HOW AND WHERE IT BEGAN- Part 5
by Ralph "Silver Fox" Stricker
Ralph Stricker has been a successful professional blackjack player for many years. He is the developer of the Silver Fox Card Counting system and author of "Silver Fox Blackjack SystemóYou Can Count On It." Note: This is the system that BJI contributing writer Barfarkel uses and mentions in his BJI trip reports.
Note: Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this series. The time frame for the events reported in this true story was circa 1984.
Just when I thought everything was going well, the proverbial "SH%& hit the fan."
Our team decided to make another play in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), and we were excited about our new team member Sally H. Another reason we decided to play there again was because Sallyís father was a former diplomat to the country.
After careful preparations and being certain that all of the computer equipment was working well including the supply of parts (such as battery carrying cases and spare batteries), we felt we were ready. Then the first surprise hit us ... Sally said that she preferred not to make the trip because she didnít want to compromise her father in the event she and/or other team members were caught using the concealed computer while playing. I understood her concern and suggested she go to Las Vegas to help the team there that I had trained in the use of the computer. It would also give her a lot of experience and she would be ready to join us when we got back.
In Santo Domingo there were two concerns that the local police had during this time...
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