February 18, 2012

Meet the King of Card Counting

R. M. Schneiderman, Newsweek


AP Photo

Dr. Edward Thorp doesn’t look like one of the world’s most notorious gamblers. At 79 years old, he sports braces and large, wire-rimmed glasses.

But on a recent Saturday night in suburban Las Vegas, 70 of the world’s best card counters—people who memorize cards on the blackjack table to determine the probability of a good hand—nervously fluttered around Thorp inside a banquet hall. There were real-estate investors, television producers, even a group of evangelical Christians. Some donned swishy track pants and fake names like “Diamond Mike.” Others wore suits and arrived with beautiful women....

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TAGGED: Mathematics, Gambling, Blackjack

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