Edward Thorp

The printable version is no longer supported and may have rendering errors. Please update your browser bookmarks and please use the default browser print function instead.

Edward Thorp is a Chicago-born mathematician who revolutionized the casino industry in 1962 with the publication of Beat the Dealer, which presented a computer-developed system for winning at the game of Blackjack. With the aid of fellow mathematicians Harvey Dubner and Julian Braun, a second edition published in 1966 remains the most popular book on the subject. The technique is referred to as Card counting.

A member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame along with Braun and others, Thorp later turned his talents to finance and became a successful hedge fund manager. His estimated net worth is $800 million. A biographical novel and adapted screenplay based on Thorp, Never Split Tens, was written by gambling professional and writer Les Golden.