Wizard
Posted by Wizard
May 02, 2014

My father

As many of you know, I had to cancel on the WoV meetup because my father died the day before. I wrote a blog entry about him on my Odds site. I welcome all to follow the link for my thoughts on him and some old photos I dug up.

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teddys
teddys May 02, 2014

Wiz, even though you say you don't have a way with words, this entry brought a tear to my eye. It's clear that you loved your father very much and he was proud of you. Thank you for writing this. And wow, that picture of him by the chalkboard is a dead ringer for you!

Mission146
Mission146 May 02, 2014

That's what I was going to say, you're your Dad's spitting image!

Buzzard
Buzzard May 02, 2014

The pix of your dad in the car with the vent window. reminded me last week my granddaughter asked me why do I say " wind up the window" On a more serious note, I still miss my dad every day !

Beethoven9th
Beethoven9th May 02, 2014

Wizard, that was a really nice tribute to your father. Since I haven't been keeping up with the forum as much recently, I had no idea that he had passed away. My condolences to you and your family.



I agree with the others that you look exactly like your dad !!

RogerKint
RogerKint May 03, 2014

My condolences, Wiz. I've always been thankful I was able to be with my father when he passed. Glad you could be with your family and say good bye.

Greasyjohn
Greasyjohn May 03, 2014

I want to offer you my condolences, Mike. I lost my father when I was four. You had many good years with your dad and thatís a wonderful thing.

Wizard
Wizard May 04, 2014

Thank you for all the kind words everybody.

BleedingChipsSlowly
BleedingChipsSlowly May 04, 2014

Sorry for your loss. A friend of mine once told me in his faith as long as someone remembers you, you are not gone. Cherish the memories.

aceofspades
aceofspades May 05, 2014

Excellent post Wizard

I agree your dad and you look like twins

beachbumbabs
beachbumbabs May 06, 2014

Mike,



That was a very worthy tribute to your dad, a multi-talented guy. He lives on in you, your brothers, your kids, and all your memories of him, both as a father and as a person. Thanks for writing it.

DJTeddyBear
DJTeddyBear Sep 04, 2014

I haven't read the blogs in a long time, so I missed this until today.



All I can say is, sorry for your loss. It's been months, but I know you haven't gotten over it.



I lost my father in 1977 when I was 17. Although I'm now older than he ever was, I still haven't gotten over the loss.

Wizard
Posted by Wizard
Jan 26, 2014

This is how arguments start

I was just at my parents house in the LA area. Often my mom and dad want to bet a few bucks on the Super Bowl so I book the opposite side at no juice, just to make the game more fun for them. This time things went down a little differently. I'll paraphrase the conversation.

Wiz: Do either of you want to bet on the Super Bowl this year?
Wiz's mom: I do.
Wiz: It should be a close game so you can pick either team at even money.
Wiz's mom: Okay.
Wiz: How much do you want to bet?
Wiz's mom: $50

Pause. When this woman comes to Vegas she plays 5-cent video poker (on whichever machine feels lucky) and has a daily loss limit of $20. I think her biggest bet on a single event to date is $1 or $2. So, when she said $50 my jaw hit the floor.

Wiz: Keeping in mind you haven't told me what team you want to bet on, I think for a large wager like that we should go by the going odds. I suggest if you want to bet on Seattle then if you bet $50 I'll give you $60 if you win. On Denver, the favorite, we'll do the opposite, you have to bet $60 to win $50. I'm not taking any advantage as these lines are balanced with no "juice" taken out.

Pause again. At this point my mother looked at me like I just gave a lecture on quantum physics in Greek. She didn't seem to know what to say.

Wiz: Just tell me what side you want to bet on.

Wiz's mom: Denver.

Wiz: Then you'll have to bet $60 and you'll get $50 if you win.

[blank stare]

Wiz: Dad, do you understand the bet?

Wiz's dad: Yes.

Wiz: Can you explain it to mom, in the event Seattle win, why she will owe me $60.

