 Blackjack: Counting sevens
07:11 Becoming the Wizard of Odds
15:12 Video Poker: Max bet
16:03 "Gambling 102" 3rd edition release
20:22 Programming languages
23:08 Sorry for the interruption
25:28 Shuffle machines
29:28 Slots: Changing the HE
31:39 60's trivia (2nd half of show)
31:54 Roulette: Ban bets
33:44 Low risk/max playing time betting
39:23 And the locust cometh
41:57 3CP: Strategy
42:12 Martingale as camouflage
45:00 Golden Knights & Pickleball
49:09 The new Zelda
49:40 Wall art
51:07 The penny-farthing bicycle


Next LiveStream: 06/01/2023
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The Hedgehog Betting System

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May 27th, 2023 at 7:02:16 PM permalink
Mike:

With respect to the Lightning Link / Dragon Link / Dollar Storm series of machines with a hold and spin feature, the house advantage is done through the amounts shown on the symbols that trigger the hold and spin feature. Reels are identical across all bet sizes and denoms.
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June 1st, 2023 at 2:24:23 PM permalink
Live stream reminder in 35 minutes.
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June 3rd, 2023 at 12:47:54 PM permalink
Episode #94
Stream Date: 06-01-2023
Length: 01:04:59
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Finger movements
01:50 Barbie trivia (throughout show)
03:21 Blackjack: HE & number of decks
09:51 Earning casino comps
13:59 Off Strip comps for the Strip
16:57 Slots: Changing the RTP
18:21 Dinosaurs
21:38 Card distribution
24:33 Heads Up Hold'em strategy
27:53 New table games
34:40 Determining your bet size
35:15 Beatable casino games
36:08 Online casino comps
42:22 Comped rooms & resort fees
44:49 Baccarat: Can it be beaten?
46:22 Chatbots
52:33 UTH: Programs & computations
54:51 Is Vegas getting gentrified?
56:28 Craps: Pass vs don't pass


Next LiveStream: 06/15/2023
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Why the number of decks matters in blackjack


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June 17th, 2023 at 12:33:22 PM permalink
Episode #95
Stream Date: 06-15-2023
Length: 01:02:26
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Subway & Gunlock
07:58 Classic car trivia (throughout show)
09:08 Free bet Blackjack: A/5 count
09:52 VP: Multi game strategy
10:14 Using non-negotiable chips
10:37 Slots: Variable state strategies
13:15 Casinos tracking bets
15:44 PGT: Banker advantage
16:14 Vegas Boring Tunnel Loop
18:37 The digits of Pi
23:12 Arnold Snyder R.I.P.
27:24 Tracking different bets
29:05 Tipping 'bad apple' dealers
31:56 Calculating HE
35:42 Trusting an RNG
38:04 Vegas table limits
39:03 Math YouTubers
41:27 A's baseball stadium
45:34 Math classes for gambling
46:13 Craps: Hopping 7s vs Any 7
47:01 Match52
51:53 Dealers who gamble
53:30 Craps: A comp advantage
56:24 A double up strategy
58:43 AP: Slots vs table games


Next LiveStream: 07/13/2023
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July 15th, 2023 at 12:31:28 PM permalink
Episode #96
Stream Date: 07-13-2023
Length: 01:02:10
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Wizard's travel plans & health
05:30 Heather's health
06:45 LDS trivia (throughout show)
08:00 Union & casino relations
10:57 Eclipse lodgings
15:01 PGP: Banking
17:13 Short sessions & variance
18:48 Slots: Skill base games
21:04 Slots: Revenue reports
24:31 Pre-shuffled cards
29:00 Tesla Tunnel LVCC Loop
31:43 Flying to New Zealand
34:51 Shuffle trackers
38:16 Roulette: Hedging
40:59 Slots: RTP
42:01 Pocketing chips
44:13 Slots: Bonus rounds
45:32 MSG Sphere
48:43 Spanish 21 in Vegas
51:36 UTH: Flashing cards
53:42 UTH: 4 kings & an ace
55:25 Craps: Is bubble craps rigged?
55:50 Bj: Are side bets for suckers?
58:05 Cruise ship casino regulation



