Blackjack – A Scene From “The Hangover”

Alan and the gang head down to the casino floor to win $80,000 in just one night, playing Blackjack. Alan uses a card counting strategy and they win big. We go over some of the finer points of the scene and whether or not it is in fact realistic.

Counting cards, as done in the scene is not technically illegal in the USA, but it is frowned upon and if you get caught doing it, you will be asked to leave the casino. If the pit bosses notice you winning large amounts and figure out that you’re counting cards, they won’t strip you of your winnings, but they will ask you to stop playing.

In the movie, the guys make just over $80,000 in a matter of hours and many think that is impossible. This is in fact not true. You can definitely make that much money, and more, in a single session. The only problem is, to win big, you have to bet big, and if you bet big, you stand the chance to lose big. So it’s important to remember not to bet more than you can afford to lose.

In the film, Alan claims he learnt how to count cards from reading a book. While reading Blackjack strategy books are extremely helpful, they won’t turn you into a gambling pro overnight. You will need to observe real games, play a few yourself, and just practice as much as you can until you get a feel for the game. With enough time and strategy, you can definitely become a Blackjack ace.

Female Poker Players

Poker has had a long tradition as a game for men – for a long time it wasn’t proper for women to take part, and unfortunately the stigma has persisted until very recently.

Many potential female players had been reluctant to take part in what was perceived as an aggressive male game – and many who did faced derision from their male counterparts. Fortunately, the Poker landscape is changing – perhaps this has to do with a new generation of more open-minded players, and perhaps also with the rise of anonymous internet Poker, which allows more player to polish their skills.

In 1966 Barbara Enright was the first woman to win a World Series of Poker event, and she now boasts many more wins.

Barbara Enright 1966

Barbara Enright 1966

Barbara Enright 2008

Barbara Enright 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are now many female Poker players both at live and online tournaments. These players win Poker championships and boast several of the coveted World Series Poker bracelets.

Anni Duke

Annie Duke

Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst

Kathy Liebert

Kathy Liebert

Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad

These ladies are notable among illustrious professional female Poker players. Obrestad is the youngest person ever to win the WSOP bracelet. Today, female players author Poker books and command truly impressive fees for coaching Poker ingénues, both male and female, as they carve a place in the male-dominated game.