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On this day in 1837, the Chamber of Deputies of France bans all games of chance. All gambling clubs in the country close.
On this day in 1851, in Oregon City, eight men playing cards are killed by lightning. [ 1938 Sucker's Progress: An Informal History of Gambling in America ]
On this day in 1851, the New York State legislature enacts a law prohibiting gambling under penalty of imprisonment and fine.
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.]
On this day in 1853, in Austin, Texas, wealthy planters Major Danielson and Old Man Morgan begin a marathon poker session, lasting until their deaths in 1872. By their wills, their eldest sons continue another 5 years until one goes crazy and the other is killed by a train. [ From the book Sucker's Progress, 1938 ]
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.
On this day in 1872, the casinos of Germany operate for the last time, shutting down on order of the Prussian government.
On this day in 1876, in Deadwood, South Dakota, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, playing poker in Carl Mann's saloon, is shot dead by Jack "Crooked Nose" McCall, for no apparent reason. Hickok reportedly held a pair of Aces and a pair of eights, which becomes known as the Dead Man's Hand.
On this day in 1879, Eleanore Dumont (aka Madame Mustache) died. She is credited as being the first known professional twenty-one player in history - spanning a gambling career of almost 30 years in the gambling dens of the old West.
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 1905, Las Vegas officially was founded as a city. Las Vegas was the driving force in the creation of Clark County, Nevada in 1909, and the city was incorporated in 1911 as a part of the county. (History of Las Vegas - Wikipedia)
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 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 1928, Harvey Dubner was born. Dubner is credited as the first person to publish a paper on the Hi-Lo count, which is used by many blackjack card counters today.
On this day in 1928, Arnold Rothstein is shot and killed in the Park Central Hotel in New York City, owing $333,000 on a poker game. - (History.com)
On this day in 1929, Julian Braun was born. Braun was the author of the ground-breaking book How to Play Winning Blackjack and was a major influence in the development of computer proven blackjack systems. Inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2005.
On this day in 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed the appropriation bill for the Boulder Dam. The dam was later renamed the Hoover Dam during the Truman administration.
On this day in 1931, Phil Tobin introduces Assembly Bill 98 in the Nevada legislature to allow licensed gambling on a variety of games. Cheating would be outlawed and minors forbidden in gambling houses.
On this day in 1931, the Nevada State Assembly passes a gambling legalization bill, 24 votes to 11.
On this day in 1931, the Nevada State Senate passes a gambling legalization bill called Assembly Bill 98.
On this day in 1931, Nevada Governor Fred Balzar signs into law Assembly Bill 98, legalizes casino gaming and most other forms of gambling, including faro, monte, roulette, keno, fan-tan, twenty-one, blackjack, seven-and-a-half, big injun, klondike, craps, stud poker, draw poker, or any card, dice, machine, at licensed establishments. Legal gambling age was set at 21.
On this day in 1931, the Las Vegas Mayor and commissioners pass an ordinance allowing gaming and operation of slot machines under city license.
On this day in 1931, Clark County, Nevada sets up a License Board to regulate gambling licenses.
On this day in 1931, the Pair-O-Dice Nite Club in Las Vegas was issued a gaming license.
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 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.
On this day in 1933, Keith Taft was born. Taft developed the first hidden toe-operated blackjack computer and was a major influence on the world of professional blackjack. A 2004 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
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 1943, limited gambling is legalized in Mexico.
On this day in 1947, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, gangster, operator of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is shot dead in Beverly Hills, California.
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 1948, Puerto Rico adopted Act #221, the Games of Chance Act, which allowed regulated casino gambling but disallowed advertising within Puerto Rico. (Wikipedia)
On this day in 1951, Nevada Test Site conducts first nuclear weapons test only 65 miles from downtown Las Vegas.
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 1956, John L. Kelly, Jr. published a report entitled "A New Interpretation of Information Rate". Kelly's Criterion was a formula to determine a correct size positive expected value bet to maximize rate of return. That's exactly what future card counters would be looking for.
