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Top Hollywood Blackjack Movies

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Hollywood’s fascination with gambling is a fact. The fascination may have started from the Strip’s history – as the rise of a sleepy desert town in the middle of nowhere to the premiere gambling city of the world.

The essence of Las Vegas strip – gambling, organized crime, people down on their luck or high on luck, these are key components of a Hollywood blockbuster movie! There are several gambling-related movies done by Hollywood producers over the years but let us concentrate on movies that directly relate to the game of blackjack.

Stacy’s Knights

 

The 1983 movie starred Kevin Costner as Will and Andra Millina, as Stacy. Kevin teaches Stacy to count card as being what she is, young and naïve, has the edge to win at blackjack without anyone being suspicious. However, those bad casino bosses took to taking down Stacy by setting her up with cheating dealers. Will got killed in the process, making Stacy mad and determined enough to put up and train a blackjack team to take a huge chunk of money from those casino bosses.

Rain Man

 

The 1988 movie starred two of Hollywood’s biggest stars – Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Hoffman played the savant autistic brother who had the talent for counting cards in blackjack. Cruise played Charlie Babbitt while Hoffman played Raymond Babbitt. Charlie only got to know of his older brother Raymond after the death of their father. The Babbitts travelled across the USA, with a $3 million inheritance in the balance. All went well in the end but their blackjack card-counting days were over.

The Last Casino

 

The plot of this 2004 Canadian film is about a group of MIT students who beat casinos in the 1990s. Starring Charles Martin Smith, Kris Lemche and Katherine Isabelle, the main character Mickey Rosa set up to find and train talented students to card count so he could pay his personal debts. Of course the winning spree did not last long as the card-counting team had finally busted the casino security systems.

Breaking Vegas

 

This 2004 documentary traced the attempts of MIT students blackjack team to get rich by playing blackjack in casinos across the United States. This documentary film also showed the ways and means of casinos to thwart their modus. The film though failed to show sufficient mathematical details in explaining blackjack card counting.

The Hot Shoe

 

David Layton directed this 2004 documentary film that showed the history of blackjack card counting, reviewing the mathematical aspects of the game, and key pointers for winning. Layton interviewed blackjack greats such as Ian Andersen, Edward Thorp, Stanford Wong, Max Rubin, Olaf Vancura and more. Layton learned to card count and used $5,000 of the film’s budget to try his luck on the blackjack table.

21

 

21 was a 2008 movie that starred Kevin Spacey, as Mickey Rosa, the professor who trained a group of talented MIT students on card counting and other blackjack tricks. Ben Campbell as Jim Sturgess, joined the MIT Blackjack team to pay for his medical school tuition fees. The movie production was quite lavish with cameo from some of Hollywood’s big stars such as Lawrence Fishburne. Sturgess’ tale of his colorful experience came into a fruitful end as he was awarded the lone scholarship in medical school.

Could there be another Hollywood blackjack movie in the offing?

Get a 10% Independence Day Blackjack Boost at Intertops Poker

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July 2, 2018 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – Independence Day is one of the biggest parties of the year in America. They’re celebrating at Intertops Poker by adding 10% to all Blackjack winnings on the 4th of July and giving free spins on four popular slots through the weekend.

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Sonya Blackjack by Yggdrasil Gaming

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Sonya Blackjack is Yggdrasil Gaming’s first ever and recently launched table game using an innovative motion capture multiplayer blackjack product. Featuring a 3D dealer and an easy-to-follow mobile gameplay, this product aims to deliver a truly engaging gaming environment and experience.

Rules of the Game

 

The game calls for up to three players to sit at a table, while other players can choose to stand while a 3D hostess (Sonya) deals. Players have the option to see other players play, their bets and winnings!

Standard blackjack options such as stand, double, hit, split and other Sonya Blackjack features are offered. When dealt with two equal-valued cards, splitting is allowed. If an Ace appears, insurance is offered and cost about 50% of the original bet. Half of the bet is saved if the other player hits a blackjack. If a player hits a 21 while Sonya still holds the Ace, the player may opt for Even Money, sacrifice the 3:2 reward and get a standard payout of 1X.

The products come in a standard logo package but operators are at liberty to customize Sonya Blackjack, including changing the casino environment or the dealer, or going for a branded live dealer.

Uniquely, operators may opt for a standard logo package or they may fully customize the product, including an unlimited chance to change both the dealer and casino environment. This option is definitely less expensive than that of a live dealer.

REDUX™

 

Yggdrasil’s REDUX™ is the proprietary platform for Sonya Blackjack. The technology is a combination of RNG and live casino. It uses a motion-capture technology to aptly show like-life movements of the dealer.

Developed and created by the inventive and creative techies behind Yggdrasil, the technology assures a faultless, powerful performance, and quick-loading mobile and desktop gaming experience. The product has great cross-selling prospects for online casino operators, and syncs with Yggdrasil BOOST®, an in-game promotional tool.

