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By Rowan. The name James Grosjean might not be that familiar to amateur gamblers, but in professional ranks he is very well known. Grosjean has a background in all-round advantage play, but through his writing he has also shined light onto many of the secret strategies that the very best gamblers in the world use. Grosjean was born in New Jersey and from an early age was fascinated with games of chance.
Early on it was Mahjong that got him interested, not only in games themselves but also in the maths behind them. This led Grosjean into using a computer to calculate the optimal strategies for Mahjong. Sure enough he quickly beat all of his friends and soon no one would play against him. As he grew older, his attention quickly turned to blackjack.
His father used to work with legendary Blackjack player Ken Uston and he had a big impact on a young Grosjean. Given his mathematical prowess, Grosjean went on to receive a scholarship to Harvard. However, while studying his interest in blackjack continued to grow and he started regularly travelling to Las Vegas to play.
At this stage he was still using basic blackjack strategies. One night, however, a careless dealer revealed her hole card to him while he was playing. That gave Grosjean an idea. Knowing what hole card the dealer had made a huge impact on the odds of the hand. The edge was now significantly in favour of the player. From here Grosjean went on to seek out edges in all sorts of casino games. He looked for them in games that are traditionally avoided by advantage gamblers such as roulette.
Grosjean also extensively examined the mathematics behind all the games and edges. He incorporated many of these advanced strategies into his own play and he become well known as one of the top blackjack players in the world.
The book outlines a range of different casino games and legal ways in which a player can gain an edge or, at the very least, break even.
One of the biggest edges an advantage player looks for is sloppy dealers. These are dealers who let the player inadvertently see the hole card. Grosjean ran extensive analysis on what to do when you uncover different hole cards. For a deck of cards to be shuffled to a point that they are truly random takes 30 shuffles. As a result, a player can track clumps of cards throughout the shuffle and therefore gain an edge.
If you track the numbers there is the mathematical potential of detecting a bias and capitalising on it. Before long the pair were approached by security guards. They were forcefully removed from the tables and taken to a back room. They were accused of cheating and detained for more than five hours. From there the pair were sent to the Clark County Detention Center and James was held for five days, with little evidence.
Only a few months later, a similar incident occurred at Imperial Palace. This had been happening to advantage players and card counters for years in Las Vegas and Grosjean had enough. So he decided to sue, and eventually sued everyone. After gathering evidence over a number of years, Grosjean and Russo first sued the casinos. However, the bigger case was against the famous security firm Griffin Investigations. Griffin maintained a database of advantage players and known cheaters from across the world.
Beyond Counting by James Grosjean
The page Beyond Counting established James Grosjean as an expert on casino gambling at the very top of the upper echelons of expertise. I cannot praise this work highly enough, nor begin to describe the value contained within its pages for professional players in this concise review. In my opinion, Grosjean is on a level with Peter Griffin and a handful of others in both his understanding of advantage play and in his original work on not only blackjack but many other casino games. Grosjean seems able to put almost any concept into a chart, a table, or a mathematical formula.
James Grosjean: Beyond Counting
By Rowan. The name James Grosjean might not be that familiar to amateur gamblers, but in professional ranks he is very well known. Grosjean has a background in all-round advantage play, but through his writing he has also shined light onto many of the secret strategies that the very best gamblers in the world use. Grosjean was born in New Jersey and from an early age was fascinated with games of chance. Early on it was Mahjong that got him interested, not only in games themselves but also in the maths behind them. This led Grosjean into using a computer to calculate the optimal strategies for Mahjong. Sure enough he quickly beat all of his friends and soon no one would play against him.
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Beyond Counting : Exploiting Casino Games from Blackjack to Video Poker
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