James Grosjean is one of the world’s top blackjack players. He is the youngest member to be admitted to the Blackjack Hall of Fame not only for his superior blackjack card counting skills, but also because he has been a strong advocate for the civil rights of blackjack players.
Grosjean began playing blackjack at an early age and took it up professionally when he was a graduate student in Chicago. He was great at calculating numbers and strategizing. However, he really started realizing the potential of mathematical analysis during a sloppy deal in which the dealer’s hole card was revealed. Inspired by the thought that mathematics could be used to help players determine what the dealer’s hole card might be, or what their chances of winning were, Grosjean began to research and organize his findings on card counting and blackjack strategy.
He released his book, Beyond Counting: Exploiting Casino Games from Blackjack to Video Poker, in 2000. The book is sought after by blackjack players around the globe, many paying between $500 and $1500 for it. The book covers a wide variety of material for advanced blackjack players. Grosjean analyzes casino games, including but not limited to blackjack, and shows readers how these games can be beaten. Beyond Counting covers hole carding and shuffle tracking, in addition to detailed card counting theories and techniques.
In the world of blackjack player advocacy, Grosjean is also a hero. He filed a lawsuit in 2000 after he was illegally detained by Caesar’s Palace security, arrested and detained for 5 days. He was also physically assaulted by security guards at the Imperial Palace several weeks later. He filed a lawsuit and won to the tune of $399,000. In 2005, he filed a defamation lawsuit against Griffin Investigations, a security consulting group. He won and the security consultation company was forced to declare bankruptcy. This put an end to years of abuse, as many casinos employed very harsh security measures against card counters.
Even after being arrested and fighting in court against various casino security organizations, Grosjean continues to play in casinos around the globe. However, he often wears disguises to keep his identity hidden.