Dialing Up the Top Radio Shows About Gambling

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Where do you get your gambling advice? Depending on how much and what you play, it could be from several places, but a surprisingly good source is the radio. I think it’s a safe bet that this town has more gambling-related radio shows than any other city in the world. But do you know where to find them all?

First, a distinction must be made between “sports-talk” and “gambling” radio. Sports-talk rules the airwaves, and where there’s sports, there’s gambling discussion. But sporadic references to the point spread don’t qualify for this list. Also not considered are the ridiculous infomercial-style tout programs that run early weekend mornings during football season. Steer clear of these bozos.

Taking all that into consideration, there are nine radio shows devoted to gambling, six focused solely on sports betting. All (except where specified) air Monday-Friday.

Two sports-betting shows—both on ESPN Radio 1100-AM—fall right on the cusp of qualifying. Gridlock (11 a.m.) and Cofield & Company (3 p.m.) are basically sports-talk format, but gambling is a part of every show, often with credible experts appearing as guests. The hosts are engaging and fun, but the gambling is really limited to a few guys’ opinions on sports they follow and personally bet.

The pure sports-wagering shows are First Preview (10 a.m.) and the Las Vegas Sportsline (2 p.m.) on 1100-AM; Sportsbook Radio (11 a.m.) on 920-AM; and the EOG Sports Hour (10 p.m.) on 1230-AM. These shows quote the lines, reference line movement and how it’s affected by injuries and other information, and generally bring an informed sports-betting perspective to the conversation. I’m kind of partial to Matt Youmans’ Las Vegas Sportsline, but they’re all solid. (Filling the void for horse-race bettors is Vegas Track Talk, which airs at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays on 1230-AM.)

My picks for the shows with the best gambling information are The Mark Hoke Show and Gambling With an Edge. Both air on 1230-AM one night a week (Hoke at 3 p.m. Wednesdays; Edge at 7 p.m. Thursdays).

The Hoke show is mostly poker, with Mark Hoke and Nate Downland well versed in the game, plus a secret weapon in third host Joe Pane, who’s been successful in many gambling endeavors for years. Trust him.

The gold standard is Gambling With an Edge, hosted by two true pros: Bob Dancer and Richard Munchkin. Full disclosure: I publish them both, but that’s why I can vouch for their talent. Dancer is the world’s foremost video poker expert, and Munchkin has been involved in gambling on the highest levels for decades. Throw in first-rate guests, and you’re bound to learn something listening to this show.

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.

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