Card counting experts are known for being barred from entering casinos, some of them managed to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits.
The most famous coup was completed in 1996 by a group of American students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These students are so successful that they wrote a book: "Tear Down the House". The students divided various counting methods, and also divided different roles to attract attention, thus constantly defeating traders.
The student team of MIT is not only composed of card counters, but also composed of lookouts and big players. This is the best strategy to attract casinos.
When the count becomes positive, the monitor is responsible for monitoring the player using secret codes and signals and providing suggestions to the player. Then, as long as the account is still beneficial to them, the big players have to place big bets. Since the watchtower does not change its bets, the casino is difficult to identify. The system looks simple, but it is very effective.
The MIT team is made up of many blackjack experts and backed by a group of "investors": by combining betting and spending, the team has won more victories than a single player.
This seems to be a very simple strategy, but the operation is very risky and requires careful calculation. The team also lost a lot of money, which would make other teams with unsound organizations feel uneasy. But the structure of the team allowed him to eventually earn millions of dollars in profits.
Al Francesco, the first "big player" system
The question arises: how to keep a group of players unknown in a legal game? The answer was discovered by Al Francesco and lies in the concept of Big Player, which completely changed the world of blackjack.
Francesco started using these methods in the 1950s, earning about US$5,000 in playing cards a year, which was not a small sum at the time. Francesco was discovered in the 1960s and was eventually banned by all major casinos.
Francesco therefore continued to use his strategy to the best of his ability through his brother playing small bets at the Lake Tahoe Casino.
The technique is simple: his brother counts the cards, if his brother bets $1, Francesco will not bet, if his brother bets 5 he bets $100. After a while, I thought he was dealing with a lucky gambler, and he didn't understand the strategy of blackjack.
Francesco discovered that casinos can be easily deceived by counters that only place small bets, while the second player only places bets when the bet is positive: the concept of big players was born.
Francesco began revenge at the casino in 1971, first recruiting a team of 6 counters and a Big Player. When the counter sends a signal, the big players begin to place huge bets. From the casino's point of view, this player is just a wealthy gambler, he did not follow any specific strategy
Within a few years, lucky punters have made millions of dollars.
Francesco's team was discovered by one of its members, Ken Uston, through his book "Big Player". However, by then, Francesco had already made a fortune. His method inspired many players, including the 1996 MIT student team.
When Francesco realized that the casino was a restricted area for him, he turned to horse betting. He spent most of the weekend on the track, dismounting with his three brothers.
Ken Uston: Benchmark
Ken Uston did not hesitate to become the gold standard in card counting. In the 1970s and 1980s, millions of dollars of wealth sacrificed Vegas and Atlantic City casinos.
Many people believe that Uston and his team were the first promoters of multiplayer card counting operations. To be sure: Uston has mastered the game and card counting in a very good way: when he first went to the Fremont Casino in Las Vegas, he won with 7 hands with $500 in an hour $ 27,000. .
After trying different ticket counting methods, Uston and his team chose Hi Opt I as their preferred system for playing casinos. The team is divided into counters and big bets. The former is responsible for counting the cards and placing big bets when the big bet enters. Uston waited until they had a 1.5-2% advantage before taking action.
After Uston's team won $200,000 at Sands Casino, they were threatened with arrest and banned by many casinos.
Uston spent all of his bonuses on legal costs to contend with the casino, and was forced to return to Vegas with a different identity and a new team.
Perhaps the team’s greatest success was the development of a computer counting machine in 1977, which can immediately tell players the best way to operate. Using the machine, the team made $20,000 in the first night in the casino and continued to win more than 85% of the games until the action was discovered in Lake Tahoe.
Tommy Hyland's counter team
Tommy Hyland and his bank card counter team use the same ticket counting system that can be applied for at home to terrorize casinos around the world and play online-won.
The Hyland team used them even before using computer instruments. Therefore, Hyland has tricked the casino hundreds of times, and this is completely legal! By the way, swiping a card was never illegal, and it is still not illegal today.
Inspired by Ken Uston (Million Dollar Black Jack) book and game legend Stanford Wong, Hyland gathered some friends and formed a team of players who will win thousands of dollars in their first attempt. In 1979.
By the 1980s, Hyland's team had consisted of more than 20 professional ID card counters. Success was accompanied by death threats and other kidnappings.
Tommy Hyland (Tommy Hyland) and the casino have never had a particularly cordial relationship: indeed, the reason for being blacklisted and prosecuted by the casino makes him the number one enemy.
Although Tommy Hyland's card counting activity involved all scandals, he was also considered a true gentleman in the discipline, and joined the blackjack "Jack Wall" in 2003 and inspired his Roles. Become a true card counting expert. No other card counter is as good as Tommy Hyland, and his success is undoubtedly an inspiration to players all over the world.