Archive for November, 2004

Jimmy Dime, card counters, lawsuits and more

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

An article in today’s Las Vegas Sun starts out talking about Jimmy Pine, aka “Young Jimmy Dime” who was a participant in the recent World Series of Blackjack’s second season. The story goes on to cover a laundry list of blackjack topics: Card counters, backrooming, lawsuits, and of course a few bits of WSOB2.

Imperial Palace forced to pay up: $400K to detained advantage player

Saturday, November 6th, 2004

My recent post about a $99,999 judgement against Imperial Palace casino in Las Vegas included only the actual damages awarded in the case. Since then, the case has returned to the courtroom where the jury awarded an additional $500,000 in punitive damages. Law caps the punitive damages in this case to $300,000, so the plaintiff James Grosjean stands to collect $1 under $400K for the incident that occurred in Nov 2001.

James Grosjean is the author of ‘Beyond Counting’, an excellent book covering advantage play techniques that have never been published elsewhere. (It’s regrettably out of print now.) Grosjean was also one of the 25 players who competed in the the first season World Series of Blackjack on GSN.

Here’s a link to the Las Vegas Sun’s coverage of the Grosjean/IP case:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/gaming/2004/nov/05/517780711.html

Speaking of World Series of Blackjack, I’m in Las Vegas this week for the filming of WSOB season 2. This time, 40 players compete for $500K in prize money. The thirteen shows will air beginning January 11th, 2005.

Press Release for ‘World Series of Blackjack’ second season

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Here’s the latest press release from GSN about the second season of World Series of Blackjack:

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041101/lam068_1.html

Filming takes place starting November 8th, and the shows are set to air starting January 11th, 2005 at 10 PM Eastern.

If last year is any guide, you can expect the participants to join the discussion at http://www.blackjacktournaments.com after each episode airs.

I’m fortunate to have been invited back to participate as one of the 40 players. In the first season I managed to make it to the final round but finished in sixth place. I’ve got a tab to settle with MIT Mike and Hollywood Dave this time around!