MIT Team

The Blackjack Team of MIT consisted of intelligent scholars from MIT or Massachusetts Institution of Technology. The group comprised of both engineers and mathematicians who initially had no love for the game of Blackjack or its card counting strategies. Before taking a plunge into the card counting world of Blackjack in the opulent casinos of Las Vegas, the team was relishing the game as an after class recreational activity that in a way was related to the science of probability.

Thus their interest arose and very soon they were keenly studying the game by simulating various games of Blackjack. Their total earning was never disclosed in public, but if you go experts' opinion they easily raked in excess of 4 million dollars in so little time with their scientific methods.

Earlier they were just another MIT students but it did not take them long to turn Blackjack into serious means for making a lot of money for them. Every weekend they would gather in vacant classrooms and practiced their strategies and techniques for card counting in Blackjack and gradually mastered their art. Their approach was based on practicing simulated forms of real casinos at warehouses & apartments in Boston.

What Ken Uston & his team were known for in the decade of 80's, the team was equally adept and capable. They started practicing all the various possible scenarios in their simulated casino environment, eventually learning to count the cards even while getting harassed by bosses that could be usually seen in any Vegas casino. The team went under rigorous training to ensure that, they had what it took for beating those casinos. After learning all rules of the Blackjack game, they then perfected their approach and headed to bigger and richer casinos of Las Vegas.

Card Counting Methods

The Blackjack team of MIT was employing a system, a method of card counting which they improved and perfected with time. Theirs was the first of the teams to employ methods like shuffle tracking or Ace tracking to increase their chances. The shuffle tracking theory claims that the dealers don't have sufficient time for shuffling the decks properly which leaves the possibility of the deck not being 'fully randomized' wide open. Thusly, little bunch of cards manage to stay together.

This Blackjack team of MIT was able to crack and predict correctly those strings consisting of certain high and low valued cards within the deck. That also meant they were in a position to precisely calculate the time for an Ace to appear.