Henry Tamburin is one of the most well known blackjack players and strategists. He has been playing blackjack for over 40 years and is best known for writing the book Blackjack: Take the Money and Run, which has become something of a bible for blackjack players. He teaches blackjack strategy courses and has published more than 700 articles about blackjack and other casino games. However, Tamburin wasn’t born a blackjack pro. It took work to become the man he is today.
Tamburin first played blackjack in 1968, when he was a graduate student. A couple of friends convinced Tamburin and his wife to go to Las Vegas with them. While his wife waited in line to check in to the hotel, Tamburin decided to go try his luck at the blackjack table. He had never played the game before, but had heard that it was beatable. Before his wife made it to the front of the line and got the keys to their hotel room, Tamburin had already blown their bankroll for the entire trip. Then and there he decided that he would study the game, learn how to beat it and make up for his loss.
As someone with a background in mathematics, Henry Tamburin had a knack for learning basic blackjack strategy and card counting. He has improved his skills further by attending gaming festivals and trading tips with other professional blackjack players including Stanford Wong and Frank Scoblete. He says that no matter how much he learns about the game he can always learn something new from other blackjack pros.
In Tamburin’s book, Blackjack: Take the Money and Run, he covers basic blackjack strategy, bankroll management, side betting and more advanced strategies including card counting. He also teaches courses to wannabe blackjack pros. He teaches beginners classes, which cover the very basics from the rules to basic strategy, as well as more advanced classes. When he teaches card counting he generally uses the Knock Out, or K-O unbalanced card-counting system.
Tamburin has come a long way since his first trip to Las Vegas in 1968. He is now one of the most recognizable blackjack players and continues to play blackjack in live casinos to this day.