The RTP is a high 99.54%, and 92.86% with insurance. There is no bet behind option but the developer plans on adding a booking feature to accommodate more players at the table.

£20,000 Clash of the Tables- Roulette vs Blackjack at 32 Red Casino

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It’s the ultimate smack down on the tables, Roulette vs. Blackjack, for a share of £20,000 at 32Red Casino. The casino battle of the century starts May 30th through June 12th and there will be 2 leaderboards, one for blackjack and one for roulette. Each leaderboard is worth £10,000!

Put your table games to the test when you opt-in here and then pick your side- blackjack or roulette and start playing. Every £10 wagered on any Live or Regular Blackjack/ Roulette table during the promotional period will reward you with one point on the respective leaderboard. Climb your leaderboard to the top for a share of the £20,000 cash prize pool. It’s that simple.

Win up to €1,500 with Massive Blackjack at Guts Casino

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Hit a Blackjack and Win a $100 Bonus at Intertops Poker

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June 5, 2018 — St. Johns, Antigua (Press Release) – A special $100 Blackjack Quest begins Wednesday at Intertops Poker and continues until June 12th. Players will win a $100 bonus for hitting five Blackjack events playing any of the three Blackjack games under the Lucktap tab in the poker room.

“We’re making it a week-long Quest this month,” said Intertops Poker’s casino manager. “That gives players LOTS of time to hit the events they need to win the $100 bonus!”

To win the $100 Blackjack Quest bonus, players must win once with a Natural Blackjack, once with a Clubs Blackjack, and hit at least three Blackjacks in one game.

A Natural Blackjack is an Ace with a 10, Jack, Queen or King of any suit. A Clubs Blackjack is a natural Blackjack where all cards are Clubs.

All three Blackjack games under the Lucktap tab in the poker software qualify for the Blackjack Quest bonus: Regular Blackjack, Double Draw Blackjack and Perfect Pairs Blackjack. There is an optional re-draw on hand 15, 16 and 17 in Double Draw Blackjack and in Perfect Pairs Blackjack a natural pair pays 5:1, same-colored pairs pay 10:1 and a perfect pair (both cards the same suit) pays 30X.

Intertops Poker have the busiest online poker rooms on the Horizon Poker Network. With special bonus events every week, their slots and table games from Betsoft, Worldmatch and Lucktap are getting more popular every day.

New Blackjack Variant: Triple Win 20

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Blackjack’s latest variant called Triple Win 20 debuted in Deadwood, South Dakota early in May. Developed by Terry Houk, a former general manager at casinos in Colorado and South Dakota, the variant’s main objective is to offer players a different and exciting blackjack game.

Triple Win 20 Play

 

As with all other blackjack variant, the dealer plays against each player. The main aim of the game is to get an “11” with one card, or the value 20 with at least two cards. The values of cards on a pack is standard – Aces are either 1 or 11, faces are 10, and the remaining cards the value of their number.

To win a hand, a player has to do any of the following.

• Reach a value of 11 with only a card, paying at 1:1
• Reach a value of 20 with only two cards, paying at 1:1. If the 2 initial cards are Kings, or a pair of Queens, or a pair of Jacks, the player gets paid 1.5x or 3:2 his bet.
• Reach a value that is higher than the dealer with 2 or more cards, paying at 1:1.
• Use of six decks of cards
• No insurance
• Hands higher than 20 are busted – including 21
• If the card values are the same, any hand can be a push. This is tie, no winner or loser.

First cards are always dealt facing down. A player must turn the card facing up if he wishes to collect a win on the first card. All the remaining cards are to be dealt face down unless a player has a two-card win or wishes to split cards or double down. The rules are similar to the blackjack variant Pitch. Also dealt face down is the dealer’s first card, but all his remaining cards are to dealt face up. The dealer is not allowed to take additional cards once he has a hard 16.

Houk named the variant Triple Win 20 because there are three ways to win. Of course, the “20” came from the fact that the goal of this blackjack variant is to reach a value of 20.
Let’s see if this blackjack variant will catch fire as it is the hope of the developer to have Triple Win 20 played in at least 100 casinos across the US.

Stir up some Big Wins in the Blackjack Happy Hour at Mr Green Casino

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Robert J. Cipriani- An International Blackjack Gambler

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Robert J. Cipriani is an unusual philanthropist as he gave most of his blackjack winnings to those who seek his help through his website. Cipriani’s fame (or notorierity) not only stemmed through his status as an international gambler, but also from his role as a key witness in bringing down an international money-laundering and cocaine syndicate.

Drug Trade Busted

 

It all started in Australia in 2011. Cipriani was offered money to play blackjack by an ex- USC player Owen Hanson who was using the pseudonym Junior DeLuca. Cipriano was hustled by Hanson into playing (and hopefully laundering) AUD 1.5 M and 2.5 M on two different occasions in Australia. He took his initial winnings, a check issued by an Australian casino back to the US to play at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. He won some and lost some but was able to pay back Hanson.

