Blackjack History – Miscellaneous

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TEAMS:

Event DateEvent Name
04-19-1977

On this day in 1977, five two-man teams fanned out through the Las Vegas casinos.  They were part of the Uston-Taft team and wore concealed blackjack computers.  Then on May 11....

05-11-1977

On this day in 1977, casino operators in Lake Tahoe, Nevada detained several Uston-Taft team players wearing  a concealed blackjack computer.  Although originally charged with "bunco steering", the devices were later determined to be "legal". [ UNLV GAMING LAW JOURNAL ]

01-16-1979

On this day in 1979, Atlantic City began what is now referred to as the "Early Surrender Experiment" or the "AC Counter Convention".  It lasted two weeks as card counters pounded the Resorts International Casino.

RETIREMENTS:

Event DateEvent Name
01-03-1994

On this day in 1994, Arnold Snyder quit his Oakland, California Post Office job.   Snyder was the publisher of Blackjack Forum - which was published from 1981 - 2004.

06-30-2009

On this day in 2009, Michael Dalton retired from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Dalton is the author of the Encyclopedia of Blackjack (Twenty-One) and editor of the Blackjack Review web site.

SYSTEMS:

Event DateEvent Name
09-30-1981

On this day in 1981, Arnold Snyder published the Zen Count in his book Blackbelt in Blackjack: Playing 21 as a Martial Art.

WEBSITES:

Event DateEvent Name
03-08-1996

On this day in 1996, Stanford Wong's BJ21.com domain name was registered.

04-29-1996

On this day in 1996, Arnold Snyder's RGE21.com domain name was registered.

09-01-1996

On this day in 1996, Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review Network  web site was launched.

10-07-1996

On this day in 1996, Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review Network  registered the BJRnet.com domain name.

06-19-1997

On this day  in 1997, Michael Shackleford created "Mike's Gambling Page" on the Internet.  This would later become the WizardOfOdds.com web site.

01-27-1998

On this day in 1998, Ken Smith's BlackjackInfo.com web site was registered.

01-27-1998

On this day in 1998, Michael Shackleford created his WizardofOdds.com web site domain.

08-20-1998

On this day in 1998, the first Blackjack Review Network "player" blacklist was created.

02-12-1999

On this day in 1999, the Yahoo Group Card Counter's Cafe' was founded.  This was formerly a large public Internet forum for the discussion of blackjack and card counting.

03-09-2001

On this day in 2001, the GameMaster's Blackjack School instruction was made available on the Blackjack Review Network.

09-24-2005

On this day in 2005, the Encyclopedia of Blackjack (Twenty-One) on BJRnet.com (now BlackjackReview.com) was given free access.  Previously, it was only available to members.

08-27-2007

On this day in 2007, Colin and Ben's Blackjack Apprenticeship.com website was registered.

11-09-2009

On this day in 2009, Michael Shackleford's WizardOfVegas.com web site was launched.

01-02-2012

On this day in 2012, Norman Wattenberger registered the BlackjackTheForum.com domain.

06-24-2012

On this day in 2012, Eliot Jacobson's APHeat.net web site domain was registered.

05-05-2014

On this day in 2014, all Blackjack Review Network message forums were archived. [ WEB ARCHIVE ]

06-23-2016

On this day in 2016, the BJRnet.com web site began the transition to BlackjackReview.com and was moved to a new improved server at SiteGround.com

09-22-2016

On this day in 2016, the Blackjack History Database was created on the Blackjack Review Network site.

MISCELLANEOUS:

Event DateEvent Name
04-26-1856

On this day in 1856, Prince Florestan I of Monaco grants Napoléon Langlois and Albert Aubert a concession to build and run a bathing establishment and casino.

12-05-1933

On this day in 1933, Joe Russell opened Sloppy Joe's In Key West, Florida. Originally called the Blind Pig and renamed the Silver Slipper when a dance floor and gambling was added.  Ernest Hemmingway was one of its famous patrons. 

01-27-1951

On this day in 1951, Nevada Test Site conducts first nuclear weapons test only 65 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

09-13-1957

On this day in 1957, the first group meeting of Gamblers Anonymous was held, in Los Angeles, California.

07-09-1959

On this day in 1959, a roulette table at the El San Juan Hotel and Casino in Puerto Rico lands the ball at "10" six times in a row, the first recorded time of this occurrence.

04-01-1964

On this day in 1964, and as a reaction to Ed Thorp's book, Las Vegas casinos jointly imposed a new set of blackjack rules: No splitting of Aces and restricting doubling to 11 only.   Casino profits plummeted forcing the new rules to be rescinded within a month.

11-24-1966

On this day in 1966, Howard Hughes rented out the top two floors of the Las Vegas Desert Inn.  He would later buy this property.

03-22-1967

On this day in 1967, Howard Hughes buys the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, from Moe Dalitz for $13.2 million.

05-08-1970

On this day in 1970, Johnny Moss won the 1st Annual World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.

