Dominick Haven - Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino, 26
Dominick started playing cards with his brother when the pair were very young. Now a self-employeed Tile and Natural Stone contractor he limits his card play to Blackjack and War. War is a popular game in Southern California which is where Dominick calls home.
Tommy Connor - Resorts Atlantic City,
A machinist manager at a plant near his home in Jacksonville FL, Tommy or "TC" to his friends has loved gambling. From loose change as a 13 year old to hopefully $1 million. When Tommy isn't playing Blackjack you can find him at the Baccarat table where he is equally adept, recently advancing to the final table in a tournament.
John Payne - Pearl River Resort, 56
John and his wife Laice of 24 years call Collinsville, MI home. Before retiring John built airplanes, not little ones, big ones, C-130's to be exact. Before building planes John spent some time playing Semi-Pro ball for the Burlington Barons. John is hopefull that he can channel some of the luck he expereinced on March 3 2001 for this years World Series of Blackjack. You see on that day John won some money, not a little money, big money 6.5 millions dollars big on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. We'll have to watch and see how John does.
Mano Fuentes - Thunder Valley Casino, 42
A Native of Honolulu Mano now calls Scaromento home. When Mano isn't working as a Materials Manager you might just find him enjoying a game of 3-Card Poker, Pai Gow, Baccarat, Craps and of course Blackjack. Mano has a saying when it come to gambling "Have patience, and know when to attack."
Shawn Crowder - Atlantic City Hilton Casino resort, 34
Shawn lives and works in Brooklyn NY as a Driver for the NYC Transit System. "Mr Workhorse" as he is sometimes called has played Blackjack for the better part of the last decade and in the last few years has begun carefully selecting Blackjack Tournaments to play. It appears his selection process is excellent as he is off to compete in the 2006 WSOBJ. Shawn loves to cheer on the Dallas Cowboys and spending time shooting pool and fishing.