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Contest: Blackjack tip cards from “21”

posted by Nell Minow

21jim.jpgThink you can beat the house in Blackjack? That’s what a group of MIT students did. By counting cards, which is perfectly legal, they won very big in Las Vegas. Their story was told in a book called Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, now retitled “21” to tie in with this week’s release of the movie it inspired.

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For those of us who are not MIT math geniuses, there is a playing card-size cheat sheet to guide your betting. Want one? I’ll send one to the first three people to send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com. Stay tuned — later this week I will post my interviews with star Jim Sturgess and the MIT math whiz who inspired both the book and the movie, Jeff Ma.

  • Cindi

    There was also an episode of this story on the show “Numbers!” It was
    based very loosely on the true story. Thanks,Cindi

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Cindi! As you will see when I posted my review, they made a lot of changes to the story to “Hollywood-ize” it, so people should read the book if they want to know what really happened.

  • Christian Toto

    My brother-in-law read the book this movie is based on. I saw “21” recently and we compared notes … turns out precious little in the book occurs in the movie. Ah, Hollywood!

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