Blackjack History – Births


Event DateEvent Name

On this day in 1883, Nicholas Andrea Dandolos was born.  He would later become known as Nick the Greek - a professional gambler and high roller from Crete.


On this day in 1903, John Scarne was born.  Scarne was once considered the World's Foremost Gambling Authority.


On this day in 1906, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was born.  Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.


On this day in 1919, Jess Marcum (originally Marcovitch) was born.  Many believe that Marcum’s counting method was the first point count system used to gain an advantage in blackjack.


On this day in 1924, Allan Wilson was born.  Author of the classic book The Casino Gambler's Guide he was one of the early computer analysts of blackjack. 


On this day in 1924, John Luckman was born.   He, with his late wife Edna, founded the Gambler's Book Shop in Las Vegas in 1964.  The Luckmans published more than 130 books on gambling.


On this day in 1927, Richard Arnold Epstein was born.  Epstein was the author of the book The Theory of Gambling and Statistical Logic which included an exhaustive section on blackjack theory and statistics.


On this day in 1932, Ed Thorp was born.  Thorp is best known for his ground breaking book Beat the Dealer and is considered by most as the “inventor” of card counting.


On this day in 1932, John Gwynn Jr. was born.  Gwynn authored numerous papers on gambling theory and devoted many hours of his life analyzing and testing blackjack systems and strategies for publications like Blackjack Forum.


On this day in 1935, Ken Uston was born.  Uston was a professional player and best known for his book The Big Player and Million Dollar Blackjack.


On this day in 1937, Peter Griffin was born.  Griffin was the author of the classic book, Theory of Blackjack and was one of the great theoretical pioneers of the game.  Inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2002.


On this day in 1942, Steve Wynn was born.  Wynn played a major role in the resurgence and expansion of Las Vegas during the 1990s.


On this day in 1942, Paul Keen was born.  Keen was a well respected Las Vegas card counter and former Las Vegas reporter for Arnold Snyder’s Blackjack Forum


On this day in 1948, Arnold Snyder was born.  Snyder published Blackjack Forum magazine for over 23 years.  For his amazing contributions to the game he was elected as one of the seven original inductees into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.


On this day in 1950, Robert Mike Turner was born.  We know him as "Bootlegger" and the author of the book Bootlegger's 200 Proof Blackjack.


On this day in 1953, Robert Michael Canjar was born.  We know him as "MathProf", a well respected and regular contributor to many blackjack and advantage play websites.


On this day in 1955, Michael Dalton was born.  Dalton is the former publisher and editor of Blackjack Review magazine and author of the The Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One.


On this day in 1965, Michael Shackleford was born.  Shackleford is the Wizard of Odds and a past winner of the Grosjean Cup at Max Rubin's Blackjack Ball.


On this day in 1973, Karel Janecek was born.  Janecek is the author of the software Statistical Blackjack Analyzer (SBA).

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