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The first casino that publicly decides to let Affleck play will surely attract enough attention, in the form of foolhardy blackjack wannabes to cover their lifetime losses to the Affleck family fortune. That is a fairly aggressive 1 to spread. The casinos make money hand over fist by keeping it beatable. All the verbal bans I ever receive at the blackjack tables end with a cordial invitation to play the slot machines. After a half century of this tomfoolery, the game is still offered, and it is still beatable. Believe me, I was no Houdini. They want to keep the game technically beatable without actually taking a beating. Rememberโ€”You are using your brain to compete at a game which casinos have invited you to use your brain at to try and beat. With some basic mental gymnastics, you can gain a clear advantage over the game. The casinos must have been torn. In recent days, award-winning writer, actor and director Ben Affleck Chasing Amy, Good Will Hunting, Argo made waves in the press for his card-playing prowess. Basic strategy is not only statistically proven, and not only is it welcome at casinos, it is provided as a courtesy on a little plastic card at most casinos and openly discussed among players and staff at the tables. Will it bust you? The guesswork and risk and passion of the game revolve around that next card coming out of the shoe. Translation: he was Going For It. Maybe a day. The same thing has happened to me in the same high limits room at the same casino, not to mention time and again at blackjack tables across the country. All the casinos knew me by name. Will it make your hand and double your money? Thorp was a numbers man, and he arrived at a startling discovery. Especially considering that he had the whole rich celebrity thing going for him. Maybe something. Back To Blog.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} So you do a lot of adding and subtracting ones, and when and if that number starts climbing into higher positive territory, you start to gain an advantage over the casino. Why aces and faces? But oops! Good on you, Ben. Using early computers, Thorp examined whether keeping track of the cards could lend itself to gaining an advantage over the game. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}You get to show your face around town; you have something to keep you busy in Vegas while the wife is keeping up with the Kardashians; you boost public perception for throwing your snazzy fedora in the ring at charity tournaments. He is currently shopping his collection of blackjack stories to publishers, as well as supporting a festival run of the independent feature film Big in Japan , in which he plays a card counter who ditches the game for a chance at musical stardom in Japan. You restore blood flow to the parts of your body that forgot how piles of money can make you feel something. And therein lies the answer. I was surprised too, because honestly it felt like half. The dealer plays his hand according to a set of house rules. Just for showing up you get all kinds of comps, cred, and curtain calls. A little concessionary cover play might have gone a long way. What will it be? Blackjack Apprenticeship exists to provide the best training, community, and resources on the web for card counters. Maybe nothing. For six years he was the winningest player on the Church Team โ€” the blackjack team that was the subject of the documentary Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. I mean, look at that face. In blackjack, you are dealt two cards. If a raft of low cards have just come out, it seems reasonable to assume a big card is due, and vice versa. Of course, that part of it has to do more with the PR nightmare they brought on themselves than anything else. Take a lesson from Batman. As of now, he is still being allowed to play per casino management. Click here to find out more about Blackjack Apprenticeship! We can teach you how to turn the tables on the casinos and use effective cover to extend your playing career in the process. The Vegas casinos can handle celebrity action. Become a Member. David Drury lives in Seattle, Washington where he writes under the pseudonym Loudon Ofton for Blackjackapprenticeship. If you study up and play smart you might even fashion yourself into a winning player. How is that for flying under the radar? Only then did the game become wildly popular. This is how the game has evolved to having all kinds of rules and variations. As suspect as that may be, please be clear. What could Ben have done differently? This was blackjack. Aces favor the player because when you get a blackjack, you win three dollars from the casino for every two that you bet, but when the dealer gets blackjack, she only gets to take your original two dollars. Tour Membership. More faces mean that the dealer is more likely to bust. Nothing Affleck did was illegal. His conclusions were published in the book Beat the Dealer in , marking the birth of card counting. Sometimes the casinos forget they are supposed to not like you. Dealers will tell you the correct play if you ask. I learned that even when card counters get kicked out, in time they often go back anyway, more often than not finding ways to play successful sessions where they were once told they would not be welcome. I am a professional card counter. Until the casino reads you the trespass act, you have the right to try and find a playable game in a public setting like anyone else. Remember that while you can stop drawing cards at any time, the dealer is compelled to keep taking cards until she has reached at least Ed Thorp published his guide to beating blackjack. The goal is drawing as near to 21 as possible without going over. The book went gangbusters. Your instincts will start to bend your mind in one direction or another in that moment, searching for a justification to hit or stay. Over time you winโ€”not more hands, just more money. Granted, it sounds like he was doing fairly well for himself. But still, they are always happy to have him or anybody else with money to burn out there on the gaming floorโ€ฆ so long as the casino can keep their statistical edge intact while they do it. What to do, what to do? I know! Curtain opens on a windowless room full of heavyset men in suits thick with Jersey accents and hair grease standing over a boardroom table, wringing their hands over this changing of the tide. There are different tracking methods, but odds are that Affleck was using the most prevalent counting method, called Hi-Lo. The highest hand wins and the money moves accordingly. The full arsenal of your brainpower and competitive wiles are welcome hereโ€”but cross the casino floor to the blackjack tables with that kind of know-how, and all bets are off. For those interested in joining the ranks of successful card counters , the money is there for the taking! I saw my face coming out of a fax machine in the pit more times than I can remember. The casino has engaged in a push-and-pull tug of war with patrons of the game ever since. This is the one instance where notoriety might play to the favor of a card counter. How long will it take? Still, I found ways to get plenty of play, and never had my thumbs broken. They, in fact, crave it. This was not the World Series of Poker he was besting. I imagine they might have tolerated a very respectable 1 to 20 spread from him for a much longer time, but then again, maybe Ben has a day job that keeps him from the time commitment. Not even the Hard Rock wants you to believe that. A guy named Ed Thorp had those same fragile instincts. And by god, Ben Affleck wants to beat it. Poker is good for celebrity. But the downside is that if the bastards actually know what they are doing, they will beat it? They are forever playing cat and mouse with themselves by adjusting rules to attract patrons away from other casinos or alternately to limit the advantage of skilled players at the table. I am certain that as we speak they are seeing to it that he has free suites and Ed Hardy shirts for life. Card counting is about mitigating risk to make for a successful career.