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MIPTV Picks 2012: Holy Rollers

If you think that betting at blackjack and card counting at casinos is not universally regarded as "holy" behavior, odds are you're not alone in that assessment.
March 24, 2012

If you think that betting at blackjack and card counting at casinos is not universally regarded as “holy” behavior, odds are you’re not alone in that assessment. But the members of the Church Team, 25 blackjack players based throughout the U.S. who have used their prayerful prowess to “beat the house” and bring in approximately $100,000 a month for their faith, might beg to differ. This film tells the story behind the team and its extra-ecumenical exploits, and examines the crises of conscience that can arise when you’re a card counting Christian.

Partners: Connell Creations, distributed by Electric Sky (Brighton)

Length: 52 minutes or 91 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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