Don's Domain Chat: Kevin Blackwood
Don's Domain Chat
Michael Shackleford
Michael Shackleford, The Wizard of Odds

August 29, 2004

Sun Aug 29
20:13:35 2004:
Viktor Login:

Sun Aug 29 20:13:56
2004:
[email protected]
Login:

Sun Aug 29
20:14:09 2004:
[email protected] Hi
Viktor

Sun Aug 29
20:14:29 2004:
Viktor Hey Wizard. I understand you're
doing this and then blowing town.

Sun Aug 29 20:14:52
2004:
[email protected] Yes, I'm heading off to
Curacao on the red-eye.

Sun Aug 29 20:19:23
2004:
[email protected] I've been working hard on
Five Aces video poker. Have you seen that covered
anywhere?

Sun Aug 29 20:20:15 2004:
Viktor Nope. I've
seen a few posts on VPFree about it, but that's all. How are the
returns looking?

Sun
Aug 29 20:20:29 2004:
Cardkountr
Login:

Sun Aug 29
20:20:40 2004:
Cardkountr Hi Guys

Sun Aug 29 20:20:41
2004:
Viktor Hey Card, how are you
tonight?

Sun Aug 29
20:20:57 2004:
[email protected] I've only done
two tables so far but my program will do seven more while I'm in
Curacao. Here is what I've got so far...

Sun Aug 29 20:21:08
2004:
Cardkountr Tired Viktor.......just got back home
from a weekend trip

Sun Aug 29 20:21:09 2004:
Viktor
Cardkountr, So I hear you're quite the master of disguise.


Sun Aug 29
20:21:29 2004:
[email protected] Five aces link:
http://wizardofodds.com/games/videop...five-aces.html

Sun Aug 29 20:21:32
2004:
Cardkountr hehehe i just read hollywoods
post

Sun Aug 29
20:21:41 2004:
Radar Login:

Sun Aug 29 20:21:48
2004:
Viktor Hey Radar.

Sun Aug 29 20:22:17
2004:
Radar Howdy, thought I would stop
in.

Sun Aug 29
20:22:19 2004:
Cardkountr guess a dress can do wonders
for a guy.......next time i should shave my beard though
lol

Sun Aug 29
20:22:29 2004:
Cardkountr Hi Radar

Sun Aug 29 20:22:30
2004:
[email protected] Hello
newcomers.

Sun Aug 29
20:22:38 2004:
Sun_Runner Login:

Sun Aug 29 20:22:47
2004:
Radar Hi all

Sun Aug 29 20:22:49 2004:
Cardkountr Hi
Mike

Sun Aug 29
20:23:01 2004:
[email protected] Hello. Thanks
for coming all.

Sun
Aug 29 20:23:03 2004:
Viktor [email protected],
Five Aces looks pretty crappy so far.

Sun Aug 29 20:23:07
2004:
Viktor hey Sun!

Sun Aug 29 20:23:14 2004:
Cardkountr Hi
Sun

Sun Aug 29 20:23:26 2004:
Sun_Runner Hi
fellas.

Sun Aug 29 20:24:00 2004:
Zenfighter
Login:

Sun Aug 29 20:24:05 2004:
Viktor Hey
Zen!

Sun Aug 29 20:24:11 2004:
Cardkountr Hi
Zen

Sun Aug 29 20:25:13 2004:
Cardkountr
Viktor, I guess Bettie told you I bought the entire set of BJ
Forums?......you were buried in your computer work.

Sun Aug 29
20:25:22 2004:
Viktor Wizard: Bonus hustling aside,
where are the better blackjack games online? Anything honest and
positive off the top?

Sun Aug 29 20:25:40 2004:
Zenfighter Good
night everybody here. I didn't want to miss the chat tonight.
Probably my last one until November/December, I
guess.

Sun Aug 29
20:26:08 2004:
[email protected]odds.com Boss Media has a
positive BJ game off the top. Problem is few casinos offer it and
low max bets.

