Many people are fond of playing card games, as they like counting cards. Blackjack is a popular casino banking game, which is played by counting decks of 52 cards. It is derived from an earlier played card game called 21 that was most popular among all card games. Thus, a film named 21 was released in 2008, which tells the true story of a group of students from Massachusetts University who developed new strategies to beat all casinos in the Blackjack game.
The procedure of playing Blackjack game
Normally, a player tries to memorize all the numbers displayed on cards while counting those cards during a Blackjack game. Though it can be difficult to remember all the numbers accurately, the game procedure is quite simple. The player needs to check later if he could remember the card numbers correctly to win a game. In casinos, card decks are shuffled and there are 5 – 9 positions on a semicircular table for a dealer. Players need to bet for each of these positions in the betting box at the starting of each round of the game. In some casinos, players are allowed to bet only for 1- 3 positions in a single round.
Players can win money only by producing cards with numbers higher than that of the dealer while keeping it within 21 points. If the total number displayed on cards is more than 21, the player loses his betting amount right away. If it is the same as the dealer’s hand, the betting amount is returned to the player even without any deduction. If the first two cards are natural or Blackjack, then the player becomes a winner instantly.
The plot of movie 21
21 was a movie released in 2008 and directed by Australian film director Robert Luketic. It was based on the book named “Bringing down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions” that was published in 2003. The writer Ben Mezrich described the true story of some students and ex-students of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who invented new strategies for playing Blackjack so that people can win money easily in all casinos. The cast of the film included American actor Kevin Spacey, English actor James Sturgess, American actress Catherine Anne Bosworth, American actor Laurence Fishburne, Korean American actor Aaron Yoo, American actress Liza Lapira, and Vietnamese-American actress Kieu Chinh.
The story of this film revolves around a poor but brilliant student Ben who got admission to Harvard Medical School after passing out from MIT. But he did not have money and the scholarship was unsure. So a professor of MIT invited him and a few other students to form MIT Blackjack Team. They went to Las Vegas and faced many hardships and treacheries despite winning a lot of money by playing Blackjack games in the casino there. Lastly, the team could still make a large amount of money from card counting in Blackjack.
In real life too, players can win lots of money from card counting, as proved from the experiences of several Blackjack players. However, card counting is technically difficult in online casinos due to the revised rules of some casino sites.