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This profile was last updated on 11/4/07  and contains information from public web pages.
Edward O. Thorp & Associates

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    the United States Postal Service
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Edward Thorp - Blackjack Card Counting Inventor, 4 Nov 2007 [cached]
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Sam Vaughn - Blackjack Tournament Player Profile, 4 Nov 2007 [cached]
Sam Vaughn - Blackjack Player
Blackjack Player Sam Vaughn
Sam Vaughn
While working as a member of the United States Postal Service, Sam Vaughn became interested in gambling . Although he worked in Phoenix, Arizona, he would drive his 1982 Ford van down to Vegas every chance he got. The van was already four years old when Sam bought it, but he proceeded to put 300,000 miles on it over the next 17 years as he drove back and forth to Nevada to indulge in his passion for gambling.
During these expeditions to Las Vegas, Sam would usually stop for the night in Laughlin, Nevada, park his van down by the river and get a good night's sleep. Sam was quickly embraced by the locals, who would often let him use their showers or offer to help him find a room for the night. In the summer, he would park his van up in the mountains to escape the sweltering Nevada heat. During this time, Sam, who would sometimes be accompanied on his trips by John, Joe, Mike, and Gene Crancer, honed the skills that would eventually turn him into a certifiable millionaire.
Throughout the early 80's, Sam primarily competed at craps, playing in every tournament that he could. But the casinos eventually stopped hosting these tournaments, forcing Sam to look elsewhere for his gambling fix. His friends finally talked him into playing in a blackjack tournament at The Four Queens in 1989. It proved to be the right decision, as Sam won his first blackjack tournament and walked away with $50,000. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1992 after 25 years of service, moving to Vegas in 1995 and further sharpening his skills.
He's played consistently since that first tourney win, competing in over 100 blackjack tournaments and winning money almost every year. In fact, from 1989 to 2000, Sam raked in just over 1.25 million dollars!
Million Dollar Blackjack
In 2004, Sam won the Reno-Atlantis 'Winner-Take-All' tournament to the tune of $45,000. That same week, he won the monthly qualifier for the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar III Blackjack Tournament, raking in another $20,000. The previous year, Sam had competed in the Million Dollar tournament and fought his way to the final table of seven players but ultimately missed out on the winner's purse of one-million dollars. This year, it was going to be a different story.
For those unfamiliar with the Hilton MDBJ III Tournament, the starting bankroll was $5,000 with a minimum bet of $100, and a maximum bet of $2,500.
On Hand #28, Sam was in good position, both in chips and in playing order. He matched the maximum bets of the other players and waited. BR2 doubled and was stiff. BR3 doubled into a 17, and Sam had 18. Sam realized that he was moments away from possibly winning it all, but it all came down to the dealer. The house was showing a seven and flipped over a ten. Sam ended with $18,250. That is 7.3 times the maximum bet after 28 hands. The last five hands of the tournament for Sam: loss, push, win, win, win. The tournament was over and Sam had won one-million dollars. In fact, in the span of two years in the Hilton Million Dollar Tournaments, Sam Vaughn played a total of 18 rounds of blackjack, advancing in all but two rounds of play.
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Sam Vaughn the Blackjack Player, 23 Nov 2008 [cached]
Sam Vaughn
Sam Vaughn - A Committed Blackjack Player
What began as a passionate interest in gambling has led Sam Vaughn into a career as one of the strongest tournament players known in the entire gambling world, and in the Blackjack world overall.
While working as a full time member of the United States Postal Service, Vaughn took every opportunity he had to travel to Nevada and test and improve his gambling skills. After logging on over three hundred thousand miles in his van, which would also serve as his home during his seventeen years of road trips, Vaughn found tremendous success with his first blackjack tournament.
It was 1989 and casinos had recently stopped hosting the craps tournaments that were Vaughn's then-specialty. He tried his hand at Blackjack competition in The Four Queens and walked away the champion of his first-ever Blackjack tournament, and fifty thousand dollars wealthier.
By the time he retired in 1992 he was ready to re-locate permanently to Las Vegas. From that time on he has competed successfully in over one hundred tournaments. From his first win in 1989 to the end of his season in 2000, Vaughn had earned a staggering one and a quarter million dollars. All in the game that was his "second choice"!
Over the course of the next few years Vaughn kept on building his reputation and professional skills, and in 2003 he was able to compete in the Hilton Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament. Though he did not prevail in his effort for the million dollar top prize, he had experienced the ultimate level of competition and was prepared for his next shot at the prize.
That came in 2004 after he had won the Reno-Atlantis "Winner Take All" tournament, and later in the same week qualified for the Hilton Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament by winning that qualifying event as well. His profit for the single week of play was a whopping sixty-five thousand dollars.
Later that year Vaughn took home the million dollar prize for the Hilton Million Dollar Blackjack Tournament III, beating the dealer with his 18 to the dealer's 17.
Today Vaughn is still active in tournament Blackjack and he encourages all interested players to commit themselves to developing their skills and experience by becoming involved in any kind of tournament play available to them. There are numerous opportunities throughout the world for gamblers to enjoy mini-tournaments, regional tournaments and events sponsored by companies or local charities. He also recommends that players stay and watch even after being eliminated from competitive play.
Vaughn also credits his own success to open discussion with other dedicated players. He says that many Blackjack and gambling enthusiasts are happy to discuss strategy and tactics with other competitive players. Vaughn's own experience proves that a great deal of time and commitment is required for the biggest payouts.
Today, Vaughn has settled into the tiny community that welcomed him, in his van, throughout the seventeen years he commuted between Phoenix and Las Vegas to work his way up to a professional, or championship level player.
Sam Vaughn: A Million Dollar ..., 7 May 2011 [cached]
Sam Vaughn: A Million Dollar Blackjack Player
Blackjack is a thrilling casino game that many gamblers choose to play because its rules are easy to follow. Even new casino players can try their luck at blackjack tables since its outcomes merely depend on chance. However, there are blackjack players who are able to explore different efficient ways to raise their odds in blackjack.
One of blackjack players who succeed in discovering strategies that improve their winning chances is Sam Vaughn. His passion for blackjack started when he worked at U.S. Postal Service in Phoenix, Arizona. Even if his office is miles away from Las Vegas, he allots time to go to the city just to play his favorite games.
Vaughn first showed interest in craps. He visits casinos that hold craps tournaments. However, in the 1980s, many casinos stopped hosting craps tournaments. Since he is really attracted to gambling, Vaughn tried his luck in a blackjack competition in 1989 that was hosted by The Four Queens and won $50,000.
In 1992, Vaughn retired from his work and migrated to Las Vegas where he established a career in gambling. Vaughn succeeded and his total winnings from 1982 to 2000 amount to $1.25 million. He continued to improve his skills until he decided to participate in the Las Vegas Hilton Million Dollar III Blackjack Tournament.
To participate in the tournament, Vaughn needs to win in a monthly qualifier. Vaughn succeeded and won $20,000. At the tournament, Vaughn managed to stay up to hand 28 wherein he matched maximum bets that were placed by his opponents. His first opponent doubled but got lost because his hand was stiff. The other player had 17 while Vaughn had 18. To his surprise, the dealer had 17 so Vaughn won $1 million in this tournament.
After his success story at the blackjack tournament, Vaughn continued to make millions. He is one of the few blackjack players who were able to get millions from gambling. New players should know the story of his life because it is motivating and inspiring.
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