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Arrest Of Ai Weiwei, Detained Chinese Dissident Artist, Angers U.S. Blackjack Players

The arrest of Ai Weiwei has been criticized by human rights advocacy groups around the world, but now the controversial artist’s alleged government detention is generating concern from a more unusual subset: blackjack players. According to b…

The arrest of Ai Weiwei has been criticized by human rights advocacy groups around the world, but now the controversial artist’s alleged government detention is generating concern from a more unusual subset: blackjack players.

According to blackjackchamp.com, a Web site that reports on the casino industry, Ai was renowned among gamers in and around New York, where he from 1981 to 1993.

Described by the site as “a troglodyte faced mountain of muscles hardened by years of prison gyms and frequent street brawls,” Vinnie — who goes by the nickname “Snake Eyes” — recalled meeting Ai in the 1980s:

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