Ken Uston – Blackjack Legend

Ken Uston Blackjack PlayerKen Uston is a legend in the mind of most modern blackjack players, but his life stretched far beyond the world of professional gambling. Uston was born in 1935 (New York) and grew up to become a mathematical genius. At the age of sixteen he began studying at Yale University, after which he moved on to Harvard to earn his MBA. At this point in his life, he began pursing his career and quickly rose to the position of Senior Vice President of Pacific Stock Exchange (a major company located in California).

Blackjack Enters Uston’s Life

Even though Uston was successful in business, fate had other plans for his future. Upon meeting professional blackjack player: Al Francesco (in the early 1970’s) Uston began to learn the secrets of card counting. At this point, he was far from being a master blackjack player, but Al Francesco allowed him to become part of his card counting team. Uston quickly left the corporate world to pursue a new and exciting passion: professional blackjack.

Uston Returns To The East Coast

Only a few years after discovering blackjack, Atlantic City, New Jersey legalized casino gaming. This perfectly coincided with Ken Uston’s training, and the stage was set for him to start making big money on the east coast. He moved to Atlantic City, began grinding on the blackjack tables, and was quickly identified as a card counter and banned by casino security throughout the whole city.

To fight back, Uston filed a lawsuit against Resorts International on the grounds that they couldn’t forbid him from entering their casino because he was too successful. After appealing the case all the way to the New Jersey State Supreme Court, Uston finally received a favorable ruling.

Now that he was free to operate anywhere in Atlantic City, Ken Uston had the perfect chance to develop his skills as a blackjack player. Over the course of just a few years, he was able to take millions of dollars from the different casinos in the area. It’s no surprise that he is celebrated as one of the best players of all time.

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The Ken Uston Legacy

million dollar blackjack bookKen Uston died in 1987 at the age of 52 but his legacy lives on to this very day. He published three blackjack-related books (Two Books on Blackjack, Million Dollar Blackjack, and Ken Uston on Blackjack), and he developed the Uston Advanced Point Count. There have been numerous TV shows dedicated to his life and his techniques, most notably the History Channel exclusive titled: The Blackjack Man.

If there was any question of Ken Uston’s contributions to the game, one only needs to look at the court ruling he received in Atlantic City. Even today, the precedent stands that Atlantic City casinos are not allowed to prohibit players from using strategies like card counting.

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