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Breaking Vegas (2004)

Documentary tracing the attempts of a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institue students to become rich playing blackjack at casinos throughout the United States and the attempts of the casinos' management to thwart them.

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Bruce David Klein
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hirschtick Jon Hirschtick ... Himself - Investor / Sr. Player - MIT Blackjack Team
Ben Mezrich ... Himself - Author of 'Bringing Down the House'
Mr. M Mr. M ... Himself - Founder - MIT Blackjack Team
Max Rubin Max Rubin ... Himself - Blackjack Master
Semyon Dukach Semyon Dukach ... Himself - Player - MIT Blackjack Team
Beverly Griffin Beverly Griffin ... Herself - Griffin Investigations
Andy Anderson Andy Anderson ... Himself - Casino Detective
Katie Byl Katie Byl ... Herself - Player - MIT Blackjack Team (as Katie)
William Hecht William Hecht ... Himself - MIT Alumni Association (as Bill Hecht)
Edward Thorp Edward Thorp ... Himself - Blackjack Theorist (as Edward O. Thorp)
Aaron Stanford ... Narrator (voice)
Staas Yudenko ... Semyon
Hannes Phinney Hannes Phinney ... Mr. M
Catherine Kresge ... Katie
Gary Lucy Gary Lucy
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Documentary tracing the attempts of a team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institue students to become rich playing blackjack at casinos throughout the United States and the attempts of the casinos' management to thwart them.

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English

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9 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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Breaking Vegas: The True Story of the MIT Blackjack Team See more »

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Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Atlas Media See more »
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Solid Docudrama
24 August 2008 | by rmbargeSee all my reviews

Really a pretty good dramatic recreation of the popular MIT blackjack team. It tells the story without adding a lot of unnecessary dramatics -- the documentary style really suits the subject matter. The actors were quite good and the pacing and editing skillful for such a limited budget film.

The shortcoming of the movie is that not enough substantive mathematics is explained. I doubt the counting method shown was the one actually used by the players, as there are much more powerful methods that are very nearly as easy to use, such as "red 7". Also, they didn't flesh out the mysterious "other techniques" used.

The comment saying that their system could be "gamed" is ignorant. The entire basis of counting cards and changing bets when the count is favorable effectively changes the odds in favor of the player. I'm not sure what "gamed" means, exactly. If it means the casinos cheated, well, I highly doubt it -- if they got caught, it would cost them many hundreds of times more than any counting team could take.


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