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Max Rubin - Blackjack Player

Gambling Expert and Blackjack Author Max Rubin

Max Rubin Profile

Max Rubin is a 37-year veteran of the gambling and blackjack world. Calling himself the "Undisputed Overweight Comp Champion of the World," Max also acts as a gaming consultant and television analyst. He has a degree from UNLV's College of Hotel Administration.

Considered by many to be the most capable broadcast and print analyst of gambling events, Rubin is one of eight living members of the prestigious Blackjack Hall of Fame. He is also the annual host of the ultra-secret Blackjack Ball, an event where the world's most skilled blackjack players meet in private to compete for the Blackjack Cup, which proclaims them to be that year's "World's Greatest Blackjack Player."

Comp City

He is also the author of Comp City - A Guide to Free Gambling Vacations. This popular book instructs players on how to present the illusion of large amounts of blackjack action in order to receive free food, drinks, hotel accommodations, airfare, and any number of other top level perks. The book shows readers how to manipulate the casino into thinking that more chips are being wagered than actually are. In fact, many of the techniques seem parallel to those used by professional card counters. Rubin mentions that his techniques can be combined with low-level card counting to deliver a powerful one-two punch to the casinos.

He has also written over 100 articles for various magazines, ranging in tone from serious to not so serious. He is often featured as a speaker at gaming and marketing symposiums, and he has acted as a consultant for dozens of American casinos, including Mirage Resorts, Harrah's, Hilton Casinos, and numerous Native American and International gaming operations.

Max Rubin on Television

He has appeared on a number of television shows, either acting as an expert commentator or host. These shows include: CBS' 48 Hours, The Travel Channel's Sucker Bets (in which Max takes on Anthony Curtis in a battle of math versus luck), The History Channel's Breaking Vegas, the Discovery Channel's Casino Diaries, GSN's World Series of Blackjack, and CBS' The Ultimate Blackjack Tour (where he serves as color commentator and gambling expert).

Max is available for speaking and consulting gigs, and he can assist any casino with marketing, strategic planning, and executive and front line customer service training.

Advantage Play and Card Counting

Max reserves his advantage play insight, however, for Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino in Lakeside, California (near San Diego). This casino is home to the Blackjack Hall of Fame, as well as being one of the few casinos which doesn't actively chase away card counters. Barona and Max have had a working partnership for many years, and Max helps train the dealers and other employees to recognize card counting and other critical techniques utilized by players.

In fact, Max is a leading proponent of taking a hands-off approach to card counters. Since he believes that most counters can't do it properly, the casino will still end up winning in the end. Otherwise, the casino wastes time and effort trying to get rid of someone who probably isn't a threat in the first place, and they often run off other players in the process.

"The last thing you want to do is run off the would-be counters," Max has been quoted as saying. "Don't sweat the money."

Max can be seen co-hosting The Ultimate Blackjack Tour with Mati Moralejo. The show airs each Saturday on CBS at 2:00 p.m. Eastern and pits the best gamblers in the world against one another at blackjack.

If you're looking for more information, you might visit Max's official site.

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