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Coolest Blackjack Movies to Watch

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Blackjack is a popular casino game popular with high-profile celebrities, athletes, and the wealthy. It’s a unique card game through which you challenge casinos in a one-on-one competition.

The objective is to produce a hand of 21. You can also win if you have a hand close to 21 but better than the casino dealer’s hand. Now, the main reason people flock to blackjack tables is that you can use strategies like card counting to beat the dealer.

Truth be told, card counting isn’t exactly helpful when you want to play blackjack online. However, you can use other strategies like the basic blackjack strategy.

Blackjack’s strategies, coupled with its popularity amongst the wealthy also make it an ideal game for Hollywood producers. In fact, the following cool movies all feature scenes about blackjack.

21 (2008)

Kevin Spacey’s 21 is arguably the most popular blackjack movie of all time. For starters, it’s based on a real story. Not just any story—the story of how a group of MIT students used math to make over $6M from Las Vegas casinos in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

For clarity, 21 is all about using card counting skills to win at blackjack. In the usual style, the team works together so that one of the players is on the table gambling. Another member stands close by counting cards while others advise the player on moves to make.

Being a movie, 21 is dramatic, action-packed, and hilarious. It also features a plotline where the MIT team risks losing their money to a casino head of security after he discovers their scheme.

There’s also infighting amongst the team. For example, Micky quits after Ben fails to listen to his signal, leading to a $200,000 loss for the team. Luckily, they all reunite and win a final fortune of $640,000. 

Swingers (1996)

Swingers is a comedy movie starring Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, and Ron Livingstone as Mike Peers, Trent Walker, and Rob respectively. It follows the story of Mike, an upcoming actor who gets dumped by his girlfriend of six years.

His friends, Trent and Rob offered to help him get back to the social scene with a trip to Las Vegas. There’s a problem, though, Mike is still obsessed with Michelle, which makes it difficult for his friends to help him get a new date. 

Predictably, Mike finally gets over Michelle and accepts a date with a Las Vegas woman called Lorraine. Of course, this happens after a few rounds of blackjack games in Vegas.

In some of the scenes, Mike argues with Trent hilariously on whether they should split 11. In case you’re wondering, experts, do not recommend splitting 11. However, you can always split 10’s and 8’s when you have the opportunity.

Austin Powers (1997)

Austin Powers is one of the funniest movies of all time. First released in 1997, the film follows a spy known as Austin Powers in hist attempt to thwart the evil doings of Dr. Evil.

Austin Powers isn’t your average spy, though. He’s a charismatic, eccentric, hilarious, and smart man who loves beautiful women a little bit too much. In the film, Powers’ role is to find Dr. Evil and stop him from stealing nuclear weapons.

In his search for Dr. Evil, he takes a trip to Vegas after learning one of Dr. Evil’s accomplices is in a casino. The accomplice, Number 2, is a blackjack fan who doesn’t really know the game all too well.

In one hilarious scene, Number 2 ignores the advice of his dealer and insists on hitting on 17. In many cases, experts recommend that you stand on 17. Hitting can get you a card of 5-11, leading to a bust.

 The Hangover (2009)

The Hangover is a 2009 comedy movie starring Zack Galifianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper. It was a huge commercial success that inspired two more sequels, both of which also commanded huge figures on the box office.

It starts with the three friends waking up after a wild Las Vegas night. None of them remembers what happens the previous day. However, they wake up naked and have Mike Tyson’s tiger in their room.

Also, their friend Doug, who’s supposed to wed his fiancé on that day, is missing. The movie, therefore, is about the friends trying to recollect the memory of what happened during Doug’s bachelor party.

Amidst finding clues on where to find Doug, they learn they had stolen and lost $80,000 belonging to a local gangster known as Chaw (Ken Jeong). They had also kidnapped Chaw and held him hostage in their Mercedes unknowingly.

So, when they finally release Chaw, he finds them and vows to release Doug only if they can get him his $80,000 back. Luckily, Alan—Galifianakis—is a blackjack expert who uses sophisticated card counting skills to win the money.

The Gambler (2014)

The Gambler is more of a roulette movie than it’s about blackjack. All the same, it talks about blackjack. Mark Wahlberg, who stars as Jim Bennett, a college professor with a gambling addiction, admits he’s good at blackjack.

However, his luck takes him only too far and he begins to accumulate gambling debt. He ends up with $200,000 in the hole, money he must find, or risk losing his life to a local gangster.

To find the money, Jim uses several strategies. For example, he convinces one of his students, an NBA hopeful, to rig the game for money. Next, he goes on a series of gambling on his two favorite games, blackjack and roulette.

In the final scene, Jim risks it all by betting all his money on a single roulette spin. He wins a lot more than he owes his debtors and he refuses to get his change back. Instead, he runs to his girlfriend happy and free of debt but broke.

Your Turn

There you have it—the best movies for blackjack lovers. Most of the movies aren’t really about gambling. But they feature scenes of people having fun around blackjack tables.

Watch the films to have fun but also to get a sense of how people play blackjack. You might learn a few lessons on whether to split or not split cards.

Author: Oliver Neuman

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