Car finally broke down in the Upper Peninsula, MI. We asked the mechanic to drop us off at the nearest casino and went to work. The next day, Casino management did not take kindly and wanted to speak with us the next morning. We ran out of the room when the coast was clear, but not before leaving a note. Finally, the end of the trip.
When I got back home, I moved out of my apartment and traveled the country and played blackjack for the next 3 months. In Jan 2016, I finally settled in Las Vegas.
6. Do you miss your old job?
Not in the slightest. I have done extremely well self-employed and would wish to stay so the rest of my life.
7. Any life lesson you’ve learned from card counting?
Patience and Perseverance. Knowing when to attack with aggression and when to pull back in defense. Seeing things in the big picture and maintaining consistency towards that goal.
I chose the name Spartan to exemplify the qualities I seeked to embody.
Stoicism, to react the same whether great loss or huge positive variance.
Minimalism in both physical possessions and in way of life. I chose to have few possessions to freely travel and have everything I need.
Aggression and Loyalty. When the bankroll was at its weakest, I chose to sacrifice my safety net to aid my team and be able to increase my hours and EV generated. I believe that my success was only possible because I gave myself no other option but to succeed. I worked like my life depended on it, because it did.
Oh, and if you’re trying to fill a void in your life, money won’t solve that. Blackjack will give you two things: Money and interesting stories to tell. I’d urge you to figure out what your endgame is and use blackjack as a vehicle to guide you to that goal.
8. What’s your favorite thing about being a card counter and AP?
Being in control of my own time and money. The friends that I made through this journey. The freedom to travel anytime and anywhere. The stories that I get to tell.
And here’s a graph of Spartan’s career progress: