Aponte will discuss his path to becoming a world champion, which began when he first hit the casinos in 1992 as a member of the MIT Blackjack Team after passing the team’s big player test (the BP “checkout”). Aponte was one of the team’s most successful big players, and also took on an even more prominent role as a manager, responsible for recruiting and training new players, as well as coordinating team trips.
Through 2000, Aponte and his cohorts enjoyed an incredible run at casinos in the United States and other countries as well. In the end, they walked away with millions. On their journey they met famous athletes, Hollywood stars and some of the wealthiest individuals on the planet. The crew partied at the hottest nightclubs, stayed in posh suites and lived a lifestyle of which most only dream. Their success was made possible by hard work and a business-like approach. The team practiced rigorously to stay sharp, endured a brutal travel schedule and meticulously planned their blackjack assaults.
After his professional card counting career, Aponte went on to win the first World Series of Blackjack championship in 2004, and co-founded a company that provides instructional products and services on how to win at blackjack. In 2007, Aponte became the first blackjack player ever to be depicted on a trading card in Topps’ Allen & Ginter set. Mike now offers his blackjack expertise through in-person and online coaching and instruction at MikeAponte.com.
***Admission is FREE to the public. This event is brought to you by the UCSB Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and UCSB Associated Students (AS).