Blackjack Myths and Legends

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Blackjack is probably the most talked about casino game with countless appearances in literature, cinema and modern day mythology. The game is laden with rumors and myths that many blackjack experts have tried to dispel over the years.

However some of these stories refuse to die down, which is not necessarily a bad thing as they contribute to the glorification of this amazing game. But sometimes they can have a downside especially when people who are new to the game believe in them.

Blackjack Myths

Most of the time when you will come across blackjack myths they will be about what to do or not to do when playing blackjack. Because this is a game that requires a combination of luck and skill, many players over the years developed different concepts in the hope of helping them beat the casino.

It is important to remember that most of these systems have proven themselves not to work in the long-run and the only two things that have a track record in increasing your chance for becoming a successful blackjack player are card counting and basic blackjack strategy.

Avoid falling a victim to myths regarding which moves you should or should not do when facing different situations while playing blackjack. Always rely on basic blackjack strategy.

Also remember that when you play at a land-based casino or live-dealer blackjack you have the option of counting cards, which is not possible when playing software-based blackjack at online casinos. However you should be very careful as casinos tend to frown upon card counters and remove them from the game, so if you plan on doing this make sure to be as discreet as possible.

Blackjack Legends

Over the years many professional blackjack players have become legends with tales of long winning streaks that provided them with millions of the casinos’ money. Those are not the type of legends we wish to discuss here. We have a special section dedicated to Blackjack Pros where you can read all their amazing stories.

We would like to dedicate this blackjack legend section to those anonymous legends that burst onto the casino and had one good strike against the casino, won a small fortune and never returned. The kind of legends you hear older blackjack players tell the new generation of players they meet around the blackjack table.

The Million Dollar Bum

In 1995 a smelly and obnoxious bum who was made homeless when his wife kicked him out, cashed his $400 state benefits check and went to play blackjack at Treasure Island Casino in Las Vegas. He played for a single week during which he has won over $1.3 million and lost it all.

The player did not play basic blackjack strategy but for the first few days he was playing he was incredibly lucky until his luck ran out. While he played he managed to offend every person that approached him and every blackjack dealer that dealt him cards. Once he lost everything that he had won, the famous Steve Wynn, who owns Treasure Island, instructed security to escort the bum out of the casino.

The Kerry Packer Story

Kerry Packer is an Australian billionaire that in 1997 brought the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas to its knees by winning over $30 million in several short days. All the casinos in Las Vegas knew that allowing Packer to play at their casino was risky because they knew what his annual visits to UK casinos affected the casinos’ revenues sometimes positively (when Packer incurred big losses) and sometimes negatively (when Packer has big wins).

Packer spent his few days at the blackjack and baccarat tables earning over $30 million, with some people claiming it was over $40 million. Needless to say that the poor casino executives that lured Packer to the MGM Grand Casino found themselves unemployed because Packer’s win adversely affected the casino’s quarterly revenue report.

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