Sun Aug
29 20:26:11 2004:
Cardkountr kinda late for you isn't it
Zen?

Sun Aug 29
20:26:30 2004:
Viktor Do you consider the Boss Media
casinos to be honest?

Sun Aug 29 20:26:43
2004:
[email protected] Yes,
definitely.

Sun Aug
29 20:27:15 2004:
Sun_Runner how do you know if you are
playing say a 'Boss Media' casino?

Sun Aug 29 20:27:33 2004:
Viktor I've found
a few full-pay VP machines online as well, but am still too skeptical
to play them.

Sun Aug
29 20:27:53 2004:
[email protected] At Boss Media
casinos you choose an identity and you can see yourself at the table.
No others have that as far as I know.

Sun Aug 29 20:28:03
2004:
Zenfighter I'm not working lately, so not a
problem at all.

Sun
Aug 29 20:28:29 2004:
Sun_Runner so the online casino
does not 'advertise' the software used?

Sun Aug 29 20:28:35
2004:
Cardkountr have any trouble getting paid when you
win?

Sun Aug 29
20:29:02 2004:
[email protected] No, they usually
advertise it, especially if it is one of the better and more
expensive brands.

Sun
Aug 29 20:29:38 2004:
Sun_Runner ok; thanks. what other
besides Boss do feel is honest software?

Sun Aug 29 20:30:17
2004:
[email protected] RTG, Playtech, Crypto,
Microgaming, Odds On.

Sun Aug 29 20:30:43
2004:
Viktor Card, Congratulations. You even got a copy
of the rare "index" issue covering 81-93.

Sun Aug 29
20:31:04 2004:
Cardkountr cool Viktor

Sun Aug 29
20:31:47 2004:
Viktor Wizard, Do you have preferred
"middle man" for moving money, i.e. FirePay or
NetTeller?

Sun Aug 29
20:32:13 2004:
[email protected] I like
Neteller.

Sun Aug 29
20:32:41 2004:
Cardkountr Viktor, They'll make a nice
addition to my library, i can't wait to get
them

Sun Aug 29
20:32:45 2004:
Sun_Runner Wizard - did you just describe
software or casino above?

Sun Aug 29 20:32:56 2004:
[email protected]
Software.

Sun Aug 29
20:33:14 2004:
Sun_Runner any particular casino you feel
honest - or is that on your site?

Sun Aug 29 20:33:39
2004:
[email protected] I think all the top brands
are okay. Anything on my site I feel is fair.

Sun Aug 29 20:34:01
2004:
Sun_Runner VN - is this guy reliable?


Sun Aug 29
20:35:04 2004:
Viktor There is absolutely no one more
reliable. Except maybe Don, but he's not here, so we'll make him
second.

Sun Aug 29
20:35:49 2004:
Viktor Wizard, What do you think of the
spread of 6:5 blackjack payoffs? Any thoughts of how to combat
it?

Sun Aug 29
20:36:25 2004:
Cardkountr Mike, when you mentioned
Crypto....is that a different company than
cryptologic?

Sun Aug
29 20:36:28 2004:
[email protected] I hate those
games but what can you do?

Sun Aug 29 20:36:47
2004:
[email protected]m Crypto is short for
Cryptologic.

Sun Aug
29 20:37:24 2004:
Cardkountr have you read the articles
on "gambling magazine" about them?? they claim they are the biggest
crooks on the planet

Sun Aug 29 20:37:26
2004:
Viktor We can fight the power! Viva La
Revolution!

Sun Aug 29 20:38:17
2004:
[email protected] No I didn't read it. As
long as they disclose the rules, which they do, I can't fault the
casinos for offering them.

Sun Aug 29 20:39:38
2004:
Viktor Wizard, What are some of the casinos that
offer positive blackjack?

Sun Aug 29 20:39:45
2004:
Sun_Runner me neither - but opinions do differ
around here.

Sun Aug 29 20:40:01
2004:
[email protected] Do you mean on the
Internet?

