David Irvine (blackjack player)

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David Irvine is an engineer and professional blackjack player and a former member of the MIT Blackjack Team.[1] Irvine was a part of the blackjack team featured in the best selling book, Bringing Down the House, by Ben Mezrich.[2] Irvine was one of the members of a team of MIT students that won millions at blackjack tables around the world by counting cards. The story of the MIT Blackjack Team was made into a major motion picture, 21, which was released in theaters on March 28, 2008.[3] In 2004, Irvine co-founded a company called the Blackjack Institute with business partner Mike Aponte that provides instructional products and services on how to win at blackjack.[4][5][6] Irvine has spoken at various events describing his experiences with the team, including the Global Gaming Expo Conference in 2007, the Chicago University Private Equity Network in 2006, among other events.[7][8] Irvine is also the co-owner of an engineering consulting company called SBR Technologies, Inc., that focuses on the use of a wastewater treatment process called the sequencing batch reactor.[9]

Irvine lives in Naples, Florida, but grew up in Granger, Indiana, and attended Penn High School in nearby Mishawaka, Indiana, graduating in 1989.[10] Irvine later graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, before completing a master's degree from Cornell University in 1997 and an M.B.A. from Purdue University in 2002.[11]


  1. ^ Knowles, Larry "Naughty Card Counters Make Bank With Straight Dealing"
  2. ^ Gonzalez, John "The Gonz Show: David Irvine" Archived 2007-04-02 at the Wayback Machine bostonmagazine.com
  3. ^ Yahoo! movies "21 movie trailer video" movie.yahoo.com
  4. ^ Grochowski, John "The MIT Blackjack Team" Casino City Times
  5. ^ Casino Online Magazine "Blackjack Theory Seminar by the Notorious MIT Team" Casino Online Magazine
  6. ^ Rivlin, Gary. " A Strategy Up Their Sleeves" The New York Times, December 30, 2007
  7. ^ Gros, Roger. "MIT Blackjack Team: How Did They Do It?", Global Gaming Business, Vol. 6, No. 12, December 2007.
  8. ^ CPEN "CPEN San Francisco Chapter and Wharton Private Equity Partners: MIT Blackjack Team" Archived 2007-03-07 at the Wayback Machine, CPEN Event, March 30, 2006.
  9. ^ SBR Technologies, Inc. "Owners of SBR Technologies, Inc." Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine, SBR Technologies.com
  10. ^ Kemp, Vivek "New math: How an MIT education and an analytical gene pool led David Irvine to the blackjack tables"
  11. ^ David Irvine Biography http://www.blackjackinstitute.com/BIOS/BJIBio-David%20Irvine.doc Archived 2007-05-12 at the Wayback Machine BlackjackInstitute.com

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