On this day in 1956, Steve Forte was born. An expert in card manipulation, he is the author of one of the best instructional Gambler's Protection Series videos on cheating at cards and dice. Steve Forte is also the author of the ground breaking book Read the Dealer and Casino Game Protection.
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley performs first shows in Las Vegas at the New Frontier Hotel.
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.
On this day in 1957, the Dunes became the first hotel/casino in Nevada to offer a "topless" show, called Minsky's Follies.
On this day in 1957, Anthony Curtis (editor and publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor) was born.
On this day in 1957, the first group meeting of Gamblers Anonymous was held, in Los Angeles, California.
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.
On this day in 1959, the topless revue Folies Bergere became a permanent show at the Tropicana. It became one of the longest running shows in Las Vegas.
On this day in 1960, the Las Vegas heist movie Ocean's 11 starring the original Rat Pack was released.
On this day in 1961, the New York Herald Tribune wrote about a 28-year old professor of mathematics - Edward O. Thorp. Can a 'Formula' Beat Blackjack? A Casino Dares Professor to Try?
On this day in Havana, Cuba in 1961, Fidel Castro announces that casino gambling would henceforth by illegal. Castro died on November 26, 2016.
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 their total win was $317.
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.
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.
On this day in 1964, Ed Thorp disclosed a computer system for beating the Wheel of Fortune gambling game in LIFE Magazine.
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.
On this day in 1964, the movie Viva Las Vegas starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margret was released.
On this day in 1964, The Beatles performed live at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Over 8000 fans attended.
On this day in 1966, Nicholas Andrea Dandolos died. He become known as Nick the Greek - a professional gambler and high roller from Crete. In 1979, he would become a charter inductee of the Poker Hall of Fame.
On this day in 1967, Howard Hughes buys the Desert Inn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, from Moe Dalitz for $13.2 million.
On this day in 1967, Evel Knievel unsuccessfully tried to jump 141 feet over the Las Vegas Caesars Palace water fountain.
On this day in 1968, Semyon Dukach was born. A former professional blackjack player and member of the MIT Blackjack Team, his exploits are written about in Mezrich's second book called Busting Vegas.
On this day in 1974, an Italian loses a record $1,920,000 at roulette in Monte Carlo. [ Chronology of Gambling: Today in History database, circa 1999 ]
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.
On this day in 1974, Dave Stann was born. Stann is the author of the book Hollywood Blackjack: An Uncensored Guide to Doing It Like a Pro.
On this day in 1976, Howard Hughes died. Hughes had always wanted to change the image of Las Vegas to something more glamorous. Hughes wrote in a memo, "I like to think of Las Vegas in terms of a well-dressed man in a dinner jacket and a beautifully jeweled and furred female getting out of an expensive car." - (Wikipedia)
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....
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 ]
On this day in 1977, Las Vegas legend Elvis Presley dies in Memphis. Elvis would perform over 600 sold-out shows in Las Vegas.
On this day in 1978, the movie Nowhere to Run with David Janssen debuted. Based on Charles Einstein's book The Blackjack Hijack (1976) the story is about Harry, who executes a 15-year plan (playing blackjack) to accumulate enough wealth to start a new life.
On this day in 1978, California voters approve Indian casinos by 63-37 margin. Missouri voters approve riverboat casinos. Voters in Kenosha, Wisconsin vote 56% against a ban on casino gambling.
On this day in 1978, Florida voters reject by 73 percent to 27 a proposal to legalize casinos.
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]
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.
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.
On this day in 1979, Ken Uston introduced a proposal to the New Jersey Casino Control Commission entitled The Uston Plan for an Open Environment in New Jersey Gaming. [ Two Books on Blackjack by Ken Uston ]
On this day in 1979, Liberace opens The Liberace Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On this day (approx) in 1979, Ken Uston published his first Blackjack Newsletter.
On this day in 1979, and after the corporation was found guilty of allowing hidden control by criminal interest, the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas was ordered closed by the Nevada Gaming Commission. However, within a few hours the casino was reopened by a federal judge. [ REFERENCE ]
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.