Wiz's dad: I want nothing to do with it.

At this point I spent about 15 minutes trying to explain the bet to my mom and why we can't just make an even money bet if the odds are not 50/50.

Wiz: Do you get it now (mom)?

Wiz's mom: I just want to bet $50 on Denver. Why are you making it so complicated?

Wiz: Hopefully Denver will win to avoid any arguments. This is your last chance to change your mind.

Wiz's mom: Let me pay you now.

Wiz: No. You're good for the money. We'll settle up after the game.

[At this point my mom has a look on her face like somebody is trying to cheat her, but she doesn't understand exactly how.]

Wiz: Do we have a bet?

Wiz's mom: Yes -- I want Denver.

If Seattle wins, then stay tuned for part two as I try to collect my $60.

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odiousgambit
odiousgambit Jan 27, 2014

I keep saying private betting is -EV due to welching. So, this will be a form of welching, and you're getting stung again!



Having said that, since this is your mom, so I would be generous and just take my lumps. If it was me. I think I already know you won't do that, so I will eagerly stay tuned for this story!

Nareed
Nareed Jan 27, 2014

She wants to bet $50 on Denver. She doesn't want a lecture about how sports betting works. If it were me, I'd be annoyed too.

Doc
Doc Jan 27, 2014

I think the real problem arises from...



"Wiz: It should be a close game so you can pick either team at even money."



...followed by a renege of that offer and a "nerdy" discussion of how sports betting works at the professional sports books. Its comes across more as if the enormity of a $50 bet scared the Wizard away from his own terms for the wager.  ;-)



I'd suggest that if she loses this time you just collect even money and be more careful in your initial wording when offering wagers in the future.

Doc
Doc Jan 27, 2014

BTW, your Mom sounds a bit as if she might be a sharp -- she heard an AP bet being offered and jumped on it. Then she played dumb when you tried to weasel out of your offer.



Double ;-)

rdw4potus
rdw4potus Jan 27, 2014

Would it have been easier to tell her that Denver has to win by 3 in order for her to win an even money bet?

teddys
teddys Jan 27, 2014

Lol, Wiz! This reminds me of whenever I talk to my parents about gambling...

rdw4potus
rdw4potus Jan 27, 2014

I would say that if you mom wants to bet $50, then her wager is $50 to win $41.67. She clearly wants to bet $50...:-)

MidwestAP
MidwestAP Jan 27, 2014

Your mom is shrewd. I think she figured she could bet Denver without points (and no juice) with you, and then take Seattle +3 with a friend at the local bingo hall and middle the bet!

Buzzard
Buzzard Jan 27, 2014

Next time just say " Ok Mom you have Denver and I have Seattle. ( no points involved ) Give Dad your $50 to hold in case you lose..

Mom's only come one to a customer.

If Seattle wins, never ask for your money, from Mom or Dad.

Dad's only come one to a customer.

Come on Wiz, it's only $50.

Be the man behind the curtain and give the Wizard the day off.

FleaStiff
FleaStiff Jan 27, 2014

Don't you listen to Buzzard's advice. Its the Principle of the thing that counts..the fifty dollars.

Nareed
Nareed Jan 27, 2014

What Doc and Buzzard said.

kewlj
kewlj Jan 28, 2014

I'm with Buzz. You should have overlooked the $10. It's your Mommy, for god sakes. :-) But, what is REALLY great was your father's "I want nothing to do with it". Smart man. He's learned his lessons along the way.

AxiomOfChoice
AxiomOfChoice Jan 28, 2014

I'd just give her the bet at even money.



It's not THAT bad of a bet and it's only $50. Or you could just tell her that you only want to bet $20 max (since that is her daily loss limit), to keep it fun.

ChampagneFireball
ChampagneFireball Jan 28, 2014

It's your mom. It's $50. I think the path is clear.



Actually, it's $10 and only if the Broncos lose.

djatc
djatc Jan 30, 2014

I would tell your mom the golden rule of gambling: "A gentleman always honors his debts."......



but she's a lady and she'll probably never cook for you ever again if you make her pay. Or she'll guilt trip you into "I gave birth to you and this is how you repay me?".



