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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

You're done. You have three pairs. You can't have six cards in a five-card game.

OCEAN: Yeah. The Nevada Gaming Commission stipulates that a casino must hold in reserve enough cash to cover every chip in play on its floor.
That means on a weekday by law it has to carry anywhere between $60 and $70 million in cash and coin.On the weekend, between 80 and 90 million. On a fight night like the one two weeks from tonight, the night we're gonna rob it $150 million, without breaking a sweat. There are 11 of us, each with an equal share. You do the math.52:59
BENEDICT: Forgive me for being late. A guest required my attention.
OCEAN'S EX-WIFE: That's fine. Danny was walking through and spotted me.
BENEDICT: Is that so?
OCEAN: Imagine the odds.
BENEDICT:" Of all the gin joints in all the world."