Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (2011)

Director: Bryan Storkel

Composer: Frank Lenz

Starring: Ben Crawford, Brad Currah, Michael Scott Foster, Colin Jones, Mark Treas, Dusty Wisniew

More info: IMDb

Plot: Holy Rollers follows the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America-made up entirely of churchgoing Christians. While they succeed in taking millions from casinos, how will they manage to find a place for faith and God in the arena of high stakes gambling?

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I've often thought about learning to count cards in blackjack but my memory is sometimes worthless.  OK so there's that and I'm lazy.  But after watching this documentary I'm wondering if it's even worth it.  I reckon it is if you stay true to your task and learn to work it like a job.  I'm sure it's really fun at first but it's likely to get mundane after a while.  Plus you always have to move onto a new casino as you get found out and kicked out.  It seems like that would be part of the fun, the staying under the radar of the casinos who are constantly watching every player looking for clues.  It's the James Bond spy wannabe that thinks that could be fun on some level.  The thing is, it's not illegal to count cards.  It's just that it gives you the edge over the casino and they don't like it.  Maybe in my old age I'll give it a shot but for now, I'll just dream about the millions of dollars I could take if only I had the ambition and the memory retention.   Wow.  I didn't say a damn thing about this movie yet.  It's really interesting.  For me it's the gambling part that grabs me.  That the Christians are hypocrites doesn't do anything for me.  Nothing new there.  People of all kinds do all kinds of things.  It's hard to be surprised these days.  It's a pretty good film and it's worth checking out.  Netflix has it streaming if you need an easy in and out.

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