Don Johnson

Don Johnson

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.

Alan Woods

Alan Woods was born in 1945 in New South Wales, Australia. He was a mathematician and Professional gambler and was well known in gambling circles in Australia and Hong Kong.

The Early Years

Alan Woods studied Mathematics at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia. However, He never completed his degree as he dropped out of University a year before his graduation.

He initially played poker machines in around the Australian casinos, but when he moved to Sydney, poker machines were not available, so he stopped playing.

He then started working as an actuary, and it was here that his job was to calculate the odds on all of the games for the Wrest Point Casino in Tasmania.

He initially felt that the house always had the edge on Blackjack and could not be beaten. However, his mind changed when his fellow bridge players told him about card counting. He tested this method at various casinos in Australia and started winning and developing a gambling habit at the same time.

Alan Woods Meets Bill Benter

In 1979 his wife left him due to his gambling habit, and he moved to Las Vegas where he met Bill Benter.

By this time numerous casinos had banned Alan Woods, so he started focusing on Horse Racing.

Bill Benter and Alan Woods developed a mathematical horse racing strategy to predict the winners, but initially failed miserably and lost a lot of money between them. In their last year together they started making money, but by this time they had decided to go their separate ways.

Alan Woods Gambling Career

Alan Woods continued to use the financial algorithms for betting on Horse Racing and landed up becoming a very wealthy man.

He never, however, stepped foot on a racecourse but instead spent most of his time at his home leading a playboy lifestyle with weekly parties.

He died of cancer in Hong Kong in 2008.