Blackjack History Database Tool

Ken Uston with Harry Reasoner on 60 MinutesRETURN

Did a blackjack, card counting or related gambling event happen in 1948, or in the month of January, or during April 1977?  Check the blackjack history database below to find out. Or view all of the historical events we’ve managed to find on our History of Blackjack and Card Counting page.

If you know the date of some historical event,  try entering it below.  If the event is not listed let us know so we can update the database.  You can enter any combination of month, day or year below.

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Event DateEvent TypeEvent Name
09-02-1956Publish Date

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.

Request for improvement

Do you know when this happened?

We are currently looking for exact dates (or at least the month and year) for the following historical events.  If you know or think you know please let me know.  Thanks, Michael Dalton – Editor/Publisher.

  • 1981 CBS 60 Minutes Ken Uston interview with Harry Reasoner.  60 Minutes was broadcast on Sundays at 7PM EDT and there were 2 segments on Ken Uston.
  • The exact dates for all annual Blackjack Ball events before 2011 (before the 15th Blackjack Ball)
  • Births and deaths(?) of all blackjack experts and authorities not currently listed.
  • Publication dates for relevant blackjack books, reports, magazines, etc.

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