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About Me

BA Hons in Journalism from UCL. ex-Professional Blackjack Player, Editor-in-Chief at Casino Bonuses Index .com and Online Casino Guide Author.

My areas of expertise include wagering & betting strategy, odds, gambling probability and statistical analysis of online casino games, the history of gambling in the UK, EU and United States of America, the History of Las Vegas 1892- 1905. Advanced blackjack strategy, the methodology of Edward O Thorp, card game strategy, card counting, statistics and probability

I have authored guides and articles on the topics of blackjack strategy, slot machines and their payout percentage, house edge, multiplayer online blackjack tournaments, dice probabilities, gambling history and its effects on western civilization, the strategy of roulette betting and evaluations of lottery and online scratch cards.

Tom Lasten

  • Gambling
  • Casino
  • Blackjack
  • Online Casino
  • iGaming


  • Blackjack Strategy
  • Poker Strategy
  • History of Gambling in Europe and the United States
  • Online Casinos - Legislation and Jurisdictions
  • Copywriting
    Extensive experience writing advertising and marketing copy for many successful campaigns, both print and digital.
  • Editorial
  • Reporting
  • Magazine Journalism



Casino Bonuses Index .com
Since October 2011
  • Editorial and artistic direction at
  • Management of copywriters, web developers and graphic designers
  • Analysis and search engine optimization of all online content
  • Social media strategy and implementation
  • Media spokesperson for the company
  • Casino game strategy consultant; Blackjack, Roulette, Craps and Online Slots

Journalist / Reporter

Online Casino Games Industry
2007 to 2011
  • Columnist and Reporter - US and Canadian Online Casino Sites
  • Copywriter - News, Preview Material, Game and Online Casino Reviews
  • Online Games consultant for US Online Casinos (RTP/RNG)

Freelance Journalist / Writer

2004 to 2007
  • SEO Copywriting
  • Proof Reading
  • Biographer
  • Advertising & Marketing Copy
  • Columnist
  • Reporter


BA, Journalism

UCL, London
1998 to 2002

BA in Journalism (B.A.J) from University College London

Higher Education

St Domenics College, Harrow
1996 to 1998

Business & Marketing
English Language and Literature
Art History


  • Gambling & Online Casinos, Blackjack History & Strategy, iGaming Industry News, Poker & Blackjack Tournaments, Gambling Probability & Statistics
  • Favourite Casino Software: NetEnt, Playtech, Play'n GO, Microgaming, Thunderkick, Evolution Gaming, Rabcat, Amaya, IGT, Yggdrasil Gaming, Rival, NextGen & Betsoft
  • PC, Xbox One, PS4 + Handhelds, Arcade Machines, Coin-op Games, Flash/Browser Games & Retro Gaming Consoles
  • Strategy Games, MMO's & RTS, D&D, WH
  • Beat the Dealer: A Winning Strategy for the Game of Twenty-One by Edward O Thorp
  • Burning The Tables in Las Vegas—Keys to Success in Blackjack and in Life by Ian Andersen
  • Gambling 102: The Best Strategies for All Casino Games by Mike Shackleford
  • Roll the Bones by David G. Schwartz
  • Cheating at Blackjack & Other Casino Games by Dustin D. Marks
  • Casino Gaming Methods: An Inside Look at Casino Games, Probabilities, Security and Surveillance by Kathryn Hashimoto
  • Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card-Counting System Ever Devised by Olaf Vancura and Ken Fuchs
  • Casino Games Made Easy: Most Up-To-Date Strategies on How to Win; Slots, Blackjack, Craps, Video Poker, New Video Slots & Multi-Games, Let It Ride, Caribbean Stud by Victor H. Royer
  • Scarne’s Complete Guide to Gambling by John Scarne
  • Lottery - Odds and statistics for Lotteries and Keno games by Dr Juan De La Palma
  • Baccarat and Bond, a retrospective by I. Flemming
  • Betting Culture and UK Online Casinos by Andrew Tully