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'The Man Who Broke Atlantic City' Featured In Short TV Gambling Documentary

Don Johnson Won More Than $15M In Winning Steak A Few Years Ago


Don Johnson, the CEO of Heritage Development who in a four-month spree a few years ago won $6 million at the Tropicana, $5 million at the Borgata and $4 million at Caesars and has been written about as “The Man Who Broke Atlantic City”, is now being profiled by Bloomberg TV in a special called “The Player: Secrets of a Vegas Whale”.

Johnson reportedly was not card counting during his streak. The coveted high roller just had a run of cards, but as the interview pointed out, he doesn’t play poorly either.

But, in the piece, Bloomberg for some reason asked, “Did he cheat?”, which seems to make hardly any sense since the casinos would have kept his money and most surely banned him if he was in fact cheating them out of millions. Johnson was offered rebates on his losses, which gave him better chances in the long run over the house, but he wasn’t cheating.

Johnson is also the gambler who allegedly stiffed a casino DJ on $200,000.

The Bloomberg piece features interviews with casino industry titans, including Steve Wynn (CEO, Wynn Resorts), Jim Murren (CEO, MGM Resorts Ltd.), Gary Loveman (CEO, Caesars Entertainment) and Bill Boyd (Chairman, Boyd Ltd.)

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