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Dan Bailey grew up in a small town north of Chicago, in a family business. His interest in casino games began at a very early age when his parents would return from their yearly trip to Las Vegas and regale him with his father’s conquests or defeats at the craps table. He attended Northwestern University, graduating in 1986 with a degree in economics. He embarked on a brief, unheralded career as a stockbroker, and eventually became an accountant for private companies for the better part of thirteen years.
While at Northwestern, one of his math professors had written A Book on Casino Gambling. In one section, he covered Blackjack and the fundamentals of card counting. Dan became fascinated with the game and the fact that it could be beaten. He devoured every book on card counting that he could find, practiced and memorized all the rules and tables that he could, but was still never confident or proficient enough to risk real money in a casino. When he finally attempted it in 1991, he had two bad sessions and lost his $600 bankroll. He resolved never to play again unless his skill level increased measurably.
Ten years later, he was still tinkering with different systems in an attempt to simplify the calculation of the True Count. Eventually, in 2001 he discovered a way to arrive at the True Count without having to mentally divide the Running Count by the number of decks remaining in the shoe. This simplification finally allowed him to play profitably and professionally, and is the cornerstone of Blackjack Freedom.
Today, he no longer does accounting work for others. He owns and operates a successful restaurant in Arizona, made possible by Blackjack Freedom. He also makes frequent trips to local casinos and Las Vegas to play Blackjack. Dan Bailey is his real name, not an alias or pen name to protect his identity. He is comfortable with this for two reasons: First, the information he sells is authentic, created and copyrighted by him, and of real value, so he has no need for a pseudonym. Second, even though he continues to play Blackjack professionally in many different casinos, his anonymity is protected because he never plays with a player’s card that allows casinos to track his play or even know when he is there.
Dan sells his playing system because it in no way affects his profitability as a player and because he loves the thought that his innovation gives others the financial and personal freedom that he so desperately sought for years. It has given him the life he always wanted and can do the same for anyone determined to improve theirs.