Either way just let the Broncos win and you'll avoid the whole argument.

djatc
djatc Jan 30, 2014

Hopefully not by more then 3 however I got bets riding on SEA +3

DJTeddyBear
DJTeddyBear Jan 30, 2014

Holy crap.

It's $10, and it's your mom!



Doc is right.

Quote:

I think the real problem arises from...



"Wiz: It should be a close game so you can pick either team at even money."



If she loses and gives you $60, take it - QUIETLY.

If she loses and gives you $50, take it - QUIETLY.

If she loses and gives you nothing for trying to change the terms, take your lumps - QUIETLY.

Wizard
Wizard Jan 30, 2014

Let me address some of the comments. First, my mom would have been even more confused by how a point spread works. If Denver won by one point, for example, there would have been a huge argument, I guarantee it.



If I had my mom risk $50 to win $42, for example, there would have been a similar argument if Denver won. She would have said, "Where is my other $8?"



The point is well taken that I should have just given her even money on Denver to avoid the lecture and possible argument. In fact, any rational person I'm sure can see that. However, I'm not always a rational person. It goes against my religion to knowingly accept a negative bet for anything other than a paltry amount of money.



However, if she wins and put up an argument, I'll try to blame it on myself and just make her pay $50.

ontariodealer
ontariodealer Jan 30, 2014

Wiz's dad: I want nothing to do with it.



a classic.

jml24
jml24 Jan 31, 2014

I would never gamble with my parents for similar reasons. If my Dad lost $50 it would be like the end of the world. My Mom only pays penny slots and she plays ONE PENNY at a time. Da Vinci Diamonds is her favorite game because she likes gems and art works. We were visiting relatives in Tahoe and she hit a huge jackpot on it playing a penny and won over $15 - WOO HOO! The funny thing is they kept offering her drinks and she doesn't even drink.

Buzzard
Buzzard Feb 01, 2014

Wizard's Mom just PM'd me and bet me $50 even money. She took Seattle +3. I think she is going for a middle, LOL.

Mom is no dummy

Doc
Doc Feb 02, 2014

Now you're really trying to pull one on her:

Quote: Wizard

However, if she wins and put up an argument, I'll try to blame it on myself and just make her pay $50.



So if she wins, you're just going to make her pay $50. How has that policy worked for you in the past? Can you introduce me to some of your marks?



;-)

AxiomOfChoice
AxiomOfChoice Feb 05, 2014

I'm really looking forward to hearing about how the collection goes :)

djatc
djatc Feb 08, 2014

I haven't seen or heard from the Wizard so I'm guessing his mom scolded him about the dangers of gambling and chased him around with a frying pan, all the while not paying the debt. That's probably how it would work in my house.....

djatc
djatc Feb 08, 2014

I haven't seen or heard from the Wizard so I'm guessing his mom scolded him about the dangers of gambling and chased him around with a frying pan, all the while not paying the debt. That's probably how it would work in my house.....

DJTeddyBear
DJTeddyBear Sep 04, 2014

Like I mentioned in the above blog, I haven't been here in months. But I re-read this one and gotta ask, where's part two?



Quote: wizard

If Seattle wins, then stay tuned for part two as I try to collect my $60.





I don't even remember who won the game, but what happened with the bet?

Wizard
Posted by Wizard
Oct 01, 2013

Like me on Facebook

I just opened an account on Facebook. Two likes so far! You can be next by visiting https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wizard-of-Odds/569798273073532.

This solicitation approved by management.

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SOOPOO
SOOPOO Oct 01, 2013

I can't like you on Facebook. I'm not on Facebook. As a single guy I don't want to be explaining why I am friends with so and so...... The concept of Mr. Zuckerberg owning everything I would post is a tad unsettling. I do believe that sometime in the future either work or a medical association or something else will require me to join, but until then, I defer.....

