The renowned blackjack player and team manager, Tommy Hyland has certainly had his fair share of hair raising moments during his card counting team career. Not just being content to count cards, back in those days, you could actually bring a tiny computer into the casino hidden on your body, and take advantage of it's computing power to allow you to place wagers at the optimum moment. Just imagine how overjoyed the casinos were to discover suck tricks.
Stanford Wong was the pen name of the blackjack author and team manager, John Ferguson. Having been interested in card games in his youth, he later was to form 2 very successful card counting blackjack teams, who would take casinos to the cleaners. But money was never his driving force. That was to better his knowledge, and he often took much less of the profits as he regarded the data collected from their adventures to be the most valuable commodity. Eventually, his identity was revealed on TV.
Ken Uston was a natural blackjack player, in that he understood the maths and the game play. So it wasn't long before he was invited to join a professional blackjack team. They would travel from Las Vegas to Europe, visiting one casino after another, and taking each one to the cleaners. But in the end, even the best disguise can't hide your face, and he was banned from all casinos. So Ken turned his hand to video gaming and became a champion at that. He also loved jazz piano and would play daily
Edward O. Thorpe is not the type of person to have an idea and just let it go. So when he settled on the game play of blackjack as a means of testing mathematical theories, he was certain that a method of beating the house edge must exist, if only he could find it. With the help of some other mathematicians, he managed to crack the formula and invented several forms of counting cards. Unfortunately, none of these work today, as casinos were quick to wise up to these techniques and make changes.
Though no one knows for sure, the general consensus is that the history of blackjack started in Ancient Rome. Though the game developed into different forms as it made it way around Europe, it really became the game we know today, after the French colonists bought the game to the Americas in the 1800s. Thanks to the efforts of a French woman, the games popularity grew and now is the staple table game found in casinos the world over. Whats great about the game is that it combines skill with luck.