- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
The inside story of the seminal card-counting experiment that became one of gambling's most successful ploys.
- Get the story straight from the schemers themselves.
- The inside story of one of the greatest schemes in gambling history.
- See how a "connected" businessman and an MIT professor took Vegas for millions.
It's every gambler's dream--to find a way to beat the odds and empty the coffers of Vegas casinos. Some people get lucky while others scheme their way to riches. BREAKING VEGAS profiles people who took on the casino system and came away with cash. Sometimes they got away with it, and sometimes the odds--and the law--caught up to them.
In 1961, lifelong gambler Manny Kimmel, a "connected" New York businessman, read an article by MIT math professor Ed Thorp claiming that anyone could make a fortune at blackjack by using math theory to count cards. Kimmel offered the young professor a deal: he would put up the money if Thorp would put his theory to action and card-count their way to millions. From Thorp's initial research to the partnership's explosive effect on the blackjack landscape, PROFESSOR BLACKJACK boasts fascinating facts about the game's history, colorful interviews, and archival footage evoking the timeless allure and excitement of Vegas in the early `60s.