Scoblete grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He went to Our Lady of Angels Elementary
School in Bay Ridge and to St. John?s Prep High School in Williamsburg,
Brooklyn on a full athletic scholarship. He graduated high school in 1965.
He attended college on a scholarship as well ? ?this time for brains.?
In college, Frank boxed (?I was knocked out in my last fight?) and
wrote for the school paper. Frank has three masters degrees.
From 1969, the year he graduated college, until 1974, Frank worked as a feature
writer, then editor, then managing editor, and finally publisher of Island Magazine,
a news magazine on Long Island.
He was the first writer in America to investigate the phenomena of teenagers hanging
out in shopping malls, an investigative piece that gained him national attention.
During this time, Frank was a frequent free-lance reviewer of books and restaurants
for a number New York newspapers and was a frequent guest on radio and television.
He also had his own radio program Frank Scoblete Live!
In 1975, Frank decided to try his hand at acting (?I?ve always been
a ham!?). In 1979, Frank co-founded The Other Vic Theatre Company, a professional
touring troupe that played dinner theatres, resorts, and charities. From 1979
until he sold his share of the company in 1989, Frank produced, directed and acted
in over 50 plays.
In 1986, Frank was researching the lead role for the hit play, The Only Game in
Town ? the story of a down-and-out gambler in Las Vegas. His co-star was
Alene Paone. They went to Atlantic City to research their roles. ?I was
hooked. I began to realize that I enjoyed the casinos even more than I enjoyed
working in the theatre.? Alene and Frank toured in the play for four months,
fell in love, and married.
In 1989, Frank sold his share of the theatre company and began his career as a
gaming writer with articles and short stories for Win Magazine. He had spent four
years (1986 to 1990) researching, analyzing, and when he could, playing the games.
From 1990 to 1992, Frank ?basically lived in the casinos? spending
over 200 days in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City ?gathering material and
living the life.?
With the phenomenal success of his first book, Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos
in 1991 (which has subsequently become the best-selling craps book of all time),
Frank began a successful climb to the top of the gaming mountain. He is now the
most well known, respected and sought-after gaming writer in the US.
Frank has also served as a consultant to IGT, J.Berwin and eGaming Review in England,
CNN, the Discovery Channel, ABC, Walter Cronkite, TBS, Silicon Gaming, and The
Travel Channel. He has appeared frequently on television. Frank does a weekly
radio show from Memphis, Tennessee (The Goodtimes Show, WMC, on the Infinity Broadcasting
Network). His ?gaming tips? are broadcast on KATY in California.
Frank has his own very popular website in association with Casino City/RGT online.
The address is www.scoblete.com. Frank is one of the first gaming experts queried
when controversial or interesting news stories break in the world of gaming; most
recently he contributed to the Washington Post?s analysis of former Secretary
of Education Bill Bennett?s slot machine play.
A charismatic speaker, Frank has been featured at many festivals and symposiums,
most recently Sunset Station?s Beat the House Seminar in Las Vegas; The
Sharpshooter Craps Festival at Sam?s Town in Tunica, The Las Vegas Craps
Festival, Casino Player?s Atlantic City Gaming Festivals at Trump Taj Mahal
and The Tropicana; The Casino Player Las Vegas Gaming Festival at The Tropicana;
The Midwest Gaming Expo in Chicago; The Harvey Illinois Gaming Festival; The Texas
Gamblers Expo in Austin, A Weekend with Frank Scoblete at the Golden Nugget in
Las Vegas and A Weekend with Frank Scoblete at Sam?s Town in Tunica.
Frank calls his talks ?instructional entertainment? and they are characterized
by a lively stage style, good information, and humor. ?As an actor I always enjoyed
performing before a large audience but often found myself performing for less
than sold-out shows. As a gaming speaker, it?s standing-room-only!?. Because of
the tremendous popularity of Frank?s talks, Paone Press came out with a series
of audio cassettes in 1997 featuring him discussing various aspects of casino
gaming: Slot Conquest, Sharpshooter Craps, and Power of Positive Playing.
Frank is a strong advocate of casino gambling ?for fun and hopefully profit? and
he has debated anti-gaming advocates in the past. ?While I am a casino gaming
advocate in general, I am a player advocate in particular, and I want to see players
get the best run for their money. All my books and tapes are geared to giving
players the best possible shot at winning.? In that spirit Frank formed the Golden
Touch Craps dice control seminars in 2002 with Sharpshooter, Bill Burton and Dominator.
Some of Frank's most popular books can be purchased by clicking one of the image