The world’s best card counter has figured out how to stay under the radar. Somewhat counter-intuitively, the man named “Rick Blaine” revealed that he typically plays the part of a lucky big spender at the casinos. The act has served Blaine well — he’s never been booted from a casino in thirty years. Blaine shared his secret and more at a recent Atlas Obscura event in New York dedicated to the art of cheating. Nina Strochlic reports for The Daily Beast.

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