Famous American Blackjack Players
One of the most popular card games played in casinos worldwide is blackjack. Blackjack is known not only as a game of chances but also as a game wherein players require elements of skill.
In order to make blackjack popular in the United States (U.S.), different bonus payouts were offered by casinos to entice players. As soon as blackjack became famous in the U.S., several American blackjack players have started to emerge. Let's talk about some of these players.
Kevin Blackwood is not only known for being a professional American blackjack player, but also as a card counter and an author of books related to gambling. Aside from his popular novel titled "The Counter," he also wrote the instructional book titled " Play Blackjack Like the Pros." He has played on such blackjack tournaments as the Ultimate Blackjack Tour and the World Series of Blackjack.
Just like Blackwood, James Grosjean is also a gambling author aside from being a professional blackjack player. He wrote the book "Beyond Counting: Exploiting Casino Games From Blackjack to Video Poker," which was published in the U.S. in 2000. In history, Grosjean is known as one of the most dangerous players of blackjack. This American blackjack player has competed in the blackjack tournament called the Ultimate Blackjack Tour and is known as the youngest member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. He is also known for his triumph in legal cases involving gambling.
Michael Dalton was working for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration when he started to become interested in blackjack and advantage play. His interest in both blackjack and poker encouraged him to develop a Web site for these casino games. This American blackjack player is also known for being a gambling author and publisher. His publications include "Encyclopedia of Casino Twenty-One" and "Blackjack Review Magazine." Dalton is also the creator of the Blackjack Review Network.
Michael Konik is not only a casino player who excels in blackjack and poker. He is also known for various professions such as an improvisational comedian, a television personality, a jazz singer, and an author. Among the blackjack and poker events where he participated in are the World Series of Poker, Poker After Dark, Legends of Poker Tour, and World Series of Blackjack. This American blackjack player has also written books about gambling and other topics including, but not limited to, "The Man With the $100,000 Breasts and Other Gambling Stories" and "Ella in Europe: An American Dog's International Adventure."
Not content with teaching finance courses, Stanford Wong became a professional American blackjack player in 1976. He eventually became a gambling author as well, and acted as a consultant for several famous blackjack researchers and writers. One of his best known publications is the book "Professional Blackjack," which was first released in the U.S. market in 1975. Stanford Wong is actually a pseudonym being used by John Ferguson.
These are only some of the popular blackjack players from the U.S. They did not only help blackjack become popular in the U.S., they also promoted across the world that there are indeed American blackjack players who can compete with foreign blackjack players.