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.
On this day in 1980, Bob Stupak opened the Glitter Gulch strip club in downtown Las Vegas.
On this day in 1980, the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino (now Bally's) had a major fire. The fire killed 85 people and it remains the worst disaster in Nevada history.
On this day in 1981, an arson fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton on the 8th floor. Eight people would die.
On this day in 1981, the Philadephia Inquirer published an article by Eddie Olsen titled "Ken Uston: Big Player Without a Game".
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 ]
On this day in 1981, the CBS 60 Minutes episode with Ken Uston aired. Interviewed by Harry Reasoner, the show highlighted Ken Uston's skills of being an advantage blackjack player.
On this day in 1981, Arnold Snyder published the two-level Zen Count with 25 index numbers. It was the first counting system designed to take into account the actual relative gain from using various index numbers. [ blackjackforumonline.com ]
On this day in 1981, Arnold Snyder's First Church of Blackjack was inaugurated at Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, NV.
On this day in 1982, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 5 to 0 that casinos could not bar card counters. [ NEW YORK TIMES ]
On this day in 1983, Arnold Snyder interviewed Ken Uston at his San Francisco apartment.
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.
On this day in 1983, New Jersey became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to create a rule prohibiting predictive devices. However, this rule carried no criminal penalties.
On this day in 1983, the movie Stacy's Knights debuted. Stacy, a young novice card counter, battles it out with corrupt casino bosses.
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 ]
On this day in 1985, Nevada Senate Bill 467 was introduced as the state's first device law. This was apparently in response to the growing use of concealed blackjack computers in Nevada casinos.
On this day in 1985, Nevada passed an emergency measure that banned the use or possession of any "device" to predict outcomes or analyze probabilities or strategies.
On this day in 1985, Nevada passed a law (NRS 465.075) that prohibited using devices to analyze or predict casino games.
On this day in 1985, John Scarne died. Scarne was once considered the World's Foremost Gambling Authority.
On this day in 1986, Anthony Curtis took the first place prize of $76,000 at the Las Vegas Hilton's Matchplay Blackjack Tournament. Curtis is publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter. [ blackjackforumonline.com ]
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.
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.
On this day in 1988, the first issue of Card Player magazine was published. Although primarily devoted to poker, this magazine would occasionally include excellent information on blackjack over the years.
On this day in 1988, the classic movie Rain Man debuted. The movie depicted (unrealistically) an autistic-savant's ability to memorize and predict cards at the blackjack table.
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.
On this day in 1990, Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. dies.
On this day in 1991, in Iowa, riverboat gambling is legalized, as the Diamond Lady is launched. Maiden voyage of Casino Belle from Dubuque, Iowa on the Mississippi River.
On this day in 1992, Jess Marcum (originally Marcovitch) died at the age of 72. Many believe that Marcum’s counting method was the first point count system used to gain an advantage in blackjack.
On this day in 1992, the first issue (Summer 1.1) of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.
On this day in 1992, employee Bill Brennan stole $225,000 cash and $283,000 in casino tokens from the Stardust Casino in Las Vegas. This was probably the largest theft in Las Vegas history. He was never caught. [ Loose Change, Nov 1992, Vol 15, Num 11, Page 13 ]
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.
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.
On this day in 1993, a man and woman jumped into the back of an armored truck destined for Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas. Twelve years later the woman would turn herself in but the $2.5 million from the truck was gone. (NBC News)
On this day (approx) in 1993, Norm Wattenberger published the first release of Casino Verite, a Windows based blackjack software product. This software would evolve over the years to become one of the most popular tools for the professional blackjack player.
On this day in 1993, Strategic Investments, a limited partnership between Bill Kaplan, J. P. Massar and John Chang was dissolved. This MIT Blackjack Team group grew to nearly 80 players in 1993.
On this day in 1994, an armed robbery at the Holiday Casino in Las Vegas took place. Young gang members stole $97,000.
