Blackjack Insider Newsletter, Jan. 2005, #60
INSIDE THE BLACKJACK BALL
By Henry Tamburin
The SmartGaming.com web site is owned by Henry Tamburin, blackjack expert and author of the
popular book, "Blackjack: Take the Money and Run". Henry is the editor of the Blackjack Insider e-newletter,
and a feature writer for Casino Player magazine.
For the past 9 years somewhere around January 1 Max Rubin brings together everyone who’s anyone in the world of professional blackjack to "swap yarns, bankrolls, and playing strategies, as well as to compete at a spirited competition for the coveted title of "World Championship Blackjack Player." I was invited and attended this year’s gala and with the blessing of Max I’m able to provide you with this report.
A total of 104 blackjack luminaries attended this years Ball. Invited guests were given instructions to the secret location by email. Security was tight. Even before we could drive on the property we were screened by security guards and then again at the entrance to the Blackjack Ball. Max is very careful because, "If a Griffin agent could infiltrate this party it would make the guy’s career." (Note: I’ve never seen so many professional advantage players in one location as I saw and met at the BJ Ball).
All guests at the Blackjack Ball had to be approved by the Blackjack Ball Committee and the only request that Max made was that guests bring "One Chilled Bottle of Premium Champagne".
Max provided me with a list of guests that can be identified. You’ll find this list at the end of this report.
(Note: The full paid article contains the Blackjack Ball Preliminary test)
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