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Short Story About Thomas Hyland

18 Dec 2008

Thomas Hyland is one of the most famous card counters as he has been the manager of one of the longest running teams in blackjack since 1979.

According to himself, Thomas began his gambling career in 1979 after he read the book Playing Blackjack as a Business by Lawrence Revere. The first team consisted of 4 players that each put $4,000 into the bankroll of the team. The team started playing with the implementation of the Early Surrender Rule that offers a great player edge. The bankroll increased massively, in the first months the team won over $50,000.

Soon the conditions for players in Atlantic City were made worse, and the team went to Asia. However, Hyland himself stayed in Atlantic City and made a new team with golf buddies. The most popular techniques used by Hyland are shuffle tracking, computer play, ace sequencing and other methods that are much harder than card counting, are less noticeable and provide a higher edge.

Hyland's team was arrested in 1994 for ace sequencing team play in Windsor Casino, Ontario. It was found out that three Las Vegas casinos tried to influence the authorities of Windsor to prosecute the team for cheating. Arnold Snyder was the one who played a major role in this case as his statement was used as the proof of an expert that the tactic was not cheating but the use of intelligent strategy.

The reason why the team lasted for so long was not only due to amazing gambling talent of Tommy Hyland, but also to his great skills to create a trusty and loyal atmosphere and relationships between team members. Needless to say he was one of the first 7 honored members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.

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