Artist and activist his Ai Weiwei is internationally renown for both his art and criticism of the Chinese government's human rights record was also a killer blackjack player, spending his weekend in Atlantic City when he was studying in the state. In a highly entertaining piece about artists' careers before they hit it big, Artinfo reveals how Weiwei paid for pizza and beer while in college:
While studying at New York’s Parsons School in the 1980s, the artist spent most of his weekends in Atlantic City, where he cultivated a reputation as a formidable blackjack player. The impression he left on the Jersey gambling community was lasting: During Ai’s 2011 detention by the Chinese government, the website blackjackchamp.com ran a story with the magnificent headline, “Arrested Chinese Blackjack Guru Ai WeiWei Also an Artist and Activist,” complete with testimony about his character from someone named "Snake Eyes."
I wonder what casinos he frequented. Unfortunately, the Black Jack Champ site doesn't elaborate on where Weiwei spent his days.