The Blackjack Hall of Fame
By Max Rubin, curator of Barona’s Blackjack Hall of Fame
At the Blackjack Hall of Fame we honor those who have shown the public how to master the game of blackjack. We also proudly present the world’s largest public display of devices (some legal and most not) that were all once used to exploit all sorts of casino games including blackjack.
In weeks to come, I’m going to show you how to play a perfect game of blackjack and then tell you some amazing tales of casino prestidigitation and show you photos along with descriptions and the history of some of the most amazing gear ever assembled that helped those who played on “the dark side” to liberate chips from casinos.
For example, you’ll learn how Hall of Famers such as Frank Schipani once won a casino in France simply by keeping track of all the cards dealt from a six deck shoe and making big bets when the good cards were coming his way; how Keith Taft invented the first personal computer back in 1971, which he strapped to his belly, and then typed in all of the cards with his toes and then ran wires to red, green and amber LED lights hidden in his eye glasses so that he could see colored signals which told him when to bet and where to cut the cards and you’ll even learn how I was (and still am) barred from playing blackjack on an entire continent!
Along with stories of casino adventures and piracy, I’ll also throw the doors open to you on this blog so that you can “Ask Max” any question about any gambling subject and then I’ll gladly give you a clever, sketchy, humorous or snarky answer, depending on how clever, sketchy, humorous or snarky your question might be.
I look forward to hearing from you!