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Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Tough Love, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Tough Love

    Tough Love Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 1,894 Likes Received: 2
    man i just watched this show about the MIT blackjack team and how they won a shitload of money. basically it was a bunch of nerdy math guys who learned how to count cards and know what theyr odds of beating the house were and make bets accordingly. so anyone out there know of this stuff? anyone know how to count cards? anyone got any crazy gambling stories? :D
  2. sarcasm

    sarcasm Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 30, 2003 Messages: 3,352 Likes Received: 35
    yeah i saw that show a long time ago, pretty crazy. it pays to be smart...
    my story: i once came up $120 bucks from playing blackjack in the casino.
  3. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    read the book.

    pretty fucking interesting shit. the book pretty much tells you how they did it.

    shit got real sketchy towards the end of it.
  4. Tough Love

    Tough Love Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 10, 2004 Messages: 1,894 Likes Received: 2
    hahah yes. like getting banned from casinos etc..


    heres a site where u can take seminars if anyones interested in making tons of cashola playing blackjack :burn:
  5. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    yeah, that and some back room situations plus burglaries.
  6. fermentor666

    fermentor666 Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 27, 2003 Messages: 8,152 Likes Received: 15
    John Carmack, the guy who wrote the engine for Doom, Quake, and Doom 3, got kicked out of casinos for card-counting. That's all I have to contribute to this thread.
  7. dear sas

    dear sas Junior Member

    Joined: Feb 6, 2004 Messages: 199 Likes Received: 0
    the book is called Bringing Down the House--no relation to steve martin. it was a really good read
  8. TresOne

    TresOne Guest

    Counting cards isn't really that hard to learn, you just have to get to the point where it's an automatic process, and you don't have to really sit and think about the count.

    However, it's damn near impossible to make any sizeable amount of money alone by counting cards, unless you have a shitload of money to bet in the first place. And if you are making large bets, you bring so much heat by counting alone. Any casion will have yer ass booted out in a minute if they notice you making sporratic high and low bets and staring at the cards like you can see right trough em. Even then, you still stand the chance to lose more money than you make, it just gives you heads up as to what the odds of winning really are.

    It works best in a team, like the MIT team, but trust me, it's so fucking hard to pull off. I've tried it more than a few times with some buddies, and it's just way too sketchy.

    I still count whenever i'm at a table, but it rarely ever gives you a major advantage over the other players. You get the odd game where the count is through the roof, so you up your bet accordingly and mabye come out with some extra money.

    The most I've ever won at BlackJack in a night is $480, but it was purely luck. As far as I could tell from the count, my chances of winning were shit, and that was usually when I'd win the hand.

    Interesting shit, though.
  9. duh-rye-won

    duh-rye-won Member

    Joined: Aug 8, 2001 Messages: 580 Likes Received: 2
    yes, good book. made me want to be a high roller and do lines of coke off of fake boobs in comped rooms.
  10. DETO

    DETO 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 25, 2002 Messages: 11,316 Likes Received: 138
    my boy just saw that on tv and insisted that we go to the casino. we went i came out $85 ahead. he came out with nothing... :lol:

    "made me want to be a high roller and do lines of coke off of fake boobs in comped rooms."

    That's the life!! :idea:
  11. Poop Man Bob

    Poop Man Bob Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Nov 16, 2000 Messages: 10,259 Likes Received: 18
    I agree. Got it for Christmas and devoured it in a few days.
  12. iloveboxcars

    iloveboxcars 12oz Royalty

    Joined: Jul 29, 2002 Messages: 20,506 Likes Received: 449
    ^pmb might you be interested in some kind of a book exchange? if not for another book then.. something else mailable. if so pm me.