Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

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#1 National Bestseller, now the 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.
 

About Ben Mezrich

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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then he has published twelve 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 became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.
 
Published December 2, 2002 by Atria Books. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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(The author suggests that the Techies developed a new system for card counting, but it seems more likely they simply expanded its possibilities.) After passing a series of tests, learning “basic strategy,” and such, Kevin is allowed to join the teams of counters spread throughout a casino so as t...

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"Shy, geeky, amiable" MIT grad Kevin Lewis, was, Mezrich learns at a party, living a double life—winning huge sums of cash in Las Vegas casinos. In 1993 when Lewis was 20 years old a

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"Shy, geeky, amiable" MIT grad Kevin Lewis, was, Mezrich learns at a party, living a double life—winning huge sums of cash in Las Vegas casinos.

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students who took Vegas for millions.'' And even if you don't know the difference between 21 and Pai Gow, you've got to admit that the image of a bunch of card-counting nerds fleecing the MGM Grand is a pretty tempting offer.

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Subtitle: “The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions”;

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Using a relatively simple system-each face card and ten that is dealt counts as negative one point, each card below a six counts as a positive one point, sevens, eights, and nines are neutral-the team members would keep a running total of the cards being dealt, determining the probability of draw...

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