MIT Blackjack Team Founders
To Beat the System
Blackjack is the casino game that allows skillful professional players to have great advantages over other gamblers since it is not based only on luck. There were many card players and even Blackjack Teams that tried to beat the system but most of such attempts were complete flops.
The most successful appeared to be the students of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA that proved the close connection of the game principles with mathematician patterns and laws. MIT Blackjack Teams were formed at university and there even were the courses called 'How to Gamble If You Must' where all math peculiarities of blackjack were explained.
Those students who were interested in that were taught by professionals to beat casinos by applying their math knowledge and ability to count cards quickly. Finally the team went to Atlantic City with a purpose to try their skills and check if their plans would work. However, they lost all money and after the first failure the team broke up. One of the formal team members, Dave, contacted Mr. Massar with a request to form one more team.
Kaplan and Mr. M
Together with several more players they went to Atlantic City to try themselves ones again. That time was really profitable and the gamblers decided to continue their activity. In 1980 Massar met Bill Kaplan that was a leader of Vegas successful Team. However, after his players decided to go abroad Kaplan became to see the perspective in a new team offered by Massar. He agreed to lead the players and decided to run the business on his own manner.
Kaplan brought many changes to the system which was regular for the team: he established incredible number of trainings and checkouts that were really difficult sometimes even more than at real casinos. In case the students were good at tests he allowed playing with a bankroll. With a lapse of time the MIT Team consisted of great number of students that were playing blackjack all over the world. They earned really amazing amounts at gambling establishments but their end was the same as other's teams.
In the 90s casinos applied all affords for catching the counters. As the result, many MIT team members was banned from almost all casinos in the US. This was the end of the team. However, they served a brilliant example for the further numerous blackjack teams.