Keith Taft was working as a teacher. And though a perfectly happy and contented family man, deep down he felt as though something was missing. One day, just by chance, he found himself sitting at a casino gaming table in Reno. Having tried various games, but finally settled on blackjack. Being of a mathematical mindset, he took home some winnings on his first outing. Considering he had never played before, this was something quite amazing. Afterwards he set about becoming a blackjack ninja.
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.