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MIT Card Counting Team Members Appear at Conference

June 25th, 2013 by Site Admin

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Card Counting Team, the members of which were all MIT students, used their mathematical abilities to squeeze a lot of money out of casinos during the eighties and the nineties. The team no longer exists, but some of its members do. Some of them appeared at the 15th International Gambling and Risk Taking Conference, which was held in Caesars Palace recently, to relive their card counting memories, to share their experiences, and to reveal their views about blackjack.

Andy Block and Henry Houh were two of those who had appeared at the conference. Bloch, who frequently takes part in the World Series of Poker (WSOP), had already graduated from the MIT when he joined the team. Houh, on the other hand, was a student of MIT when he decided to join the team out of curiosity. Recalling his experiences, he called it “great fun,” adding that it took him 13 long years to get out of the team precisely because it was “great fun.”

Houh also played the role of a blackjack dealer in the movie 21, which became a box office hit in 2008. The movie was based on “Bringing Down the House,” a best-seller written by Ben Mezrich.


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