Perdition
Perdition Oct 01, 2013

You can always just make a fake account with a fake name. I do that for all the vegas contests and things that build up to comps. I despise FB but not so much that I will pass up the tons of free stuff given out directly and indirectly from it.

djatc
djatc Oct 03, 2013

You owe me an autographed WoO printout of Blackjack Switch or Pai Gow :)

AcesAndEights
AcesAndEights Nov 02, 2013

Shack, you've got a competing Facebook page started by one of your fans, probably:



https://www.facebook.com/wizard3773



You should try to consolidate somehow? I went to like your official page and found I was already like this one too!

onenickelmiracle
onenickelmiracle Feb 20, 2014

Ha, I fell for the fake page long ago. Side note, looks like the guy who allegedly ripped off Dancer in Philly did too, Jeff Toll if it's the same guy.

Wizard
Posted by Wizard
Sep 22, 2013

Nelson's Landing

Yesterday I went to Nelson's Landing for the first time. It is a beach on the Nevada side of the Colorado River, about 20 miles south of Hoover Dam. It was a lot fun. There is a protected cove that was safe for swimming and the water was surprisingly warm, especially after being used to the 48-degree water upstream in the Grand Canyon. Further out there are lots of places to go safely cliff jumping. Sorry I didn't take any pictures, but I have a couple videos of me and my son jumping off one of the cliffs.

Wizard jump

Wizard jr. jump

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odiousgambit
odiousgambit Sep 22, 2013

I've done a bit of cliff jumping in my younger days. At one point the other guys were into jumping off such a high cliff that it really hurt to hit the water even slightly wrong. IIRC we estimated 40 feet?



In any case that was the last of it.



Aidan tucked his knees under him. I'm pretty sure that wasnt a good move, but I'm not sure.

odiousgambit
odiousgambit Sep 22, 2013

tucked his legs, I should have said

Wizard
Wizard Sep 22, 2013

He paid for tucking his legs. You can see he said "that was painful." I didn't record it, but there was a teenage girl who was taking forever to get up the nerve to jump. When she finally did she landed in a position like she was sitting straight legged on the floor. Her entire legs just smacked the water. It was painful to watch and it sounded like she was in tears when she emerged.

Buzzard
Buzzard Sep 22, 2013

Is it just me that thinks you need an Ocean to really have a beach ?

Wizard
Wizard Sep 23, 2013

We here in the landlocked-state of Nevada would disagree. So would the writers of Websters:



beach -- noun

1. an expanse of sand or pebbles along a shore.

2. the part of the shore of an ocean, sea, large river, lake, etc., washed by the tide or waves.

3. the area adjacent to a seashore: We're vacationing at the beach.

Buzzard
Buzzard Sep 23, 2013

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean ó neither more nor less.'



Webster evidently never went to Ocean City !

Wizard
Wizard Sep 24, 2013

Not sure I see your point. Definition 3 clearly includes ocean beaches, while definition 2 includes river beaches.

Buzzard
Buzzard Sep 24, 2013

There is no point Wiz. Just whenever I think of a beach, it is with an Ocean. Anything else is just at the edge of a body of water.



Was just curious if anyone else felt the same.



But replies to blogs are almost non-existent.



ENJOY your BEACH !

Ayecarumba
Ayecarumba Sep 24, 2013

Looks like fun! How deep is the water in the landing zone? Were there any submerged hazards? I know there are some popular spots in Lake Mead that folks jump from, but I wonder about what's under the water.

Wizard
Wizard Sep 27, 2013

All I know is that I never even touched the bottom after I jumped. From what little I've heard, it is a very safe place for jumping.

1BB
1BB Oct 02, 2013

Yes Buzz, for those of us who grew up on the ocean or spent summers there beach meant ocean only. A lake or river, with or without a sandy area to put your blanket, was simply called lake or river. If someone said to meet them at the beach you automatically headed to the ocean.

