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Holy Rollers

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The Salvation Army is reported to have had a saying in its early days: "Take the Devil's money to do God's work." Now a group of 20- and 30-somethings based in the Seattle area has taken that philosophy to a new level, and their story is told in a just-released documentary that examines the phenomenon of card-counters who use their profits to fund their members' church-related activities. I was able to screen the film Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card-Counting Christians, a while back and found it compelling and riveting. The documentary follows the group of friends as they eat, pray, win, and lose together and in the process raise all sorts of questions about traditional views on gambling, religion, and public morality.