A mysterious, anonymous high-stakes blackjack player, playing under the pseudonym ‘Robin Hood 702’ is a self-made man gifting people a second chance by paying off their debts with his casino winnings. Hood’s penchant for winning began with his foray into blackjack at 16. He honed his game by watching and learning. He gambled with the likes of Kerry Packer and was inspired by the late media mogul’s generosity. His mother, whom he cared for before she died, is his main inspiration. ”I watched my mother as a child help other people and do kind things.” He also wanders food courts pretending to be homeless, asking people for a bite of their sandwich and has given hundreds of dollars to those who say ‘yes’. He talks of darker times in his life, the death of a loved one, battling demons, and then turning things around “like that” – he snaps his fingers. I’ve been blessed. I have some guardian angels up there. I’m very spiritual. God knows what I’m doing, what I’m trying to do and he’s gonna be there sittin’ at the table with me.” His perfect candidate? A family that has done good with their lives ̶ fallen on hard times, owing creditors between $25,000 ̶ $50,000. He picks a family or individual, flies them to the casino for the weekend, all expenses paid. While they enjoy the best in life, he is in the casino (always in disguise) playing blackjack for them. So far Robin Hood has given away more than $1 million. On rare occasions that he loses, the people Hood has chosen to help still get half their bills paid by him.
As to why he keeps his identity secret, he says: “I choose to remain anonymous to avoid the perception I’m doing this for celebrity status. I try to keep the focus on the gift, and not on the person giving it. I also want to inspire other Robin Hoods, perhaps doctors and lawyers or business executives, who may consider giving to people in need. I would like to see an army of Robin Hoods. I’ve gotten people from 135 countries coming to my web site, RobinHood702.com. It’s now a global response. At first, this was about Americans helping Americans, but now it’s much bigger. It’s about humans helping humans. I just want to provide hope that a good day is coming down the line. It may not be tomorrow or the next week, but there’s hope it could be there and I want to give that hope.” cheers catchul8r molly