Everything you see on the screen is there for either dramatic or esthetic-stylistic reasons, not for historical or real accuracy.
It could also be there to deliberately misinform, so as to protect security of the real thing against those who would use 21 or any film as a "how to" or instructional "bomb-making" video.
I have yet to come across another counter in over 10+ years. Then again, I'm not in Vegas or AC.
I've only played next to two of them in my time. At least two I thought were easy to recognize. I didn't see either of them backed off despite their obvious unit to count bets and flip-flopping insurance bets, but then again neither of them were slaying the casino.
I had an older gentlemen nearly shit his pants when I pushed half my stack on my last hand for the night on a neutral count. It was the alcohol, and the want to walk home with at least a noticeable win after hours of playing for about 500 bucks. He even said under his breath that now is not a good time for that kind of bet (and I did lose and get up even, so he was the better man).
The other was a younger Asian kid, again pretty much breaking even on a 50 table with no mid-shoe, he was largely left to break even by his own devices.
I have yet to witness someone obviously being backed off. Then again, I'm not in Vegas, and AC is different I suppose.
Did you know the Fitzgerald in Las Vegas is the only casino where that line can be taken literally? If you hit a four-of-a-kind on some video poker machines, they will give you a coupon for the cafe that you can use for their excellent fried chicken dinner. (It says steak dinner, but actually the coupon can be used for any menu item). I was disappointed the Wizard didn't mention this in his review.Quote: heather
The opening line was "Winner, winner; chicken dinner" and the next few minutes were spent trying to convince you that this phrase is somehow associated with blackjack.