A Guide To The Biggest Blackjack Winnings Ever Recorded

Before diving into a list of the biggest blackjack winnings in history, it's important to note that these are only the ones that have been recorded. It's likely that those who have won the most kept their profits secret and that only the players and the casinos involved know exactly how much money changed hands. It is also important to note that while there are gamblers out there who purportedly bring in billions per year, there is no real way to know exactly how much of this is true and how much is faked. Remember one thing: casinos really want to advertise these huge wins because it brings in new business unlike any other form of marketing out there.

The Legendary Kerry Packer

When it comes to success, Kerry Packer holds the title in terms of the biggest blackjack winnings. He did it in May of 1995 at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas where reports on how much he actually bet per hand and even how long it took him to win his fortune vary, but they are all relatively on the same page when it comes to the amount - a whopping $20 million in a single session. According to a biography written about him by a man named Paul Barry, Packer played as many as eight hands at once at various tables. It is documented that he wagered a quarter of a million on a single hand and that, at one point, he won 20 in a row! At the end of it all, he had $21 million and tipped his dealers a total of $1 million. In fact, after winning $7M in one night at Las Vegas Hilton, the venue built him a private room. As time went on, he gave more than $10M back.

The Notorious Don Johnson

Though he wasn't quite as slick as Kerry Packer, Don Johnson, the CEO of Heritage Development LLC in Wyoming, won a sum of $15.1 million from three different major venues in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the course of just four months in late 2010 and early 2011. Johnson himself as well as several casino representatives confirmed that he won $4.23M at Caesars, $998,000 at Borgata, $1.8M at Borgata in March and April of the following year, another $2.25M in two nights at Borgata a few weeks later and, finally, his biggest win of all, $5.8M at Tropicana in late April of 2011.

Of course, Ken Uston is a name that many find synonymous with the biggest blackjack winnings, but the truth is that while he was very good at 21, he only won a total of $4.5M between the years of 1975 and 1981. Of course, his systematic approach and his need to provide others with information to help them succeed is what made him famous, and it's likely that individuals such as Kerry Packer and Don Johnson took some advice from his book somewhere along the way. While not everyone has the good fortune or know-how to win this much in a sitting, these stories still serve as inspiration for many.