Don Johnson is a professional Blackjack player who was born in Salem, Oregon in 1962. During his younger years, he was involved with horses and trained to be a jockey.
When he was 30 years old, he was hired to be the Manager of the Philadelphia Park Racetrack. He also managed other racetracks and was a regulator in different states.
During this time, he developed a computer-assisted wagering strategy for the horse race betting industry and started a Company called Heritage Development which specialized in computer-assisted wagering programs.
However, despite his horse racing knowledge and skills, his passion was the game of Blackjack. Furthermore, he also developed a Blackjack strategy by using his PhD in Mathematics and subsequently became a wealthy man and a high roller.
15 Million Won at Atlantic City Casinos
In 2010 Atlantic City Casinos were suffering from the Financial crash of 2008, so they tried to lure various High Rollers to play their high stakes games. ( 80% of casinos profits are from high roller players )
Don Johnson was one of those invited to play at a Blackjack game with high stakes. However, he had certain conditions he laid down before accepting. He wanted various changes to the game such as a 20% cashback on losses, re-split of Aces, six decks of cards, and the dealer must stick on a soft 17.
To their detriment, the casinos agreed to this condition. Johnson landed up winning $6 Million at Tropicana Casino, $5 Million at Borgata and $4 Million at Caesars Casino. Caesars Casino banned him entirely, and the other two casinos allowed him to play under specific conditions and limits.
Where is Don Johnson now?
Don Johnson still frequents Las Vegas Casinos, but he says many won’t allow him to play Blackjack, so he spends more time playing on the horses instead.