EDITORS CHOICE: BEST BLACKJACK DOCUMENTARY
The Hot Shoe DVD by David Layton
The best documentary movie about blackjack card counting ever produced. By David Layton. Executive Producers Michael Berkaw and Bill Petrick. Music by Dylan Keefe. The history, the mathematics, the politics and the practical realities of blackjack are addressed in this documentary, the most complete and accurate treatment of card counting ever made. Interviews with blackjack experts, casino managers, authors, detectives, a legal expert, and the most legendary players in the world. Behind-the-scenes footage of casino pits, surveillance rooms, members of the MIT card counting team strategizing in and playing in casinos during a busy Super Bowl weekend (shot with hidden cameras). Demonstration of the high-tech methods that casinos and detective agencies use to identify and track card counters, including facial recognition technology. A case study, wherein the director of the movie learns how to count cards and takes the $5000 that was budgeted for the soundtrack and uses it as a stake to play blackjack in Las Vegas over ten days. Includes interviews and video of: Gordon Adams – Griffin Investigations, Ian Andersen – Author, Burning the Tables in Las Vegas, Andy Anderson – Casino Visual Identification, Andy Bloch – MIT team, John Chang – MIT team, Richard Chen – MIT team, Anthony Curtis – Publisher of Huntington Press, Mark Estes – Former card counter, Steve Forte – Author, Read the Dealer, Peter Griffin – Author, The Theory of Blackjack, Tommy Hyland – Card counter, Jim Kilby – UNLV, Nelson Rose – Author, Blackjack and the Law, Max Rubin – Author, Comp City, Howard Schwartz – Gambler’s Book Shop, Arnold Snyder – Author, Blackbelt in Blackjack, Ralph Stricker – Card counter and author, Ed Thorp – Author, Beat the Dealer, Olaf Vancura – Author, Knock-Out Blackjack, Stanford Wong – Author, Professional Blackjack, Bill Zender – Author, Card Counting for the Casino Executive.
A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR: I’m very proud to present “The Hot Shoe,” a movie I believe to be the most complete and accurate documentary about card counting ever made. Most of the specials on television that deal with the subject have been incomplete at best and sometimes totally inaccurate. I struggled to make a movie that would deal with the subject in all its complexities and yet still remain interesting to people not already familiar with card counting. The mathematics, the history, the politics and the practical realities of blackjack all feature prominently in this movie. I talked to the leading lights in the world of blackjack—professional players, authors, casino personnel, detectives who identify players, lawyers and academics. If you want to know the real story, if you want to learn how to count cards, or if you just want to watch a fun adventure I think you will enjoy “The Hot Shoe.” Encoded for worldwide viewing.
©2003 DVD $29.99