Peter Griffin: A Professor Who Loved Blackjack
"The Theory of Blackjack"
Gambling always fascinated Griffin, though he was not very good at it at first. He taught a course about the mathematics of gambling but when he went to Vegas to practice what he preached he lost big time and came back more determined than ever to analyse and break down the game — mathematically.
A few years after Edward O. Thorp's book "Beat the Dealer" taught the world how to count cards, Peter Griffin published "The Theory of Blackjack," which shed even more light on statistics and math as they relate to the game of blackjack.
Griffin was a Math Brain and a Blackjack Hero
Even today, any blackjack card-counting system can be related to Griffin's betting-correlation and playing-efficiency theories, proving that his ideas were as far-reaching as they were groundbreaking.
Along with "The Theory of Blackjack," Griffin also wrote "Extra Stuff: Gambling Ramblings" as well as numerous technical reports about math, gambling and the connection between them. Although erudite and brilliant, Griffin's works and lectures were also known for their humour and wit. He will long be remembered as the professor who loved blackjack.