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.
By recruiting the smartest and most daring students at several top universities across the US, Bill Kaplan was able to form the greatest card counting team in the history of Blackjack. The MIT team devised a system of play and set off to conquer casinos up and down the country. Using a spotter to see when the game play was hot, another team member would then take a seat at the table to clean up with high stakes bets. Their efforts made them all millionaires in their early 20's.