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

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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.

Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, Bringing Down the House is a nail-biting read that chronicles a real-life Ocean's Eleven. It's one story that Vegas does not want you to read.

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"In this high-octane tale with rich, sharp dialogue bordering on Elmore Leonard turf, the plot races by at a Nascar pace and the characters on both sides of the table are as real as an inside straight, making their moves and planning their scores like a croupier on speed. Take the odds, bet the bank, and stare down the dealer. Bringing Down the House is a can't-miss deal." Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Gangster and Street Boys

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"Although Mezrich's prose never rises above serviceable (and he pointlessly injects himself into the narrative at every turn), the story he tells will grip anyone who has ever hoped to break the bank at Monte Carlo." Booklist

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"Ben Mezrich takes us where every man dreams of going but precious few ever have — beating the casino. In this rollicking truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale, Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack as the hero steals from the rich and gives, um, to himself. Odds are you'll love it." Michael Capuzzo, New York Times bestselling author of Close to Shore

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"Ben Mezrich's fast-paced Bringing Down the House is a sweet read for anyone who has ever fantasized about beating the insurmountable house odds of their nearest casino." Chicago Sun Times

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"[A] suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against casino Goliaths." Boston Herald

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"Details the intricate movements and thoughts of these young and ambitious men and women in a lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction. It is more amazing because it really happened." Rocky Mountain News

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#1 National Bestseller!

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.

Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, Bringing Down the House is a nail-biting read that chronicles a real-life Ocean's Eleven. It's one story that Vegas does not want you to read.

About the Author

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then, he has published six novels with a combined printing of more than a million copies in nine languages (Threshold, Reaper, Fertile Ground, Skin, and under Holden Scott, Skeptic and The Carrier. His second novel, Reaper, was turned into TBS's premiere movie, Fatal Error, starring Antonio Sabato, Jr., and Robert Wagner. Bringing Down the House is his seventh book and his first foray into nonfiction.

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aloof, March 4, 2008 (view all comments by aloof)
i'm buying this book. but i'm irritated that a clip from the movie is there. i know you have to sell the book, but the movie is super offensive. in real life, all those kids were asian. it's a true story. and their being asian affected their ability to pull off the card counting (as in, if they weren't asian, it wouldn't have worked as well), so it's not a trivial detail. not that it would be anyway. when are they going to start making movies about real white people and making the characters asian?
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Robert Christiansen, September 13, 2006 (view all comments by Robert Christiansen)
A real good read for anyone in the gaming industry, a definite must-read for anyone in a supervisory position or above.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743249997
Author:
Mezrich, Ben
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Gambling - General
Subject:
Gambling
Subject:
Gamblers
Subject:
Students
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Cardsharping
Subject:
Massachusetts institute of technology
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Current Events
Subject:
General Games
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Gambling - Table
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Blackjack (Game)
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
college students blackjack; harvard blackjack; mit blackjack team; mit blackjack; 21 movie book; kevin spacey; kevin spacey poker movie; card counting; ben mezrich 21; 21 ben mezrich; card counting book; card counting movie; jeff ma; mike aponte; busting
Subject:
college students blackjack; harvard blackjack; mit blackjack team; mit blackjack; 21 movie book; kevin spacey; kevin spacey poker movie; card counting; ben mezrich 21; 21 ben mezrich; card counting book; card counting movie; jeff ma; mike aponte; busting
Subject:
college students blackjack; harvard blackjack; mit blackjack team; mit blackjack; 21 movie book; kevin spacey; kevin spacey poker movie; card counting; ben mezrich 21; 21 ben mezrich; card counting book; card counting movie; jeff ma; mike aponte; busting
Subject:
college students blackjack; harvard blackjack; mit blackjack team; mit blackjack; 21 movie book; kevin spacey; kevin spacey poker movie; card counting; ben mezrich 21; 21 ben mezrich; card counting book; card counting movie; jeff ma; mike aponte; busting
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 218
Publication Date:
September 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 8.89 oz

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"Review" by , "In this high-octane tale with rich, sharp dialogue bordering on Elmore Leonard turf, the plot races by at a Nascar pace and the characters on both sides of the table are as real as an inside straight, making their moves and planning their scores like a croupier on speed. Take the odds, bet the bank, and stare down the dealer. Bringing Down the House is a can't-miss deal."
"Review" by , "Although Mezrich's prose never rises above serviceable (and he pointlessly injects himself into the narrative at every turn), the story he tells will grip anyone who has ever hoped to break the bank at Monte Carlo."
"Review" by , "Ben Mezrich takes us where every man dreams of going but precious few ever have — beating the casino. In this rollicking truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale, Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack as the hero steals from the rich and gives, um, to himself. Odds are you'll love it."
"Review" by , "Ben Mezrich's fast-paced Bringing Down the House is a sweet read for anyone who has ever fantasized about beating the insurmountable house odds of their nearest casino."
"Review" by , "[A] suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against casino Goliaths."
"Review" by , "Details the intricate movements and thoughts of these young and ambitious men and women in a lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction. It is more amazing because it really happened."
"Synopsis" by , #1 National Bestseller!

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.

Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, Bringing Down the House is a nail-biting read that chronicles a real-life Ocean's Eleven. It's one story that Vegas does not want you to read.

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