Impressive Wins at the Blackjack Casino Table
Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games. Whether it’s the social thrill of playing in a brick-and-mortar casino or the comfort of an online blackjack casino, the game is a favourite among gamblers for its excitement and simplicity.
Some players have won huge sums of money at the Blackjack table, whether it be through luck or adopting a card-counting method. Let’s take a look at some Blackjack wins that have stunned the gambling industry.
Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer was something of a casino enthusiast. The millionaire was known for his high-stakes approach and enjoyed spending his downtime at the Blackjack table. In 1991, Packer won $7 million in one night at the Las Vegas Hilton, now known as the Westgate Las Vegas casino.
Four years later, Packer notched what is now regarded as one of the most remarkable Blackjack wins in history. It was reported that he played 8 hands simultaneously at Las Vegas MGM Grand casino, placing bets of £250,000 per hand. He managed to rack up an incredible winning streak and walked away with around $20 million. Not bad for a night’s work!
It’s believed that a man with no shoes, nicknamed ‘Shoeless Joe’, wandered into the Treasure Island casino after being banished from his home by his wife and within a few weeks had turned his social security check into $1.5 million. By employing a reckless playing style, doubling down and splitting at questionable times, the man put together an unbelievable winning streak.
His luck soon ran out, and he lost a large proportion of his winnings before being escorted out of the casino. The bare-footed gambler has never been named, and no-one seems to know what became of him.
MIT Blackjack team
If you’ve seen the film 21, you’ll know all about the MIT Blackjack team. They were a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who mastered the art of card-counting to beat the dealer in casinos around the world. Led by Bill Kaplan, the team claimed to have won over half a million dollars in one evening through their strategies.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the team won millions of dollars and left the management of many casinos scratching their heads.
A member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, Ken Uston is one of the most famous names in the history of the game. Uston used his mathematical expertise, along with skills learned from Edward O. Thorp’s book Beat the Dealer, to devise a winning strategy. He put together a team of players who helped him win over $4.5 million between 1975 and 1981.
After mastering the art of card-counting and making his fortune, Uston went on to write books about his knowledge of the casino including Million Dollar Blackjack.
Businessman Don Johnson achieved a sensational five-month winning streak in casinos across Atlantic City, racking up around $15.1 million in winnings. He did not utilise card-counting techniques, but instead, beat the casinos by using house rules to his advantage and placing high bets.
Most of the casinos Johnson entered in that time have banned him from playing there in the future. His success at the Blackjack table is legendary and has established him as one of the best-known gamblers in the world.