Blackjack History – Interviews

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Event DateEvent Name
02-21-1983

On this day in 1983, Arnold Snyder interviewed Ken Uston at his San Francisco apartment.

04-04-1996

On this day (approx) in 1996, Michael Dalton interviewed Ralph Stricker for Blackjack Review.  Stricker was a high-stakes professional card counter, instructor and author.  He passed away in 2012.

12-03-2004

Blackjack Hall of FameOn this day in 2004 (approx), Tommy Hyland was interviewed in the Blackjack Insider Newsletter (#59).  Hyland was manager of one of the longest running and successful blackjack teams in history and was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2003.

04-02-2005

On this day in 2005 (approx), Kevin Blackwood was interviewed in the Blackjack Insider Newsletter (#63).  Blackwood is author of the book Play Blackjack Like the Pros.

02-03-2011

On this day in 2011, the first episode of the Gambling with an Edge podcast premiered on KLAV radio (1230 AM) in Las Vegas.  Initial co-hosts were video poker experts Bob Dancer and Frank Kneeland. [ WizardOfOdds.com ] [ web.archive.org ]

07-03-2011

On this day in 2011 (approx),  Don Johnson was interviewed in the Blackjack Insider Newsletter (#138).   Johnson is in the Blackjack Hall of Fame and renowned for beating Atlantic City casinos for over $15 million exploiting loss rebates.

08-12-2011

On this day in 2011, the Gambling with an Edge podcast first interviewed Bob Nersesian - a lawyer who advocates for the players against the casinos and has successfully sued many Vegas casinos on the behalf of players..   A 2013 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

08-26-2011

On this day in 2011, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Al Francesco who invented the "Big Player" style of play for beating blackjack.

10-02-2012

On this day in 2012 (approx), Colin Jones was interviewed in the Blackjack Insider Newsletter (#153).  Jones  is the former manager of the highly successful blackjack team called the Church Team.

02-04-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast discuss the 2013 Blackjack Ball.

02-15-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Andy Bloch - a poker pro and former MIT blackjack team member.

03-01-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Mike Aponte, former member of the MIT blackjack Team.

03-25-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Al Francesco.  Al invented the "Big Player" style of play used by the Uston team. A 2003 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

05-07-2013

On this day in 2013, Darryl Purpose was interviewed by Richard Munchkin for the Gambling With An Edge podcast.

05-30-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Colin Jones, one of the founders of the "Church Team" - profiled in the documentary The Holy Rollers.

06-23-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Nathaniel Tilton - author of the book The Blackjack Life.

12-12-2013

On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Tommy Hyland and John Chang.  Tommy runs the Hyland team, one of the longest running teams of all time and John ran the MIT blackjack team.

01-02-2014

On this day in 2014, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Ken Smith - author of books on blackjack tournaments and editor of blackjackinfo.com.

02-07-2014

On this day in 2014, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed several attendees of the 2014 Blackjack Ball, including Max Rubin and Smoke.

03-16-2014

On this day in 2014, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviews Colin and Ben of the blackjack team known as The Church Team.

07-10-2014

On this day in 2014, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Arnold Snyder - the editor and publisher of Blackjack Forum and several blackjack books.

09-25-2014

On this day in 2014, Mike Shackleford (of The Wizard of Odds) was interviewed by Richard Munchkin for the Gambling With An Edge podcast.

12-04-2014

On this day in 2014, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Rick Blaine - author of the book Blackjack Blueprint.

02-06-2015

On this day in 2015, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed several attendees of the 2015 Blackjack Ball, including Max Rubin and Rick Blaine.

02-12-2015

On this day in 2015, Don Schlesinger was interviewed by Richard Munchkin for the Gambling With An Edge podcast.  Schlesinger and Munchkin are both members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

02-10-2016

On this day in 2016, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed several attendees of the 2016 Blackjack Ball, including Max Rubin, Bill Bentor and Lee Johnson.

03-08-2016

On this day in 2016, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Olaf Vancura, co-author of the book Knock-Out Blackjack.

02-09-2017

On this day in 2017, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed several attendees of the 2017 Blackjack Ball, including Max Rubin, Don Johnson and Anthony Curtis.

02-16-2017

On this day in 2017,  Ed Thorp (the father of modern blackjack) was interviewed by Richard Munchkin on Gambling With an Edge.

05-03-2018

On this day in 2018, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed several attendees of the 2018 Blackjack Ball, including Max Rubin, Wally Simmons and Wahoo.

05-30-2019

On this day in 2019, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Rob Reitzen, the 2019 inductee into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

09-12-2019

On this day in 2019, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Andrew Uyal, author of the book Blackjack Insiders.