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Meet the real MIT Blackjack Team and learn the 21 movie's true story. J.P. Massar ("Mr. M" in the History Channel documentary Breaking Vegas) was an MIT.


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Mr. M arrives in a private club in Atlantic City with his MIT blackjack team, intending to win against the dealer by using their brand new card shuffle tracking​.


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Friends, I'm getting ready with my poker book, so it's time to run for cover! I thank my friends in Australia, Neil and his family, Lilli and little MRM (Mark), Ormond.


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"Mr. M" meets Bill Kaplan[edit]. In May , J. P. Massar, known as "Mr. M.


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The famed agency did not outlive the MIT team by long, as it had to file for bankruptcy after it lost several law-suits against alleged card counters. Following her gambling days, she went on to become a very successful lawyer, and now boasts more than 15 years of experience. The most observant 21 fans might even find his face slightly familiar because Ma did appear in the movie. We covered some of the most prominent MIT team members, but what about the other side of the barricade? Massar, Bill Kaplan and Johnny Chang. After the team was disbanded, Bill Kaplan moved on to other business projects and has become an well-established entrepreneur, while Massar and Chang are known as blackjack masters and have trained some of the most famous tournament players. We, however, have every intention to separate fact from fiction for the sake of coherence with our standpoint of discerning casino experts. He freely talks about his initial doubts when he was invited to the MIT team, but states that card counting was not illegal in any way. In fact, female gamblers have held sway in casinos worldwide for a long time, as the Queen of Sorts reminded us just recently during the infamous edge sorting scandal that surrounded poker icon Phil Ivey. As we already mentioned, the MIT Blackjack Team was a huge beast , and its managers often registered legitimate firms to better divide the earnings. The 21 Movie Fallacies. However, he took great pleasure in seeing his story on the big screen and was rather pleased with the actor choice. Just like Thorp, the MIT blackjack team managers aimed at capitalising on their skills rather than breaking the law. We took the time and effort to go back and rewatch the movie in order to take note of inconsistencies with the reality of gambling that we know and have experienced. Still, there were a few core members that served as direct inspiration for the closely-knit group of card counters that we meet in In 21 , Jim Sturgess got to play the lead role as Ben Campbell, a maths graduate with dreams of going to Harvard and becoming a doctor. However, none of them was actually a professor at MIT. Latest Articles. Here are some of the more famous members that we are yet to mention:. At times, there were over 60 people playing in different cities. The biggest nemesis of the MIT card counters was Griffin Investigations — a security agency used by casinos worldwide. There have been at least several incarnations, with players coming and going constantly. After all, Edward Thorp had written a book about it , while Ken Uston had publicised the idea of team play. Jane would, later on, marry her boyfriend, divorce him and remarry. Needless to say, the security protocol of Vegas Casinos has tightened up significantly since then. After the main team split during the 90s, ex-players formed several splinter groups famously known as the Amphibians and the Reptiles. As of now, the team of blackjack card counters no longer exists. The movie starring Micky Rosa in the lead male role is said to be a close enough account of what happened and how the team was formed. Share on Pinterest. The movie is correct in showing that there were female pros in the MIT blackjack team. This strategy has allowed them to be successful at many ventures outside gambling. You might remember the title from our infamous list of gambling books. Kevin Spacey took up the role of Math Professor Micky Rosa, much to the delight of the people on whom the character was based. Still, many people prefer other kinds of betting, like for example roulette casino sites that can grant you bonuses, promotions and a lot of fun. Such people do not exist, at least not under the same name or ethnicity! 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Ben Campbell is reading it while on the plane. The former MIT graduate did have his share of excitement and midnight chases, but he was never beaten up by casino security. Did the card counters ever face an adversary such as Cole Williams, hell-bent on stopping them? During the time the MIT team operated, card counting was already more or less familiar to most casino security staff. It has to be noted that the MIT Blackjack Team was sponsored, by anonymous investors whose money had to be paid off with the dividends. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Published: 22 January Updated: 4 June The plot is wrong on many counts — pundits and critics say. History of Macau Published on: 28 June Shuffle Tracking in Blackjack Published on: 26 June Best Montreal Casinos Published on: 24 June Claim Offer. They continued to terrorise casinos worldwide until the tightening of security measures slowly forced them to lose interest towards the beginning of the new century. The head of the firm was Robert Griffin, later replaced by his wife Bev. Around the time the MIT team disbanded for the last time, the agency had already figured out many of their techniques, and were using MIT graduation books when keeping a lookout for suspicious players. We were good kids. Cole Williams is one of the characters without a direct basis in real life. P Massar is the mastermind behind the MIT Blackjack team project, who leads and organises the most talented math students to go to Las Vegas and play blackjack for considerable sums of money. Those of you looking up the names of Ben Campbell, Micky Rosa, Jill Taylor or anyone else from the movie will be left disappointed. With more than 60 members and over 20 years of history, a more complex management structure was needed. Well, yes… and no. There are no less than 3 people on whose shoulders Micky Rosa stands — J. They were famed for their database keeping track of cheaters and scammers. Author: Benjamin Webb. According to the official records the MIT members were real people with a very real intention to make money off of blackjack. Being considered a math whiz was a more important endorsement than where you had studied.