Blackjack History – Wins


This section is intended to show player and/or team wins.  I doubt if you will see too many entries here.   Most blackjack card counters would rather not report those type of events.  But occasionally, some do become known.  Yes, we know, some of the entries below are not blackjack related.  Anyone want to submit a big win and story?

Event DateEvent Name

On this day in 1852, Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte of Canino ends a week's gambling at the Kursaal Casino, ahead by 560,100 francs (or over $107,000 US dollars).  [Adjusted for US inflation, that would be over $2.6 million in US dollars today.]


On this day in 1962, Mickey MacDougall and Russell Barnhart accompanied Edward Thorp to Las Vegas and Reno to test out Thorp's new card counting system.  The trip would last 9 days and their total win was $317.


On this day in 1979, the Atlantic City card counters "Experiment" ended.  Ken Uston's small team won $145,000.  The Czech and Hyland teams reportedly won much more.


On this day in 1979, Atlantic City once again allowed card counters to play unhindered but it ended up being for only for 13 days.   Authorities from the two casinos claim they lost $1.4 million -- more than $106,000 a day from card counters.


On this day in 1986, Anthony Curtis took the first place prize of $76,000 at the Las Vegas Hilton's Matchplay Blackjack Tournament.  Curtis is publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter. [ ]


On this day in 2003, a 25-year old software engineer from Los Angeles, won an incredible $39,713,982.25 at an Excalibur slot machine.


Between December 2010 and April 2011, Don Johnson had won $15 million at blackjack by negotiating favorable playing conditions from Atlantic City casinos.  Johnson was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2017.


On this day in 2020, a local Las Vegas player won $153,590 on a Blazing 7's Blackjack Mega Progressive jackpot at Bally's Casino. [ LVRJ ]


On this day in 2022, blackjack player Brian won a cool $100,166 while playing the progressive 21+3 "Buffalo Blackjack" sidebet in Cripple Creek, CO. His hand + the dealer formed 3 of a kind (Suited Aces) in Spades. [ News Report ]


On this day in 2022, a blackjack player won a $1.1 million progressive, the largest in Arizona history.  His bet was $15 plus $5 for the progressive. [ Las Vegas Advisor ]


On this day in 2023, A blackjack player hit a $1,242,066 jackpot on the Super 4 progressive at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek in Florida. After placing a $5 side bet, the player was dealt a four-card royal flush in diamonds, with his king and queen combined with the dealer’s jack and ace.

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Don Johnson wins $15 million at blackjack by negotiating favorable playing conditions


Card counters share their stories to profiting over $1 million at blackjack
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