Sun Aug 29
20:40:17 2004:
Sun_Runner here and at
bj21.

Sun Aug 29
20:41:41 2004:
Cardkountr Sun, check out
www.gamblingmagazine.com

Sun Aug 29 20:41:44
2004:
[email protected] I'm afraid I don't have a
list off the top of my head.

Sun Aug 29 20:42:25 2004:
Sun_Runner Card -
I will; thanks. Might soften my opinions!!

Sun Aug 29 20:43:14
2004:
Sun_Runner As you know - I see most anything
involving money through a pretty 'capitalistic'
eye.

Sun Aug 29
20:43:20 2004:
Cardkountr they have a very critical
review of cryptologic......names them as the crooks of the
year

Sun Aug 29
20:44:50 2004:
Cardkountr personally, i have never
gambled online and won't until they're legalized and legislated to
assure payment and fairness.

Sun Aug 29 20:44:53 2004:
Zenfighter Card,
will be in AC September 17/20. Will be glad to meet you. What do you
think?

Sun Aug 29
20:45:28 2004:
Cardkountr possible, i'm in the
neighborhood quite often

Sun Aug 29 20:45:31 2004:
Viktor Wizard,
Aside from your site, what are a couple of a good resources for
getting into online play?

Sun Aug 29 20:45:54
2004:
[email protected] I browsed that site. All
I can say is Cryptologic casinos and Cryptologic itself have always
done right by me.

Sun
Aug 29 20:46:04 2004:
Cardkountr Zen, are you playing in
the WPT......the sattelite is that week at the
Taj

Sun Aug 29
20:46:46 2004:
Sun_Runner re: Crypto .. what do you mean
right by you.

Sun Aug
29 20:46:48 2004:
[email protected]
Casinomeister.com is an outstanding Internet casino watchdog site.
The book BeatWebCasinos.com is a bit dated but also
good.

Sun Aug 29
20:46:58 2004:
Zenfighter Explain me first what does
this acronym means

Sun Aug 29 20:47:18
2004:
[email protected] I've done some consulting
for Cyrptologic.

Sun
Aug 29 20:47:22 2004:
Cardkountr WPT, is the world poker
tourneyment

Sun Aug 29 20:48:11 2004:
Cardkountr Zen,
they are holding the sattelite that week and the next for a seat in
the pro poker tourny at the Taj

Sun Aug 29 20:50:28
2004:
Cardkountr Zen, have you been to AC
before?

Sun Aug 29 20:51:12 2004:
Viktor Michael is
getting ready to fly out soon, so I don't want to hold him any longer
than we have to. Does anyone have any more questions for the Great
Wizard?

Sun Aug 29
20:51:27 2004:
Zenfighter Maybe I'm going to have a look
only, I used to play backgammon before, poker is not for
me.

Sun Aug 29 20:51:49 2004:
Cardkountr i'm
being forced to consider playing poker

Sun Aug 29 20:52:43
2004:
Cardkountr when you get to ac in sept, i can steer
you to the best games so you don't waste your time
scouting

Sun Aug 29 20:52:54 2004:
Viktor Sun, any
last questions for the Wizard?

Sun Aug 29 20:53:16 2004:
Sun_Runner yes
one

Sun Aug 29
20:53:39 2004:
Sun_Runner did writing the 'review' for
GTB cause you more pain than gain?

Sun Aug 29 20:54:23 2004:
Zenfighter Thanks
a lot Card, you have my public e-mail at the Waterkooler anyway. Try
to contact me this way. It will be my first visit
there.

Sun Aug 29
20:54:35 2004:
[email protected] Yes! I had no
gain at all, just pain.

Sun Aug 29 20:55:24 2004:
Sun_Runner Do you
feel you are mis-represented in the schools?

Sun Aug 29 20:55:26
2004:
Cardkountr I got the impression that they took
advantage of your kindness.

