Ken Uston the King of Blackjack
Maybe someone was asked who was the most successful and skillful casino player of all time. The answer is definitely not easy but definitely Ken Uston comes right into the Olympics of the most talented players ever.
Born on January 12, 1935, in New York, as a Japanese father, he had a strong schooling ability from the outset that led him to graduate in economics at the prestigious Yale University. Within a few years he becomes CEO of the Pacific Clearing Corporation but soon lives a real existential crisis that moves him away from the world of finance and economy considered full of greed and backgammon. The turnaround or stroke of the world of gambling occurred on a 1965 evening when he met a bettor ” Al Francesco ” at a party that introduced him into the world of card counting in Blackjack . Ken was so passionate about starting to study the game manically and once he felt safe, he left for Las Vegas where he joined a group of other players who will be called ” the great player card counters team “.
The team worked so that Uston and other players went to the casinos, counted the cards, and looked for the tables with the most interesting betting deck. Once they found the deck that would give the team the chance to win, they made a signal for the great player. At this point the big player made the bets and the team collected the gains. A brilliant and perfectly oiled strategy that soon gained a lot of money but also many gossip and envy until, after the trick was discovered, all the group’s players were banned from playing in Las Vegas .
Ken, however, did not lose heart and moved to Atlantic City, which was becoming a big US gambling center and rebuilt his team. Even in this city, however, it was quickly discovered and again banned from all the casinos in the city. Uston then called for a cause that will become famous in history: Uston vs. Resorts International where he won since the court ruled that casinos can not ban gamers with particular abilities.
Memorable remains also her disguises to evade surveillance and deceive the croupiers who now knew him perfectly. A player says he saw Ken dressed as a Hoover Dam worker while distributing his bets from the minimum to the maximum on a single deck, which usually looks like a blow.
He soon became a star his stories came to the TV and the newspapers. For all the 70s and 80s , Uston saw a remarkable success at blackjack tables, which made him celebrate a celebrity’s lifestyle: festivals, suites, Limousin, and many women were the world’s corollary of his life, but it was very little . He died of a heart attack in his Paris apartment at the age of 52. It was 1987 but by now Ken had become a legend.