Jeffery Ma: The House Advantage - Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business

Union League Club's Authors Group

Business Book Roundtable

July 9, 2010: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

For anyone who assumes that the math they learned in school will never be useful in the real world, Jeff Ma will prove them wrong. As part of the MIT blackjack team, Jeff and his friends used math and statistics to beat casinos legally, for millions of dollars. Not only did his story inspire Ben Mezrich’s bestselling book Bringing Down the House and the blockbuster movie 21, but Jeff also went on to start three different companies and a successful corporate speaking career. An expert at riding out both winning and losing streaks in casinos, Jeff reveals how the correct mathematical knowledge and outlook can help businesspeople manage the unpredictability that comes with any venture. Like gambling, business is a game that can lift people to great heights or deliver crushing losses, but THE HOUSE ADVANTAGE proves that every businessperson can take proactive measures to counter the uncertainties of their industries.


Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:Chicago Loop

Event Details

Luncheon followed by Mr. Ma's presentation, Q&A and book signing. Books available for sale at the event.


$35.00 Book not included.


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No jeans allowed. Business or business casual attire required.

Deadline: 7/8/2010


11:30 AM-1:00 PM: Luncheon, Author Presentation, Q&A and Book Signing

Speaker Profiles

Jeffery Ma (Speaker)
Author and Card Shark

Jeffrey Ma was a member of the MIT blackjack team, which utilized sophisticated card-counting strategies to beat casinos at blackjack worldwide in the mid-1990s, and was the basis for the main character of the book Bringing Down the House and the film 21. He has been the technology lead for two internet startups and was an options trader on the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. He co-founded PROTRADE, a sports stock market website, and consults for professional sports teams including the Portland Trail Blazers and the San Francisco 49ers. He lives in San Francisco, CA.


Dana Damyen 
Principal, TwoRoads Solutions

Other Information

Luncheon followed by Mr. Ma's presention and Q&A and book signing. Books available for sale at the event.