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Best Blackjack Movies and Books

It is a wise player who turns to blackjack books in order to learn blackjack tips and strategy as part of a concentrated effort to become a winner at the game. Many instructional books have been published, and many of them are recognized as being classics, as they teach everything from how to deal with gambling losses to card counting techniques. Our list below includes some of the best blackjack books ever published.

Blackjack has made its way into fiction as well, and the game has often been portrayed in cinema. Some films contain a singular, yet iconic blackjack scene, while others feature casino gambling and/or highlight blackjack tables and players. We’re sure that you’ll recognize some of the blackjack films on our list. Sit back and enjoy!

Blackjack Movies

21 (2008). Based on the book Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich, this screen version follows the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings. Starring Kevin Spacey as the guru ringleader, Jim Sturgess, Kate Bosworth, and Laurence Fishburne, this is a gambling film that has become a classic in its own right.

Croupier (1998). Clive Owen plays an aspiring writer who takes a job as a croupier at a casino in order to make ends meet. He is drawn into the casino world and starts up with a good lucking gambler, a serious violation of the rules of the casino where he works. The film offers an interesting look at casino operations, and a planned heist that seems plausible considering the odds involved.

The Hangover (2009). Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper star in this popular, almost cult film that includes a well-known scene at the blackjack tables. Thanks to an encyclopedic knowledge of Edward O. Thorp's 1962 classic Beat the Dealer and a head full of mathematical odds calculations, the stars manage to amass a huge sum playing blackjack.

Jinxed! (1982). Bette Midler plays a Reno lounge singer who plots to kill her abusive boyfriend with the help of a hunky blackjack dealer so that they can collect on his life insurance. The boyfriend has a jinx on the dealer and can't lose with him.

The Last Casino (2004). Similar to "21" in its plot, only this time the card counting action takes place in the casinos of Quebec and Ontario. Not particularly the best gambling film.

License to Kill (1989). This easily forgotten James Bond film with Timothy Dalton as 007 is certainly not a gambling movie, even though gambling features regularly in the secret agent’s films. This time, Bond tries his hand at blackjack and ends up winning £250,000 at the casino owned by bad guy drug kingpin Franz Sanchez.

Rain Man (1988). Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his portrayal of Raymond, an autistic savant who just happens to have an incredible knack for card counting. Tom Cruise plays his brother, a hustler who knows how to use this ability to take advantage at a casino for huge profits. This is not a gambling film, but one with a very popular blackjack scene.

Of course there are also instructional blackjack films, including Essential Blackjack – A Guide for Players and Dealers (2006). What is your favorite blackjack film?

Blackjack Books

Big Book of Blackjack by Arnold Snyder (2006). Arnold Snyder, considered the world's greatest blackjack player, teaches beginning and advanced blackjack players everything they know to win the game in a “big book” that is comprehensive and very readable. The book includes everything from the rules of the game to advanced professional strategies and blackjack tips.

Blackjack Blueprint by Rick Blaine (revised edition 2014). Covering everything from basic strategy to counting cards, the revised and expanded edition of this blackjack classic will teach you "how to play like a pro... part-time". The revised edition includes valuable information on how to negotiate and optimize gambling losses, how to hide chips and disguise wins, how to mitigate the risk of identity theft, and how to ensure security while playing blackjack online. Things to know if you want to play like a pro... part-time.

Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich (2003). This bestseller and later motion picture (21) tells the inside story of a gambling ring of six M.I.T. students who beat the system and took Vegas for millions. Under the guidance of an eccentric mastermind, the students mastered card counting techniques and became card savants with a system for beating casinos and winning huge amounts of money.

Dynamic Blackjack by Maverick Sharp Sharp (2013). This huge book (600 pages) is one of the most important blackjack books to be published in recent years. It takes readers on a straight line from the beginner phase all the way to betting schemes, risk management and camouflage techniques utilized by very advanced players. Card counting? This book goes deeper into this subject than any other card counting book.

Professional Blackjack by Standford Wong (1994). This is a huge book, because it incorporates the content of three previous books by Wong - Professional Blackjack, Blackjack Secrets, and Basic Blackjack. This book is not for the beginning blackjack player, but rather is optimized to include the exact tools players need to go professional. Sections on card counting, strategies for various rules variations, and complete strategy tables will certainly do the trick.

The World Greatest Blackjack Book by Lance Humble (1987). This classic book is considered the blackjack player's bible. Although it was first published in 1987, a revised edition is now available complete with detailed information on the odds, betting strategies, and including both Atlantic City and international blackjack playing rules. On the downside, the comparisons of live casinos offering blackjack games dates back to the 1980s.

What is your favorite blackjack book? Additional titles we should mention include The Theory of Blackjack by Peter Griffin, Winning at Blackjack by Bryan Evans, and Winning Blackjack for the Serious Player by Edwin Silberstang.

Having read these blackjack books and seen these blackjack films, you’ll be eager to get into play at the blackjack tables. Don’t forget that Europaplay also offers you a huge selection of exciting casino games. Get into the action today!


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