I read that Kevin Blackwood made a million bucks card counting. Do you guys think that is still possible today?
The games we find today are very difficult to do that. Poor penetration, backoffs, bankroll requirements, skill level all work against the individual. Team play has the advantage of use of higher numbers, but still a grind.
Let's make it equivelent to a baseball analogy. It's possible for a player to have a batting average of over .400 for a whole season, but it hasn't happened since 1941.
1. Use big enough BR... like $300K...
2. Can find good games
* Hole card exposed.
* Trackable shuffles.
* Rebates... mostly not in the US...
* Good rules... 0.8% positive off-the-top and Joker games still offered at some countries.
I personally know several players made over $1 M since 1993 including myself.
It is mathematically trivial to say that you could win a million dollars card-counting. Look at the doubling time for the better games, minimize your expenses and errors, practice strict optimal betting patterns, and you are more likely than not to make big cash.
In practice it is much more difficult than obviously. But you could write volumes on that. It remains however, quite possible.
Personally I think their are easier ways to make big money, even from gambling.
"It is still possible
1. Use big enough BR... like $300K...
2. Can find good games
* Hole card exposed.
* Trackable shuffles.
* Rebates... mostly not in the US...
* Good rules... 0.8% positive off-the-top and Joker games still offered at some countries.
I personally know several players made over $1 M since 1993 including myself."
BJT, I get a curious question for you. Will you ask your son to follow your career path?
It seems it's a rule of thumb that
when a Chinese father really loves his career, and naturally he will ask his kids to follow his career path. For a real example, Doctor Chan loves his medical practice (made $150,000 net profit per year), and naturally he wants his 3 kids to become doctors. In fact all 3 kids become MDs.
In your case, you seem you really love what you're doing; thus I ask you my curious question. I look forward to your honest answer.
All APs (who want to be a better human being) should read these comments about the Virgina Tech's Doctor Librescu:
257 comments so far...
4:07 pm I knew Prof. Librescu, one of the professors shot at VPI. I took his graduate course on composite plates and shells back in 1994. He was an excellent teacher, and person, and could speak with humanity on subjects far removed from engineering. I�m not surprised he died trying to help others to escape.
� Posted by Dr. J. Andre Lavoie
5:35 pm While I never met Prof. Liviu Librescu I was very taken by his story. Here was a man who is a holocaust survivor. While the shooting was going on and the others in the room were hiding or going out the window Prof. Librescu blocked the door to try to keep the killer out. He paid for this act by being killed himself. I understand that no one else in that room was killed. There must be a special place in heaven for a man like him. God bless you sir and rest in peace
� Posted by Ike Gabay
� Posted by Barry naja
5:07 pm An incredible act of selfless bravery. Your final lesson is a lesson for the entire world. May God bless you.
� Posted by Charles Lamb
5:12 pm I live in Iowa and I am senior at the local highschol. I was very moved by the heroism of Mr. Librescu. To survive the Holocaust and to give his life up for the students he taught. It makes me really appreciate the educators at my school.
� Posted by Angela Balduchi
5:16 pm To Dr. Librescu�s family: I did not know your father, but I thank you for the gift he gave us. He is still teaching.
� Posted by Gail Gary
5:24 pm Professor Librescu first inspired me sixteen years ago as one of his engineering students at Virginia Tech. Liviu was a kind and patient man who entertained as many questions as it took for his class to grasp the complex subjects he taught. He always reminded me of my father because while he always expected the best from his students, he was also genuinely interested in their success. I fondly recall how his face lit up when he could tell a student had grasped a new concept.
Upon learning of Professor Librescu�s death yesterday at my desk, I cried. The teacher who reminded me of my own dad died while acting like a father to the students he loved.
The world will miss you, Liviu. May God welcome you into His kingdom and shower comfort upon your family and friends and all those you touched in your beautiful life.
� Posted by Paul Andrukonis
5:29 pm I want to offer my comdolences to Prof. librecu�s
family and all the staff and students of the Virginia Tech.