05-21-1974

On this day in Las Vegas in 1974, Bob Stupak's World Famous Historic Gambling Museum burned down when an air conditioner caught fire.  This would later become the location of Vegas World.

12-17-1978

On this day in 1978, the first World Championship of Blackjack (WCB) Tournament was held at the Sahara Hotel and Casino where 1400 players competed for the honor of being titled "best blackjack player" [Las Vegas: The Untold Stories by John Romero]

10-04-1979

On this day (approx) in 1979, Bob Stupak's Vegas World introduced Double Exposure 21.  In this blackjack variation, the dealer's hole card is exposed.

12-13-1979

On this day in 1979, Atlantic City rescinded the rule allowing card counters to play unhindered -- which they had been for the last 13 days.   

10-01-1980

On this day in 1980, Bob Stupak opened the Glitter Gulch strip club in downtown Las Vegas.

05-02-1981

In May of 1981, the Early Surrender option was suspended in Atlantic City. However, card counters would have 2 days in July to enjoy it again, when it was reinstated temporarily. [ 08/30/81 Washington Post ]

07-15-1981

In July of 1981, and for 2 days only,  the Early Surrender option was temporarily reinstated in Atlantic City. [ 08/30/81 Washington Post ]

10-25-1981

On this day in 1981, Arnold Snyder's First Church of Blackjack was inaugurated at Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, NV. 

07-09-1983

On this day in 1983,  Joe Marquis ends a record-breaking 109-hour session dealing poker at the Edgewater Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, entering the Guiness Book of World Records.

02-03-1984

In February of 1984, it was reported that Don Schlesinger and Ken Feldman had sold their blackjack instructor franchise back to Jerry Patterson.  Reason: Studies could not prove that TARGET worked.  [ 2/84 Wong Blackjack World 28 ]

09-03-1986

On this day (approx) in 1986, Donald Schlesinger coined the term the The Illustrious 18.   His study suggested that using only 18 play variations counted for over 90% of a card counter's gain from making play variations.

09-03-1986

On this day (approx) in 1986, John Leib proposed an alternative bet sizing criterion (as opposed to the Kelly Criterion).   This would be coined the Leib Criterion.

08-26-1987

On this day in 1987, the Bishop of the First Church of Blackjack (Arnold Snyder) gave a sermon sponsored by Ballys Reno. [ https://youtu.be/R8lW6vVbpXU ]

09-23-1989

On this day in 1989, the online USENET message board group rec.gambling was approved.  One week later it was created and made available.   [ Encyclopedia of Blackjack (Twenty-One) ]

03-26-1993

On this day in 1993, the Las Vegas Tropicana Casino became the first customer of the software Blackjack Survey Voice.  This software could help casinos identify card counters.

08-28-1995

On this day, a provisional US Patent was submitted for the game of Spanish 21 by Richard and Kurt Lofink.  Final patent was issued Apr 1, 1997.

12-14-1995

On this day in 1995, the $70 Million Fremont Street Experience opens.

06-24-1996

On this day in 1996, the Las Vegas Klondike Hotel and Casino was the host of a "Surprise Party" after Stanford Wong discovered they were offering a rule called "Free Ride" -- giving players a 1.32% edge off the top without card counting!  The party lasted 8 hours.

06-28-1997

On this day in 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield's ear during the WBA Heavyweight Boxing Championship fight in Las Vegas. - (Wikipedia.com)

10-03-2003

On this day in 2003, Roy Horn (of Siegfried & Roy) was seriously injured from a white tiger attack at the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas.

10-29-2005

On this day in 2005, Victor Nacht of RGE, hosted the 1st annual Halloween Blackjack Ball

10-28-2006

On this day in 2006, Victor Nacht of RGE, hosted the 2nd (and final) Halloween Blackjack Ball

08-29-2007

On this day in 2007, a runaway chlorine train car rolled through Las Vegas.  Fully loaded with toxic chlorine, the train hit a top speed of 50mph before stopping in North Las Vegas. No one was hurt.

09-16-2007

On this day in 2007, O. J. Simpson was arrested at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for robbery.

02-14-2012

On this day in 2012, the Mob Museum opened in Downtown Las Vegas. The museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, built in 1933, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places

02-22-2013

On this day in 2013, the Las Vegas El Cortez Hotel and Casino was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1941.

03-02-9998

Today is 3/2, otherwise known as National Blackjack Day.  Celebrate by NOT playing 6:5 blackjack and spreading the word that players expect nothing less than 3:2 blackjack. [ HighRollerRadioTV ]

06-05-9998

Today is 6/5, otherwise known as National Blackjack Loser's Day.  Celebrate by NOT playing 6:5 blackjack and spreading the word that players expect nothing less than 3:2 blackjack. [ NationalBlackjackDay.org/ ] [ HighRollerRadioTV ]

09-27-9998

On this day somewhere,  a casino pit boss is staring down a suspected card counter simply because he/she is using their brain while playing blackjack.  

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