Wizard
Posted by Wizard
Aug 16, 2013

Grand Canyon rafting trip

In case anybody missed me, I just returned from a five-night trip on the upper Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. I plan to properly write all about it in my blog on my Odds site. However, until I do, I posted some pictures and brief commentary on my Math Problems site.



While in the Flagstaff area to start the trip I also visited Sedona for the first time and climbed Humphries Peak, the highest point in Arizona.

The rafting trip was outstanding. Although it was expensive, I thought it was worth every penny. Please have a look at my photos and I would be happy to answer any questions about them.

Meanwhile, it seems the behavior on the forum is slipping. Let me say for now that William Shatner is not an a**hole for refusing to sign autographs, at least in my opinion. Personally, I have to force mine on what few occasions a fan spots me. It is also not appropriate for admins to bust posts for being "clueless," and I'll take appropriate action about that, once I know all the facts.

Anyway, the cat is back, so behave yourselves.

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RogerKint
RogerKint Aug 16, 2013

Amazing photos wiz and thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the blog.

FleaStiff
FleaStiff Aug 16, 2013

I've heard Sedona is a very "new age crystals and pyramid" type place with increasing real estate values due to no room for expansion, not been there though.



Rafting: You are brave. I met one man with four surgeries on his knee for a rafting accident. And one woman who gripped her paddle loosely had the handle knock her two front teeth out! When the rafting guide says Death Grip on the Paddle they mean it.



Any casinos in Flagstaff? I wonder why hot Phoenix boomed but cooler places remained tranquil and less crowded?

Wizard
Wizard Aug 16, 2013

Quote: Flea

I've heard Sedona is a very "new age crystals and pyramid" type place with increasing real estate values due to no room for expansion, not been there though.





Not counting Slippery Rock park, I spent only about two hours in Sedona, so don't claim to be an expert. Yes, they have way more than their share of psychics and crystal shops. Lots of stores with Vortex in the name. My son kept asking what a vortex was, and I didn't know how to explain it, other than some nonsense about a hot-spot for some kind of energy only certain people can feel. Certainly I didn't. I asked one shop keeper who looked like Emmylou Harris about it, and she was obviously a believer, but I don't try to explain what she said. Just the usual rambling about feeling close to god only in Sedona.



Quote:

Rafting: You are brave. I met one man with four surgeries on his knee for a rafting accident. And one woman who gripped her paddle loosely had the handle knock her two front teeth out! When the rafting guide says Death Grip on the Paddle they mean it.





On our trip the guides did all the rowing, except in easy parts if a guest asked to, which I often did. Still, guests have been known to be ejected in rapids, or crashing their heads together above the boat, but still land in it. All I can say is we didn't have any incidents. I kept asking the leader about statistics about such things, but she threatened to "put me on silence" lest the river overhear me and I jinx the trip.



Quote:

Any casinos in Flagstaff? I wonder why hot Phoenix boomed but cooler places remained tranquil and less crowded?





I saw billboards for one "minutes from Flagstaff," but I never had time to investigate, especially with an 11-year-old with me. I've also learned that when it comes to Indian casinos way out in the sticks "minutes" can mean lots of them.

avargov
avargov Aug 16, 2013

New Twin Arrows Navajo casino at exit 219. About 250 miles east of Flagstaff. Nothing to write home about. Glad to have you back Mike.

avargov
avargov Aug 17, 2013

That's 25 miles, not 250.

djatc
djatc Aug 18, 2013

I'm holding you to the autograph. Please don't Shatner me :)

odiousgambit
odiousgambit Aug 18, 2013

Sounds like you had a great time, Michael



>Please don't Shatner me :)



Oh, we have a new verb!

Wizard
Wizard Aug 18, 2013

Quote:

Please don't Shatner me





Don't worry. Once in a while I'll be playing blackjack or pai gow and see another player use a printout from my site. I have to ask them to let me sign it.

EvenBob
EvenBob Aug 18, 2013

Aiden is your sons name? Was your wife a Sex in the City

fan? Only place I ever heard that name, he was in it for

2 seasons.