Next LiveStream: 08/10/2023
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July 15th, 2023 at 12:46:14 PM permalink
Questions:

Are discretionary comps a thing of the past? I was playing at a table game for $25 for 4 hours. I asked about a comp the buffet (face value: about $30). The pit boss said “oh, you have enough comp dollars to cover it.” When I started gambling about 20 years ago, it was common to get a voucher after playing for much less time.

Why do shoes max out at 8 decks? Wouldn’t it be better for a casino to have 10, 12, 24 deck shoes? I’m guessing automatic shufflers can only handle 8 decks but any hand shuffled game can do more. Is it just that the company that makes shoes won’t make any larger than 8 decks?
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August 10th, 2023 at 1:42:52 PM permalink
Live stream reminder today at 3:00 Vegas time. I'll answer the questions above at that time.
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August 13th, 2023 at 12:54:55 PM permalink
Episode #97
Stream Date: 08-10-2023
Length: 01:05:17
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 The Wizard's travels
03:40 A rant & a plug
06:04 Travel trivia (throughout show)
06:53 Blackjack: deck penetration
07:40 National Lazy Day
11:46 Blackjack vs Free Bet Blackjack
12:59 Why face up Pai Gow Poker?
15:08 Are discretionary comps gone?
17:14 Blackjack: The number of decks
19:45 Blackjack: 16 vs 10
21:07 Sports: Promotions
23:32 Casino cheating
28:08 PGP: A six card straight
30:05 UTH: Dealer errors
33:12 Wizard eye glasses
34:30 Moving to Las Vegas
37:41 Sports: Best sports to bet on
40:20 Postcards & stamps
41:41 The Wizard in Oz
42:21 Casino power outage
43:15 Formula 1 in Vegas
44:41 VP: Games in different states
48:49 Making money at gambling
52:24 The envy bonus
53:11 Online: Beating blackjack
54:17 Crapless Craps
57:38 New Star Trek
59:30 Switching casino seats


Next LiveStream: 09/07/2023
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August 14th, 2023 at 9:37:53 AM permalink
@Wizard, on the latest stream you say "I think it's a little dishonest to not call out a dealer when it cuts your way" in the context of dealer errors in UTH.

What is your though on the idea that "calling out dealer errors can get the dealer in trouble; we don't want to get the dealer in trouble" as a reason not to do it?

I personally don't play enough table games to experience this in any meaningful amount, so it's purely theoretical for me, but I do feel there is some weight to this argument.
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August 15th, 2023 at 3:29:12 PM permalink
Quote: Mukke

@Wizard, on the latest stream you say "I think it's a little dishonest to not call out a dealer when it cuts your way" in the context of dealer errors in UTH.

What is your though on the idea that "calling out dealer errors can get the dealer in trouble; we don't want to get the dealer in trouble" as a reason not to do it?

I personally don't play enough table games to experience this in any meaningful amount, so it's purely theoretical for me, but I do feel there is some weight to this argument.
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Good question. I'll answer this on the next show. However, I think that is just an excuse to justify taking the casino's money. Furthermore, dealer errors happen all the time. It isn't like a good dealer would get fired over one mis-pay. Only if it was a habitual thing but it be a problem, but Heather could probably speak to that better than me.
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August 15th, 2023 at 4:48:24 PM permalink
We are getting close to Live Stream #100. The next one will be #98. I'd like for #100 to be a good Barbara Walters kind of show. Feel free to submit your deep probing questions to me for the occasion.
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September 6th, 2023 at 3:28:06 PM permalink
In light of The Wiz's interesting week, is the livestream for 9-7 still on?
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September 6th, 2023 at 3:33:32 PM permalink
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We are getting close to Live Stream #100. The next one will be #98. I'd like for #100 to be a good Barbara Walters kind of show. Feel free to submit your deep probing questions to me for the occasion.
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Deep probing questions:

I get the sense that Mike is generally a libertarian in many ways. But overall, do you think legal gambling is a net plus for society or a net negative?

