“The advantage in two-handed blackjack, long supposed to lie with the dealer or the house, was converted recently to the profit by Edward O. Thorp, a young assistant professor in the mathematics department of New Mexico State University.”

The Atlantic Monthly, June, 1962

A couple of weeks back, the topic of movie star Ben Affleck’s card counting at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas came up yet again in an article titled “Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on the rocks – gossip mags say, More than a half-century after Edward Thorp’s discovery rocketed him to fame, it’s clear that both the entertainment and casino industries are still obsessed with card counters. But at what cost? ... continued here:


Received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1983. Eliot has been a Professor of both Mathematics and Computer Science. Eliot retired from academia in 2009. Eliot Jacobson