Casino cheaters have been glorified on the big screen and small, and some of the best went on to write their own books. Here's a look at a few places you can learn more:
American Roulette: How I Turned the Odds Upside Down: My Wild Twenty-Five-Year Ride Ripping Off the World's Casinos
Richard Marcus' 2003 account of how he traveled the world with a team of cheaters, grossing more than $9 million over 25 years. He is considered one of the best at the art of past-posting. Enforcement officials were always on his tail, but he managed to avoid the law and is now retired. 2003
This highly rated History Channel series profiles individuals and teams who took on Vegas and ended up with serious bank. Sometimes they got away with it, but most of them end up behind bars. Released last year on DVD.
Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
Ben Mezrich's 2002 book chronicles the infamous MIT scam team that proved blackjack is a game that can be beat. Backed by anonymous investors, team members checked into Vegas hotels under assumed names and formed their own code to communicate card-counting data.
The one-stop shop for onscreen casino action. Based on a true story, Martin Scorsese's 1995 film shows the mob underbelly from the casino's viewpoint. Robert De Niro, narrating as Ace Rothstein, provides this timeless quote: "In Vegas, everybody's gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I'm watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all."
Cheating Las Vegas
The Learning Channel's examination of casino fraud in Las Vegas showcases how criminals have managed to literally beat the odds. It also shows the elaborate precautions casinos take to combat cheating. Released on DVD in 2000.
In 2001, Steven Soderbergh updated the classic 1960 Rat Pack flick and last year followed it with a sequel naturally titled Ocean's Twelve. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and eight other gents pull a multimillion dollar heist in a casino's impregnable vault. While real casinos don't keep their money in non-interest bearing vaults in the basement, it is fun to count how many scenes have Pitt stuffing food in his mouth for no apparent reason.