2007 BLACKJACK BALL SUMMARY
By Henry Tamburin
Henry Tamburin has been an advantage blackjack player for some 30 + years. During this time he also has taught more players how to be successful at card counting in his courses and seminars then any other instructor living or deceased. He currently teaches Speed Count in weekend classes, edits/publishes this newsletter, runs a book publishing company with his wife Linda, and writes the Total 21 column and Blackjack Magic columns for Casino Player and Midwest Gaming & Travel Magazines respectively. He is a prolific writer with over 700 published articles and a dynamic speaker that motivates his audiences. He also teaches advantage video poker classes in Las Vegas. After all these years, he still enjoys playing blackjack mostly in casinos in Las Vegas and Mississippi. Visit Henry's web site for a full catalogue of personally selected advantage gambling products, including books, software, videos: www.smartgaming.com.
Editorís Note: Max Rubin, the perennial host of the annual Blackjack Ball was kind enough to provide me with a summary of the 2007 Ball held last week in Las Vegas. For those that donít know, the annual Blackjack Ball is a social gathering of invited blackjack pros from around the world. Rubin estimates that collectively the guests at the Ball "easily earn at least $ 10 million a year playing cards." The only obligation for invited guests to get past security at the door is to bring one chilled bottle of premium Champagne (ideally one that they acquired solely from a casino comp). The evening consists of dinner, drinks, storytelling (of course), a Calcutta where guests wager on and against each other in the skills test (the winner receives the Blackjack Cup and the coveted title of "Worldís Best Blackjack Player"), the infamous Blackjack Test, and the voting to determine which blackjack luminary joins the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
Summary of 2007 Blackjack Ball
Number of attendees: 88
Blackjack Ball Test: The top two scores with 13 correct answers was achieved by James Grosjean and Russ Hamilton. There were four other attendees tied with 12 correct answers. Others making it to the final competition for the Blackjack Cup were Johnny Chang, Bob Nersesian, and Pete the Grinder (Kim Lee was the odd man out).
Winner of the Blackjack Cup: James Grosjean (who bested Russ Hamilton on the last hand, who in turn had edged out Johnny Chang)
New Inductee voted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame: Johnny Chang
The Blackjack Ball Test
This is the test that guests took as part of the Blackjack Cup competition. You only have 20 or so seconds to jot down the answer to each question. You canít use a calculator or other aid. In next months BJI, Iíll provide the answers. Good luck!
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