It’s been a while since I’ve written about Robin Hood 702, also called the Robin Hood of Blackjack, but he is now back in the news, due to the robbery of the Bellagio. No, he didn’t do it, in case you were wondering.
For those not following the story, on December 14, an unknown armed man robbed the Bellagio of $1.5 million in chips at gunpoint and then fled the scene on a motorcycle. Since then, authorities have been conducting an investigation in the hopes of finding the robber and recovering the stolen chips.
Now Robin Hood 702 (left, hiding behind the hot woman), a well-known philanthropist in blackjack circles, is trying to aid the investigation. He has placed a bounty on the robber, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his apprehension.
Robin Hood 702, whose real name is unknown, is a professional blackjack player who helps needy families through his website, robinhood702.com. Through that website, he selects families who are the most in need, plays blackjack for them and then gives them the winnings. For example, last year he paid off a family’s debt of over $35,000 that was accumulated by a series of brain cancer treatments for their daughter.
Now he is doing his part to catch the Bellagio bandit, but why? According to Robin Hood 702, he is concerned for the safety of players in Las Vegas casinos. He wants to deter that robber and others from doing the same at other casinos on the Strip. In desperate times, people will sometimes consider crazy things like robbing a casino, and Robin Hood 702 wants to “stop any copycats” by helping catch the robber and return the loot to the casino.
But is that in the spirit of the legend of Robin Hood? This may surprise you, but yes, it is. People think of Robin Hood as someone who steals from the rich and gives that to the poor, sort of a socialist hero. In that way, the robber of the Bellagio would be more like Robin Hood, if he gives the money away rather than keeping it, and giving the money back to a big corporation would be the last thing you would expect.
But that is based on a misunderstanding of the story of Robin Hood. If you look at the story again, you will find that Robin Hood is not a thief. Robin Hood lived in a time and place of great government corruption, where the Sheriff of Nottingham and his men raided villages, shook down villagers and stole their money. In retaliation, Robin Hood took that money back from the sheriff, giving it to its rightful owners, the villagers. In that way, Robin Hood wasn’t robbing the rich and giving it to the poor. Instead, he was reclaiming stolen property on behalf of the villagers.
Robin Hood 702 also cares about the people, and he wants them to be able to go to a casino without having to worry about having a gun pointed in their face. That sounds like my kind of guy.