On this day in 1994, Paul Keen died. Keen was a well respected Las Vegas card counter and former Las Vegas reporter for Arnold Snyder’s Blackjack Forum.
On this day in 1995, William F. Rickenbacker died. Rickenbacker (son of Edward Rickenbacker) bankrolled Edward Thorp's first card counting test in Las Vegas and Reno in 1962.
On this day in 1995, a Superior Court jury in Camden, NJ awarded $475,500 to blackjack player Anthony Campione as compensatory damages to be paid by the TropWorld Casino in Atlantic City.
On this day in 1995, a Superior Court jury in Camden, NJ awarded $1,000,000 to blackjack player Anthony Campione in punitive damages to be paid by the TropWorld Casino in Atlantic City.
On this day in 1995, the last Rec.Gambling.Blackjack FAQ file was modified.
On this day in 1995, the U.K. Network First TV series documentary episode Fear and Counting in Las Vegas was aired.
On this day in 1995, the $70 Million Fremont Street Experience opens.
On this day in 1995, Dean Martin died of lung cancer. For three decades, Martin was among one of the most popular acts in Las Vegas.
On this day in 1996, Stanford Wong's BJ21.com domain name was registered.
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.
On this day in 1996, Arnold Snyder's RGE21.com domain name was registered.
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.
On this day in 1996, Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review Network web site was launched.
On this day in 1996, rapper Tupac Shakur was shot multiple times and died in Las Vegas.
On this day in 1996, Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review Network registered the BJRnet.com domain name. In 2016, a move was made to an improved and more secure WordPress site using the BlackjackReview.com domain.
On this day (approx) in 1997, Max Rubin held the 1st annual Blackjack Ball - an event to celebrate the greatest blackjack players, experts and authors. Wally Simmons won the Blackjack Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player.
On this day in 1997, US Senator Jon Kyl introduced the first Internet Gambling Prohibition Act. This bill was defeated , however, in 2006, a new version called the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act would finally be passed.
On this day in 1997, Michael Shackleford created "Mike's Gambling Page" on the Internet. This would later become the WizardOfOdds.com web site.
On this day in 1997, the online Usenet message board group rec.gambling.blackjack.moderated was voted on and approved. Moderators included Abdul Jalib and Michael Solinas. [43 Blackjack Review Vol 7, Issue 1]
On this day in 1997, the last hard-copy issue of Michael Dalton's Blackjack Review was published.
On this day in 1998, Ken Smith's BlackjackInfo.com web site was registered.
On this day in 1998, Michael Shackleford created his WizardofOdds.com web site domain.
On this day in 1998, Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack. Sinatra became one of Las Vegas' best known performers as part of the Rat Pack.
On this day in 1998 (approx), the book Blackjack and the Law by I. Nelson Rose and Robert A. Loeb was published.
On this day in 1998, the US Senate votes 90 to 10 to make gambling on the Internet illegal. The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act of 1998 (IGPA 98) sought to expand the scope of the Wire Act to include non-sports betting and to prohibit using the Internet to place bets or assist in the placing of bets. [ Betting on Prohibition ]
On this day in 1998, the first Blackjack Review Network "player" blacklist was created.
On this day in 1998, Peter Griffin died. 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 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.
On this day in 1999, Michael Dalton's Encyclopedia of Blackjack became an online living document on BJRnet.com (now BlackjackReview.com).
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!
On this day in 2000, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled in favor of a card counter and ordered the return of $40,400 in winnings. These winnings were seized by the Monte Carlo Casino in 1997, when it was discovered that he had used a false ID.
In April of 2000, Michael Russo and James Grosjean were arrested and detained at Caesars Palace on grounds they were cheating. They would file a defamation lawsuit against Griffin Investigations claiming that they had been improperly detained, labeled as cheaters and arrested, on the basis of information supplied by Griffin. [ See 9/13/2005 ]
On this day in 2000, two men jumped over the cashier cage counter at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, stealing over $160,000. They would later be caught and convicted and one was found dead in his cell. (Las Vegas Sun)
On this day in 2000, Missouri enacted a law that prohibited barring for counting cards at blackjack. [ blackjackforumonline.com ]
On this day in 2000, Missouri outlawed barrings but allowed certain countermeasures to minimize the advantage counters get.