Several personal conclusions:
- Prof. Librescu is a hero of the world !
- I admire the universities which hire teachers and researchers as function of their qualifications, even when a professor is 75 years old.
I think, such example should be shared among governments and citizens of the rest of the world.
I pray for Professor Librescu.
� Posted by Eduardo D�az Eng.
11:56 pm My condolences to the family of Professor Librescu. My best friend of 20 years died recently . She was also from Roumania and her parents survived Aushwitz. I do not know how people can live and die with such grace and bravery and honor. this week will be my own father�s yartzeit.. i will say a prayer for this incredible father to us all, i do not believe that i could act with such bravery .. to survive such hatred with such love
� Posted by Trisha
12:04 am I did not know Dr. Liviu Librescu but I do know I would of been honered to. A man so brave and full of love that he gave his life to save other lifes.
My heart goes out to his family and friends. I know he was a husband & father that you had to be very proud of. It is to bad the world is not made of more people like him Then maybe this tragedy would never of taken place. God Bless each and everyone of you.
With love, Shelia
� Posted by Shelia
12:04 am �He who saves a life, saves a world!� Talmud
The Honorable Professor Liviu Librescu was a World saved from the Shoah, that courageously saved many Worlds at Virginia Tech!
� Posted by Martin Ehrenberg
12:08 am At the very end,he taught everyone bravery and selflessness. Prayers to his family and loved ones. You�re our hero Rest In Peace
� Posted by j. olaer
12:08 am May we all learn from such an amazing person. Aside from what I am sure he taught in his classes, he has shown such a valuable lesson and amount of compassion. He survived the Holocaust. He has seen so much. I am sure in his entire life, he has seen more than any of us can imagine. Yet, he did not discriminate or question who he threw his life down to save. I see so many people out there who only want to blame and hate. They will capitalize on someone�s mistakes or lack of education rather than help them to understand and learn. They use past hurts to separate themselves from everyone much like what I think this horrible shooter did. Dr. Librescu though, through himself infront of all else to save any life he could. He did not say, only a certain type of person should be saved. He did not say that anyone who could be related to someone who hurt me or my family in the Holocaust should be killed. He said, get out and he gave his life. Truly a saint. Truly an angel. An educator, not a hater. Someone who we really all need to learn from in so many ways. I wish I knew this man. I wish I could have heard anything he had to say. To his family�.carry on strong and be so proud, as he must have all of his life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
� Posted by LC
12:16 am Courage and selflessness were given a face last Monday. May we all strive to reflect that same image in ourselves. God bless you, Liviu Librescu.
Judy G, KCMO
� Posted by Judy Galate-Swartzbaugh
12:17 am Thank you Prof. Librescu for showing the good in people at the times when we were remembered how dark some souls could be.
Some people die to kill innocent people, Prof. Liviu Librescu died to save his students� There is nothing more I could add to this. I hope his family find consolation in the fact that he didn�t die in vain.
May he rest in peace.
� Posted by Adrian Mihailescu
12:18 am Although I have never met Professor Liviu Librescu, this story is amazing, it is sad but incredible. This is a man who survived one of the worst atrocities ever. He became well educated and respected in his field and came to America. ALthough he should be retired he continued to work and educate only to be gunned down in his classroom while saving his students from what he knew was a gunman. I have the utmost respect for this man. He accomplished more in his life than most and had hardship beyond anything I could imagine. In his selfless act he allowed so many to escape and those people will go on and have families of their own. Because of one man, many lives will go on.
� Posted by Carolyn
12:23 am He was a true Kiddush Hashem.
� Posted by Steven Lacob
12:25 am I can�t stop my tears. I can�t imagine how much courage it takes for a man to make SUCH a decision in nearly no time without being panic. It�s a nightmare, but at least Prof. Librescu left us something. When we wake up, we�ll know that this is not just a cruel joke God gave us.
