Spike TV’s “Bar Rescue” Needed a Gambling Expert – Guess I Didn’t Fit the Mold

Several months ago, I received a call from a casting agent from the TV show “Bar Rescue” on Spike TV. He explained that they were looking for a gambling expert for the upcoming season. Never having watched the show, I had no idea what this entailed. He explained that “Bar Rescue” was a reality  based show where the host traveled across the country revitalizing bars that were destined for financial ruin. The host, Jon Taffer, assembled a team of experts to help him with the process. For the upcoming season, they were looking to start adding casino/bars to their list. That’s where I would come in, as a gambling expert.

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There were several concerns I had right off the bat. First, I had to find out what this show was all about. When I hear the words “reality show” my first thoughts are of attention starved lunatics willing to ruin their reputations for their 15 minutes of fame. Not to take the moral high ground, but at this point in my life I wasn’t looking to be on a show that wanted me to get fall down drunk and act like an idiot. I did that enough in college. Luckily, there were no cameras to catch it.

That night I sat down to watch a couple of episodes. Episode one quickly eased my fears of being on a sleazy show. Jon’s authoritative “in your face” style brought me back to my days of playing and coaching basketball. His intense, no nonsense approach brought a smile to my face. I CAN DO THAT!

I really felt that it was a high quality show that, at the end of the day, was helping people. Here were business owners drowning in debt being given a second chance. After a few more episodes, I quickly realized several of these people didn’t deserve a second chance, but at least it was trying to contribute something to society rather than pure entertainment.

My other big concern was they wanted me to help the casino/bar. My entire gambling and writing career has been based on taking money from casinos, not helping them MAKE money. I would be switching teams. I wasn’t very excited about that. I had refused many financial offers in the past by casinos for advertisements etc., but this was a bit different. I didn’t make the decision lightly, but I rationalized I probably wouldn’t get it anyway, so I decided what the hell.

I was right. I guess they weren’t real excited about having me on THEIR team because I didn’t get the gig. I guess reality stardom is not in my future. Oh well, I’ll just continue my mission of educating gamblers on how to take money from casinos.

I must say that I’m not a big reality TV fan, but Bar Rescue is an excellent show and Mr. Taffer does a great job. I could be wrong, but I think his heart is in the right place and he really wants to help the people he tries to save. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like you’ll be seeing me standing next to him yelling at bar owners any time soon.

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at www.GREGELDERAUTHOR.com I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

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