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He served as the manager of Philadelphia Park in the s, before the Pennsylvania racetrack was transformed into the Parx Casino. A Press series in which local notables take us on a tour of a favorite spot in their home. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. For Don Johnson, it was an incredible streak of good luck at the Atlantic City blackjack tables. Be Nice. Your ultimate resource guide to the science, storms and history of weather in South Jersey. He ruined Tropicana's table games revenue in April, driving the casino into the red for blackjack. Comment Text. If you can take the swings, you're going to win. Stop watching this discussion. Representatives of Borgata and Caesars said they do not identify gamblers because it is their policy to protect the privacy of patrons. Create an account or activate digital Get Started. Johnson insisted the casinos have only themselves to blame for their losses, opening the door by offering him high-stakes gambling. However, he emphatically said he is no cheater and denied being part of any gambling ring. He has been involved in the horseracing industry for years, including thoroughbred ownership. Tropicana had posted higher table games revenue in six of the past seven months, but its lucky streak ended in spectacular fashion in April because of Johnson. Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Keep it Clean. Sign Up Today. A yearlong series examining the city's path forward. Purchase a Subscription. Lately, Tropicana has been using high-limit table games as the centerpiece of its casino strategy. Johnson's visits were a risky affair for the casinos. Unlike the past, the casinos are no longer willing to give him a 20 percent discount on his losses or shower him with other high-roller perks, he explained. Already have access? Get Offer. Log In Get Offer. Groups of card sharks playing together are not uncommon in the casino industry. They also agreed to discount 20 percent of his blackjack losses as an incentive to get him to play, he said. If you already have an account i. Parent company Tropicana Entertainment Inc. Eventually, someone would whack them. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. I'm just glad it was me. Locations Atlantic City. Johnson joked about his own losses, but added that he has come out on top over the years. Support Open Local Businesses. Start watching Stop watching. DWittkowski pressofac. You must be a digital subscriber to view this article. His winning exploits at the blackjack tables have recently made the casinos wary. Please log in, or sign up for a new account to continue reading. He grew up on a farm in Oregon and maintains a second home there, in Salem. Be Proactive. Sign Up. Multiple sources in the casino industry confirmed the accuracy of Johnson's story. Blackjack is not the only type of gambling that has attracted Johnson. Unlimited access to every article, video and piece of online content Exclusive, locally-focused reporting News delivered straight to your inbox via e-newsletters Includes digital delivery of daily e-edition via email. He dresses casually in sports attire, preferring sweatshirts, jeans, sneakers and baseball caps from casinos he's visited. In one interview, he showed up wearing a throwback Wrigley Field Chicago sweatshirt and a blue Nike T-shirt. His identity previously had been a mystery, known only to the casinos where he was a pampered high roller. He is not decked out in Armani suits or Bruno Magli shoes. Your current subscription does not provide access to this content. Don't have an account? Get Started. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Tropicana has not said whether it will continue with its high-stakes table games play when Rodio takes over. More Latest Local Offers.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} We hope that you continue to enjoy our free content. Post a comment. A blackjack-playing team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was chronicled in the book "Bringing Down the House" and the movie " Jim Wortman, a former Atlantic City casino executive and nationally recognized gaming expert, said it was entirely plausible for one player to win so big at the blackjack tables - if he had sound knowledge of the game, deep pockets and exercised self-discipline. Log In Create an account or activate digital Sign Up. Most Popular. Don't Threaten. You also have to understand the math. I do have some losses in between. Share with Us. Johnson, who declined to call himself a professional gambler, would not divulge his betting strategy. If I don't play blackjack, I'll just go to the horse races. You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article. Johnson, 49, of Bensalem, Pa. They know that nobody wins all the time or loses all the time. Welcome to the discussion. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Your sports-only digital subscription does not include access to this section. Johnson hardly fits the Hollywood image of a high roller. As he became more proficient, he transitioned into high-stakes wagering. He does not drape himself in expensive jewelry. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Find Offers. Sorry , no promotional deals were found matching that code. Watch this discussion. Wortman noted that casino surveillance officers would have scrutinized every hand that Johnson played to make sure there was no cheating. Promotional Rates were found for your code. Edward Lea. Toggle navigation Menu. Log In. Be Truthful. By turning the tables on the casinos, Johnson destroyed the old adage that "the house always wins. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion. Giannantonio denied that the casino's big loss had cost him his job. Monthly revenue figures compiled by New Jersey gaming regulators show that casinos had lost money on blackjack only six other times in Atlantic City's year history of legalized gambling. Casinos also use sophisticated computer software to track gamblers' betting habits and strategy, hoping to figure out how they are winning. Bear spotted twice Thursday in Stafford Township. He confirmed in two interviews with The Press of Atlantic City that he is the blackjack player who has been single-handedly scorching the casino industry in the past six months. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. He was clad in an Oregon State Beavers sweatshirt for the second interview.