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The Most Disappointing Destination in Europe?

John Nicholson | Posted 10.26.2015 | Travel
John Nicholson

I love Europe. Who doesn't? It's filled with so much sophistication, dotted with beautiful cities and villages, steeped in history that has shaped the...

What Was It Like to Be a Part of the MIT Blackjack Team?

Quora | Posted 10.15.2015 | Entertainment

Well, the whole thing was completely secret, for years and years and years. So it was something you were doing where you couldn't tell anyone. We were totally paranoid about security--it was an all-cash business-- and the casinos could throw you out at any time - so it was all hush hush. From the beginning in 1979, I never talked about it publicly until after the movie came out in 2008.

What Are the Telltale Signs of Someone Counting Cards at a Casino Table?

Quora | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment

In blackjack, if you count cards, it's very easy to tell if other players are counting. Counting cards changes your play style in certain ways. You will tend to bet high when the "count" is high, and bet lower when the "count" is lower.

How Casinos Know That You Are Counting Cards

Quora | Posted 05.12.2015 | Money

It comes in levels. They have a lot of tools against card counting and I've experienced many to most firsthand. At the end you just get banned from the casino, or banned from table games. No, there is no backroom, unless you play somewhere you shouldn't be playing in the first place.

Advantage Players May Be At A Disadvantage

Adam Banner | Posted 01.14.2015 | Crime
Adam Banner

Is advantage play, such as card counting, really cheating, or is it just working the system? Should a casino be allowed to withhold winnings from someone simply because he or she is a skilled player with a talent that sets him or her apart from the other players?

Bringing Down the House Writer Talks Blackjack and Writing Fiction

Quora | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books

There is still an active MIT blackjack team. However, the glory days of card counting have certainly evolved over time with the advent of the automatic shuffler, facial recognition software, and other advances in technology.

Second Term Hell: Obama's Dante Days in Bush-Obama America

David Dent | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
David Dent

Every U.S. president should visit a Blackjack table in Atlantic City sometime in the first term. It should happen just as they are in the middle of those Dreams From Your Ego, which promise bright new hopes if they can only win that second term.

The Different Types of Conference Speakers

Phil Simon | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business
Phil Simon

There are pros and cons to using all types of speakers. Understanding them helps conference organizers make necessary tradeoffs, striking the balance between cost and quality.

Vegas Casinos Wage A High-Tech War On Cheating

The Verge | Posted 01.15.2013 | Technology

"I think most people feel that if you can find a way to beat the casino, more power to you,” says Arnold Synder, his eyes, those telltale features, ...

Blackjack: The Great Uniter

Glen Wiggy | Posted 01.12.2013 | Books
Glen Wiggy

Do you want to play nice together at the blackjack table or not? Do you want to play blackjack correctly? Do you want to count cards with me? These are simple questions that should not divide the great citizens of our country. Heck, even if we lose a few bucks, the casino will give us a free buffet.

FedEx's $5,000 Gamble. Literally.

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.15.2012 | Business

Desperate times call for desperate measures. That’s one business principle you likely won’t need to explain to FedEx founder Fred Smith. In Fed...

Block That Metaphor, Twice

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Media
Michael Sigman

It's worth pondering why a gambling cliche has become the metaphor of choice for the campaign commentariat.

Baccarat Is The New Blackjack

AP | OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home

LAS VEGAS — In the days before the Chinese New Year celebration began this week, six high rollers sat down at the private baccarat tables one da...

A Card Counter's Vegas Victory

Avery Cardoza | Posted 03.04.2012 | Travel
Avery Cardoza

Despite my rather remarkable capacity to concentrate with alcohol in my system, I was struggling to believe my good fortune.

Oregon Man Looking For Neb. Casino Gets Detox Stay (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 11.19.2011 | Weird News

LINCOLN, Neb. -- An Oregon man pressed his luck one too many times and spent the night in a Nebraska detox cell after twice mistaking a police station...

CEO Wins $15.1 Million Playing Blackjack

Posted 07.24.2011 | Business

For once, the casinos got beat. Over the last six months, the previously-unknown Don Johnson has won $15.1 million playing blackjack, The Press of...

Chinese Artist's Arrest Angers Gaming Group

Posted 06.13.2011 | World

The arrest of Ai Weiwei has been criticized by human rights advocacy groups around the world, but now the controversial artist's alleged government de...

Business Lessons from a Card Counter

Jeff Ma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Ma

The byproduct of the data revolution in business, as it was for us in blackjack, is the ability to take emotion out of the decision making process.

Losing My Book Advance Taught Me to Write

Josh Axelrad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Josh Axelrad

I was given a large book advance in 2005. This didn't sit well with me. It wasn't writerly, I felt, simply to be handed money without having struggled. My reaction was to gamble for about a year.

'Delivering Happiness': What Poker Taught Me About Business

Tony Hsieh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tony Hsieh

I started to notice similarities between what was good poker strategy and what made for good business strategy, especially when thinking about the separation between short-term thinking.

'Robin Hood' Gambler Wins Money In Vegas, Gives It All To Those In Need

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A self-made blackjack player who calls himself RobinHood702 (the 702 comes from Las Vegas' area code), finds those in need and wins hundreds of thousa...

Blackhawk Casinos Want To Pay Winning Gamblers Less In Black Jack

The Denver Post | Andy Vuong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The house usually wins. Now it wants to shell out less when it loses. Colorado's mountain casinos are asking regulators to lower the minimum payout on...

Atlantic City Casino Revives $2 Blackjack Tables

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City's oldest casino is going "retro" – at least when it comes to blackjack. Resorts Atlantic City plans t...

The Colts Will Not Win the Superbowl

Jeff Ma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jeff Ma

Football is a game of aggression. The Colts' decision on Sunday to rest their players was one of caution, one that could have ramifications on their psyche going forward.

Playing the Hand that Life Deals You

Don McNay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

I've dealt with hundreds of parents of special needs children. They take the hand that is dealt to them. And usually turn that hand into aces.