The Hustler

 The Hustler

The Hustler is a 2019 crime drama based on the New York magazine’s 2015 article “The Hustlers at Score.” This film follows a crew of streetwise former strip club employees who band together, turning the tables on their Wall Street clients.

This Hollywood blockbuster stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu and the plot is based on real-life events of the likes of Samantha Barbash and Roselyn Keo who were arrested and charged for hustling their clients but served little to no jail time.

Hustlers the Movie

This group of savvy strippers in New York begin stealing money from their high profile clients like Coe’s and Stock traders by drugging them and running up their credit cards. This plot is thought up when Destiny (Jennifer Lopez) and her protégé find themselves out of a job when the financial crisis of 2007 strikes. The hustle begins proving to be very lucrative for the group. They cut their ties with Moves ( the name of the strip club ) and venture out on their own. Their reasoning was that they would be able to keep all of their earnings.

They become more adventurous, and greed sets in as always, be it gambling or hustling as the outcomes are the same. The more money one makes, the more reckless people become, leading to their downfall. This is precisely what happened to this hustling crime ring. Their initial aim was to hustle the Wall Street Bankers who they believed to be responsible for the 2008 market crash, not hurt and destroy innocent people’s lives.


The Hustler film is more than just a girl’s gone wild movie. It has emotional depth, is funny, sexy, empowering and highlights the fact that no matter who you hustle, every hustle has collateral damage to the victim or the hustler.

The Ace of Spades

Stanford Wong

 About Stanford Wong

John Ferguson, also known by his pen name Stanford Wong is known as the “guru” of Blackjack, and a member of the Blackjack Hall of Fame. Born in 1943 Wong started playing Blackjack in 1964 while teaching finance courses at San Francisco State University.

Not content with a life of teaching, he decided to pursue his gambling career. He published his first book in 1975 called Professional Blackjack. Wong also developed a computer programme initially for personal use called Blackjack Analyzer. However, it became one of the first commercially available Blackjack odds analyzing software programmes in the market.

Stanford Wong has also appeared on many televised Blackjack Tournaments as a contestant. Furthermore, he also owns a publishing house Pi Yee Press based in Las Vegas and has published books by other authors on Gambling.


Wong started playing Blackjack in 1964 and in 1980 he made the term “wong” or “wonging” popular. This term has come to mean a specific advantage technique in Blackjack and involves watching a play of cards in a game without wagering your own money until the count becomes advantageous. Wonging is the reason many casinos have signs on some of their Blackjack Tables saying “No Mid Shoe Entry.”

Wong has also acted as a consultant for Blackjack writers and researchers, and they include well-known aficionados on the game like Don Schlesinger and Ian Anderson. Wong also wrote a book called Wong on Dice which purported to reveal how to beat the odds on Craps through controlled dice throwing. He also has an official website Stanford Wongs BJ21 which has been around since 1997 and contains a subscribers-only area called Green Chip.

This Blackjack legend has dedicated his life to Blackjack. He has written many books on various casino games and his name Stanford, which is his alma mater name combined with Wong certainly creates the mystique of the Orient and adds to his allure.