By Michael Kaplan

Spend enough time hanging around advantage players and you hear stories that are fabulous and unforgettable. You might have James Grosjean telling you about the time he discovered hole-carding, or John Chang recounting how he got over on casino security by dressing as a woman, or Kelly “Baccarat Machine” Sun explaining the mechanics of her first million-dollar win.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have that kind of access. Colin Jones, founder of the Blackjack Apprenticeship educational site, does. He knows everyone. And Jones got them to tell their best stories in a new book he edited: Tales From the Felt.

Kings and queens of the game – including Richard Munchkin, Tommy Hyland, Max Rubin and Joanna Henderson – recount blackjack experiences that are harrowing and heroic (from Henderson putting her husband in mortal danger to Tommy Hyland showing a New Jersey congressman what it’s like to get backed off in Atlantic City).

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