Desert Diary

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The group went their separate ways when most of them graduated in May of that year. Most never gambled again, but some of them maintained an avid interest in card counting and remained in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In late November , a professional blackjack player contacted one of the card-counting students, J.

Massar, after seeing a notice for the blackjack course. He proposed forming a new group to go to Atlantic City to take advantage of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission 's recent ruling that made it illegal for the Atlantic City casinos to ban card counters.

Instead, casinos would have to ban players individually. They recruited more MIT students as players at the January blackjack class. They played intermittently through May and increased their capital four-fold, but were nonetheless more like a loose group sharing capital than a team with consistent strategies and quality control. In May , J.

Massar, known as "Mr. M" in a History Channel documentary , overheard a conversation about professional blackjack at a Chinese restaurant in Cambridge. He introduced himself to the speaker, Bill Kaplan, a Harvard MBA graduate who had run a successful blackjack team in Las Vegas three years earlier.

Kaplan had earned his BA at Harvard in and delayed his admission to Harvard Business School for a year, when he moved to Las Vegas and formed a team of blackjack players using his own research and statistical analysis of the game. Using funds he received on graduation as Harvard's outstanding scholar-athlete, Kaplan generated more than a 35 fold rate of return in less than nine months of play.

Kaplan continued to run his Las Vegas blackjack team as a sideline while attending Harvard Business School but, by the time of his graduation in May , the players were so "burnt out" in Nevada they were forced to hit the international circuit.

Not feeling he could continue to manage the team successfully while they traveled throughout Europe and elsewhere, encountering different rules, playing conditions, and casino practices, Kaplan parted ways with his teammates, who then splintered into multiple small playing teams in pursuit of more favorable conditions throughout the world.

After meeting Kaplan and hearing about his blackjack successes, Massar asked Kaplan if he was interested in going with a few of Massar's blackjack-playing friends to Atlantic City to observe their play.

Given the fortuitous timing Kaplan's parting with his Las Vegas team , he agreed to go in the hopes of putting together a new local team that he could train and manage. Kaplan observed Massar and his teammates playing for a weekend in Atlantic City. He noted that each of the players used a different, and overcomplicated, card counting strategy. This resulted in error rates that undermined the benefits of the more complicated strategies.

Upon returning to Cambridge, Kaplan detailed the problems he observed to Massar. Kaplan said he would back a team but it had to be run as a business with formal management procedures, a required counting and betting system, strict training and player approval processes, and careful tracking of all casino play.

A couple of the players were initially averse to the idea. They had no interest in having to learn a new playing system, being put through "trial by fire" checkout procedures before being approved to play, being supervised in the casinos, or having to fill out detailed player sheets such as casino, cash in and cash out totals, time period, betting strategy and limits, and the rest for every playing session.

However, their keen interest in the game coupled with Kaplan's successful track record won out. Ten players, including Kaplan, Massar, Jonathan, Goose, and 'Big Dave' aka 'coach', to distinguish from the Dave in the first round played on this bank.

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