The Geniuses in the Blackjack Hall of Fame

Since the commencement of the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2003, there have been eleven members all in all that were inducted for their exceptional achievements.

The Father of Card Counting, Edward O. Thorp was a mathematician who wrote the very first book on blackjack system in 1962. His book Beat the Dealer was a first of its kind since it’s written and published by a mathematician. Today’s card counting systems are generally derived from the ten count system introduced by Thorp.

Ken Uston was an original inductee of the Blackjack Hall of Fame even after he died (in 1987) years before it. His book entitled The Big Player tells all the secrets of the card counting teams. Many card counting teams have evolved since after the book’s publication.

Al Francesca is the inventor of blackjack’s team play and he was the motivating factor and brains behind Uston and the book, The Big Player.

The two points of card system namely the Betting Correlation and Playing Efficiency was broken down by the mathematician Peter Griffin. The Theory of Blackjack and his other manuscripts were enough to put him on the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

The Godfather of Blackjack, Stanford Wong, was successful in proving his card counting techniques and he was one of the first to beat the shuffle machines in Las Vegas.

Arnold Snyder was the first to publish the importance of penetration in the game of blackjack; now being utilized by most professional players.

Tommy Hyland had been playing blackjack since college, and for more than 25 years his success together with his team as the best in the whole world had made a mark amongst other professional players and casinos as well.

In 2004, Keith Taft was added to the Hall of Fame. His many inventions of casino-beating gadgets were all featured in a photo album. Taft acknowledges his son, Marty, for his support to his projects especially those focusing on blackjack.

Max Rubin wrote the book, Comp City which aimed at beating the blackjack tables of Vegas without mastering card counting. In 2005 Julian Brown, a computer programmer from IBM became an inductee in the Blackjack Hall of fame with his achievement in creating enhanced blackjack programs: the Hi-Opt and Hi-Lo strategies.

Another 2005 inductee is Lawrence Revere, a card expert who invented a simple, color-coded system to understanding blackjack that even an average player can comply.

The 2006 Blackjack Hall of Fame inductee is the creator of the book, Beyond Counting, James Grosjean. The book is said to be the bible of professional hole-carders.