Don Johnson on Blackjack Advantage – “I’ve had Porn Stars play with Me”

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These days, Miami Vice star Don Johnson is no longer the only famous person who bears this name. There’s also Don Johnson the blackjack player, who, two years ago, took several major Atlantic City casinos for a combined $15 million. Since that time, Johnson has enjoyed his winnings and partied with celebrities like Bon Jovi.

More recently, the Pennsylvania man did a very interesting interview with Bloomberg TV called The Player: Secrets of a Vegas Whale. As you can imagine, a blackjack player giving up the secrets of how he made $15 million in profits was very entertaining, to say the least. And one of the most intriguing and critical parts of Johnson’s strategy involved pushing the dealer into mistakes.

If a dealer makes a mistake during a blackjack game, such as not seeing the player signal “surrender” or “stand,” the player gets a free bet. Johnson, who bet as high as $100k per hand during his blackjack run, took full advantage of this rule.

“I have all kinds of distractions for dealers,” he explained. “I’ve had porn stars play with me. I’ve had 5, 6, 7, 8 different girls who would pose as a girlfriend… There’s always a circus going on. To them, the more it looks like one giant party, the better it is for my side of the table.”

Of course, Johnson’s blackjack skills go far beyond just distracting the dealer so he/she makes mistakes. He also has a very good command over the mathematics of the game. Johnson used this knowledge to negotiate favorable terms with Atlantic City casinos that cut the house edge considerably. Combined with his big wagers and the free bets that he would gradually get throughout a night from dealer mistakes, Johnson was able to swing the edge in his favor.

Here’s a link to the entire Bloomberg piece, which also goes into some of the struggles that Las Vegas and Atlantic City have encountered. Also, check out the sample of this story below:

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