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Whether you are a fan of physical gambling or prefer online platforms like, for example, Betamo, Vulkan Vegas or Slottica, you must have watched at least a few casino movies – Casino Royale, Cincinnati Kid, 21, Maverick, Ocean’s Eleven…the list could go on and on – and maybe even wonder if you can get anything out of it.

And why not? It’s not for nothing that acclaimed works of art are translated into billions of languages ​​and adored by millions of people around the world. There must be something useful in them, right? Well, unfortunately – and make no mistake, we don’t want to rain on your parade – the situation is exactly the opposite of what most budding players expect: almost everything displayed at the screen is so distorted that it has nothing to do with the real game – and you can’t learn too much either.

But how come? Couldn’t Casino Royale’s $40 million jackpot be real? And wasn’t it based on a true story? Well, that certainly deserves some explaining – and you’re going in now. Before we get started, though, let’s give some credit to Anna Rosak, a writer and gaming expert at KasynoHEX, who helped us out with this piece.

Casino Royale: high stakes and unimaginable luck

There’s literally no chance you haven’t watched the iconic James Bond spy film, so let’s skip the preliminaries and cut to the chase: neither the amount of money involved nor the luck that favored Mr. Bond are plausible, and here’s why:

  • If you look closely at the chart, you can see that the pot was worth $40 million, which is orders of magnitude more than even the biggest bet in the history of the game, $777,000 made by William Lee Bergstrom aka Phantom Gambler on the Don’t Pass Line in Craps. Even recalculated, that would equate to around $2 million now, twenty times less than the pile of cash depicted in the film. Furthermore, not only do most casinos have wagering limits (which are different by jurisdiction, but still well below $40 million), but it would also be incredibly difficult to find players willing to risk it. as much.
  • On the luck side, the film presented the following hand in one round: two full houses + a flush + a straight flush. Now, that’s theoretically possible, but the odds are ridiculously slim, 1 to 18 trillion. To inject some meaning into this number, let’s just mention a few more speculative odds: birth probabilities – 1 to 5 trillion; chances of being killed by a tornado – 1 to 13 million; chances of being attacked by a shark – 1 to 3.7 million.

Similarly, the odds of being dealt a royal flush are 1 in 649,739.

21: relying a little too much on the cards

You may have been impressed by a team of card counters in ’21’, and rightly so – not only is the story based on real events, card counting was a more or less viable strategy until to recently – but again, it’s won’t have anything to do with modern casinos. Even though card counting can tip the odds in favor of the player to some extent (up to the 1% house edge), none of the up-to-date online sites will allow you to do this.

Chances are there are restrictions and clever rules minimizing or negating the effect of the trick. Besides that, card counting requires good memory, math skills and patience which makes it almost impossible for a non-professional player. We can work on creating our own strategy – strategic board games can serve as a starting point.

Are there takeaways from casino movies, or are they just a waste of time?

If you’re ready to brush up on your gaming skills, movies are the last thing you should consider. Instead, it might be a good idea to learn from the pros, for example, those at KasynoHEX or a similar game aggregator for that matter. As for the movies, they are designed to inspire, motivate, relax and refresh you, maybe, but definitely not for educational purposes.

Finally, remember that gambling can be addictive. If you think you have a gambling problem, do not hesitate to seek help from international organizations – BeGambleAware, Gamblers Anonymous, GamCare, etc. – or local.

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