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The Biggest Blackjack Wins of All Time

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The Biggest Blackjack Wins of All Time

Who says that the house always wins? From bricks and mortar successes to win on virtual casino, there are tales of huge player victories that have come against the odds and house edge. These stories of some of the biggest Blackjack stories of all time suggest that the house is not always the only one that wins big:

Ken Uston

Ken Uston’s Blackjack winnings from 1975 to 1981 got him into the Blackjack Hall of Fame. It was not, despite the $4.5 million haul, due to the amount that he won. It was instead due to the way that he played.

Although Ken did not have a massive bankroll he more than made up for this with his strong grasp of mathematics and the team play strategy that he used to systematically the Blackjack tables in casinos around America.

Kerry Packer

In November 1991 self-made multi-millionaire media tycoon Kerry Packer won $7 million in one night of playing Blackjack in the public area of the Las Vegas Hilton. Unfortunately, given his success the Hilton built him a private room and invited him back the following year where he ended up losing $10 million. Not put off, renowned Blackjack player Kerry went on to win $20 million from the Las Vegas MGM Grand in 1995. He immediately gave $1 million of it to his dealers in tips.

It is said that he was playing up to eight hands across multiple tables at once and was betting up to $250,000 per hand. At one point it is claimed that he won twenty hands in a row. Within forty minutes of his initial bet he was $25 million up.

Don Johnson

Don Johnson, the CEO of Wyoming based Heritage Development LLC, won a total of $15 million from three casinos during just a six month period between 2010 and 2011. $5.8 million of which was won in just twelve hours at the Tropicana Casino in April.

He did this by first seeking out casinos with favourable house rules. These included casinos that let him split any favourable hand into four separate hands, picking dealers who stopped drawing when the value of their hand totalled 17 but included an ace and tables where he could double his hand on any bet as they increased his chances of winning and the amount he won when he did.

He then negotiated special rules with the casinos who, due to the economic slump, were trying to entice high rollers back on to their casino floors. These included a guaranteed payback of a massive 20 percent (rather than the usual 10 percent) on lost bets, the right to bet up to $25,000 a hand. A combination of these factors gave him the edge that he needed to beat the house.