(January 12, 1935 – September 19, 1987) was a famous blackjack
player, strategist, and author, credited with popularizing the concept of team play at blackjack. During the early to mid-1970s he gained widespread notoriety for perfecting techniques to do team card counting
in numerous casinos
worldwide, earning millions of dollars from the casinos, with some bets as high as $12,000 on a single hand.
He was banned from casinos around the world, and would adopt various costumes in order to conceal his identity and still be able to play. He filed a high-profile lawsuit against these casinos, and successfully received a ruling from the New Jersey
courts that absent a valid New Jersey Casino Commission regulation excluding card counters, casinos could not ban someone simply for counting cards at blackjack. In response, many casinos changed their systems, increasing the number of decks in games, or changing rules to increase the house edge. Read more...