Saturday, December 31, 2016

Repeat Until Rich--#62 finished

Finished my last book of the year, others reading are too far away to finish today.  I didn't think I would get this one in but a quiet day with time to read yesterday, I was able to finish it.  Writer was a professional blackjack player on a team that was setup for counting cards and relaying info to a big time better.  He wasn't part of the MIT teams but a more aggressive branch off them, good stories and info about how they went about doing it.  This team knew they would get thrown out of casinos so always seemed to push the envelope on this till they did.  He was very successful along with team and made lots of money.  Seems like either the travel or changes that casinos were doing to lessen their odds or maybe just some burnout--or likely all and others--kind of pushed him into quitting the blackjack play.  He sold this book idea but couldn't get down to writing it and with money & free time and at same time the Texas Holdem poker boom took off, that is where he went.  Basically lost all his money over a couple years while still struggling to write but eventually was able to quit poker. He mentions trying to quit several times and finally Gamblers Anonymous but not sure where he gives the credit on quitting.  Good story about his unusual trip through professional blackjack and online poker.

I have posted it on PBS, it is the only copy in system so I expect it will get requested at some point.

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