Blackjack Insider Newsletter, February, #38
AN INTERVIEW WITH "THE GRIFTER"
BY LV PRO
One of blackjack’s more controversial practitioners, known primarily as The Grifter and more recently Zengrifter, has granted a brief interview in the hopes of providing us with a glimpse into 'the education of a card-counter', to paraphrase the title of a poker book by Herbert O'Yardley. We had hoped to provide a longer, more comprehensive interview, but present circumstances prevented it.
A self-professed, inveterate card-counter since graduating high school in Las Vegas in 1971, he pioneered the statistically based speculative strategies that culminated in over $500 million in randomly awarded cellular telephone licenses by FCC lottery and made a few million dollars for himself in the process. In the mid to late 90’s, his victories would sour amidst federal allegations of fraud and racketeering involving the sale of more than $200 million in 'unlicensed' securities. Forbes magazine wrote two separate articles about him, dubbing him "The Grifter." in the process, and he humorously adopted the handle.
Some of The Grifter’s answers have previously appeared in one form or another as posts to various blackjack websites.
What caused you to first become interested in card counting? What year was that and how old were you?
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