Does Mike hope that his children follow in his footsteps or not?

What specific decision in his life does Mike wish he could go back and change? Or would do differently?
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September 7th, 2023 at 10:53:24 AM permalink
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In light of The Wiz's interesting week, is the livestream for 9-7 still on?
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Yes, it is on for 3:00 today! I shall welcome questions about Burning Man.
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September 7th, 2023 at 2:55:14 PM permalink
I believe the link for the stream is https://www.youtube.com/live/pzxbdpgke_0
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September 9th, 2023 at 12:24:32 AM permalink
Episode #98
Stream Date: 09-07-2023
Length: 01:06:34
Topic: Ask Me Anything (Burning Man Edition)

Subjects
00:01 Overview: Burning Man 2023
01:35 Favorite beer types
03:10 Slots: Cashman Bingo
04:29 Billy Walters
06:15 Burning Man trivia (throughout show)
07:13 PGP: Splitting 3 pairs
08:45 Mikki Mase
11:34 "Gambling 102" delays
13:34 Slots: Suggested changes
15:25 Hedgehog standard deviation
17:12 Gambling book publishers
17:57 Craps: Marching Soldier system
19:37 Casino float
20:49 VP: Is 9/6 JoB still available?
22:05 The house edge sweet spot
24:41 Sports: Best Vegas sportsbooks
25:10 TV: Card Sharks
25:36 UTH: 3 quads in 100 hands
28:30 Is bubble craps random or RNG?
28:39 Craps: Point followed by 7 odds
29:10 Wizard at Burning Man 2023 (pix)
53:18 Any Burning Man regrets?
54:20 Leave no trace
56:33 Chris Rock & cannibals
1:00:07 Weight loss
1:00:45 Return to civilization
1:01:39 The burning of the man
1:02:45 Wizard magic


Next LiveStream: 10/19/2023
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October 16th, 2023 at 10:42:00 AM permalink
The next Live Stream has been postponed until October 26. I apologize for any inconvenience.
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November 2nd, 2023 at 6:30:48 PM permalink
Episode #99
Stream Date: 10-26-2023
Length: 01:05:33
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Pictures from Europe
19:30 Tournament formula
24:17 AP roaming
26:40 Three's Company trivia (throughout show)
26:58 Betting systems
29:12 Horse racing
32:29 UTH: The blind bet
34:08 Bet tipping the dealer
38:07 Blackjack: Promotion play
39:20 Blackjack: Card counting advice
42:21 Blackjack: The WoV Trainer
43:59 Book: "Gambling 102 – 3rd Edition"
45:59 Blackjack: Two spots vs three spots
46:33 Magic: Penn & Teller & Wizard
52:55 No. You're playing wrong
56:45 Electric vs live table games
58:05 Slots: Hard resets (shhhh)
58:51 Betting ratios
59:31 Disney & gambling
1:02:54 Growing old


Next LiveStream: 11/30/2023
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November 14th, 2023 at 10:50:14 PM permalink
Quote: TinMan

Quote: Wizard

We are getting close to Live Stream #100. The next one will be #98. I'd like for #100 to be a good Barbara Walters kind of show. Feel free to submit your deep probing questions to me for the occasion.
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Deep probing questions:

I get the sense that Mike is generally a libertarian in many ways. But overall, do you think legal gambling is a net plus for society or a net negative?

Does Mike hope that his children follow in his footsteps or not?

What specific decision in his life does Mike wish he could go back and change? Or would do differently?
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Based on your experience, what advice would you give someone trying to create a monetized website?

What advice would you give someone thinking of adding a forum section to their website?
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Here are some actual Barbara Walters-isms...

Describe yourself.

Does she hit you?

