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MIT Blackjack Team: How Did They Do It?

One of the most popular sessions at November's Global Gaming Expo featured two members of the famous MIT blackjack card-counting team that beat the casino industry for millions in the early '90s. Team members Mike Aponte and Dave Irvine were joined by security expert Andy Anderson on a panel moderated by Douglas Florence, the vice president of Nice Systems, a security equipment company. The team was the subject of a best-selling book by Ben Mesrich, Bringing Down the House, which tells how they did it. They discuss the formation of the team, why it succeeded and how casinos today combat similar teams. More than 300 people attended the session, proving the importance this issue still holds with casino executives.

Roger Gros is publisher of Global Gaming Business, the industry's leading gaming trade publication, and all its related publications. Prior to joining Global Gaming Business, Gros was president of Inlet Communications, an independent consulting firm. He was vice president of Casino Journal Publishing Group from 1984-2000, and held virtually every editorial title during his tenure. Gros was editor of Casino Journal, the National Gaming Summary and the Atlantic City Insider, and was the founding editor of Casino Player magazine. He was a co-founder of the American Gaming Summit and the Southern Gaming Summit conferences and trade shows. He is the author of the best-selling book, How to Win at Casino Gambling (Carlton Books, 1995), now in its fourth edition. Gros was named "Businessman of the Year" for 1998 by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Gaming Association in 2012.