Was "21" sponsored by Casinos? – Page 2

  • gothic

    heh

    I actually -did- start out my counting education with the movie 21 . I learned to go look for basic strategy charts on the internet and how to count with the Hi-Lo system (the movie calls it the “Plus One – Minus One Balanced System) from the special features. Of course I went on to read a bunch of books and purchase/download various software, but my starting inspiration was that darn movie… not that I don’t own and watch the movie still.

  • Dyepaintball12

     

    Quote: gothic said:
    I actually -did- start out my counting education with the movie 21 . I learned to go look for basic strategy charts on the internet and how to count with the Hi-Lo system (the movie calls it the “Plus One – Minus One Balanced System) from the special features. Of course I went on to read a bunch of books and purchase/download various software, but my starting inspiration was that darn movie… not that I don’t own and watch the movie still.

    Yeah man, I think a lot of people got started that way and I think the casinos were counting on most of them going about it half-assed and getting wrecked.

    I started after I read Bringing Down the House which the movie is based off, so basically the same thing

  • Richard Munchkin

     

    We had Andy Bloch on the show this week so if you didn’t listen you can get his reactions to the movie from the podcast. (He was on the MIT team.) I also put up my interview with John and Laurie C. John was one of the people the Kevin Spacey character was based on.

  • Jack_Black

     

    Quote: Gamblor said:
    Kate Bosworth. I can guarantee a girl like that does not go to MIT, its a physical and logical impossibility. If this much good looks and brains was concentrated in one person, the universe would catastrophically implode upon itself into a singularity. Myself being the exception of course.

    I went to a consortium semester in Italy while in college once. I met hot girls from duke, brown, and princeton.

    http://www.fanpop.com/spots/being-a-man/articles/67/title/beauty-brains-celebrity-babes-with-high-iqs (Link is dead)

    looks like your guarantee is no good. what do I get for compensation?

  • ms069279

     

    [QUOTE=Dyepaintball12;250763 I started after I read Bringing Down the House which the movie is based off, so basically the same thing [/QUOTE]

    You Too??
    LOL!! I thought I was the only one!! I actually thought it was silly to believe the book, as it’s almost “fiction” and so I decided to try it out, “lightly”… The book was a breeze and it sparked my interest. Went on the Internet and got a hold of as much information on BJ as possible. Before you know it, I was ordering books by famous authors/cc’s, bought decks of cards, shoes and discard trays and began visiting some forums… LOL!! Now I’m hooked and the rest is HISTORY!!

    Next Shuffle Please!!

  • tthree

     

    Quote: Jack_Black said:
    I went to a consortium semester in Italy while in college once. I met hot girls from duke, brown, and princeton.

    http://www.fanpop.com/spots/being-a-man/articles/67/title/beauty-brains-celebrity-babes-with-high-iqs (Link is dead)

    looks like your guarantee is no good. what do I get for compensation?

    Where does Dr. Zdrok practice? I need some sex therapy and I need it bad.

  • Freightman

     

    Quote: Most Interesting Man said:
    And that splitting 8s is for suckers.

    That was against 10’s – it”s a sucker play – Sierra Summers said

  • Roswell Crash Survivor

     

    Quote: Freightman said:
    That was against 10’s – it”s a sucker play – Sierra Summers said

    If it was ENHC and dealer BJ takes all bets, she might have a point.

    Or she could be talking about situations where TC is below +2. We the audience do not get to hear the beginning of the conversation.

    Didn’t notice it when I was watching, but Sierra Summers does sound like a lot like a adult entertainment performer name.

  • Dyepaintball12

     

    “In pre-production, the producers and the book’s original writers predicted that the Vegas casinos would be unhelpful, as a film that told viewers the basics of card counting might hurt their bottom line. A featurette included with the DVD completely and accurately describes the “Hi-Lo” system used by the MIT Blackjack Club and by Rosa’s team in the film.

    In fact, the writers were surprised when told by the producers that MGM Studios would finance the film, though all “MGM” casinos (including one used by the real MIT Blackjack Team) are owned by MGM Mirage and are no longer related to MGM Studios. In reality, as another DVD featurette reveals, the casinos (including MGM Mirage) saw the film as an attention-getter; people who saw it would be encouraged to go to Vegas and play, attempting to count cards, when in reality the film withheld critical details (such as the conversion from the “base count” to a “true count”), and in any case, although the counting system is simple, it is more difficult to successfully make money at counting cards than the film portrays.”

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