If you could be any type of tree, what would it be?

What would it take to get you to run for elected office?

Do you have a philosophy by which you live?'

Have you ever ordered anyone killed?

Do you think men should be the dominant figure in a relationship still?
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November 15th, 2023 at 9:16:33 AM permalink
Thanks G for the great questions! I welcome others.
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November 15th, 2023 at 9:43:37 AM permalink
So apparently the reason Barbara was able to get such poignant clips of celebs and regular people opening up in unusual ways is that she would ask two super soft ball questions in a row, then follow up with a hard hitting out of left field powerful question, and people would be in that happier mood and get caught off guard. Then in the editing room they got rid of the softball questions. Kind of cheesy/underhanded but it also worked well for tv in that era.

Questions: If some Macau or Monte Carlo casino execs wanted you to live and work at their casino full time, would you pull up your roots in LV and go?

How badly do you think MGM botched the response to the latest hack and does it shake your confidence in them as a customer?

If you didn't become a mathematician, what profession do you think you would have gotten into? Lets exclude the sciences, since that's a gimme. ;)

What do you regret in life the most, professionally / personally?

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?

If you had to play only one specific casino game for the rest of your life, what would it be? What casino games in general bring you the most pleasure?

What's the best piece of advice for a gambler to hear?
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November 16th, 2023 at 1:43:30 PM permalink
Happy birthday to Heather!

I'm disappointed that I missed the last livestream — I knew most of the Three's Company trivia! Though I didn't grow up in SoCal, for some reason I've always known the show is set in Santa Monica.

Here's a question for your 100th livestream:

What anecdotal differences have you noticed in people who are in scientific fields (math, engineering, etc) compared to those who aren't?

Working in the tech business but not a STEM person, I have observed that engineers often approach an issue very differently than non-engineers — usually in ways not expected, though not necessarily better or worse.
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November 21st, 2023 at 12:47:26 PM permalink
Good questions for the 100th Live Stream! Feel free to add more.

Reminder that Live Stream #100 will be on Nov 30 at 3:00 Vegas time.
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November 21st, 2023 at 12:54:08 PM permalink
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So apparently the reason Barbara was able to get such poignant clips of celebs and regular people opening up in unusual ways is that she would ask two super soft ball questions in a row, then follow up with a hard hitting out of left field powerful question, and people would be in that happier mood and get caught off guard. Then in the editing room they got rid of the softball questions. Kind of cheesy/underhanded but it also worked well for tv in that era.
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Interesting. I did not know that.

Another of my favorite interviewers is Howard Stern. He does his homework first and seems to have a way of getting good stories out of his subjects. It's probably easier on radio where there isn't a camera and not as much of a time constraint.
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November 21st, 2023 at 10:46:49 PM permalink
Hi Mike,

I won't be able to make the livestream due to work, but certainly will welcome a replay.

Here are some questions in case they haven't been covered in the past.

1.) If you could only make one last bet before you die, what would it be and why?
2.) Have you ever created and marketed/sold your own casino game variant? If so, what was it?
3.) What aspect of gambling/wagering do you find most exciting/appealing? Ie, simply winning, doing the math, discovering mispricing etc.
4.) As an avid health enthusiast, do you ever give yourself cheat days? What food would it take to put you over? Maybe vanilla ice cream over that banana pancake?
5.) Tell us about your Barcelona trip and bucket list destinations.
6.) Favorite casino on and off the strip by category [gambling slots, tables or in general, accommodations etc.] and why? [this has probably been covered on episodes 1-10 by now]
7.) Heroes and the people you look up to. [Probably covered on episodes 10-20 by now...]
8.) If you ever had to move out of Nevada, where would you choose to settle?
9.) And the winning numbers for tonight's lotto is......
10.) Tell us about your female gambling groupies.
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November 30th, 2023 at 10:09:11 AM permalink
Last chance to get your penetrating Barbara Walters questions in for episode #100.

