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Breaking Vegas: The True Story of The MIT Blackjack Team


Breaking Vegas is a documentary about the most incredible stories in the history of gambling: the one about a group of students from the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) who won millions at blackjack in the Nineties.

The MIT Blackjack Team was a group of students and ex-students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, and other leading colleges who used card counting techniques and more sophisticated strategies to beatcasinos at blackjack worldwide. The team and its successors operated successfully from 1979 through the beginning of the 21st century. Many other blackjack teams have been formed around the world with the goal of beating the casinos.

The story takes us from the team’s founding by “Mr. M,” to its development as a professional company (complete with business plans and investors)… from its use of disguises, false identities and duct-tape (to secretly strap tens of thousands of dollars to their bodies), to its incredible winning streaks — and the losing streak that threatened the very core of the team. Also explored is the history of Las Vegas cheats and card counters, the fascinating development of card counting theory, casino surveillance and other counter measures to catch card counters (including the top secret “Griffin Book” of casino undesirables).

Breaking Vegas features exclusive interviews with casino executives, security experts, gamblers, Vegas historians, and most importantly: actual members of the team, some of them shot to hide their identities, including team founder “Mr. M.” Archive and original footage of Las Vegas blends with high-end dramatic re-enactments in this story about one Breaking Vegas fantasy that came true.

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