In the scene where Danny meets Linus in Chicago, Danny refers to Las Vegas as "America's Playground." In fact, that designation belongs to Atlantic City, which was known by this nickname for many years before Las Vegas became a gambling center. Las Vegas has never marketed itself as "America's Playground."
Danny claims that casinos are "required by law" to keep enough cash on hand to redeem every chip in play.
Not true. there is in fact a set of "formulas" or "guidelines" for cash to be kept by casinos. It generally involves a certain amount for each type of table game open, plus a certain amount for each slot machine of a certain denomination, etc.
Ruben claims that no one had ever before pulled off a successful Las Vegas casino heist, but casino robberies, while relatively uncommon and very dangerous due to the presence of armed guards, happen several times a year and have since the early days of Vegas gambling. In 1992, the Stardust was robbed of more than a half million dollars in cash and chips, and it was several hours before casino staff could pinpoint him as the culprit. He was never caught, and his whereabouts to date are unknown.
Rusty asks Danny, "How was the clink? Did you get the cookies I sent?". Danny replies, "Why do you think I came to see you first?" But in fact, Danny had already visited Frank Catton, so Rusty wasn't the first he came to see.
The casino manager is seen in two places at the same time. First, he is with Saul when the briefcase is being taken to the vault, while at the same time he is meeting Benedict and Linus as they are escorting Frank out of the casino.
Chain attached to briefcase is longer when in the vault then when it is transferred to Saul. When Yen opens money cart in vault and briefcase slides off, the chain is longer and the briefcase goes a lot further over the side of the cart.
After the "pinch" goes off, and all power comes back on, the cell phone in Tess's pocket rings. She pulls out the cell phone, and pulls the antenna up, but in the flashback when Danny puts the phone in her pocket, the antenna is already pulled out.
When Terry Benedict asks his employee if there is anything for him (in the high rollers room), he responds that Mr. Zerga in the third position (of the baccarat game) wants to talk to him. Mr. Zerga is actually sitting in the first position originally when speaking to the other player at the table. However, when the camera pans back to look at the table, it appears that Mr. Zerga is in the center of the table facing the dealer, and the other player would be in the 5th position now (he was originally sitting in the 3rd position when talking to Mr. Zerga).
When Livingston Dell is getting the signals of the security system in the casino, he exits the area with his shirt all stained with sweat. He forgets the gadget he uses to do his job and the security guy goes after him to give it back, and reaches him when he's about to exit. At that point, Livingston's shirt is not stained anymore
When the van stops on the tarmac the security guard shoots the tires the van drops cleanly onto its rims. When the guard approaches the van, the hubcaps on the left side are intact, but in the wide shot the left rear hubcap is missing. When the van jumps forward and he spins around the hubcap is back.
When the Malloys are arguing during the balloon distraction, the camera pans up from the brothers showing the balloon ribbons are at least 4 feet above Virgil's head, but a minute later he just puts up his hand and grabs them.
In the scene where Livingston tells Danny that guards will be watching him like hawks with video cameras, you can see Reuben removing the cigar and blowing smoke out of his mouth. But in the next above-shot, you can see the cigar magically appear in his mouth again and he removes it and blows out smoke again.
In the scene where Rusty is convincing Saul to become a member of the team at the dog races, an African-American couple can be seen in the background walking across the scene in the same direction twice in two consecutive shots.
At the beginning of the transportation scene the car salesman has two pens in his jacket pocket, then he only has one in the next scene. He then shakes Frank Catton's hand and they again show him having two pens. After he makes a deal for $16,000 they show him with only one pen. (not visible in widescreen version)
When Linus gets out of the white van to go join the rest of the crew stealing the Pinch, the camera takes a shot including Linus walking towards the door and the rear right side of the van. In the reflection off the side of the van, 4 crew members are visible sitting down.
During the scene in which Danny explains the security of the
Bellagio vault a map is displayed on the screen which shows a portion of the Las Vegas strip. It is incorrect in that it places the MGM Grand casino in the place where the Aladdin (now Planet Hollywood) casino should be. If the MGM Grand were placed in its correct position, it would be partially off the screen.
It takes weeks, if not months, to set up the underground drill, "the one that dug under the English channel". Yet, we are basically shown that the old one broke down, was removed, and the other one set up and installed in a matter of hours, a complete impossibility. Not to mention, it would have drawn nation-wide attention, the exact opposite of Ocean's plans to rob the casinos.
The total heist would weigh too much to carry out. The U.S. Treasury has the weight of $1,000,000 at 22 pounds. Multiply that by 163 and the total weight from the heist would be 3586 pounds. Divide that by all eleven con men, and each one would have to carry 326 pounds out of the casino.
When Benedict and Saul/Zerga are waiting for the couriers, they are standing outside the MGM Grand. However, it's strongly implied that the control room and the vault are located at the Bellagio. The Bellagio and MGM Grand are about one mile apart. It is unclear how that distance was covered by Benedict and Zerga within minutes.
The winches used by Ocean and Linus to abseil down the elevator shaft are supposedly held to the wall not by permanent magnets but by electromagnets. These would require electronic inverter circuitry to convert the batteries' direct current into alternating current to generate the magnetic field. So why wasn't *that* circuitry disabled by the pinch's EMP?
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Danny supposed to get a really bad beating. But when Benedict goes to see him after he's been robbed, Danny is hardly out of breath, there's not a mark on him and only his shirt is no longer tucked in, yet Benedict and the two guards don't find this at all suspicious.