The Twenty One Club
The annual blackjack ball hosts Gambling's Most Furtive (and Quirky) Fraternity
From the Print Edition:
Susan Lucci, Sep/Oct 99
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Discretion prohibits this magazine from publishing the visage of this year's winner. Terry plies his trade anonymously and would like to keep it that way. But next time you're in a casino and see an altogether unremarkable fellow with a mountain of chips before him, minding his business and getting phenomenally "lucky," quietly mention Max Rubin's name. Mention the Blackjack Ball. And see if the nameless gambler offers you a bottle of complimentary Champagne.
Michael Konik is the gambling columnist and contributing editor of Cigar Aficionado.
Contestants at the Blackjack Ball must prove their competency on a mostly multiple-choice test; top scorers advance to the next round.
Here is a sample from the actual 1999 test. If you score higher than 50 percent, you may have a future as a professional gambler.
1 Japanese consider it bad luck to stick your chopsticks straight up in your rice bowl except at: a. Weddings; b. Funerals; c. Sumo wrestling matches; d. Business meetings
2 True or false: In Thailand a good-luck amulet for strength and mastery of games is a crocodile penis.
3 Who is generally credited with making the statement "anything worth having is worth cheating for"?
a. Dustin Marks; b. Steve Forte; c. Ken Uston; d. W. C. Fields
4 Played perfectly, which game has the highest odds in favor of the house?
a. American Roulette; b. Caribbean Stud Poker; c. Red Dog; d. Let it Ride
5 If you are triskaidekaphobic, what are you afraid of?
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