Don Johnson, of Miami Vice, the ex-husband of Melanie Griffith, and dad of Fifty Shades of Gray’s Dakota Johnson, is a professional blackjack player and gambler. In the world of Blackjack, Johnson is known to have beaten casinos in Atlantic City more than $15 million in 2011.
While most Blackjack legends are known for their card counting skills, Don Johnson made a name in Blackjack simply by using conventional and standard strategies. Yup! Johnson does not count cards. However, he did work on changing standard casino Blackjack to obtain mathematical advantage. One of these changes pertains to dealers staying on soft 17, re-split aces, using six decks, and a 20% rebate wherein casinos are to reimburse 20% of his losses. He believes that it is possible to beat the house if a player has the money to do so.
Atlantic City Winnings
At age 30, Don Johnson started playing professional Blackjack. He made a name in Atlantic City when he won more than $4 million in 2010 at Caesars. Everyone thought the actor was on a hot streak. Surely, Don Johnson is just an actor, and not a professional Blackjack player. But when at the Borgata in Atlantic City, he won another $4.9 million at the Blackjack table; some casino owners had second thoughts on letting him play Blackjack.
In the spring of 2011, Don Johnson graced the Blackjack table of The Tropicana Atlantic City. The casino CEO even graciously offered bets of up to $100,000. After 12 hours or so, The Tropicana CEO could have been banging his head in desperation as Johnson pocketed $5.8 million in Blackjack winnings. The CEO was reportedly fired, and a report indicated that the casino loss 20% in revenue for the said month.
In a span of only 6 months, Don Johnson raked in $15 million in Blackjack winnings. The Miami Vice star caught the media’s attention, with reporters asking Johnson how he was able to win a huge amount of money in a short span of time.
Don Johnson claimed to have applied standard strategy and a working knowledge of Math to win. He reiterated that if a person has more than enough money to bankroll his games, he will eventually beat the house. However, this is not the case as average players just don’t have an unlimited supply of cash to beat the house.
Don Johnson continues to play Blackjack. He is not just some splash in the pan in terms of winning the game. He is currently the CEO of a Wyoming-based company that deals with online horse race betting software.