A pioneering author who used computers to analyze blackjack statistics.
Julian Braun died in 2000 and his only book, How to Play Winning Blackjack, is long out of print and a collector’s item. For ten years in the early days of card counting, he did a vast amount of the computer work for some of the top authors.
He did the programming for the 2nd edition of E.O. Thorp’s Beat the Dealer. His programs were used to develop all of Lawrence Revere’s systems, as well as the Hi-Opt systems. Of the “pre-Stanford Wong” professional players (the pros playing before the first edition of Wong’s Professional Blackjack came out in 1975), most were using either Thorp’s Ten Count, Thorp’s Hi-Lo, Hi-Opt I, Hi-Opt II, Revere’s Point Count, Revere’s +/-, or Revere’s Advanced Point Count. These were the most popular and widely disseminated systems in use for about ten years, and Julian Braun’s programs were used to develop all of them.