This man is a true inspiration. He saw so much evil in his life, surviving the Holocaust. He saw all of the worst that mankind had to offer, yet he triumphed over all of it by never letting it define him. The world is in his debt. He is the candle of hope that refuses to go out in this dark storm all around us. Thank you Professor Librescu.�
There are no words to encompass the loss of a man like Professor Liviu Librescu, who ACTED TO SAVE THE LIVES OF OTHERS IN THE FACE OF LOSING HIS OWN.
A simple thank you does not seem like nearly enough�
Prayers for his family at this time of their great loss do not seems like nearly enough�
Perhaps by living our lives by his example�maybe if not enough, it would be one small step toward living his dream of tikkun olam�creating a better world.
� Posted by ruven
12:29 am Although I did not know you personally I feel that I know much about you! You were a true hero not only by saving the lives of the students in your class but also by surviving another horrific event in our time the Holocaust.
I am praying for your family and they have my deepest sympathy. I am sure that they have some comfort in knowing that you have ALWAYS been a hero!!
� Posted by Kelli
12:34 am You set a great example for all the teachers such as myself on how to be a teacher for our students. Of course, we all hope that such a tragedy will never happen again. Rest in Peace, Professor and all the victims of this tragedy.
� Posted by Zhong
12:45 am In a world infected wirh violance, The light comes from those blessed. May he Be at Peace.
� Posted by Brenda
12:46 am The irony of being thought of as not human by the Nazi�s, insignificant, nothing and yet surviving against the odds and dying braver than most and a true hero - with world recognition.
Your courage and humanity are an inspiration.
May your family find peace through the outpouring of compassion throughout the world.
� Posted by Sharon
1:10 am As I struggle to make sense of this I cannot get Professor Librescu out of my mind. He�s given hope in the midst of this madness. I hope to learn more about him. I wonder if he ever pondered why he survived the Holocaust. Maybe he just got an answer. I hope his family can find peace in all that he�s saved.
� Posted by Dave E.
1:26 am Hearing the story of professor Liviu Librescu protecting the students while risking his own life in the process is extreme heroic.
The courage of this man should be an influence to many at vt, the united states, and the world period.
Out of a very emotional day 2 days ago, the one thing that touched me the most was Librescu�s courage. He will always be remembered as the professor that saved an entire classroom, and at an old age and survivor of the worth mass murder ever.
Rest In Peace
Professor Liviu Librescu.
You will be missed and remebered
� Posted by Ian
1:28 am God spared you then and so your acts of selflessness spared others now. Perhaps this is his design or your repayment of his love. What ever, in your death you have inspired us no matter what we believe. For very act of evil there is an act of goodness.
in gratitiude for your life and your death.
� Posted by rachel taylor
1:53 am I cried when I heard about Professor Librescu, something I hadn�t done in a long time. This man epitomized everything that is good and worthy in the human spirit, and the reverberations of his selfless act extend well beyond that bloody classroom. He saved the lives of his students, and he now gives inspiration to the lives of everyone who hears his story. I�ll light a candle in his memory, may he forever rest in peace.
� Posted by Alex
1:55 am Thank you. There�s far more meaning behind these words than I could ever truly express.
� Posted by Christina
2:05 am We did not know Professor Liviu Librescu but we think that this is so tragic that this man survived the Holocaust to be murdered by a disturbed child. To give up a life for family and friends is an amazing feat, but to give up your life for complete strangers in a moment of panic is truly heroic. Our prayers go out to his family and families and friends of all the others lost in this tragic shooting. Our prayers also go out to the students left behind without their friends, family, and faculty members helping them through the next years.
- Mary Metts & Ariel Thebert- Wright
� Posted by Mary & Ariel
2:26 am I did not have the pleasure of meeting this great man. From the moment I heard of his loving sacrifice for his students, I cried. I am still greatly touched that in todays world, a man whom had such a trying life experience, would do such a loving act. I am not Jewish, I�m a Christian, but know that the Jews are God�s Chosen people. Now the whole world see�s why! For: No greater love can a man give, than to lay down his life for another.
