March 31, 2015
"Advantage" gamblers, skilled bettors who are often ousted from Nevada resorts if spotted at blackjack tables, are being welcomed at an international conference on gambling - held at a Lake Tahoe casino.
One of them, James Grosjean (GROSS'-jean), didn't take any
chances on getting tossed by hotel security guards. He showed up in
disguise at the 13th International Conference on Gambling &
Risk-Taking, wearing a long black wig. He also sported sun glasses
and a blacked-out front tooth.
Grosjean and fellow "advantage" gambler John Chang were among
speakers who covered topics ranging from legal ways to beat the
odds to problem gambling, efforts to lessen smoking in casinos,
online poker players and sports betting.
Officials at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, the resort where the weeklong
event is being held, aren't worried about the presence of the
gamblers skilled at counting cards and taking advantage of sloppy
Harrah's spokesman John Packer says --quote-- "We know who they