I am often asked how I got started doing what I do. Well it all started when I was in college and took a course in probabilities. I thought it was interesting that you could accurately predict the outcome of games of chance using mathematics. Since I had been playing kitchen blackjack with my relatives on holidays from about the time I was five – this fascinated me.
From there it led to calculating the probabilities of winning a sweepstakes. Since my friends and I were poor college students with some extra time on our hands we decided to put our calculations to the test. We started with local drawings.
The first one was for a go kart. We estimated the size of the box and how many entry forms that it could hold. Then we calculated the number of entries we needed to have in order to reduce the odds of winning to about two to one. When the drawing was held we won. Next we entered a sweepstakes on the back of a cereal box. In the rules where it said no purchase necessary just send in a post card, well we did, thousands of them, we received the 2nd grand prize.
About this time Julian Braun of IBM ran millions of simulations on a main frame to find the best way to play each possible hand in blackjack. His conclusions were used in Edward Thorp's 2nd edition of "Beat the Dealer" which proved that you could gain a mathematical advantage over the casinos in the game of blackjack by counting cards.
When I found that I could have a long term advantage over the casino when playing blackjack I was in. I bought Lawrence Reveres Book "Playing Blackjack as a Business." I studied and mastered the card counting system, the same one that I use today.
From there, I made frequent trips to Vegas and tracked all my play. Month after Month I would come out ahead. Not only was I having fun, but I was making money too, lots of it.
Contrary to what people might think, I don't consider myself a pro gambler, I consider myself an investor who expects a return on his money. I know that if I play my game flawlessly – in the long run I will come out ahead, and I have month after month, year after year. If I didn't I wouldn't play.
I don’t know of any pro gamblers of slot machines, keno, roulette or craps, because if you are playing those casino games, you have a negative value event and eventually the casino will have their edge. Now, there are “Lucky streaks” where you may hit a big jackpot or hold the dice for a long time or have your roulette numbers come up for a huge win and you know when to cash out and come back another time – then you are a disciplined gambler and you will do much better than the average player.
No matter how lucky you are you will eventually lose if you play long enough – so know when to walk away on any game.
The only players that can show a profit year after year are card counters who play the system flawlessly and video poker professionals. Anyone else should be playing for entertainment – because they will eventually give back all their winnings.
So that’s where I started to end up where I am. If you decide that you want to be more than a recreational player playing for entertainment, learn my system and start making some serious money. My book "Beating the Casino At Their Own Game" Is available on my website www.freewebs.com/tjsblackjackcornerIt's never too late to be who you might have been.
T.J. Jorgensen has been a professional Blackjack player for over 20 years. He is well known for his live tournament play. He has competed against, and beaten, some of the top tournament players in the world and has won the prestigious World Series of Blackjack.