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Richard W. Munchkin
Des Plaines, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago|
Richard W. Munchkin is an American writer, director, producer, radio host and professional gambler.
Film and television
Between 1987 and 1999 Munchkin wrote, produced and/or directed in more than 20 movies and television shows primarily in the adventure genre including Evil Obsession (1996), Fists of Iron (1995), Ring of Fire (1991), L.A. Heat (1999). and Edge of the World (2018).
In 2018 Munchkin starred as himself in Inside the Edge: A Professional Blackjack Adventure, a documentary about elite blackjack players.
Originally from Des Plaines, Illinois, Munchkin started playing chess and gin rummy at the age of three. His first exposure to the idea of playing for profit came when he was 12, when a family friend mentioned playing backgammon for money. Making about $100 or $200 a week, Munchkin was able to put himself through Columbia College in Chicago where he received a BA in Theater Arts by playing backgammon and poker professionally.
After graduating from college in the late 1970s, he moved to Las Vegas and worked as a dealer and occasional pit boss at The Castaways Casino. While working in the casino he learned to count cards, and after a few years was making more money playing blackjack than dealing, so he quit to become a full-time professional blackjack player.
In 2009 Munchkin was inducted into Blackjack Hall of Fame.
On gambling, Munchkin has said in a 2017 interview "I believe that every single game in the casino can be beaten... ...I have played winning games at almost everything."
He is a contributor to Blackjack Magazine, All in Magazine and Blackjack Forum
- "Evil Obsession". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- "Fists of Iron". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- "Ring of Fire". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- "L.A. Heat". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- "Edge of the World". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- "Inside the Edge: A Professional Blackjack Adventure". IMDb. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- Michael Kaplan (August 6, 2017). "Richard Munchkin Story: The Master of Advantage Play". 888casino. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
- Gambling Wizards: Conversations with the World's Greatest Gamblers Huntington Press, April 2003, ISBN 978-0-929712-05-5