My thoughts, my prayers, my love go to all of his family members.
� Posted by Toni
2:44 am God bless him and all you students. Please, all of you continue to go on with your life as normal. those people that are gone would not want you all to give up. I am sure all of you are strong and will go on and do good. I will say a prayer for all the students, family and friends.
� Posted by Janet
2:49 am You have shown me and many others what it means to be selfless and brave.
May you rest in peace.
� Posted by Luis Luo
2:54 am This great man has shown that there is honor in being human. I think it is a law of the universe that without evil, there could be no good. For what would we judge it by? Dr.Librescu has given his full measure for his students. What better lesson could a teacher give? He has taught the whole world the true meaning of the word �hero�. This makes the people who we call hereos because they are great atheletes, or singers, television stars, etc.,pale in comparision.
Because, here, people, we have the real thing.
G-D bless your soul, and may your example serve as an inspiration to others. I know it has to me.
-Gary from California
� Posted by Gary
4:14 am Wow what a hero What a brave man he survived the holocoust and was brave then. Such a sad thing to survive that and pass at the hand of a crazy person. You were a brave man and may you rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to the family. You will be missed
� Posted by Brandy ( Roanoke VA)
4:18 am As a student at Middle Tennessee State University, my heart goes out to him. For he was a brave man and will be missed by many. MTSU is with all those who have lost so much�
We are all HOKIES this week! GO HOKIES�
� Posted by JON
4:25 am �Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.�
Professor Librescu now enjoys the peace which passes all understanding. He has left for everyone a shining example of courage and selflessness on a day otherwise filled with darkness and evil.
Shalom to his family and friends.
� Posted by Suzanne
4:38 am Dr. Liviu Librescu gave his life so that others could live. There is no greater gift than he gave.
I hope that his family, faced with this enormous tragedy, will find some small solace in knowing that their loved one spent his last moments helping others. He was cut down far too soon, but his memory and legacy will live on for years to come. May God love you and protect you.
� Posted by Anne
4:53 am Professor Librescu showed us how noble, how courageous, how awe-inspiring a human being can be. Having survived the horrors of the Holocaust, he lived his life with love, with dedication to his family and students, with joy in music and nature. Having cruelly suffered simply because he was Jewish, he knew better than most of us the value of human life and did not hesitate to sacrifice his own to save others.
His murderer shows how despicable a human can be. But our society is also to blame for allowing evil like this to happen. As long as we allow violence to reign � on TV and movies and most of all in the unjust wars our government wages, and as long as we allow people to easily buy guns to play out their most violent fantasies, we will continue to witness massacres of this kind. This was not the first time, only the one with the greatest number of victims.
Professor Librescu, may God bless your sacred memory and console your mourning family. And may our violent country learn a lesson from this sad tragedy.
� Posted by Barbara B.
5:03 am With tears of sadness in my eyes, I express my deep regrets for the lost of Prof. Liviu, your heroism will be remembered for long time , you will be an example of respect for the others. You gave the highest sacrifice that a man can give�.your life for the life of the others.
We honour and love you for that.
May God embrass you in Heaven.
Romanian Woman who never met you unfortunately
� Posted by Daniela
5:21 am in bed
in the early hours
i sit up and read
about the holocaust survivor
i sit up and weep.
little goes on
in my life
but i make a riot of it.
i drink and spit and curse,
and my romances
demand the attention
are the birds
that ignore me.
there is nothing huge
in the average life,
save for its honest
� Posted by hoppie
7:00 am I am from England, and I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Liviu and his family and friends. He was a great man, a hero, who saved many lives. May you rest in peace..
� Posted by Mikey
7:04 am Survived the holocaust and now some idiot has taken his live. My thoughts are with him and all of the victims.
