Las Vegas casino bosses hated Edward O. Thorp — so much so that, in 1964, personnel at the Mafia-backed Dunes allegedly tried to off him.
Admittedly, Thorp was a worthy foe — a former MIT math professor, he invented the art of card counting. On that night in ’64, he was winning once again. He turned down several free cocktails before finally requesting a coffee. “I drank it, and I lost my ability to focus. I couldn’t count,” Thorp told The Post. (read more)