Sunday, April 13, 2008

Why 21 helps Vegas ... and other thoughts

(1) We made it to see "21" last night, which not surprisingly isn't quite as good as the book, but I walked out thinking this: moreso than the book, the movie is bound to make college students across the country think, why can't we do this? And while normally you'd think that would be to the irritation of pit bosses throughout Vegas, it won't be for one reason -- unlike the book, the movie fails to mention why there are few places where you can count cards today. The Shuffle Master is now just about everywhere, and with a Shuffle Master, you can't count cards. The book spent more time talking about the struggle to find casinos that used a six-deck shoe, which led them to riverboat and Indian casinos around the country. Logically, that would've just distracted from a 100-minute motion picture. It also would've saved teams of twenty-somethings from gambling away money.

(2) It appears we all could have a team in the NBA playoffs, if the Nuggets win out. But in the greatest NBA regular season ever, right now the Jazz, Mavericks and probably Suns are the only three Western teams who know where they'll be seeded. Everything else is to be determined, which means the Rockets could still find themselves facing Denver or Dallas, and if it's the latter, we know there'll be at least one winner -- Barack Obama's war chest!

(3) Speaking of, one has to wonder how much damage Obama did with his "bitter" remark. Obviously the Clintons are trying to make it seem catastrophic, which it likely is not, but it does threaten to blunt the momentum Obama had made in Pennsylvania, and possibly Indiana. Once again, Obama was surging ahead in the national polls and closing fast in a key state, only to be undone by a stumbling block (e.g., advisor meeting with Canadian official on NAFTA before the Ohio vote). Which once again probably means Hillary is only emboldened and won't go away. The fact Obama made the remark at a fundraiser in San Francisco was even worse, though you wonder why liberal website HuffingtonPost made the remarks public.

(4) Franchise, looking like a Wings/Stars second-round series in the offing? I think so!

4 comments:

The Dude said...

most college kids can't do the card-counting stuff because they don't have enough of a bankroll. they also replaced all the asians in the book with white people - a nod to popular appeal i suppose.

The Franchise said...

I had a lot of fun reading this post because I have a friend of a friend who saw the movie and now he is convinced that he can learn how to beat the casinos by counting cards. And let's just say this guy isn't exactly MIT material, so Vegas will definitely profit from him next time he heads out there!

And Head Dude, I'm looking forward to Wings-Stars for sure. Make sure you take care of the accursed Ducks, who were in danger of setting hockey back to the pre-lockout days if they made another Cup run this year.

The Franchise said...

I had a lot of fun reading this post because I have a friend of a friend who saw the movie and now he is convinced that he can learn how to beat the casinos by counting cards. And let's just say this guy isn't exactly MIT material, so Vegas will definitely profit from him next time he heads out there!

And Head Dude, I'm looking forward to Wings-Stars for sure. Make sure you take care of the accursed Ducks, who were in danger of setting hockey back to the pre-lockout days if they made another Cup run this year.

The Franchise said...

Scratch that comment about Wings-Stars for two reasons:

1) Somehow my boys blew Game 3 tonight in the last few minutes, meaning we may actually have a series if the Wings lose Game 4.

2) The NHL re-seeds after each round, so if the Flames upset the Sharks - and they are up 2-1 - and the Wings win, they would play Calgary in Round 2.