The Life of Peter Griffin
The honored member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame, Peter Griffin was born in 1937 and made the long way to fame and recognition. Peter Griffin is famous for his great ability to count the probabilities and this could be explained by the fact that his grandfather was the famous mathematician Frank Loxley Griffin. Peter Griffin is a mathematician genius who managed to distinguish the two main parameters in the counting systems, which are the Playing Efficiency (PE) and Betting Correlation (BC).
Peter Griffin studied the parameters that allowed him to make exact calculations of the winning probabilities in most systems in any game. The parameters he paid attention to did not require any computer analysis and were successfully used in card counting systems.
Peter Griffin received a Bachelor's Degree from Portland State University and a Masters Degree from The University of California. In 1965 he started teaching statistics and differential equations at California State University. He was one of the favorite teachers amongst students as his lessons were very involving and full of different gambling stories and examples from casino games. He was also an honored teacher at the Harrah's Institute of Casino Entertainment. He died at the age of 61 from prostate cancer.
Peter Griffin devoted the greater part of his life to the statistical research of winning hands. He spent lots of hours at Atlantic City and Las Vegas casinos tracking and noting the regularities of hands occuring. As a result of these observations he estimated that on average the player has a 2% advantage over the casino.
Peter Griffin is the author of the famous book "Theory of Blackjack: The Complete Card Counter's Guide to the Casino Game of 21" published in 1978. This book is one of the best tutorials about gambling and it occupies second place after the book "Beat the Dealer" by Edward Thorp. Also, Peter Griffin published a great number of other works and papers that covered a wide range of topics: basic blackjack strategy, strategy variations, single and multi level counting, blackjack insurance, probability distribution, grouping cards and others.
Another popular Griffin book was "Extra Stuff: Gambling Ramblings" which covers more abstract topics including proportional wagering, rebates' effect on losses and games with variable payoffs.
Peter Griffin's books and methods have been considered powerful since 1978 and they are used by many players to try complex counting at different gambling games.