Blackjack History – Publishing Dates

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Event DateEvent Name
09-02-1956

In September of 1956, Roger Baldwin, Wilbert Cantey, Herbert Maisel and James McDermott wrote a paper titled The Optimum Strategy in Blackjack.  Published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, it would become the foundation of all future sound efforts to beat the game of blackjack.

01-29-1961

On this day in 1961, the New York Herald Tribune wrote about a 28-year old professor of mathematics - Edward O. ThorpCan a 'Formula' Beat Blackjack? A Casino Dares Professor to Try?

11-01-1962

In November of 1962, Edward Thorp published his famous book Beat the Dealer.  The book presented, for the first time, a validated winning blackjack strategy (Ten count) based on computer simulation.  He would later publish (in 1966) a revised edition which included the Hi-Lo count with the help of Julian Braun.

11-12-1963

On this day in 1963, Harvey Dubner  published a paper on the first blackjack point count (The High-Low Count) which is used by many blackjack card counters today.

03-27-1964

On this day in 1964, Ed Thorp disclosed a computer system for beating the Wheel of Fortune gambling game in LIFE Magazine.

02-01-1977

On this day (approx) in 1977, Stanley Roberts' Gambling Times was first published.

05-01-1977

On this day (approx) in 1977, Ken Uston's book The Big Player was published. The book described how a team of blackjack players won over a million dollars playing blackjack in Las Vegas and Europe.

04-02-1979

On this day (approx) in 1979, Stanford Wong's Blackjack Newsletter was first published.

03-03-1981

On this day (approx) in 1981, the first issue of Arnold Snyder's Blackjack Forum was published.

04-18-1981

On this day in 1981, the Philadephia Inquirer published an article by Eddie Olsen titled  "Ken Uston: Big Player Without a Game".

03-02-1986

On this day (approx) in 1986, the first issue of Eddie Olsen's Blackjack Confidential Magazine was published.

06-22-1987

On this day in 1987, The New York Times published an article on R. Kent London (aka Ian Andersen) regarding his involvement in the Webtech affair.  Andersen is the author of Turning the Tables on Las Vegas.

10-21-1988

On this day in 1988, the first issue of Card Player Magazine was published.

01-09-1990

On this day in 1990, the New York Times published Persi Diaconis and Dave Bayer's study entitled "Trailing the Dovetail Shuffle to its Lair".   Their paper proved it takes 7 riffles to randomize a single deck of cards.

02-02-1990

On this day (approx) in 1990, Stanley Roberts' Win Magazine was first published.

06-05-1992

On this day in 1992, the first issue (Summer 1.1) of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.

10-10-1992

On this day in 1992, the 2nd issue (Fall 1.2) of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.

10-12-1992

On this day in 1992,  the anti-card counting software Blackjack Survey Voice 1.0 for DOS was completed. Casinos could use this software to help identify card counters.

01-10-1993

On this day in 1993, the 3rd issue (Winter 2.1) of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.

04-10-1993

On this day in 1993, the 4th issue (Spring 2.2) of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.

06-01-1993

On this day in 1993, Michael Dalton's 3rd edition of Blackjack: A Professional Reference was published.  This book would later become the foundation for The Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One.

07-10-1993

On this day in 1993, the 5th issue (Summer 2.3) of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.

07-09-1995

On the day in 1995, the last Rec.Gambling.Blackjack FAQ file was modified.

12-29-1997

On this day in 1997, the last hard-copy issue of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.

07-05-1998

On this day in 1998 (approx), the book Blackjack and the Law by I. Nelson Rose and Robert A. Loeb was published.

09-01-1999

On this day in 1999, Michael Dalton's Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One became an online living document at BJRnet.com (now BlackjackReview.com).

01-30-2000

On this day in 2000, RGE published Bill Haywood's book BeatWebCasinos.com which had a main rule of thumb:  Don't beat the house - beat the marketing department!

10-01-2001

On this day in 2001, the first issue of Henry Tamburin's Blackjack Insider Newsletter was published.  This electronic newsletter contains strategy and other information on blackjack (and other casino games) for recreational blackjack players.

09-09-2003

On this day in 2003, the book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich was published. 

01-03-2005

On this day in 2005, Pi Yee Press (BJ21) began publishing a free weekly online newsletter.

04-19-2005

On this day in 2005, Clarke Cant published a very strange but entertaining treatise called Blackjack Therapy - which can be found in the BJRnet archives.

08-31-2007

On this day in 2007, Ken Smith published his excellent e-book How To Win More Blackjack Tournaments.

12-15-2011

On this day in 2011, Ken Smith published his excellent e-book How To Win Even More Blackjack Tournaments.

12-07-2012

On this day in 2012, Renee Taft Meloche's book High-Tech Gambler: The True Story of Keith Taft & His Astonishing Machines was published.

11-08-2013

On this day in 2013, Pi Yee Press (BJ21) published their last free weekly newsletter.

10-13-2016

On this day in 2016, a major update of Michael Dalton's Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One was completed.  Of course, this is a living document that will never really be complete 🙂

01-24-2017

On this day in 2017, Ed Thorp published his auto-biography, A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market.

12-01-2017

On this day in 2017, the last regular monthly issue of Henry Tamburin's Blackjack Insider Newsletter was published.  This electronic newsletter contained strategy and other information on blackjack (and other casino games) for recreational blackjack players.