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An MIT engineering student and his buddies used their brains to squeeze millions out of Nevada casinos in the '90s. Now a new movie tells.


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Meet the real MIT Blackjack Team and learn the 21 movie's true story. on cell phones and playing blackjack at the Red Rock and Planet Hollywood casinos, If the count is greater than this, Ben Mezrich's book "Bringing Down the House".


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Ma: I don't really play blackjack anymore. The cast also includes Laurence Fishburne as a scary-tough casino security consultant. I told them bits and pieces but never got into all the intimate details. Ma: I've had a charmed life ever since the book came out. I remember details incredibly well. Much more than that, not much to say. Ma: They wanted to put their own twist on it. She plays your classmate. It was important for them to know the reality of what we did at MIT. Wired: In the film, they say your character had the best mind when it came to keeping track of which cards in the deck had been played. That reminded me of the first time I had to go through security and deal with all that stuff. Do you still play blackjack? Ma: One eerie moment is when Jim walks through airport security the first time and he's worried because he's got this big sum of money stuffed in his pants. For people who want to see the real thing, where does your scene come up? In real life, when the jig was up and you got banned from the casinos, did you and your friends at MIT walk away with a big bag of money? You had to have nerves of steel. Author: Kate Knibbs Kate Knibbs. It wasn't like retire-for-the-rest-of-your life kind of money, but it certainly gave us a chance to pursue things you want to rather than worrying about the rat race. Ma: At the time: I'm a kid, they're my parents. Author: Eric Niiler Eric Niiler.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} That's what got Kevin Spacey interested, even before he read Ben's book. Wired: The idea for making a movie inspired by your story really got started after Mezrich wrote his " Hacking Las Vegas " piece for Wired magazine back in , right? Ma: Sort of in the middle, toward the end of the second act. Author: Levi Tillemann Levi Tillemann. We did really well. Spacey, ferocious as usual, plays the student gamblers' ringleader. Jeff Ma talks about the process of turning his blackjack escapades into a book, and then a movie, at the Las Vegas premiere of Wired: You served as technical adviser on What was the hardest thing to get across to the actors? Before they started work on this film, most of them knew pretty much nothing about counting cards. Ma: I don't actually know what that means necessarily, so maybe I don't have one, but I have a very good memory. I'm an entrepreneur. How did your family react when they found out what you were doing? When Kevin Spacey read about the crew's card-counting exploits in a Wired magazine article, the Hollywood player decided to produce a movie inspired by the geeks' conquest of Las Vegas. I was on set for two days and got to pretend like I was an actor. It took a lot of time and practice. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}MIT student Jeff Ma and five of his classmates used fake IDs, disguises and high IQs to outsmart Nevada casinos to the tune of several million dollars in the mids. Jeff Ma: It's hard to trace where that comes from It was by necessity more than anything else. More Stories. Is that a creative stretch or do MIT students really look like that? Ma: The character Kate plays is a composite of a few different people. Do you have a photographic memory? Courtesy Sony Pictures. It was a lot of fun. Ma: That article absolutely got the movie project rolling. Ma: Yeah. View Comments. Anything you don't like is probably fictionalized. Author: Medea Giordano Medea Giordano. I'm pursuing something I really love right now in sports. Sponsored Stories Powered By Outbrain. The movie sets up a nifty contrast between funky dorm rooms and high-roller Vegas penthouse suites as it tracks Ben's mostly credible makeover from shy MIT student to champagne-swilling big shot. I just bought a house in San Francisco. Wired: It must have been a great adrenalin rush beating the house odds over and over in Vegas. There's no point in me beating the odds anymore by beating my friends. It wasn't just something a brilliant mind all of a sudden picked up. About a month before [Ben Mezrich's book] Bringing Down the House came out, I handed them a copy of the book and said, "Here's the whole story. We made ourselves a little pool of cash that put us in a very comfortable position. Wired: Kate Bosworth is this gorgeous blonde actress with high cheekbones. Wired: I'm guessing your parents did not send you to MIT to become a professional gambler. Wired: You have a cameo in the movie playing a blackjack dealer. I'm not allowed to. But until this movie they didn't realize the scope of what we did. She represents the kind of woman that a guy like me would never have a chance with back in Boston, but in Vegas, along with the confidence that world gave me, all of a sudden, she would be within my grasp. Where did that come from?