Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Gaming the Game on The Lion Roars throughout April 2011

Each Thursday night in April at 7:00pm, Philadelphia-area Comcast subscribers will be able to watch a 30-minute interview conducted by Dr. Moylan C. Mills, Professor Emeritus of Integrative Arts at Penn State.  The segment largely focuses on Gaming the Game, with a few comments about my work more generally, including Black Brothers, Inc.  The program, The Lion Roars, airs on Comcast Cable Channel 190.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Next Gaming the Game talks/signings

There will be several of these engagements in the coming weeks, spread throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.  These events have been entertaining thus far, and I very much enjoy the Q & A session and hearing the thoughts of others regarding the big-time sports betting world and, especially, about various aspects of the NBA betting scandal.

Particulars for the next two Gaming the Game events are as follows (books will be available for sale/signing, of course):

Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 7 - 9p at SmokeEaters Pub, 7681 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19136 (Frankford and Sheffield), (215) 338-4188.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 7 - 9p at Liberties Restaurant and Bar, 705 N 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123 (2nd and Fairmount), (215) 238-0660.

Gaming the Game event on March 28, 2011

There are numerous things in the works regarding Gaming the Game (book events, signings, press coverage, etc.).  I still need to post some media coverage from the past few weeks when I get the time (I am in the teeth of an academic semester right now).  Until then, interested parties may wish to know that I'll be appearing at the Chester County Book & Music Company on Monday, March 28th at 4pm, where I'll sign books and entertain questions.  CCBMC has requested that attendees RSVP.
I will also be there earlier taping an interview for broadcast on Brandywine Radio.  The segment, which will be hosted by local author (among other endeavors/titles) Bruce Mowday, is set for broadcast at 5pm on Friday, April 22, 2011.
Here is a related story in the Delaware County Daily Times.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Profile in Philadelphia Magazine

In the context of the recently-released Gaming the Game, there is a brief profile of me in the April 2011 issue of Philadelphia Magazine.  [Note: If  you read the piece, please know that the establishment being referenced was formerly a nondescript chain restaurant back when I held court with interview subjects.]

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kaboni Savage update on Mob Scene

Beyond Black Brothers, Inc., I have discussed drug kingpin and murder suspect Kaboni Savage a few times on this blog (see here, here, and here).  The Philadelphia Inquirer's George Anastasia recently offered this update on Savage in a "Mob Scene" vid clip Savage:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Latest Gaming the Game press

Quick update over on NBA Scandal.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Gaming the Game/Mob Scene/Angelo Lutz

In Gaming the Game, I include a funny - though important - quote from then-imprisoned Philadelphia mob associate Angelo "Fat Ange" Lutz, who was serving an 8-year federal sentence for gambling and extortion.  Lutz.  Lutz, who was incredulous at the manner in which authorities handled the 2006 case against (pro gambler Jimmy Battista's associate/partner) white-collar bookmaker/bettor Joseph "Joe Vito" Mastronardo, is discussed in this "Mob Scene with George Anastasia" vid clip:

Gaming the Game/Mob Scene/Joey Merlino

Related to my earlier post re: John Stanfa, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino's activities in the early 90's also influenced suburban, white-collar gamblers like Jimmy Battista:

Gaming the Game/Mob Scene/John Stanfa

For obvious reasons, most of my posts regarding my recently-released book, Gaming the Game: The Story Behind the NBA Betting Scandal and the Gambler Who Made It Happen (Barricade, 2011), appear on the NBA Scandal blog.  The book, however, entails some forty years of history, including discussions about a number of related topics [e.g., corruption, gambling, organized crime, money laundering, etc.].  Thus, many of the vid clips on's Mob Scene with George Anastasia are directly related to several things discussed in Gaming the Game.  In this regard, I have already posted about Joseph "Joe Vito" Mastronardo.

GTG readers will note attention is paid to John Stanfa (whose early 90's battle for power in Philly's underworld played a significant role in compelling white-collar pro gambler Jimmy Battista's career move to Las Vegas).  Here is Mob Scene on Stanfa:

Gaming the Game on Facebook

For interested parties, Gaming the Game now has its own Facebook page.