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reno
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March 8th, 2013 at 12:25:20 PM permalink
Quote: 1BB

Hired on April 30th and let go on Sept 10th. He blogged about it on Sept 14th.



Thanks, 1BB. Just read the blog entry. Dying to know the details, but obviously there are legal obstacles preventing the Wizard from disclosing his side of the story.

Too bad, cause I was looking forward to The Venetian being completely tobacco free had the Wizard become CEO in 20 years.
Lexinger
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March 8th, 2013 at 6:02:30 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Sometimes I use the white pieces and sometimes the black ones.


An odd throw out there, from a guy who doesn't believe in the black and white. Anything goes can't grant you that luxury. No one to really hear you.
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odiousgambit
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March 9th, 2013 at 3:36:42 AM permalink
Quote: Lexinger

An odd throw out there, from a guy who doesn't believe in the black and white. Anything goes can't grant you that luxury. No one to really hear you.



reference to

http://wizardofvegas.com/forum/questions-and-answers/casual-corner/9480-the-wizard-of-the-venetian/

What was odd about it? The guy is saying he needed to pay his bills.

You are totally darkside Mr. Lexinger, I presume?
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
Lexinger
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March 10th, 2013 at 3:06:28 PM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

What was odd about it? The guy is saying he needed to pay his bills.


Now that you mention it, this does merit some critical thinking.

Quote: odiousgambit

You are totally darkside Mr. Lexinger, I presume?


Common term in the gambling industry. Honestly, I haven't come across any deliberate definitions of it. Maybe, it's one of those internet board rules which is so tacit that it can be neither expressed nor explained.

I do, however, know what odious means. My posts are hardly that.

Quote: Wizard

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.


Unless the Sands or a previous employer directly instructed him to do this (for them), this has nothing to do with any actual full disclosure. The visitors to this site don't employ him, nor are we employed by him. He doesn't hold any office here. He doesn't thus even have to sum things up for us. The latter may involve conflict of interest, but not such as to warrant what is commonly denoted "full disclosure". But what of his palpable absence of input in contrary threads; or when he doesn't happen to win some invitation-only or fun tournament, or begin a new assignment?

Looks to me, the Sands exercised a standard hiring option to reverse said decision within three months. He wanted the position because it was permanently for more money for "the skills that I have". Reasons which couldn't, presumeably, have changed on his part. So, I suspect that the Sands hired the studious, closeted version of Wizard of Odds, but got the Wizard of Vegas into which he haplessly morphed instead.

A few doctors and lawyers spend a dozen years, more than usual, at higher institutions of learning, only to come off horribly in the private practice setting. (Such doctors can hang around hospitals to be mandatorily assigned the newly admitted patients; but such lawyers have a worse go of it, say drive a cab to pay back student loans.) The reason that the better institutions pursue a couple rounds of careful personal interviews with perspective students. Some fields of accreditation prerequisite for a couple of years of general study, or even an entry-level degree. To check the mettle under the hood for something called professional incompetence. It fits his pattern of entry-level re-employment.

Don't most employers, especially casinos, legally bind their people to a NON-disclosure contract? Much less endorse a piece of writing so voluntarily unscripted, complete with self-photography branding?

Quote: Wizard

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.


Beyond beginning to feel slightly sorry for the kids, is he equating real estate with gambling (bankroll)? Or, more likely, associating the two realms with the potential for recklessness? Which often eventually befalls even the gambling enthusiasts. The new perception that everything has to do with gambling as one long session interrupted by a life devoted to an active denial.

Quote: Wizard

Unlike some in the world of advantage play, I have no moral compunction about playing both sides.


Advantage play isn't, or at least shouldn't be, strictly speaking, about moral compunction. I think that the Wizard blurs the two to introduce a solution to something which does not exist. Conveniently, or for whichever deeper motive, to in some way "reverse engineer" his station in life after the fact.

What he really has no moral compunction about is flip flopping on others to try to conspicuously advance his own image. The real AP's make the big bucks in secret, and leave the gossiping to others.

Quote: Wizard

I see it as a game. I use the white pieces and sometimes the black ones.


Real advantage players don't dwell on that sort of juvenile philosophizing either. In the broader sense, life isn't so simplistic. No one satisfactorily gets to somewhere of value by symbolically playing around with such pieces. People who can walk the talk know better than to buy into their own image, and learn how to question themselves.


Quote: Wizard

To be honest, for the skills that I have, the money is a lot better with the black ones.


Essentially, he programs slot machines? And sells advertising for his internet sites. What then is he talking about? I couldn't care less about "some small out of the way country's dead dictator", so what of a bunch of casinos, which can no more withdraw from their shady practices than the majority of the fools who patronize them.


Quote: Wizard

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.


Not only does he "innocently" admit to what we already know of his many conflicts of interest, he thereby claims zero moral compunction about it.

I'd at least wait until truly wealthy before trying to commiserate with the rice eaters.
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MrV
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March 10th, 2013 at 3:30:34 PM permalink
Back off on the Wiz, Lexinger.

You got an agenda?
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Mosca
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March 10th, 2013 at 5:29:19 PM permalink
Quote: MrV

Back off on the Wiz, Lexinger.

You got an agenda?



Nah, let him dredge up a year old thread and hack at it. The act will stand for itself, and need no comment.
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boymimbo
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March 10th, 2013 at 6:53:41 PM permalink
Yikes. You know, despite the Wizard being in an industry with a bit of morality and integrity issues, he has always been a fair dude with a great deal of integrity and morality. Yeah, he makes his money though his web sites through this exclusive advertising with Bodog, and he does quite a bit a consulting for new game patents, etc.

The money lost in the Las Vegas meltdown refers to the home he owns and another one he rents, both of which he probably bought on the boom side in Vegas and whose values are probably 1/2 to 1/3 or what they were when he bought.

The last thing that the Wizard is a bull-shitter. Honestly, if there was *one* person on the internet that I would trust with something close to my vest, it'd probably be him.
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soulhunt79
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March 10th, 2013 at 7:10:21 PM permalink
I'm just not sure if there was any point Lexinger was trying to make. I just see him taking each sentence separately and commenting on things randomly.

He was telling the people on the forums about something happening in his life. I didn't really care one way or another as I don't know him personally. However I like the fact that he was open, a quality that is very rare on the internet.

Hate him or love him. but I don't see any point in ripping apart that particular post. I'm sure he has many 100s of others, go rip those apart and try and infer many things that were never intended. :)
MichaelBluejay
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March 10th, 2013 at 8:16:38 PM permalink
I've known the Wizard personally for 13 years, and believe me, the world would be a much better place if more people had as much integrity as he. People on the Internet, man, you don't know the half of it. You'd be lucky if you were in a situation where you were at the mercy of someone's honesty and integrity and that person was Michael Shackleford.
tringlomane
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March 10th, 2013 at 8:33:27 PM permalink
Quote: MichaelBluejay

I've known the Wizard personally for 13 years, and believe me, the world would be a much better place if more people had as much integrity as he. People on the Internet, man, you don't know the half of it. You'd be lucky if you were in a situation where you were at the mercy of someone's honesty and integrity and that person was Michael Shackleford.



Even though I have never met him in person, I have always had this impression.

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