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A beginner card counter won $568,000 gambling at a blackjack casino in Erie Pennsylvania, causing the casino’s gambling profit to become the lowest in the state.

While the overall growth rate of the Pennsylvania casino industry jumped by 30% from October 2010 till 2011, a couple of casinos have been struggling and falling behind. In particular, one Erie casino has little to brag about, as its revenue growth went belly up.

Presque Isle Casino in Erie saw its revenues sky dive since October of the previous year, however, last month’s numbers initially showed a lot of potential. That was no longer the case by the time October 2011 ended.

Beginner Card Counter Bruises Blackjack Casino

A single blackjack player, who locals describe as an alleged beginner card counter, with a genius IQ and the memory of mutated elephant won over half a million dollars during what must have been one exciting blackjack game. This put an end to management’s dreams of finally seeing even a small profit from table games

The alleged beginner card counter, known as ‘Lucky Lenny’ in the world of online blackjack in USA, has been described by witnesses as a well-dressed man in his late twenties who wore a heavy gold ring with the word ‘lucky’ distinctly encrusted with diamonds on the right pinkie finger.

Even a beginner card counter who is winning at blackjack (and on a lucky streak) was all that it took for the casino to go in the red and for the Lucky Lenny to walk out with $568,290 of the casino’s money in his pocket.

At the news conference, Jennifer See, the spokes-model for the casino confirmed the approximate age and the amount won playing high stakes black jack. The casino refused to disclose the name, address, phone number, email and age of the blackjack beginner card counter.

Mr. Richard McGarvey, the spokesman for the PGCB which regulates Pennsylvania’s blossoming casino industry, did disclosed some information but unfortunately it was not about the beginner card counter or about his blackjack streak. Mr. McGarvey explained that the amazing growth rate of the Pennsylvania casino industry was the result of a sharp hop in the total number of casino table games.

A year ago, Pennsylvania was home to 693 casino table games, while in October of 2011, 946 table games livened up the state casinos and pushing almost every other casino’s profits through the roof. Casino table games pulled in $8.5 million in tax revenue for state coffers, which is earmarked for economic development and various other projects intended to benefit the state residents.