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Black Jack – The history of card counting

Card counting is an art that has been famous… or infamous… for many years. It got its first real start in 1962, with the publication of a book titled “Beat the Dealer”, written by a man named Edward O. Thorp. This book was quickly accepted as the standard procedure for all card counters, and this solidified Mr. Thorp’s title as the father of Black Jack card counting.

But as these methods became more and more popular, casinos took more and more measures to counter the art. For example, casinos used to deal every single card in the deck, right down to the last one. This, however, is not the case anymore.

There were other card counters before the time of Thorp though. Men like Jess Marcum and Joe Bernstein were successfully counting cards in Black Jack much earlier than 1962. And in 1957, four men who were known as “the four horsemen” (Roger Baldwin, James McDermott, Herbert Maisel, and Wilbert Canteny) came up with a card counting system using only crude mechanical calculators.

Despite the casino’s attempts to put an end to card counting, Black Jack card counting teams continued to count cards. There were several famous teams, including a team from MIT that was the focus of a book by Ben Mezrich, titled “Bringing Down the House”. Other famous team leaders included names like Tommy Hyland, Al Francesco, and Ken Uston.

But even with all of the progress made in the field of card counting, casinos continue to come up with even more sophisticated ways of detecting and banning them. This “battle” is still being fought today, and there are many card counters out there right now, hoping to “strike it rich” at the casino.  And as more and more people hear about card counting, more and more people are out to take advantage of it.

Famous Casino Drinks

If you spend a lot of time in a Casino, than you might have noticed that some of the drinks that they offer are confusing. You might see some that you would like to try, but are afraid to do so for the exorbitant price! After all, that is a lot of money to pay for a drink that you will not like. So, here are some of the most popular, favorite casino drinks out there. So, next time you are out gambling, you can order drinks that have a reputation for being good, not just alcoholic.

First, you could order a margarita. This famous drink is known for it’s fine flavor, and for it’s salty/sweet combination of flavors. It is a Tequila and Cointreau blend of liquor, with a touch of lime sauce. A drink for any occasion, you can enjoy a Margarita at any Casino in Los Vegas, or even in the entire world.

Another fine drink to try is a Martini. A Martini is a drink that consists mostly of Gin and Vermouth. The ratio of these two is generally three to one respectively, but this completely depends on your personal taste. You can serve it with a twist, which means that there will be a little bit of lemon in it… and it is generally either shaken or stirred, depending upon how you ask for it.

Or, why not try a Bloody Mary? Those who do not like tomato sauce might detest the taste of these drinks, but to those who enjoy this rather infamous delicacy might learn that Bloody Marys are actually quite good. They are made with Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon or lime flavoring, some spices, and are usually garnished with either a pickle spear or a stalk of celery.

Becoming a Gambling mathematics professional

If you really enjoy working with numbers, and you really enjoy poker, poker machines, and casinos, than there is a job that might be just perfect for you! If you have a degree in mathematics, than you could look into becoming a gambling mathematics professional.

There are a lot of companies, especially slot machine companies, that need mathematicians to do calculations for them. Often there are tons to be done, and this work is good work that keeps coming, providing an income that is pretty steady.

Not only that, but you can spend your days working with poker machines too! If this is something that you would enjoy doing, here are some tips for breaking into the business.

First, you will need a degree in mathematics. Second, you will need to get into contact with some slot machine companies. There are several that you should try, including AC Coin & Slot, Aristocrat Technologies, Cadillac Jack, and even Atronic Americas. There are all kinds, but these are good ones to start off contacting. You can also look further into it, and get in touch with as many companies as you can. Some of these companies need to have thousands of employees at a time, so your chances of getting on are good if you keep trying.

Being a mathematician working for a slot machine company is an ideal way to use your math skills. It is fun, pretty easy, and will provide you with a job that you can enjoy, especially if you are a poker fan. And the best part is that this is a way to make a living out of poker that doesn’t involve losing money! Instead of gambling, you get paid to “build”  and test the gambling machines!