Don Johnson to Compete in Blackjack Tournament

In an odd sort of way, Don Johnson has become a sort of celebrity in blackjack circles and outside of that. I’m not talking about the former Miami Vice actor. I mean the guy who won $15 million in one month of playing blackjack in Atlantic City. Now he is back and ready to win some more.

When a player wins as much money as Johnson has lately, they often find themselves banned from the casino. In fact, Johnson recently joked that he is probably no longer welcome in Atlantic City and will have to start playing elsewhere. However, it has been reported that he will take part in a blackjack tournament on September 2nd and 3rd at the Tropicana Casino.

The Tropicana is hoping to cash in on Johnson’s sudden celebrity. The tournament he will enter is a winner-take-all tournament with $100,000 up for grabs. The Tropicana is publicizing his presence, saying that everyone wants to meet Johnson. Tony Rodio, the president and CEO of the Tropicana Casino, said that “a lot of people will want to talk to him about his winning secrets.”

At Johnson’s request, the casino will donate $10,000 to the JBJ Soul Doundation, a charity for poor families started by Jon Bon Jovi. Johnson, who has become known as much for his partying and his spending (like buying a $25,000 bottle of champagne), is okay with his new celebrity status. Though he would rather stay under the radar, he says that “as long as I can do something good with it, I’m comfortable with” the fame.

This is a case where everyone will win. The charity will make money. Don Johnson has a chance to win more money from the casino. Other blackjack players will get to meet Johnson and pick his brain. The casino will profit off of all the players who want to meet Johnson and try to emulate his success.

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