On this day in 2000, Julian Braun died. Braun was the author of the ground-breaking book How to Play Winning Blackjack and was a major influence in the development of computer proven blackjack systems. Inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2005.
On this day in 2001, the GameMaster's Blackjack School instruction was made available on the Blackjack Review Network.
On this day in 2001, John Gwynn Jr. died. 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 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.
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.
On this day in 2003, the movie The Hot Shoe was released. It would become one of the first complete and accurate documentaries about card counting ever made.
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.
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.
On this day in 2004, Las Vegas' iconic Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino was sold to Harrahs. Many a card counter will have fond (and not so fond) memories of the Horseshoe.
On this day in 2004, the World Series of Blackjack (tournament) television show debuted on the Game Show Network (GSN).
On this day in 2004, the Celebrity Blackjack television show debuted on the Game Show Network (GSN).
On this day in 2005, Pi Yee Press (BJ21) began publishing a free weekly online newsletter.
On this day in 2005, the last episode of the Celebrity Blackjack television show aired on the Game Show Network (GSN).
On this day in 2005, the Las Vegas Sun reported that Griffin Investigations had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This was after a successful defamation lawsuit brought on by Michael Russo and James Grosjean, who claimed they had been improperly detained, labeled as cheaters and arrested, on the basis of information supplied by Griffin.
On this day in 2005, Victor Nacht of RGE, hosted the 1st annual Halloween Blackjack Ball.
On this day in 2005, Australian media tycoon and billionaire Kerry Packer died. Packer won (and lost) tens of millions of dollars at blackjack and held the title of the world's biggest gambler in the 1990s. [ Wikipedia ]
On this day in 2006, Arnold Snyder's book The Big Book of Blackjack was published. This book has one of the best discussions of the history of blackjack and advantage play.
On this day in 2006, the state of Washington made it a "felony" to gamble or play poker on the Internet.
On this day in 2006, Keith Taft died. Taft developed the first hidden toe-operated blackjack computer and was a major influence on the world of professional blackjack. A 2004 member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2006, the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (elimination blackjack tournament) television show debuted on CBS.
On this day in 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
On this day in 2006, Victor Nacht of RGE, hosted the 2nd (and final) Halloween Blackjack Ball.
On this day in 2007, the last episode of the televised World Series of Blackjack aired on the Game Show Network (GSN).
On this day in 2007, Colin and Ben's Blackjack Apprenticeship.com website was registered.
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.
On this day in 2007, new law in the United Kingdom allowed for the creation of licensed Internet casinos located in the country.
On this day in 2007, O. J. Simpson was arrested at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for robbery.
On this day in 2007, the last episode of the Ultimate Blackjack Tour (elimination blackjack tournament) television show aired on CBS.
On this day in 2008, Max Rubin held the 12th annual Blackjack Ball. James Grosjean won the Blackjack Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. The Four Horseman of Aberdeen were inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2008, GSN premiered the game show called Catch 21. This blackjack related show would run for four seasons.
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 and editor of the Blackjack Review web site.
On this day in 2009, governor Charlie Crist signed a gambling pact with the Florida Seminole tribe, lasting 20 years, to allow legal slot machines and blackjack at their 7 casinos. [ The Economist Sept 5, 2009 ]
On this day in 2009, Michael Shackleford's WizardOfVegas.com web site was launched.
On this day in 2010, Florida finally allowed "no-limit" gambling in all 23 poker rooms across the state.
On this day in 2010, Anthony Carleo, wearing a motorcycle helmet, enters the poker cage at the Suncoast Casino in Las Vegas. He pulls a gun and walks away with $20,000 in cash. He will become known as the "Biker Bandit". (Corrupt Crimes)
On this day in 2010, Anthony Carleo, aka "The Biker Bandit", rides up to the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas. He walks to a craps table, pulls a gun, and steals $1.5 million in chips. He would later be caught trying to sell a $25,000 chip to an undercover officer. - (Corrupt Crimes)
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.
