The game of Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games. Even though it requires certain knowledge, skill, and practice, the concept is not difficult to grasp. Many people play Blackjack for the entertainment it provides thanks to the fact it’s dynamic. However, some people have succeeded in profiting from it. If you want to own Blackjack, the best way is to follow in their footsteps. Strive for the big wins by learning from the best.
The Benefits of Mathematics
The player I am about to introduce did not rely on good luck. He used a particular strategy in order to ensure big wins for himself.
Ken Uston was a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Who would be a better example of a successful gambler? He used the mathematical nature of Blackjack in his favor, calculating the odds of winning and thus minimizing the possibility of losing. The famous book by Edward Thorp, “Beat the dealer,” was his point of departure.
Not only was he an accomplished gambler in his time, but he also had an impact on the game of Blackjack in general. History remembers him for developing a Blackjack strategy that is based on card counting. As a matter of fact, he established the concept of Blackjack teams of card counters. Between 1975 and 1981 he was on a winning streak along with his team. They managed to collect over $4.5 million from a vast number of casinos across the United States. The influence of Ken Uston was so significant that he left successors, which brings us to…
The MIT Teams
Several MIT teams became famous for using the exact method Ken Uston had created. They were active for more than twenty years, all the while entering casinos and exploiting their knowledge. The number of members changed, the teams grew, and the casinos did not stand a chance against them. The casino operators did not even know who they were, in spite of their attempts at finding that out. Not only were they trying to identify the members of the teams, but they also incorporated electronic card shuffling into their business, hoping it would stop the card counters. Even though these teams caused quite a chaos in the gambling world, they managed to win several millions of dollars.
The Generosity of a High Roller
The next famous gambler this list features is Kerry Packer. He was an influential businessman, and today he is a famous millionaire. Upon winning $7 million in one night in 1991, the Hilton casino in Las Vegas, which is the very same casino at which he won, provided him with his own private room. Apparently, he came back the following year and brought $10 million as a gift to the casino.
A few years after becoming a regular guest in Las Vegas, he was said to have been playing at multiple tables at Las Vegas MGM Grand and won $20 million. He reportedly left a tip worth $1 million to the dealers. Kerry Packer was truly a combination of luck, skill, and generosity.
From Rags to Riches to Rags Again
Not all Blackjack players use strategies. The proof is an anonymous man known by pseudonyms the Blackjack Bum and Shoeless Joe. He was an inexperienced gambler who entered the Treasure Island casino one evening in 1995 after his wife had abandoned him for neglecting his personal hygiene. He cashed in his social security check and sat at one of the Blackjack tables.
The curious thing about the way he handled the game was the fact that he completely disregarded all strategies and played against all the odds. However, he miraculously managed to land $1.5 million. Nevertheless, his luck did not last for long — this does not come as a surprise at all, given that he was just going with the flow. Apparently, he did not stop while he was on a roll and ended up losing everything. The fate of this player was unfortunate, but the story of him remains legendary.
Taking Advantage of the Rules
Some gamblers whose game of choice is Blackjack do not count on luck, but they do not use any specific strategy either. One of such players is Don Johnson, the last, but not the least name on the list. Even though he did not rely on any calculations, he managed to go on a winning streak that lasted for almost six months and resulted in winning $15.1 million. He stood at various Blackjack tables across Atlantic City for a long time, from late 2010 to April 2011, to be exact.
According to his claims, he collected such an impressive amount of money thanks to his negotiating skills. Not only did he take advantage of player-friendly house rules, but he also arranged special rules and discounts for himself. Apparently, you do not have to use strategies in order to win in Blackjack, but you have to be clever, and this man certainly is. He was wise enough to put his wits to good use.
As you can see, there are various ways of beating the dealer in Blackjack. Some of them are more efficient than the others, but at the end of the day, they can all lead to big money. All of the people whose stories I have told are unique in terms of approaching the game. Therefore, all of them deserve to be remembered as they left a permanent mark on the gambling community. Many players look up to them in hopes of becoming one of them. In fact, that is the strategy you need to apply before any other when it comes to gambling — learn from the winners. The winners write history, and history sometimes repeats itself.