Blackjack players, just like the great poker players as we just revealed to you yesterday through our Top 10 of the best poker players, also have their pantheon of stars. And to determine who these kinds of gaming superstars will be, a tournament called Blackjack Ball is held annually at the Barona Hotel in San Diego, California.
The Blackjack Hall Of Fame
This meeting aims to elect a player who will enter the Blackjack Hall of Fame. The prize awarded is particularly original since the player who wins it can then stay for free in the city. A single rather innocuous condition is then imposed on him: he must promise not to play at Barona’s casino during his stay following his enthronement. We do not bring the wolf into the fold … The Blackjack Hall of Fame was in fact founded in 2002. It therefore rewards one player per year for his contribution to this game. For the little anecdote, know that seven players were inducted at the same time the year of the creation of this blackjack pantheon. It was particularly difficult for the judges to favor one of them and to decide between them.
Edward Oakley Thorp, born in 1932 in Chicago is a mathematician who particularly revolutionized the world of Blackjack and also of computing since he is famous for having created the first laptop with his colleague Claude Shannon in the 60s. indeed published a book under the name of “Beat the Dealer”, a work which is considered as a reference in the matter still today and which gave birth to a new generation of card counters. Indeed, his book showed then that it was quite possible to beat the casino at Blackjack by using exclusively card counting.
Ken Uston, born January 12, 1935, died September 19, 1987 in Paris, was a famous American blackjack player who had acquired his fame thanks to his card counting techniques in the early 1970s. He was a true genius of mathematics who entered Yale University at age 16. Ken was passionate about the theoretical approach to games and it is oriented towards Blackjack. He was drafted into a team of card counters in 1974 and made nearly a million dollars playing blackjack tables at the casino until this team was spotted by the managers of the largest casinos in Atlantic City. . They banned them permanently from their establishments, but Ken Uston replied with sass, taking the casinos to court on the pretext that he and his band of players did not cheat, but were simply using their intellectual faculties to achieve the gains. Justice proved him right and the Atlantic City casinos had no choice but to welcome card counters back to their Blackjack tables. But the casinos then counterattacked by modifying the rules of the game, making the use of counting techniques much more difficult to implement. Ken Uston was found dead at the age of 52 in his apartment in Paris on September 19, 1987. making the use of counting techniques much more difficult to implement. Ken Uston was found dead at the age of 52 in his apartment in Paris on September 19, 1987. making the use of counting techniques much more difficult to implement. Ken Uston was found dead at the age of 52 in his apartment in Paris on September 19, 1987.
Peter Griffin, born in 1937 in New Jersey, deceased in 1998 and not to be confused with the main character of the animated television series The Griffins, is a mathematician who used his talents to make his mark in Blackjack. He was the grandson of mathematician Frank Loxley Griffin and the author of “The Theory of Blackjack”, a work considered by many card game professionals to be one of the great classics of Blackjack literature.