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I recently saw a really decent gambling movie called “21”. My expectations weren’t too high, but they were far exceeded.

The plot is that an intelligent student joins a school club that trains in cheating Blackjack casino systems. Our “hero” only has small experience in poker playing, but since he has a sharp mind he slowly catches up. The math that the members of the club pull off is really something, and with those skills they are able to win absurd amounts of cash. Naturally, though, this has a dark side to it. Their lifestyle is far from safe and they start to get different sorts of enemies, even among them. Actually they are leading a kind of double life, where school is their scene on the weekdays, while Las Vegas is their destination come the weekend. There they can afford to live in a way far beyond imagination, with enormous hotel suites, expensive clothes, expensive food, huge parties, room service and so on.

Their leader, and teacher, is played by Kevin Spacey who does his part brilliantly, as he always does. That actor really has a wide register, in which he knows how to play warm, ice cold, funny, scary and so on. It took me some time to realize it, but fact of the matter is that he has already played a University magister earlier, in the movie “Life of David Gale”. That is also a really nice film, I reckon.

He has also played against Kate Bosworth earlier, in the movie “Beyond the sea”, which he does again in this piece. She plays one of the students.

Another of the actors are Laurence Fishburne, most famous for his role in the Matrix movies. However, the actor that impressed me the most in this film was Jim Sturgess, who plays the leading role. Previously he has mainly done TV productions, but now he is considered one of the rising stars in Hollywood. I loved how his character completely changed during the course of the movie. He went from a geek with no style to a cocky, modern man with nothing to lose.

I haven’t played a lot of card games myself, though I like poker a lot. Even still, I really liked the scenes in which they play Blackjack. The rules aren’t that hard, yet it is amazing to see what they do when they are cheating. Actually, this is based on a true story, where a group of A-students trained themselves in tricking the system.

All in all, I really recommend it!

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Poker, Blackjack and Roulette

Casino games are fun, often money based forms of entertainment that has many people playing daily worldwide. In times past the casino was the only place you could play casino games. However, this has changed due to new technologies such as casino game software’s. Playing online is bigger than ever with pay for play sites that offer real money to winning gamers. There are even television programs that deal with casino games, how they are played and various rule aspects to each game. I will go over the three most played casino games and give you a little bit of relevant information on each.

Poker Play

Out of the many types of Casino games to choose from, poker is by far the most popular. Understanding the rules of poker while developing winning techniques is what separates the casual poker player from the professional high roller. In this game, huge amounts of money can change hands with a single deal of the cards. Many seasoned gamblers earn a living by participating in poker tournaments and online poker playing. Just to give you an example of the amounts of monies that can be made, just consider Jamie Gold from Malibu, California. He made over twelve million dollars in the recent WSOP championship tournament by beating out the competition. Video poker is an electronic version of poker where you play against the machine instead of other participants. Video poker isn’t legal in all places due to strict gambling laws. The places that have video poker machines do pay out cash to its winners. This allows for traditional gambling at diverse places such as truck stops in addition to casino locations.

Blackjack Basics

Another frequently played casino game is the card based Blackjack, commonly called twenty one. Like most casino games there are several ways to play and win. The most basic principle to understand is that the value of a hand full of cards can’t exceed twenty one. Understanding the terms and ways to play in blackjack and how they affect the game is very important to learn and utilize. Words such as double down, flat bet, hit and paint are commonly used in blackjack. Any player who wants to advance in this game should be familiar with all of the blackjack terminology used around the world. Since blackjack is a game of strategy, there are many resources available for the gaming student to utilize in order to get better. Books, seminars, tutorials and instruction manuals all aide in bring average players up to an advanced level of play.


The casino game of roulette is a little different from blackjack and poker in several ways. In roulette you will need more than just a deck of cards in order to play. You need a roulette wheel, markers, chips and other accessories in order to get a game of roulette going. Prices for roulette wheels can be as little as a few dollars for a basic model all the way up to thousands of dollars for more professional wheels. This fast paced game involves primarily luck where other games are determined by a mixture of luck and skill. Bets are placed on numbers and the people who are the closest to that number wins.

Whether it be blackjack, roulette or poker, casino games are quite enjoyable and may be lucrative if you know how to play.

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