Sun Aug 29 20:55:42 2004:
Viktor Wow, talk
about an honest and frank reply.

Sun Aug 29 20:56:44
2004:
[email protected] I still stand by my review
but I won't be doing any more for a long time.

Sun Aug 29 20:57:35
2004:
Sun_Runner So they showed you something ..
worthwhile?

Sun Aug
29 20:57:36 2004:
[email protected] I'm not sure
what they are saying in the GTB schools.

Sun Aug 29 20:57:39
2004:
Radar Wiz, could your consultations with
Cyrptologic be shading your view of them?

Sun Aug 29 20:58:45
2004:
Radar Logout:

Sun Aug 29 20:58:46
2004:
[email protected] I saw GTB and the tests
done on it. If someone were looking for an easy count system, with
lessons, and price were not a big factor then GTB is probably
okay.

Sun Aug 29
21:00:15 2004:
[email protected] About Crypto: I
fully disclose the relationship. I don't know them that well but
from what little business I have done it has gone
well.

Sun Aug 29
21:00:47 2004:
Zenfighter Wizard, you're mainly a
math-professor and not a Pro player. Is this
correct?

Sun Aug 29
21:01:05 2004:
Cardkountr Maybe Crypto is under
different management now than they were in the past when they had
trouble

Sun Aug 29
21:01:30 2004:
[email protected] I'm not currently
teaching. I spend most of my time on the site and designing new
games. I do gamble but it isn't a major part of my time or
income.

Sun Aug 29
21:01:55 2004:
[email protected] I've only dealt
with them very recently.

Sun Aug 29 21:03:20 2004:
Sun_Runner Card -
is the gambling mag you refer to reliable? I'm newish and am not
familiar with it.

Sun
Aug 29 21:03:25 2004:
Jake Login:

Sun Aug 29 21:03:56
2004:
Cardkountr Yes Sun, it contains a lot of very good
and valuable info.....especially their legal
pages

Sun Aug 29
21:04:01 2004:
Zenfighter Very interesting and creative
work, I guess. Better than gambling for a living,
sure.

Sun Aug 29
21:04:01 2004:
Viktor Hey Jake.

Sun Aug 29 21:04:07 2004:
Jake
hi

Sun Aug 29
21:04:14 2004:
Cardkountr Hi Jake

Sun Aug 29 21:04:25
2004:
Viktor Jake, any questions for the Wizard before
we let him fly out of here, literally?

Sun Aug 29 21:04:45
2004:
Zenfighter Hola Jake!

Sun Aug 29 21:04:48 2004:
Jake
no, just checking in to see what's new and
wonderful.

Sun Aug 29
21:05:02 2004:
Jake Hola

Sun Aug 29 21:05:37
2004:
Viktor Michael, thank you very much for taking the
time to stop in and answer our questions.

Sun Aug 29 21:05:38 2004:
Jake
hope i did not miss too much by being late

Sun Aug 29 21:05:44
2004:
Sun_Runner Wizard - thanks for coming .. VN,
thanks for getting it together.

Sun Aug 29 21:05:49
2004:
[email protected] You're welcome. My
pleasure.

Sun Aug 29
21:05:59 2004:
Cardkountr Thanks Michael........have a
good flight!

Sun Aug
29 21:06:49 2004:
[email protected] Thanks. Good
night.

Sun Aug 29 21:06:51
2004:
[email protected] Logout:

Sun Aug 29 21:23:59
2004:
Viktor I have to run and start getting ready for
the work week. Everyone have a great Sunday night, and/or Monday
morning as the case may be.

Sun Aug 29 21:24:11
2004:
Cardkountr Seeya Viktor

Sun Aug 29 21:24:22
2004:
Sun_Runner Thanks VN

Sun Aug 29 21:25:01
2004:
Viktor Thanks for coming everyone. In two weeks
we'll have Lance Humble, and it'll be your chance to influence what
will be in the next edition of TWGBB.

Sun Aug 29 21:28:21
2004:
Viktor Logout: