Appearing on B in the Know Vlog

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What is B in the Know?

I met Bennie Mancino something like ten years ago, in Mesquite, where we worked together for a very short time. In the month that we worked together, we became fast friends. A big reason, I think, is because we had similar philosophies on the casino business, along with the man we call Mark (who hopefully you know from The Blackjack Insiders). This modern, mathematical approach to the casino business bound the three of us together, because we were surrounded by people, colleagues and leaders, who did not share this modern approach. Bennie was there with us when our card counting operation was starting to gain serious traction. He was one of the few people who knew what we were up to, and liked talking about advantage play philosophy with us.

After our short stint together in Mesquite, Bennie and I stayed good friends. Mark and I kept him updated on our exploits, which we didn’t do for many people. Bennie was in our inner circle. When we were ready to disband our card counting escapade, Bennie offered us jobs in Vegas. I accepted. For personal reasons, I needed to move to Vegas anyway. I relished the chance to work for Bennie, instead of taking a chance on the unknown. Bennie got me my first casino job in Las Vegas, helping start the snowball that rolled into what I do, and who I am now.

Bennie has since moved onward and upward in the casino business, now Vice President of Table Games for Hard Rock Cincinnati. He’s a big voice in the casino world. When he talks, people listen. Now, he’s doing a casino related vlog called B in the Know. I’m honored to be the guest on the second episode. Of course, we talk about my book. We also touch on the current situation with casinos closing and reopening, and how that might go. We talk about a subject that is important to me, and I love what Bennie calls it: psychological advantage play.

I recommend subscribing to Bennie’s channel and keeping up with his content. He’s a smart casino mind, and a great guy.

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Appearing on The Blackjack Apprenticeship Podcast

What is Blackjack Apprenticeship?

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Recently, I appeared on The Blackjack Apprenticeship Podcast, with Colin Jones. If you’re not familiar with BJA, it is the premiere training program and community for card counters. The program offers training material, boot camps, a member forum, and other content that provide the ideal platform to learn card counting. Anytime I get an email from someone asking how to learn, or if I’ll train them, I recommend The Blackjack Apprenticeship. I wish I had known about this program when I was learning to count. Colin is a successful player and team runner in his own right. I can’t say enough about the program he’s put together.

My Appearance

At the time of this writing, episode 39 of the BJA Podcast is the latest one. Colin and I talk about the big, ugly elephant in the room. Of course I’m talking about the current global pandemic and how it affects the casino business now, and how it could affect the business in the future, and how that might relate to advantage players. We also dive deeper into some content from my website. Some articles and some episodes of The Drop Box Podcast triggered some questions from Colin and his member community.

Past Appearance

While you’re checking out the BJA podcast, after you listen to episode 39, scroll down to episode 32. That is my first appearance on the BJA Podcast. It was shortly after my book, The Blackjack Insiders came out. It’s a deep dive into the book, with some questions from Colin and his audience.

Without further ado, click here to listen to the podcast. Again, look for episode 39 for the newest one, and 32 for the earlier one.

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To me, Gambling With An Edge is the greatest resource available to current and future advantage players. It’s a collection of some of the greatest minds from all different forms of advantage play. There’s decades, centuries even, of experience and insight all collected on one website, for free!

I’ve been lucky for the chance to work with this group. GWAE hosted my blog “Behind the Curtain”, which is currently on hiatus. With it, I tried to communicate my Inside perspective on everyday events and happenings in the casino. It’s an attempt to bridge the gap between casinos and players, between dated and modern. In the comment threads, you’ll see that it’s a tall task. There’s strong perceptions out there that can be difficult to overcome. Hopefully my work continues to chip away at that perception.


The podcast episode I’m posting was a blast to be a part of. I was asked to come on as a guest, along with the man himself, Anthony Curtis. For those that don’t know, Anthony is the lead publisher of Huntington Press, and the founder of the Las Vegas Advisor. Anthony and I, along with hosts Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin, dive into my book, The Blackjack Insiders. Of course, we got side tracked, getting into some fun stories from our time at the tables. Maybe most importantly, we weighed in on the status of advantage play in today’s casino climate. (For more of my thoughts on today’s casino climate, check out my other posts here.)

It was a great chance to chat with three of the biggest names in the gambling world. Promoting my book was a bonus.

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