Now that I was playing full time, my money slowly grew. But when smart gamblers win, it doesn't result in you living a better lifestyle -- with fancy cars and such. It allows you to play bigger games that lead to heftier profits.
That was my case. This guy Joe and I started dating and playing together. We found a great game up in Reno, at a casino called the Horizon, ironically, a place where my mother used to work. We hole-carded there and made $50,000 over six months, betting $200 per hand. At a place called Cache Creek, this guy named Mark and I discovered a "full-information" game -- that is: the dealer was showing the entire card. It's pretty incredible when you can play blackjack and know exactly what the dealer has.
Our first night there, we got incredibly unlucky and dropped $30,000. We were seeing the cards but we just ran so badly. It represented a decent chunk of our bankroll, and we needed more money. So Mark called a buddy of his in the next town and drove there to borrow chips. We played and played and wound up winning $90,000. It was my biggest single session win up until that point. We netted a total of $60k: $30,000 each. We could have kept at it, but I didn't want to draw heat and mess things up there.