(I'm assuming they're still being accepted.)
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November 30th, 2023 at 10:31:09 AM permalink
Here's a few for Heather...

1) What advice would you give the Wizard to improve his livestream?

2) Does the Wizard ever mansplain things to you?

3) What's your favorite cosplay costume to wear? (I confess to enjoying your "Mirror Mirror" outfit.)
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November 30th, 2023 at 2:41:14 PM permalink
Reminder -- Live Stream #100 in 20 minutes. Thank you for all the questions!
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November 30th, 2023 at 10:08:57 PM permalink
Congrats on a successful #100 livestream! Enjoyed catching the replay.
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December 2nd, 2023 at 2:40:08 PM permalink
Episode #100
Stream Date: 11-30-2023
Length: 01:06:35
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Happy 100th episode!
00:35 Dungeons & Dragons
02:06 Hiking on Catalina
05:02 Wizard working for casinos
07:08 Wizard made casino games
09:40 Gambling 102 (3rd addition)
12:53 Heather's advice to Wizard
14:10 The MGM hack
15:52 Wizard's gambling facets
18:25 Mansplaining
19:23 Wizard career alternatives
23:56 Wizard's favorite things
24:49 Wizard & food
25:33 Heather & cosplay
26:48 What card would you be?
27:44 Ice cream flavors
28:37 Wizard the tourist
30:56 Mountaineering dangers
34:26 Wizard's favorite Vegas casinos
34:48 Wizard's favorite people
36:19 Desert island casino games
38:02 Should the Wizard make shorts?
41:04 Horrifying burger toppings
44:43 Advice to gamblers
45:43 A day in the life
51:16 Wizard leaving Vegas?
55:15 Wizard groupies
56:50 Wizard on slots
58:48 Scientists vs civilians
1:01:07 Analyzing a cookie
1:02:00 Philosophy of life


Next LiveStream: 12/21/2023
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The Wizard hikes the Trans Catalina Trail (part 1)
The Wizard hikes the Trans Catalina Trail (part 2)

Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games (3rd addition)



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December 3rd, 2023 at 2:36:45 PM permalink
Thank you for answering my question, and congratulations on 100 AMA videos.

I'd like to second what someone said in the Livestream chat: your work on the Wizard of Odds and Wizard of Vegas sites has made my casino visits far more enjoyable over the years! For that, I thank you for your career in gambling mathematics and for bringing your quirky (in a good way!) personality to your excellent content!
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December 13th, 2023 at 6:47:26 PM permalink
38:02

I have to agree with northern jim and suggest you consider making 60 second shorts on youtube. Obviously this depends on your future plans, but it's a great way to add excitement to your channel. If you're worried about the math in a video, you simply announce at the end that there's a link in the comments to your more in depth video, or say that if you want to learn more please visit the Wizard of Odds website. Videos could include...

  • The correct way to play a borderline blackjack hand. (One per video.)
  • Your simple ace/five count could be taught in 60 seconds.
  • The correct way to play borderline video poker hands.
  • When to play a given variable slot.
  • A pocket review of a gambling book or film you recommend.
  • A quick look at a new casino or Vegas attraction.
  • Tips on table etiquette and tipping casino employees.


  • The beauty of these shorts is that people eat them up like potato chips. Also, they're easy to create (if you don't go wild with the editing). If you have things ready and scripted, you can film 10 or 20 of them at once. Then release one a week.
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December 14th, 2023 at 10:31:07 PM permalink
Quote: Gialmere

38:02

I have to agree with northern jim and suggest you consider making 60 second shorts on youtube. Obviously this depends on your future plans, but it's a great way to add excitement to your channel. If you're worried about the math in a video, you simply announce at the end that there's a link in the comments to your more in depth video, or say that if you want to learn more please visit the Wizard of Odds website. Videos could include...

