I was putting my sport coat on to head out for the evening and discovered a couple of $100 chips in the pocket. Since my destination was close to the casino I figured I would stop in and cash them out. Little did I know at that point that my destiny and fate had been sealed – The planets were aligned, the moon was full, and a rare event of biblical proportions was about to take place.
Upon arrival at the Casino I walked towards the cashiers cage and noticed a dealer friend of mine dealing at a table with one player. I figured I might as well say hi and play a couple of hands. The six deck shoe had about three decks left to be played, so I placed a bet in the circle and received my favorite hand, Blackjack!
The odds of getting that hand are around 21 to 1. What a great way to start! The next hand was dealt and to my surprise – Blackjack again! Now this is indeed a rare event because the odds of getting two blackjacks in a row are around 400 to 1. It’s not the first time I have had that happen, but this is not a common occurrence.
The cards were dealt for my third hand and I was shocked when I was dealt yet another blackjack!
Three in a row! This is amazing! What are the odds of getting three blackjacks in a row? Well it’s approximately ten thousand to one! I have been playing blackjack for over twenty years and that has only happened to me only one other time, so it is indeed a rare event.
My dealer friend said that in over eleven years of dealing blackjack nearly every day, his personal record was four Blackjacks in row. So, I said “well, let’s tie your personal record”.
My fourth hand was dealt and the first card was a ten and I said, “Doesn’t look good” but then, “Bam” an ace, my fourth blackjack in a row. I was stunned – The odds of 4 consecutive blackjacks, 160,000 to 1. Incredible!
At this point, I’m beside myself, because I have witnessed something very rare. I told my friend laughing “Well let’s set a new world record”. The cards were dealt for my fifth hand and again my first card was a ten, I said, “Well four was incredible” Then Wham! Bam! My second card again was an ace! Five BLACKJACKS in a row!! The odds of getting 5 consecutive Blackjacks…..4,200,000 to 1! That’s Four point two million to one!
The other person at the table was a first time player and said, “That’s pretty good dude” He had no idea of the magnitude of the event that he had just witnessed.
This is something that I have never seen before or will probably ever see again.
To put it in perspective, the odds of being dealt a royal flush in Poker on the first 5 cards are 650,000 to 1. That event is 6 times more likely to occur than 5 blackjacks in a row. I am just happy that it happened to me, someone that appreciates the rarity of that occurrence.
Here’s my question to my readers “What’s the most consecutive blackjacks that you have ever received?” If anyone has ever been dealt 5 or more send me an email.
Editor’s note; after reading this story, I believe it’s time for T.J. to officially change his name to “Mr. Lucky”
T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play and has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world. He also has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack. His book, “Beating the Casino at Their Own Game,” is available by e-mail…… firstname.lastname@example.org