Eliot Jacobson received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1983. Eliot was Professor of Mathematics at Ohio University from 1983 to 1998, where he was undergraduate chair from 1990 to 1994. He was Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara from 1998 to 2009. Eliot has over twenty research publications in mathematics appearing in major international journals. In 2009, Eliot retired from academia.
Eliot started his gaming career as a young child, learning chess and bridge from his father at age five. Growing up playing games of all sorts, he opened a casino in his garage as a teenager and quickly won all the allowance money in the neighborhood. As a young adult, Eliot continued playing games. He achieved the “expert” ranking at chess, ran the GO club at Ohio University, and competed in national bridge tournaments.
After nearly a decade as an advantage player, Eliot founded Jacobson Gaming, LLC in 2006. His company specializes in casino table game design, advantage play analysis, game development, and mathematical certification. Eliot has written three books, The Blackjack Zone, Contemporary Casino Table Game Design and Advanced Advantage Play. Eliot’s blog APHeat!, has become infamous for the scope of information it contains on non-traditional forms of advantage play. Eliot consults with casinos domestically and internationally and is a sought after keynote speaker, trainer and seminar leader. Eliot is widely recognized as one of the world’s top experts on casino table games.
Eliot hopes to be fully retired by the end of 2017.
In his spare time, Eliot does his best to stay out of trouble. Some activities that help him are hiking with his dog Rosie, playing Irish and other traditional music, performing in theater and opera, martial arts, chess, poetry and writing about himself in the third person. This may seem like a balanced lifestyle to some, but to Eliot it feels pretty manic.