Thomas Hyland is a well-known card-counter who became famous due to his successful performances. Thomas Hyland was the leader of the long running blackjack team since 1979.
Thomas started his career in the gambling business in 1979 when he put together his first team. The idea to try and earn money through gambling came to Thomas from the book "Playing Blackjack as a Business" by Lawrence Revere that inspired him to turn from gambling for fun into a source of income. The first Hyland's team consisted of 4 players, each of who contributed $4,000 into the general bankroll. The team used the so-called Early Surrender Rule at blackjack tables and managed to win over $50,000 during the first year.
After a while when the playing conditions at Atlantic City casinos got worse, the whole team except their leader moved to Asia. Thomas Hyland stayed in Atlantic City and created a new team of golf players.
Among the most popular gambling tactics used by Thomas Hyland and his team were shuffle tracking, ace sequencing and computer play. All these techniques are much harder than card-counting, however, they provide a higher advantage for players and are not so noticeable.
In 1994 after years of successful play Hyland's team were arrested at the Windsor Casino, Ontario. The members of the team were accused of applying an ace sequencing technique at the blackjack tables. It is said that three Las Vegas casinos tried to influence the outcome of the court case by stating that the technique used by the team was an intelligent strategy rather than cheating. As a result of this statement the members of Hyland's team were found not guilty.
The success of the team and the reason it existed for so long, are not only due to the great talent of Thomas Hyland but also due to his skill of organizing people and creating a trusty atmosphere in the team. Thomas Hyland was among the first seven members of the Blackjack Hall of Fame.