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Grosjean CupAccording to Max Rubin, “The Blackjack Ball is a double secret party that he has hosted since 1997, that pits the world’s most dangerous blackjack players in a battle for the coveted “Blackjack Cup“,  a trophy which proclaims them to be that year’s ‘World’s Greatest Blackjack Player’.”  Entry to the Ball is by invitation only and each guest is required to bring one chilled bottle of premium champagne1)Yes, this only includes “full” bottles of chilled premium Champagne.  You know… advantage players will try to get away with anything :-) to get past the security at the door.   Voting occurs at this event for new members into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

WORLD’S GREATEST BLACKJACK PLAYER
BLACKJACK CUP PAST WINNERS

  • 1997 Wally Simmons
  • 1998 “The Hobbit”
  • 1999 “MIT Ted”
  • 2000 “Cassie”
  • 2001 Bradley Petersen
  • 2002 Bradley Petersen
  • 2003 “Mr. Lucky”
  • 2004 James Grosjean
  • 2005 “The Hobbit”
  • 2006 “The Moray Eel”
  • 2007 James Grosjean
  • 2008 James Grosjean

GROSJEAN CUP2)Yes… James Grosjean was barred from winning any more of these contests in 2008.  But they named the prize after him! 🙂  Check Max Rubin’s site for more information. PAST WINNERS

  • 2009 “Honcho”
  • 2010 “Big Player”
  • 2011 Michael Shackelford
  • 2012 “Mr. Yuk”
  • 2013 Richard Munchkin
  • 2014 “Smoke”
  • 2015 Rick Blaine
  • 2016 Lee Jenson
  • 2017 Anthony Curtis
  • 2018 “Wahoo”

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Event DateEvent Name
01-05-1997

On this day (approx) in 1997, Max Rubin held the 1st annual Blackjack Ball - an event to celebrate the greatest blackjack players, experts and authors.  Wally Simmons won the Blackjack Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player

01-04-2008

On this day in 2008, Max Rubin held the 12th annual Blackjack BallJames Grosjean won the Blackjack Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player.  The Four Horseman of Aberdeen were inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

12-31-2011

On this day in 2011, Max Rubin held the 15th annual Blackjack Ball.  Michael Shackelford won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerZeljko Ranogajec was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

01-28-2012

On this day in 2012, Max Rubin held the 16th annual Blackjack Ball.  "Mr. Yuk" won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerIan Andersen was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

01-26-2013

On this day in 2013, Max Rubin held the 17th annual Blackjack BallRichard Munchkin won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player.   There was no voting for induction this year into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

01-25-2014

On this day in 2014, Max Rubin held the 18th annual Blackjack Ball.  "Smoke" won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerBob Nersesian was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

01-24-2015

On this day in 2015, Max Rubin held the 19th annual Blackjack Ball.   Rick Blaine won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerDon Schlesinger was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

01-30-2016

On this day in 2016, Max Rubin held the 20th annual Blackjack Ball.   Lee Jenson won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerBill Benter was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

01-28-2017

On this day in 2017, Max Rubin held the 21st annual Blackjack Ball.   Anthony Curtis won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerDon Johnson was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

04-21-2018

On this day in 2018, Max Rubin held the 22nd annual Blackjack Ball.   "Wahoo" won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack PlayerWally Simmons was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame

Footnotes   [ + ]

1.Yes, this only includes “full” bottles of chilled premium Champagne.  You know… advantage players will try to get away with anything :-)
2.Yes… James Grosjean was barred from winning any more of these contests in 2008.  But they named the prize after him! 🙂  Check Max Rubin’s site for more information.

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