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April 18th, 2012 at 8:00:36 AM permalink
In the interests of full disclosure, I would like to say that I have closed my private consulting business to focus on just one client, the Sands, which is the parent company of the Venetian. The income to me should be about the same, but I anticipate that it will be more interesting and less stressful to concentrate on one client, than juggling dozens.

I would prefer that I didn't have to consult at all, but I have three kids in expensive private schools, and lost at least half a million dollars, including my bankroll, in the Vegas real estate meltdown.

Unlike some in the world of advantage play, I have no moral compunction about playing both sides. I see it as a game. Sometimes I use the white pieces and sometimes the black ones. To be honest, for the skills that I have, the money is a lot better with the black ones.

What does this mean to my readers? Not much. However, I do wish to disclose who puts rice on my table, to avoid any conflicts of interest.


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Nareed
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:06:15 AM permalink
Congratulations!

I just hope you won't find yourself moving to Macau any time soon ;)
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MathExtremist
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:10:29 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

but I anticipate that it will be more interesting and less stressful to concentrate on one client, than juggling dozens.


You are correct, at least about the stress part. :)

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Unlike some in the world of advantage play, I have no moral compunction about playing both sides. I see it as a game. Sometimes I use the white pieces and sometimes the black ones. To be honest, for the skills that I have, the money is a lot better with the black ones.


I'd alter that analogy a bit: sometimes you use the white pieces, sometimes the black .. but sometimes you're the chessboard. The chessboard isn't concerned with who wins -- it just handles the action.

Where'd you get the cookie? And is this why you needed the suit?

Congratulations, and I hope your new arrangement takes you to where you want to be.
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:11:09 AM permalink
Well, I'd like to thank you for all the work you've done. When I got started in the business, testing slot machines, I had a special affinity for math, so I would work on it any chance I got. When I wanted to verify something, or learn, I would usually visit your site - it was always satisfying to say "I got the same answer as the Wizard of Odds." You are definitely the gold standard.

Congratulations on a less stressful gig and I hope it works well for you.
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WongBo
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:14:34 AM permalink
As much as I hate to see an AP work for the casinos,
you have done far more than anyone in history to
educate the public on how to play the games offered by the casinos.
You deserve to be rewarded for that and if that means deciding to work for the LV Sands Corp, than so be it.
You are still doing far more for the players whether they know about it or choose to follow your advice.
I have to say on a side note that my two experiences with Sands Corp. Have been great.
1. The Venetian comped my boyfriend a room based on my play there even though they were not assured that I would be making the trip.
2. Sands Bethlehem, PA lowered a pai gow tiles table limit for me so I could play at a non-smoking table and at a lower limit.
Best wishes with your work for them. Be sure they know that getting stingy and greedy like Caesars is not the answer!
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DJTeddyBear
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:24:48 AM permalink
Congrats.

I would ordinarily say "Best of luck in your new venture." Perhaps it is more appropriate to say, "I trust it's a good bet."



Quote: Wizard

I have closed my private consulting business ...

Hmmm....

Since the work you did for me on Poker For Roulette was one of the last consulting projects you did (dare I say the last?), I don't know if I should be very grateful for the fantastic work you did, or guilty for pushing you over the edge.

I hope it's the former!
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aluisio
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:27:55 AM permalink
Hey, Mike! Congratulations on this new 'era' of your carreer. I am really happy about you and want you to know that I have a feeling that most of your readers will be there supporting you.
One question: will you still be updating the Wizard of Odds / Wizard of Vegas? ;)
Best wishes!
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:39:37 AM permalink
Congrats Mike!
So now when I say what you do..you're now an employee of the LV Sands Corp...NICE!
I think they're the highest grossing casino corp (Higher than CZR!)
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:48:17 AM permalink
Congratulations! I say that the next WOV convention should be held in a massive suite at the Venetian!

It would be nice if your new official Sands business cards could say, "Wizard of the Venetian!"
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rainman
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April 18th, 2012 at 8:55:46 AM permalink
Everybody has to put food on the table. Hey could you make the first consultation about all sands corp properties paying 3/2. :)

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