Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 15, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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The #1 national bestseller, now a major motion picture, 21—the amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. students who beat the system in Vegas—and lived to tell how.

Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack when the best and the brightest of M.I.T.’s math students and engineers take up blackjack under the guidance of an eccentric mastermind. Their small blackjack club develops from an experiment in counting cards on M.I.T.’s campus into a ring of card savants with a system for playing large and winning big. In less than two years they take some of the world’s most sophisticated casinos for more than three million dollars. But their success also brings with it the formidable ire of casino owners and launches them into the seedy underworld of corporate Vegas with its private investigators and other violent heavies.

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Not an engaging, suspenseful read as such but it is definitely interesting to see the mechanics of card-counting and just how they pulled this off. Certainly worth a quick read. Read full review

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How do you make a book about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll boring? This is how! Saw the film, enjoyed it. Read this, hoping to gain a deeper insight into what "happened". I'm also a bit obsessively ... Read full review

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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published eighteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and was the basis for the hit movie 21, and most recently the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia. One of the most influential writers in Hollywood, he lives in Boston.

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