Tuesday, April 15, 2008

21 & Bringing Down The House



I saw the movie 21 on Sunday. This of course is the Blackjack movie based on the best seller Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich.

Based on a true story it describes how several MIT students used a system to count cards and win millions in Las Vegas. Like every other book-turned-movie the book was much much better. It is quite an amazing read.

On a positive note the movie did introduce me to an interesting probability problem I never heard.

Since the movie was announced I wondered why they named it 21 instead of Bringing Down the House. How could I have forgotten this gem:

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