Back in Sydney two weeks later, Cipriano was threatened if he did not take Hanson’s AUD 2.5 M to gamble. Feeling that something was not right, he gambled away all of the AUD 2.5 M. Owen Hanson was furious and told Cipriani to meet up with him at Hilton Sydney. Cipriani was scared and quickly left for the US after reporting to the hotel authorities that a man with a gun was staying at the aforementioned hotel room.

The hotel security guard came with policemen and found AUD 702,000 in a suitcase in the possession of former boxed Sean Carolan. This led to the investigation and arrest of Owen Hanson and the dismantling of his drug trade in 2016.

Who is RJ Cipriani?

 

As a boy Cipriani lived in Philadelphia. He has four other siblings. His father supported them by working in a factory, as barber in his own barber shop, and selling un-taxed wine and cigarettes. His father was the sort of guy who connects people to the right people, setting up deals for favors and profit.

At age 16, RJ realized that he did not want to spend the rest of his life selling pretzels at his dad’s factory. He trooped to Atlantic City in New Jersey and was introduced to gambling in casinos. He saw gambling as a challenging, rewarding and entertaining means to “work”. He became a professional gambler, earning from fellow gamblers and from those he helped. He became famous and began hobnobbing with very popular and rich personalities.
He was called Robin Hood 702 as he shared his winnings not only to those who seek his help but to casino staff as well. He claimed to have given away over $1 million of his winnings.

Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

 

In April 2017, Cipriano filed a lawsuit saying that Daryl Katz, the owner of a Canadian hockey team offered his wife Greice Santo of Jane the Virgin fame, money in exchange of an ongoing sexual relationship. Cipriano claimed that Katz offered his wife $1.6 million. The proposal was for Santo to sleep with Katz six times a month for a year.

Cipriano also files a lawsuit against the PR firm representing Katz. He claimed that Glenn Bunting, head of the PR firm, defamed him to stop the New York Post from running his story. Katz replied that Cipriano has been harassing him (Katz) and his family for over a year now. He added that Cipriano is a convicted felon with regards to the Owen Hanson event. This, by the way, led to the banning of Cipriano from playing in casino across the world, greatly affecting his means of earning a living.

To help Cipriani, the U.S. Attorney General’s Office actually confirmed that Cipriani is clean and has not been charged on any crime relating to the drug trade and money laundering. However, as of this time, Robert J. Cipriano remains banned from playing in casinos.

Superstitions in Blackjack that increase your luck of winning

Superstitions in Blackjack that increase your luck of winning

One of the most popular casino games is blackjack. Blackjack’s popularity has made it gain some unique pseudo names while at the same time it has attracted some superstitious beliefs centred on how a player can increase his/her chances of winning. The superstitions on blackjack do not emanate from one corner of the world as such, but rather they come from all corners of the world i.e. the American continent, Europe, Asia, African, and Australia. This in actual effect demonstrates the popularity of blackjack. On your next visit to a casino or even when playing at an online casino such as live.netbet.co.uk, always keep the following in mind as they can just help you scoop the big win.

Lucky Charms

 

Believe it or not, it’s been revealed by some casinos that over half of blackjack casino players carry lucky charms when they visit the casino to try their luck in blackjack. Lucky charms have their origin in America as the slaves who came to the continent from Africa and the Caribbean carried lucky charms they hoped would protect them on their travel and subsequent stay in faraway unknown lands. The practice has since spread to other parts of the world and other groups of people. The spread of the myth of luck charms has also reached casinos with players carrying with them raccoon’s penis bone, a badger’s tooth, a rabbit’s foot, nutmeg, and alfalfa among others to the blackjack table.

Red, the colour of luck

 

Originating in Asia, the myth that red is the colour of luck has spread the world over and is now a huge thing in casinos. Learning a thing or two from Chinese mythology, many casino players nowadays try to wear red as they can in order to increase their luck. For those who are not moved by the stares of other players, wearing all red from top to bottom has become a thing. The practice is not only seen at land-based casinos, even those playing at online casinos can incorporate this part of Chinese mythology by opting for those online casinos with red as the main colour of the website.

Avoiding the Main Entrance

 

This is widely believed to have originated from the entertainment capital of the world i.e. Las Vegas. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas which has a main entrance designed depicting the jaws of a roaring lion is believed by many players to have bad luck. As such, most players especially those playing table games at the casino decided against using the main entrance and resorted to using the back entrance. The practice has since spread to other casinos both in Las Vegas and beyond.

Crossing your legs

 

When growing up, crossing one’s fingers was said to be a sign of good luck and that it freed us from any promises we made and were unable to fulfil. Fast forward to adult life in the casino, the opposite is true when it comes to crossing your legs. It’s believed that crossing your legs while playing blackjack or any other table game brings bad luck to the player and as such should be avoided at all costs.