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And he did. That bought me some more time. Plus he has the potential to make more money, help people and not need to spend time in casinos where, despite his rationalizations, he was never percent comfortable. So he took the time to understand how card counting worked and knew all the moves cold. But word circulated among young, male churchgoers, and suddenly, Crawford and Jones were being approached for tips on how to play. After teaching a Bible camp friend named Colin Jones how to count cards, Crawford had company. Security interrogated him for a while, and the casino refused to accept his chips, but Bellagio eventually allowed Treas to leave—with his chips, which the team could use for playing. His goal was to get kicked out of every casino he could. This was all I ever wanted to do: reach young guys and counsel them on getting out of debt, on marriage and on children. But Treas and the others made do. We were a blackjack team that had Christians on it. Many of the players, mostly in their 20s, were recruited through various religious organizations. He left the team to form a test-preparation company called Torch Prep. Still, though, as somebody who had formerly waited tables and always associated his income with a predetermined hourly wage, blackjack was a revelation. He completely turned over the reigns of management to his Bible camp buddy Colin Jones. Casinos are entitled to halt a player for any reason, even if that player has a legal, mathematical strategy for beating the game. I coached guys and helped them figure out what they were good at. When it comes to the most luxurious round of golf in Vegas, it is undoubtedly the relatively new …. That the team members had agreed to cooperate for a documentary indicates how lackluster things had become. But I kept on winning and winning. Card counting, incidentally, is completely legal. Never mind that he made money at it, had fun and clearly operated at an advantage. Nevertheless, the ordeal caused him to miss his flight home and his blackjack career ended on a pair of sour notes. And to take as much money as possible out of the casinos. I am faithful to my wife, and Las Vegas is no place for a man who wants to be faithful to his wife. But the back-offs became increasingly aggressive. He played a lot of hours and made pretty good money. In Atlantic City, I played the persona of an aggressive Russian guy. Like the others, he needed to figure out whether or not attempting to beat casinos at blackjack counted as a sin. He justified it with the rationale that casinos are public places offering games to the public. Because Treas had previously been warned against returning to the Wynn, he was arrested and told by Nersesian that he had no case against the casino. Crawford went on to cofound a company called Epipheo Studios, which got its start by using stick-figure animation to simplify difficult concepts for companies that include Google and Microsoft. To help shop for …. To him, cracking the code of the standardized test was a lot like cracking the code of blackjack. I felt like I was doing more ministry on the team than I was doing in the church. What Vegas sells is not what I am consuming. For …. That marked the beginning of a pattern. Mentally freed, Crawford turned to card counting in earnest, playing as many as six nights per week, believing that he had discovered the holy grail of gambling. Wisniew was a member of one of the more unusual card-counting teams in the history of blackjack. Gambling Blackjack. He, too, was worn down by the enterprise. I got released into downtown Vegas with a check instead of my chips and money. He flipped me over and started screaming at me. In —while the team was in the midst of a nasty downswing, resulting in part from fatigue, possible theft and a kind of malaise that sets in when it becomes increasingly difficult to play—Ben Crawford had similar sentiments. To help shop for … Jun 9, For … Jun 5, The Last Dance Review: The Final Episodes We all knew how this story would end, but no matter how well we thought we knew this team, surprises … May 18, The Legend of Mr.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Treas met his match one night at Wynn Las Vegas. Mark Treas took it a step further. Why was it a sin? In the end, Jones was left to salvage a sinking ship. Early on, Ben Crawford seemed like a long shot for card-counting glory. What did his wife have to say? Casino hosts would ask what they could do for him and Treas, a vegetarian, would be happy with a salad. Other times, particularly on the Indian owned casinos, players were taken into backrooms and threatened. Treas sold wristwatches and gift cards on eBay. It was something we all had in common and it was fun. He eventually found the cash—inside his sofa—and returned it, but Crawford considered throwing him off the team for being so careless. I had to figure out a way to get back to my room at the Venetian. He hoped to find a hobby that he could make a little bit of money on. Cigar Life. Players were no longer being asked to not play blackjack in the casino; they were actually getting 86ed. Sometimes local law authorities were called in. To test for the team, he flew from his home in northern Kentucky to where Crawford then lived in Seattle. People sometimes mistook us for a church. But the situation forced me to think about what was wrong with it. We all knew how this story would end, but no matter how well we thought we knew this team, surprises …. One highlight for him is the night that he spent with a group of fellow Christians. The Magazine. Nicknamed the Church Team, this group was managed by Evangelical Christians, who traditionally view gambling as a sin. At the table, they were not your typical card counters. Inadvertently, maybe because of his Christian beliefs and a comfort in the fact that God would look out for him, Crawford embraced the kind of gambling that may be reckless but is also necessary for building a bankroll from nearly nothing into something pretty big. It became more complicated. The desired plan when heat came down was to gather your chips and get out of the casino as quickly as possible—praying or not praying—as you hustled for the exit. I called the police and then I called Bob Nersesian [a Las Vegas attorney who specializes in representing advantage players against casinos]. Chips and cash were confiscated, and he wound up in a cell with the human remnants of a drug sting. He decided to call it a day as well. He felt a responsibility to investors. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Maybe so. Though wins came much more frequently than losses, early success did nothing to assuage guilt he felt about being in casinos and playing blackjack. People have used their newly found downtime to learn new skills or improve on existing hobbies. One of the more enthusiastic recruits was Mark Treas, a big-boned, athletic-looking guy with a buzz cut of blond hair. While the more progressive church deacons seemed to get a kick out of the Christ-loving lads who had a knack for bringing down the houses of Vegas, others were less impressed. We trusted people because of who they were. With Crawford and Jones managing the team—dealing with investors, deciding where players would play, tracking results and shipments of money around the United States and into Canada—things ran relatively smoothly. Besides an hourly rate received for playing, the comps and gifts were fabulous. The team was also mired in a two-year net losing streak—which, Jones acknowledges, had to do with issues other than bad luck. Cigar Top Opportunities for good games began to thin. But when I asked him to hit a local casino with me, just for the sake of the story, he refused. More in The Good Life See all. I was never afraid of losing my money. I showed them how to think out of the box. He now runs a website and training service called blackjackapprenticeship. He was raised in a strict Christian household and taught through religion that gambling was bad.