Card counting is a controversial aspect of card games. This is especially the case with the world-famous game of Blackjack. Blackjack has been around for years and variations of this casino favorite have been developed to keep old players interested and to intrigue new players. Card counting is exactly that; to keep track of the cards that have been revealed in order to try to accurately predict the remaining cards in the pack. This means that the player is better equipped to decide whether to ‘stick’ or ask the dealer for a ‘hit’. Players that have mastered this technique automatically increase their chances of winning against the ‘house’.
The enchanting world of casinos has not escaped the attention of movie directors that add an element of fun and adventure to their movies, will often cast a naughty card counting movie character that appeals to audiences that are sympathetic to people who are not afraid to break the rules. Allan in ‘The Hangover’ is an odd character with a dark sense of humor that is funny because of the frankness with which it is delivered. The Hangover is a comedy about friends who have a crazy bachelor’s party getaway in Las Vegas, the casino capital. Allan has read books on card counting and his skills are put to the test when the group has to raise money to save one of their own from a gangster.‘Rain man’ is a touching movie about an autistic man who masters the technique of card counting. The main character in this movie, Raymond Babbitt played by Dustin Hoffman, can easily count through six packs of cards.
The 2008 hit movie ‘21’ is based on true story about a group of students who study card counting techniques and unleash them on Vegas casinos raking in millions of dollars in winnings. The students were geniuses in disguise and they were incredibly smart. Director and successful actor, Kevin Spacey found the group’s escapades very fascinated and took their story to the big screen. As it appears, Blackjack and card counting in particular, will continue to grace our screens from time to time.