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The Last Casino

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The Last Casino

The Last Casino
Written by Steven Westren
Directed by Pierre Gill
Starring Charles Martin Smith
Katharine Isabelle
Kris Lemche
Julian Richings
Albert Chung
Theme music composer Carl Bastien
Martin Roy
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Greg Dummett
Madeline Henrie
Editor(s) Sylvain Lebel
Running time 92 minutes
Distributor The Movie Network
Original release
  • June 26, 2004 (2004-06-26)

The Last Casino is a 2004 Canadian television film on the subject of card counting. This movie draws heavily from the ideas espoused in the book Bringing Down the House.


The film starts with mathematics professor Doug Barnes playing a game of blackjack at a casino. Barnes uses a tactic known as card counting, to move the odds in his favor. Wilson, a casino security manager, captures Barnes' face, and effectively blacklists him from several casinos. Barnes' usurer, Orr, meets with Barnes to discuss how he will get his money back after Barnes' blacklisting. Barnes suggests the idea of creating a team of card counters from the students at Barnes' university. Orr snips off Barnes' fingertip as punishment for losing his money, and asks for his $40,000 to be paid back. Barnes starts to create a team of university students to count cards.

After searching around the university, Barnes meets George, a student who has memorized pi 70 units past the decimal. Barnes then meets Scott, another student who aced a complex memorization test. Finally, Barnes orders a pizza with a very complicated set of toppings at a local restaurant, which the waitress, Elyse, memorizes quickly. With his team set, Barnes proceeds to teach the three students to count cards. The group goes to their first casino and each of the students receive $1,000, an amount earlier promised by Barnes.

The group continues to hone their skills at the casino, and start to make money on a large scale.


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