This is the transcript, chapter 1 of 5 – Winning IS Better By NOT Being a Gambler, from the PaceMakesTheRace Podcast: Actually Brilliant Ideas that You Need to Know from Mark David
Dave Schwartz Interviews Mark David. Today’s topic is an interesting one and so is the guest, winning is better by not being a gambler. “This was a very enjoyable podcast. Mark turned out to be as articulate a speaker as he is a writer. The bar for podcasts has just been raised.” – Dave S.
Dave: Hi, I’m Dave Schwartz. Welcome to my Pace Makes the Race podcast. Today’s topic is an interesting one and so is the guest, winning as a better by not being a gambler.
My guest today is Mark David and I have a hunch that is a pseudonym.
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Mark David, first of all tell me is that really your name? I see you on Facebook but I have a hunch that is not your real name.
Mark: It is my real name but it is my first two names, Mark, David is my middle name. When I started on Facebook I used my whole name without the middle name, so Mark Deutsch, which you can see on my blog.
When you click on it does not have Mark David on it as far as I know. When I was first on Facebook I would play around with names and change it every now and then.
One day I changed my name to Mark David instead of Mark Deutsch I did that for a specific blog I was writing. I wrote a story about Ron Jeremy. Did you know that Ron Jeremy is his first name and middle name but not his last name?
Dave: I did not know that.
Mark: The reason he did that was because he had a very religious Jewish father who did not want his name on pornos, which did not play at the synagogue very well. He was approached to be a pornstar by someone who saw what he had to offer.
They asked him his name and he said Ron Jeremy and that is how he went with his name. I always wanted to be Ron Jeremy, most of us do when he was younger and my blog was about that.
Now that I am fifty I am like Ron Jeremy, I have the big belly and the unattractive look but I never got to enjoy the thirty years of getting what he got for being Ron Jeremy.
I changed my name for that to Mark David and Facebook would not let me change it back, that’s why I never changed it back.
Dave: One of the questions I like to ask everyone who comes on the show, are you a winning player?
Mark: I am mostly a winning player, and overall I am a winning player. But for the longest time I was not and there are reasons for that.
I’m a winning player when I stick to my plan, simple as that. But if I get lazy or make stupid plays I know I shouldn’t or just don’t do my homework I am not a winning player, I will lose, simple as that.
Dave: One of the questions I actually don’t ask is why should people listen to you?
Mark: I like to think I know what I am talking about, I have experience as a horse trainer which most handicappers do not, I do a lot of data work that I do not show people, like you show people you do it.
I do not show people I do that and I have a lot of experience as well. I watch a lot of replays and I know what I am looking for. I have a mix of variables that almost no one else can bring to the table and I think you would agree that I can explain it fairly intelligently and clearly to them if they want to listen to that.
Dave: I have to agree with you, I have seen your posts and it’s funny, Mark and I were talking before the podcast and it seems he and I are on the same page a lot. One of the differences is that I am completely statistically based, systematic if you will, and Mark is a little different from that in the sense that I refer to guys like Mark as real handicappers.
You actually look at what is on the page or pages and you trust your, I won’t call it intuition because it’s not, your logic. Does that make sense?
Mark: I trust my skill set that what I am doing matters, part of that is that I understand horses, I do not know if that is the way to put it. I trust that if I do the things I know I do well I will always win, always.
Dave: You mean in the long run or the relatively medium run?
Mark: You can never beat a race but you can beat the races, which is the way I look at it. That is not necessarily the way they tell you it goes but any horse can.
I said, to another friend the other night, this horse cannot lose this race unless a goose flies out of the infield and knocks it down. That is the only way the horse can lose the race. A goose can fly out of the infield and knock him down and he can have a heart attack in the middle of the race. There is always that possibility that one in a million of those is going to do that.
You cannot beat a race by a 100% standard but you can beat the races if you are consistently playing a certain way which is what you talk about as well. It is a volume of good plays game, which is what it is to me.
Dave: Tell the audience a little about your background.
Mark: In horses?
Dave: I do not know. Are you trained as an engineer?
Mark: I went to college to be a professional sports coach, which is something I have always been good at and interested in. I achieved getting that certification and all the knowledge I needed to do that in addition to my practical experience playing for years.
I did not end up going that route but I took that skill and became more of a manager in companies and a coach of companies instead of sports. I did that for twenty, twenty five years until I got tired of it and did not need the money anymore.
Then I went back to my passion of being the best handicapper I could be because I always wanted to figure that out.
Dave: In terms of your background what is the one or maybe two things you learned that you think have benefited you the most as a horse player?
Mark: That is that life is exactly like playing the horses so whatever you learn in life it applies to playing the horses. People will say it is horses I do not understand it. You can learn to figure out things about horses, which is there if you want to do that.
Of course for eating, living or anything, those are the things that are the backbone of my success or failure in horses or in life.
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