Peninsula Films

The Gambler’s Guide to Winning

For Channel Four Television. Fancy yourself as a bit of a maths genius? Then you need to watch this because if you’re very smart at sums and probability theory, we show you how to beat the casino at their own game. This is Ed Thorp. Once a mathematician at MIT, he was the first first person to work out how the game of blackjack could be tipped in the favour of the punter. As the inventor of “card counting”, Ed Thorp was banned from every casino in the World. Now a multi-millionaire, he prefers using his mathematical skills to beat the stock market. Trouble is some people don’t have the mental agility to card count without mechanical or electrical assistance, so they need a pair of cowboy boots like those above - boots that contain a computer to do the maths for you.