TIL that one man won $6 million in one night from one casino. Don Johnson singlehandedly ruined the Tropicana’s April...

TIL that one man won $6 million in one night from one casino. Don Johnson singlehandedly ruined the Tropicana’s April 2011 revenue through blackjack; he’d already won $9 million at two other casinos. He is now banned from most Atlantic City casinos.

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  • Games so crooked they ban you if you actually do manage to win.

  • I was disappointed to learn that this was not an episode of *Miami Vice*

  • From the article:
    >The headline in *The Press of Atlantic City* was enough to gladden the heart of anyone who has ever made a wager or rooted for the underdog:




    >But the story was even bigger than that. Johnson’s assault on the Tropicana was merely the latest in a series of blitzes he’d made on Atlantic City’s gambling establishments. In the four previous months, he’d taken $5 million from the Borgata casino and another $4 million from Caesars. Caesars had cut him off, he says, and then effectively banned him from its casinos worldwide.

    >Fifteen million dollars in winnings from three different casinos? Nobody gets that lucky. How did he do it?

    (Johnson did it completely legitimately. No card counting.)

  • Usually they keep you in Atlantic City as punishment. Never being allowed back sounds like a win-win

  • Was this before or after he banged the Waitress?

  • IRL Mr. Jackpots

  • That’s a Testarossa and a closet full of pastel suits kind of money.

  • It’s such bullshit that Casinos can ban you just for winning too much. Fuck them.

  • Casinos HATE HIM. Find out his one WEIRD trick that will win you millions!

  • holy shit that’s a lot of fluff.

    tl;dr: he doesn’t card count, but is really good at playing the game, knowing when to split, double, etc. He also calculated the odds of winning each hand, and managed to set a deal with the casino which gave him more advantage.

    > For example, at the Trop, he was willing to play with a 20 percent discount after his losses hit $500,000, but only **if the casino structured the rules of the game to shave away some of the house advantage**. Johnson could calculate exactly how much of an advantage he would gain with each small adjustment in the rules of play. He won’t say what all the adjustments were in the final e-mailed agreement with the Trop, but they included playing with a hand-shuffled six-deck shoe; the right to split and double down on up to four hands at once; and a “soft 17” (the player can draw another card on a hand totaling six plus an ace, counting the ace as either a one or an 11, while the dealer must stand, counting the ace as an 11). When Johnson and the Trop finally agreed, he had whittled the house edge down to one-fourth of 1 percent, by his figuring. In effect, he was playing a 50-50 game against the house, and with the discount, he was risking only 80 cents of every dollar he played.

  • I guess we’re supposed to feel bad for the casino.

  • He was a big enough whale that he could both adjust the rules (soft 17, no limit, etc) and could bankroll a Martingale.

    Give most of us an unlimited amount of money and high roller status/power and we could do the same.

  • I can’t be the only one who was expecting this guy right?


  • ITT: A bunch of people who know almost nothing about Blackjack, yet think they are experts. Also, card counting is NOT illegal, as many of you seem to imply. It will get you kicked out of a casino, though. Their house, their rules.

  • Remember, casino, bookies etc are there to make money. You might win big on luck alone but at the end of the day, you the player will always lose

  • Ive hung out with Don Johnson a few times. He’s honestly a really nice guy and super generous with his money. He tips everyone and just likes living life. The first time this article came out I showed him and his response was “(his gf’s name) picked out that tie for me!” and thats all he had to say about it

  • Mister Jackpots!

  • Thank you, Mr Jackpots!!

  • Don Johnson = Dougie Jones

  • I’m sure there’s plenty of Don Johnsons running around Philly, dude.

  • after getting 15 mil from several different casino’s, I’m surprised he’s still *alive*.

  • Don Johnson is the dude from Miami Vice, Charlie

  • How DARE you fairly be successful at the endeavor we specifically crafted to unfairly take the money of gullible people!

  • Don’t mess with Nash Bridges

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