� Posted by Jan Hendrik
7:21 am On a day of calamity and grief, it was the act of Dr. Librescu that provides hope and inspiration that there are still good people who put the well-being of others before themselves. I do hope VT names of a building for that gallant man so his memory rings long after.
� Posted by Len
7:27 am As a child of Holocaust survivors, I know how they valued life. My parent�s were lucky to escape Belgium to Cuba in 1941, but when they spoke of the �terrible times�, the one focus was living through it. They often said that this was a thread that went through all survivors. For Dr. Librescu to have overcome this to save his students is remarkable and I salute him, his family and the students that are alive because of his brave act
� Posted by Gideon Weingarten
7:33 am Prof. Librescu died sanctifying the name of G-d. May his soul be a advocate in the next world for his family and the rest us.
To his family we say: May G-d comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
To the rest of the world we say: See and understand the principal difference between a society which produces the one who takes his own life so others may live and a society which produces one who takes his own life so that others will surely die. Which society do you support, nurture, and cherish so that others with similar character traits continue to walk the earth?
� Posted by Dr Middos
7:42 am Dear Professor
I never met you Sir. But you serve as an inspiration to my Australian friends who read about your marvellous bravery and then tragic passing. You were clearly a loving and courageous man. Whilst I do not share your religious faith, I do admire your bravery and compassion. You are indeed a hero to many people down here and around the world. I salute you Professor!
� Posted by charlie chappell
7:58 am I am a student in romania and I am shock �
I will remember forever �
My condolences to his family and loved one
� Posted by maria violeta
8:11 am I�m so moved about the story of Prof. Liviu Librescu. His heroic act tells so much about the kind of person he was. My condolences and my prayers to his family.
� Posted by Celina from Argentina
8:23 am I am very touched by what Professer Liviu Librescu did to save his students, by sacrificing his life for theirs! His sacrificial act, from a holocaust surviver himself, made it even more poignant, and helps me to reaffirm that God is with us even in our darkest moments. His selfless action is totally spontaneous, and can only have come from a heart filled with love for others, in this case, his students.
To his fmaily and friends, I offer heartfelt condolences, and I thank God for such a life-affirming man.
Jeanette from Singapore
� Posted by Jeanette Hui
8:28 am I read of this fine man�s valiant, extraordinary life and his life-saving, selfless actions with a huge sob in my heart. My deepest sympathy to his mourning family and friends. I mourn with you. Janice, Canada
� Posted by Janice
8:39 am My partner is a professor of English in NYC. She just said to me that she is sad for all of the people who dies and can�t help but think of the professors who died. Her heart goes out to them and their families. She understands the impulse to be responsible for ones students. Professor Librescu showed such love, compassion and bravery. May he rest in peace and be a shining example to us all.
� Posted by Lisa
8:50 am Prof. Librescu had that rare quality of goodness for others that saw him through the holocaust, These students were not the only people whose lives he saved. Nor was this the first time he put his life on the line for others. What a kind and giving person. What courage and ethics. He is really an inspiration to us all.
Posted by Jim Seltzer
� Posted by James Jay Seltzer
8:56 am It is highly symbolic that we lost a man to such tragedy who survived the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day. His survival of the Holocaust had a deeper purpose beyond himself. He managed to become a great teacher, a loving family man, and a hero who would make the decision to sacrifice himself to preserve the life of others. He will be missed and leaves behind a legacy of bravery to which others can aspire.
� Posted by Stacy
8:57 am I am a teacher in a public school system. The bravery exhibited by this professor is unbelievable. He is truly an example to us all as he gave his life for the name of others. May he enjoy being in the presence of our heavenly father, Almighty God. Our prayers are lifted up to all the friends and families affected by this horrific crime.
� Posted by Amy
8:57 am May God bless you and comfort you in heaven. May you always be remembered for your greatness and selflessness. My deepest sympathy. God Bless!
