Documentary Holy Rollers is more than Gambling, Casinos, Card Counting and Blackjack.

Holy Rollers is not just a documentary about casino gambling and card counting blackjack players, it’s much more.

When I watched the documentary it made me remember why I began the journey of professional gambling in the first place.  It gave me the same rush of excitement I felt the first time I realized that making money at the casino’s expense was a real possibility, not just a fantasy.

Holy Rollers is a documentary about a group of friends who decide to start a blackjack card counting team.  What’s unique about this blackjack team is they are all Christians.  All are dedicated to their faith and are leaders in their churches.

Let’s deal with the obvious morality issue first.  “How can these men and women of faith engage in this immoral act?” That’s the first question that comes to the mind of some people.

There are those that feel gambling in itself is an immoral act, and others who foolishly think card counting is illegal or cheating (Click here to read my post on why it is not.)

When I first heard about the documentary, before I viewed it, I reflected on the question of gambling being an immoral act.  I don’t call myself a Christian, but I am a man of faith in a higher power, that I believe is responsible for the creation of our “world.”

As a gambler myself, it would be tough for me to have a problem with the moral issue of gambling.  However, I tried to envision a scenario where I would have a dilemma in terms of gambling and morality.

Before I watched the film I felt I would have a problem with anyone who based his/her decision to gamble on religious reasons.  In other words, if someone justified their gambling by saying, “God told me to gamble.” I didn’t think I would agree with that, but the more I thought about it after I watched the documentary made me question myself.

Here’s my moral conundrum.  I believe I chose to try to make a living as a professional gambler for a period of time as a result of being led down that path by a higher power.  I didn’t know why at the time, but everything inside me led me in that direction, it just felt right.  I never felt gambling would be the central focus of my life, but for that period of time it was what I needed.

It has led me to many other great ventures in my life, and continues to be a source of enjoyment, so in essence I’m saying, “God told me to gamble.”  My god happens to be more of any inner feeling or energy, but it’s virtually the same reasoning.  Therefore, my view has been altered.

I’m not saying that any of the participants in this documentary are making the statement, “God told me to gamble,” it was just the road I personally traveled as I viewed it.

I don’t mean to get bogged down in the religious aspect of it because it was much more than that.  It was about a group of friends coming together to strive for a common goal.  They soon realize that fast success can lead to poor choices, but in the end your “true” friends will be by your side.

They all seem like interesting, good-hearted, “solid” people who you’d like to have a beer with.  Not the stereotype that many people envision as your typical professional gamblers.

I also appreciated the fact that they did not glorify their gambling and focus solely on their monetary winnings.  It showed the good with the bad, the true reality of being a professional gambler.  Yes, it is possible and can be quite lucrative, but it certainly isn’t easy and financial ruin is always right around the corner, if you’re not careful.

It also showed the difficulties of not being detected by the casinos.  Card counting in itself isn’t that difficult, but applying it to real world scenarios can be extremely difficult.

Bottom line, it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.  That could be in part due to my ability to relate to a lot of the situations, but there is no denying this is a good piece of work.  You need to check it out.

Also, visit their website at: .  If you have the desire to learn to count cards or simply improve your blackjack skills, this is the place to go.  There are videos, books, blackjack kits, forums and more. 

About Greg Elder

I was 37 years old, a husband and father, a former teacher, college and high school basketball coach, and a business owner, I decided to give it all up (Not the husband and father part) to take a shot at pro gambling. I was coming off a job I hated selling insurance, and I vowed to do something I was passionate about. For the next year I would spend 12-15 hours a day researching, studying, and practicing advantage gambling techniques. The goal was to see if I could sustain our current lifestyle as a professional gambler. I wanted to find out if casinos really could be beat. At the time, I thought it may be the biggest mistake of my life, but my intentions were to have fun trying. It has been an interesting few years since that journey began. My feature book GAMBLERS FIGHT BACK has been released and can be purchased on my author site at I would consider my pro gambling career to be a success on all fronts. I didn't win millions of dollars, but I was able to enjoy every minute of it. It brought an excitement and passion back into my professional life. It has helped lead me to a writing career that I had no idea I even wanted before this challenge. I was able to write a book that shared with others exactly what I learned along the way.. Gambling professionally is not easy, but there are certain things the average gambler can do to increase their chances of success tremendously. That's the information I try to pass along to my readers.

6 Responses to “Documentary Holy Rollers is more than Gambling, Casinos, Card Counting and Blackjack.”

  1. Thanks for the link to my post. Just followed you on twitter.

  2. Thanks for the link, very much appreciated.


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