On this day in 2011, the movie Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians debuted.
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.
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.
On this day in 2011, Max Rubin held the 15th annual Blackjack Ball. Michael Shackelford won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Zeljko Ranogajec was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2012, Norman Wattenberger registered the BlackjackTheForum.com domain.
On this day in 2012, Max Rubin held the 16th annual Blackjack Ball. "Mr. Yuk" won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Ian Andersen was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
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.
On this day in 2012, Robert Michael Canjar died. We know him as "MathProf", a well respected and regular contributor to many blackjack and advantage play websites.
On this day in 2012, Eliot Jacobson's APHeat.net web site domain was registered.
On this day in 2012, Renee Taft Meloche's book High-Tech Gambler: The True Story of Keith Taft & His Astonishing Machines was published.
On this day in 2013, Max Rubin held the 17th annual Blackjack Ball. Richard Munchkin won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. There was no voting for induction this year into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2013, the Nevada State Legislature approved Assembly Bill #114, allowing the state to enter into pacts with other states to offer Internet-based poker, among other items.
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.
On this day in 2013, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviewed Nathaniel Tilton - author of the book The Blackjack Life.
On this day in 2013, Pi Yee Press (BJ21) published their last free weekly newsletter.
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.
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.
On this day in 2014, Max Rubin held the 18th annual Blackjack Ball. "Smoke" won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Bob Nersesian was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2014, the Gambling with an Edge podcast interviews Colin and Ben of the blackjack team known as The Church Team.
On this day in 2014, two skilled players at the Virgin River Casino in Mesquite were awarded $200,000 for a 15 minute false imprisonment.
On this day in 2014, notorious gambler Ben Affleck was barred from play for card counting at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. 😯
On this day in 2014, all Blackjack Review Network message forums were archived. [ WEB ARCHIVE ]
On this day in 2015, Max Rubin held the 19th annual Blackjack Ball. Rick Blaine won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Don Schlesinger was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2015, the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas confiscated winnings, hand-cuffed, back-roomed and physically searched (without his will) Thom-Matthew Kho. Card counter Kho sued the casino and was represented by Robert Nersesian.
On this day in 2016, Max Rubin held the 20th annual Blackjack Ball. Lee Jenson won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Bill Benter was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
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.
On this day in 2016, Richard Arnold Epstein died. 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 2016, a major update of Michael Dalton's Encyclopedia of Blackjack was completed. Of course, this is a living document that will never really be complete 🙂
On this day in 2016, Japan passed a bill to legalize casino gambling in the country.
On this day in 2016, Japan officially legalized casino gambling in the country. However, casinos are not expected to open until 2021.
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.
On this day in 2017, Max Rubin held the 21st annual Blackjack Ball. Anthony Curtis won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Don Johnson was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
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.
On this day in 2018, Max Rubin held the 22nd annual Blackjack Ball. "Wahoo" won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Wally Simmons was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2019, Max Rubin held the 23rd annual Blackjack Ball. "Tony S." won the Grosjean Cup trophy this year for World's Greatest Blackjack Player. Rob Reitzen was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On this day in 2019, the movie Inside the Edge: A Professional Blackjack Adventure was released. This documentary follows K.C., a professional blackjack player, as he concludes his blackjack career (circa 2006) traveling across the United States from casino to casino.
On this day in 2019, Harvey Dubner died. Dubner is credited as the first person to publish a paper on the Hi-Lo count, which is used by many blackjack card counters today.
On this day somewhere, a blackjack player is being barred from further play. Reason: for simply using his or her brain while playing.
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 ]
On this day somewhere, a card counter is being challenged and instructed by pit personnel: "No more blackjack for you. You can play any other game, but no more blackjack."
On this day somewhere, a pit boss will be flat-betting a suspected card counter. Flat-betting nullifies the advantage a card counter might have by forcing him to bet the same amount on every hand.
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.