� Posted by Jodi Derryberry
8:59 am No greater gift can one give than to give his own life for another. Even though I am so terribly saddened over this horrific event Dr. Librescu has given me hope. Hope that in such a chaotic, selfless world that seems to breed evil, there are still those who choose humanity and selflessness despite what life may throw at them.
He should be memorialized.
May God keep his family especially close at this time and I will pray He give them strength
� Posted by Susana Hepp
9:01 am I knew nothing about Prof. Librescu until this fateful day. Reading about Prof. Librescu was absoultely heartbreaking. He was meant to survive the Holocaust in order to save the lives of his young students.
� Posted by Tina Phong
9:02 am You are such a noble man,Professor Liviu Librescu. Your soul is the purest.You must be the angel that God sent to bless your students.Though you are back with Him,your benevolence shall never,ever be forgotten.We will hold you in our heart eternally.
Sincere prayer from China.
� Posted by Feng Shi
9:05 am Although I did not know Mr. Librescu, I was moved to tears when I heard his life story, his survival of the holocaust and his act of bravery in that classroom in VT on Monday. What a truly remarkable and blessed gentleman! I send my deepest sympathy to his family, and to all those families who lost a loved one on that tragic day. Know that your loved ones will NEVER be forgotten.
� Posted by Glynis Klein Drakeford
9:06 am I never met Professor Librescu. It would have been an honor.
Sir, you are my hero. Rest in peace.
� Posted by Amy (Atlanta, GA)
9:10 am I cannot be more inspired by this brave act of heroism. I cannot be more touched by the journey of life that led to this sad death. I too was moved to tears by the act of this teacher who cared so much for his students, to be able to save their lives in such a way. How he must have thought in those moments�what did he remember, the day in which it occurred, holocaust remembrance day, oh, the circle of life. To be saved from Hitler�s final solution, to be this hero. The courage in this man�s life is not lost on me. I am inspired by his example and send all heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
� Posted by Sheila Luecht
9:16 am A Great Man! A True Hero!
Posted by Thomas Yang(wuhan,china)
� Posted by Thomas Yang
9:18 am Professor Librescu made a choice to give up his life for those of his students. A rare and remarkable man in a time when greed and self-importance are the focus of many. Greater love hath no man that he lay down his life for another.
May the family of this hero be consoled that there was a great purpose to his life and through his selfless act, there will always be those that remember. May God grant me the courage to act as he did if I am ever in a situation like that.
Shalom, Professor Librescu.
� Posted by Clara
9:21 am I knew Dr. Librescu during my time as a grad student at VT. I had graduate courses from him in vibrations and later in theory of plates and shells (I still keep the course notes from this class in my bookcase at work. It has proved a valuable resource over the years). I remember him as a passionate teacher and a gentleman who encouraged us and gladly shared his ideas and suggestions on research. I was shocked and saddened when I saw his name among the first lists of the dead, but I was not surprised to learn he had died trying to save his students.
� Posted by Dr. Carol Meyers
9:22 am This Mr.Librescu is a true hero. As his loved ones grieve his loss, I hope they can take comfort in knowing that there were many young lives saved by his completely selfless act. God bless him.
� Posted by Julie B
9:26 am To our fellow Jew, our compatriot, but first of all-a noble and heroic soul, a man of great dignity and utmost bravery�Blessed be your memory!My heart goes out to the family of Dr.Librescu.Please, accept my deepest condolences!May you know sorrow no more�יהי זכרו ברוך-ת�נ�צ�ב�ה
� Posted by Saul Gorovoy
9:37 am What an amazing man! The hardship he suffered in the Holocaust did not diminish him, but instead prepared him for the moment when he could act to save other lives. Thank you, Liviu Librescu. Thank you. Thank you for showing us what it is to be human and brave.
� Posted by Chicago
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the same question. My answer was I would teach. He will make his own judgement... the current response from my 17-year old son was he does not like taking planes...
I always consider myself as an investor and BJ as a good investment. I got my MBA, lost big at stock market for poor money management. If I worked as a card counter first, I may be a better investor later.
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