Recently, a story surfaced about a mysterious blackjack player who was apparently solely responsible for a 20% decline in Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino’s revenue for the month of April due to $5.8 million in winnings at their live blackjack tables.
Other casinos had similar stories to tell. Caesars and the Borgata, also in Atlantic City, had lost a bundle to this player as well.
Now, though, the mystery is over, as the blackjack player has revealed himself. Forty-nine-year-old Don Johnson is from Bensalem, Pennsylvania and is the CEO of Heritage Development LLC, a company that specializes in utilizing computer-assisted betting software in the field of horse racing.
Johnson in addition has also disclosed the true amount of his winnings: from Tropicana he’s up the $5.8 million; from Borgata, he’s up $5; and from Caesars, he’s gotten $4 million. And he collected these winnings in no more than a six month period, which he chucks up to good luck.
Johnson says, “I’ll take luck over any other skill. There’s no magic to this. Eventually, someone would whack them. I’m just glad it was me.”
Of course in addition to the luck he speaks of, Johnson is also a very good blackjack player with a true understanding of the game. He refuses to disclose his strategy. Rather he says, “They [casinos] beat most people in the long run because the average person won’t have the bankroll. But I have my own bankroll. If you can take the swings, you’re going to win. You also have to understand the math.
Furthermore, Johnson denies using card counting skills, claiming he beat the casino on his own using skills he’s been honing for the past 15 years when he first started placing $25 wagers on the game. He’s come up though since, as his bets at the Tropicana were up to $100K per hand.
Unfortunately, his luck may be out though, as the casinos are on to him, and he’s been banned from Vegas’ Harrah’s and Caesars, as well as Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal.