Blackjack History – Wins

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This section is intended to show player and/or team wins.  I doubt if you will see too many entries here.   Most blackjack card counters would rather not report those type of events.  But occasionally, some do become known.  Yes, we know, some of the entries below are not blackjack related.  Anyone want to submit a big win and story?

Event DateEvent Name
10-02-1852

On this day in 1852, Prince Charles Lucien Bonaparte of Canino ends a week's gambling at the Kursaal Casino, ahead by 560,100 francs (or over $107,000 US dollars).  [Adjusted for US inflation, that would be over $2.6 million in US dollars today.]

01-23-1962

On this day in 1962, Mickey MacDougall and Russell Barnhart accompanied Edward Thorp to Las Vegas and Reno to test out Thorp's new card counting system.  The trip would last 9 days and the total win was $317.

01-30-1979

On this day in 1979, the Atlantic City card counters "Experiment" ended.  Ken Uston's small team won $145,000.  The Czech and Hyland teams reportedly won much more.

12-01-1979

On this day in 1979, Atlantic City once again allowed card counters to play unhindered but it ended up being for only for 13 days.   Authorities from the two casinos claim they lost $1.4 million -- more than $106,000 a day from card counters.

03-21-2003

On this day in 2003, a 25-year old software engineer from Los Angeles, won an incredible $39,713,982.25 at an Excalibur slot machine.

04-30-2011

Between December 2010 and April 2011, Don Johnson had won $15 million at blackjack by negotiating favorable playing conditions from Atlantic City casinos.  Johnson was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2017.

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