Ken Smith | August 20, 2009
Thanks to some Flash wizardry by ChemMeister ICountNTrack, the site now has a Card Counting System Efficiency Calculator. You can plug in any set of card counting tag values, and calculate the Betting Correlation (BC), Playing Efficiency (PE) and Insurance Correlation (IC).
Ken Smith | September 14, 2007
It’s that time again… The Ultimate Blackjack Tour has a second season of shows ready to air, and they start this Saturday (tomorrow) September 15th, 2007. Tune in on CBS at 2 PM Eastern to check out the first of the one-hour episodes.
Ken Smith | July 9, 2007
My first-round appearance in this year’s World Series of Blackjack is on tonight’s show, which airs at 11 PM Eastern on the GSN network. In other parts of the country, check your television schedule. Tonight’s players include me (Ken Smith), celebrity Penn Jillette, tournament regular Marlin Horseman, and relative newcomers to tournament play Helen Ho […]
Ken Smith | June 26, 2007
The recent $150,000 “Wild Bill Showdown” Blackjack Tournament held June 15th-16th, 2007 at Grand Casino Tunica left many participants shaking their heads in disgust at the way the event was handled by casino staff. The event truly displayed a level of ineptitude and arrogance that somehow managed to exceed this industry’s already normal “Screw the […]
Ken Smith | June 21, 2007
Sunday’s Las Vegas Review Journal included a letter to the editor titled “Champion of all the players … that Harrah’s allows”. The author Bob Nersesian is well-known in advantage gambler circles, as an attorney with an outstanding track record in defending legal players from the often-illegal tactics used by local casinos to harass them.
Ken Smith | June 11, 2007
In a followup to my last post, Brodie has now been allowed back onto Harrah’s properties, and is now competing in the World Series of Poker events. Read the latest couple of posts at his blog Lion Tales. In his post “I can play” he says that he’s now allowed back, and says also “As […]
Ken Smith | June 5, 2007
It’s not just skilled blackjack players who incur the wrath of the casino powers-that-be. Any player that exhibits evidence of intelligent thought is subject to harassment by casinos. For example, Richard Brodie is a high-stakes player, and god knows he can afford it. As one of the original developers of the software now known as […]
Ken Smith | February 15, 2006
This is the week. Many players are anxiously eyeing the telephone this week hoping for a phone call from GSN’s World Series of Blackjack. The 2006 season of the TV show is set to start filming in less than two weeks, and there are still seats to be filled.
Ken Smith | January 29, 2006
I’m just back from a blackjack tournament at the Sheraton Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The venue was new, but the tournament was a familiar one. The former table games manager from Bally’s Tunica has relocated to the Sheraton, and he brought the popular tournaments from that property along with him.
Ken Smith | November 9, 2005
Well, the first season of the new Ultimate Blackjack Tour is a wrap. In a long but very exciting week, filming finished up in late October at CBS Studios in Los Angeles. The more than $1 million in prize money was big news, but the real impact of these events will come once they hit […]