  • The correct way to play a borderline blackjack hand. (One per video.)
  • Your simple ace/five count could be taught in 60 seconds.
  • The correct way to play borderline video poker hands.
  • When to play a given variable slot.
  • A pocket review of a gambling book or film you recommend.
  • A quick look at a new casino or Vegas attraction.
  • Tips on table etiquette and tipping casino employees.


  • The beauty of these shorts is that people eat them up like potato chips. Also, they're easy to create (if you don't go wild with the editing). If you have things ready and scripted, you can film 10 or 20 of them at once. Then release one a week.
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You could do reaction videos to movie/TV scenes like when Data on Star Trek tells the lady the odds favor standing pat with 13 against a dealer 10, or what exactly Bond is telling the craps dealers in Diamonds Are Forever.

Using short clips for review purposes isn't a copyright violation.
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December 30th, 2023 at 1:11:37 PM permalink
Episode #101
Stream Date: 12-21-2023
Length: 01:03:58
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 Escape rooms
02:10 Wizard weddings
04:08 Gambling book reviews
08:20 A rant & a praise
14:49 Advantage plays
18:44 VP: Multi-hand
21:04 BJ: Counting a CSM
22:28 Banned
25:22 VP: Maximizing rollover
28:21 Strip vs off-Strip casinos
30:14 Slots: Premium pay games
32:01 Slots: Changing the paybacks
34:42 Craps: Hybrid tables
36:40 Slots: Vegas airport
39:07 VP: What happened to 9/6 job?
41:48 Buffets in Vegas
46:49 Slots: Washington state
52:32 Roulette: Ball steering
55:19 New Vegas casinos
59:18 Banned for complaining


Next LiveStream: 01/04/2024
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WoV Thread: Which LV casinos still have buffets?

WoO Newsletter: Durango Opening
WoO Newsletter: Fontainebleau Report (part 1)
WoO Newsletter: Fontainebleau Report (part 2)
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January 15th, 2024 at 12:55:50 PM permalink
Episode #102
Stream Date: 1-04-2024
Length: 01:00:37
Topic: Ask Me Anything

Subjects
00:01 New Year's resolutions
02:16 Wine
06:26 PGP vs Face Up PGP
09:58 Auld Lang Syne
13:54 Marketing a Vegas casino
17:16 Can you vulture a stadium game?
18:05 Waiting for a hand pay
23:35 Should table games use TITOs?
24:33 Horse racing machines
26:20 Blackjack: 16 vs 10
28:54 Slots: Progressive payout estimates
29:46 Roulette: Wheel clocking
31:27 Craps for the Cure
32:33 Programming for casino games
36:56 Slots: Class II machines
39:10 PGP: Splitting aces
40:54 Craps: Wrong vs Right betters
43:58 Vegas shows
49:34 Craps: Should you delay taking odds?
50:20 PGP: Is Face Up boring?
51:01 A classic magic trick
53:47 2023 in review
54:55 Craps: Don't come bets
56:10 Slots: Chasing progressives
58:11 Daddy needs a new pair of shoes!


Next LiveStream: 01/18/2024
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January 18th, 2024 at 8:23:01 AM permalink
Live stream reminder, 3:00 Vegas time today.
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January 18th, 2024 at 9:04:37 AM permalink
Trivia for Wizard to answer on his show.

Elvis Dead St. is a real road in Vegas area?

..................

no, Elvis Alive is though
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January 18th, 2024 at 10:39:38 AM permalink
QUESTION FOR THE WIZARD:

In December at MGM Grand, I saw $20 table game minimums on a Saturday night. Was this a discount on the usual $25 tables, or inflation on the $15 tables? Have you seen this elsewhere?
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January 18th, 2024 at 11:11:22 AM permalink
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In December at MGM Grand, I saw $20 table game minimums on a Saturday night. Was this a discount on the usual $25 tables, or inflation on the $15 tables? Have you seen this elsewhere?
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That's odd. I have never seen a $20 minimum anywhere in the US, that I can recall. Usually they jump from $15 right to $25. I think I have seen them in Paris, where $10 chips are common.
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