In previous years, on whatever site I have participated on, I have shared my results as a fulltime card-counting blackjack player, as part of my effort to share my experiences, just as others shared their experiences with me a decade ago, when I was starting out. But on this site, sharing my results seems not very appreciated. It is perceived as some sort of bragging, which is completely not the intention, so I am not going to do so. Instead, I am going to repost a post of mine from another site that does share a bit of my 2016, especially the closing months. It's not so much about the numbers as it is about the mental psyche in dealing with "the rollercoaster that is blackjack card-counting". I entered 2016, my 13th year of supporting myself from card counting and a little supplemental AP play, $130k short of a million dollars earned in my career. From 2012 thru 2015, I had averaged $104,000 a year in total AP earnings, That is my blackjack card counting plus half of a bit of machine play supplemental stuff that my partner and I do. So for me to hit that little milestone of a million dollars earned, in 2016, I would need to come in significantly above expectation. But I had hit that $130k amount needed, twice before in my career, in 2012 and 2013, so it was not out of the question. So the first half of 2016 was pretty unremarkable for me. My blackjack numbers were mildly below expectation. Then in July and August, I caught fire, racking in some pretty big wins, I neared that magical, yet meaningless milestone, that for some reason, I was spending too much time obsessing about. The first week in October it happened. After I small winning day my career earnings were $1100 above the million dollar mark! Que the celebration! That day in early October was my last ATH (all time high). I was above the 1M mark for a total of about 20 hours. It was like the BJ gods and/or Lady Variance allowed me to touch that mark and then began slapping me around. For the final 3 months of 2016, I went backwards. No major 5 figure losing days which often occur during one of my downturns, just constant small losses, always retreating from that ATH. I ended the year 34 grand off that ATH. And the first few days of 2017, I have continued that slide and am now 36,000+ off that ATH. Now I have had 3 different backwards slides that lasted 5 months or longer, so this slide is no where near my longest. But in the first couple days of 2017, it became my 'deepest' slide backwards. Prior to this my 'deepest' slide backwards was 34 thousand dollars in 2013, before things turned around. Now a $36,000 downturn is different to different players depending on your level of play. For a mid-level, green to mid black player like myself, we are talking about 90, 'average max bets'. At one time this would have been devastating but I now have the bankroll to easily withstand this kind of downturn, so it's just a little bit of an annoyance. A little frustration. And a little reminder of "the rollercoaster that is blackjack card counting"!