The Casinos Strike Back

We live in a cyclical world. Everything from real estate to stocks to fashion has its peaks and valleys. Blackjack is no different. However, in this case, we’re not referring to wins and losses in blackjack. Rather, we’re referring to card counting and its popularity.

Nearly 20 years ago, the MIT blackjack team took Las Vegas for millions of dollars. They were the first group of people to successfully count cards and make blackjack profitable for the player. Eventually, they were busted by the casinos. The word “busted” is used loosely, though, as card counting isn’t illegal. It’s simply frowned upon. If you really know the story of the MIT blackjack team, then you know that the casinos and its hired hands were closer to illegal action than any of the card counters. This is in regards to threats, intimidation, and underhanded tactics to retrieve their losses.

Because of the consequences for the MIT blackjack team, very few people wanted to attempt to count cards at live casinos, especially in Las Vegas. But as time passed, blackjack players began contemplating counting cards in live casinos once again. To many people’s surprise, they were successful. Did that trend last long? Unfortunately not.

Today, Griffin Investigations has a larger log of blacklisted blackjack players than ever before. If a casino is suspicious of a player, they will simply send that player’s photo to Griffin Investigations to find out if that player is on the list. This might keep you from counting cards, but if you can manage a top-tier disguise, then it’s something you might want to consider. Just be prepared to train for weeks prior to playing. Also be prepared for any potential retaliation from the casinos if you get caught.