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
Having seem the movie "21" about the HIT blackjack team, we're sure that many of you were thinking how cool it would be to have your own blackjack team and head off to Las Vegas to break the bank. If only life were so simple. First you'll need to put together a functioning team. The players have to be totally trustworthy, patient, easy going enough to get on with the other team members, and super skilled at the casino table game of blackjack. They will also need to contribute to the bankroll.