About

Jim Wagner, Gambling Riot AuthorThis is the about page for Gambling Riot, but it’s mostly about me, the main author and editor, Jim Wagner. I’m a writer and gambler. My favorite posts on this site have been about subjects like how to avoid online casino ripoffs, “unbeatable” roulette systems, and gambling at online casinos. I’m also a guitarist and a movie buff.

I’m not at all famous, and if you’ve never heard of me, you’re not alone. I prefer it that way, really.

Here’s a list of things I’ve accomplished in my life:

  • I (finally) learned how to play the guitar. I’m not good at it, but I can strum a few songs around the campfire when needed.
  • I’ve written and edited all the content on this website.
  • I’ve lost over 100 pounds, mostly through diet. (I still don’t get enough exercise.)
  • I quit drinking alcohol 10 years. I don’t even smoke marijuana.
  • I earned a bachelor’s degree from TWU in the late 1980s.

My Experience as a Gambler

I visited my first casino in 1996, and I’ve loved casino gambling ever since. I learned to play poker as a young man, playing with my mom and my buddies, but I didn’t take it seriously until 2004. I’ve won multiple online poker tournaments. My best friend says I still don’t have a strong enough understanding of how important position is in poker, but I think I’m getting the hang of it.

I’ve read dozens (if not 100+) books about every aspect of gambling. I’m especially interested in odds and probability in blackjack. In fact, I’m interested in all aspects of probability math. I should probably write about that more specifically here on the site, so I’ll make a note of that.

I am not a professional blackjack card counter, although I do know how to count cards and have done so in multiple casinos without getting caught.

Where I Live and Stuff

I’m originally from Paris, Texas, but I live in Plano, Texas now. I spent some time in Denton, Texas when I was younger, and I lived in North Dallas when I was in my 20s. My favorite places to hang out in Dallas include Adairs Saloon in Deep Ellum and Love and War in Texas here in Plano.

When I gamble these days, I tend to fly to Las Vegas for it, although I also often visit the Winstar Casino in Oklahoma. I hate the fees they charge to play the table games there, though.

I also worked in the travel industry for a while, and I was a schoolteacher for a brief period of time when I was much younger.

What Else Do You Want to Know about Me?

If you want to know anything else about me, leave a note in the comments regarding the information you need, and I’ll answer you in the comments.

I might also update this about page to include that information.