- Breaking Vegas
"Breaking Vegas" is a television series that premiered on
The History Channelin the United Statesin the Spring of 2004. The series covers the great lengths people have gone to make money, often illegally, from casinos. It premiered in Pakistanon January 19, 2006and was renamed "Decoding Casinos" in India on May 9, 2006. In the Spring of 2007,fact|date=May 2007 it aired on The History Channeland The Discovery Channelin Canada.
Many episodes have to do with cheats who illegally take money from the casino using
sleight-of-handtricks or some sort of gizmo. Namely, these scams include pastpostingand card marking. Other episodes include famous examples of legal money-making techniques such as card counting. Some episodes are about legal strategies like winning at the crapstable by throwing at certain angles using a certain grip with certain numbers at the top, or taking advantage of a worn-out ball bearingand a thus tilted roulettewheel.
The series was inspired by the two-hour History Channel
documovieentitled "Breaking Vegas: The True Story of the MIT Blackjack Team" (see MIT Blackjack Team) written and directed by Bruce David Kleinand produced by Atlas Media Corp.
The episode "Professor Blackjack" is about
M.I.T.professor Edward O. Thorp's computer-based research on the Kelly criterionthat was applied in real Vegas casinos in the form of computer aided card-counting schemes with very successful results. Manny Kimmell, a known mob associate, provided the venture capital for Dr. Thorp's real life experiment and his contribution is described in the same episode.
*"Card Count King"
*"The Gadget Gambler"
*"The Roulette Assault"
*"The Ultimate Cheat"
*"Beat The Wheel"
*"Prince of Poker"
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