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Aug 08, Michael rated it liked it.

Jul 08, BarbaraW rated it it was amazing. The Inside Story of Six M. This was a page-turner of the highest-order. Rhe goes over favorable casino rules that they would look for, while also explaining mezrixh moves he would make in certain situations. The story about testing students at a mob-style poker game is entirely made up and unfortunately this is the best part of the houxe section in the book, while also being unimaginable. They quickly discover that this casino has been informed about their presence too, as a pit boss points both Fisher and Martinez out to Kevin, telling him they all needed to leave.

Talking about using one’s brain to circumvent the old, old game of blackjack! Chapter 11 Weston, MA Thanksgiving I think that this person missed the point of the book as the focus on the card counting strategy used by the students does not make up the entire book.

Nonfiction can be much more skillfully done than this. I’ll grant that it’s an interesting story.

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

We learn that her and her husband, Dylan, joined the blackjack team around the same time that Tay had joined. When the movie “21” based on this book was released last year, the Boston Sunday Globe’s magazine section ran an article on the book, its author and some of the famed MIT players. This disclaimer allows broad leeway to take real events and real people and alter them in any way the author sees fit.


I enjoyed this book, and so did many other people. In my earlier paragraph, I talked about the unnecessary use of curse words and how sometimes it was good and sometimes it was not. Nope, they then act like very bad dowh indeed by getting these winners banned from each and every casino in the world.

The movie version really missed the boat here. Mezrich not only exaggerated freely, according to sources for both articles, but invented whole parts of the merich, including some pivotal events in the book that never happened to anyone. I like the fact that this is really happened. I feel the casinos were just angry that they were losing so much money and that is why they wanted to stop Kevin and his crew.

Kevin gets sick shortly before the fight is about to start, so he decides to get some rest instead. Fisher and Martinez head off to the Bahamas, leaving Kevin behind wondering if there is more to life than all of this.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly encourage everyone to read it. He placed Excalibur halfway down the Strip from Luxor or was it MGM Grandwhich is all wrong, they are right across the street from one another which works out for either Luxor or MGM in relation to Excalibur Apparently this book is bullshit.


If you don I love books about casinos! If someone likes a fast paced, eventful story, then this book is for them. Atria Books September Length: The author ends the chapter by explaining the difference between casino cheaters and card counters. This book was not meant for everyone. Specifically, the book concerns Kevin Miller, who is apparently Asian despite the inventive pseudonym, and his involvement with the beinging of MIT card counters.

Oh, I guess I should tell you how it ends: The first being that the percentage over the house was still quite low, and the second being that it was too easy to get caught. The book version is tamed which is expected because it is based on actual events while the movie was exaggerated for cinematic event.

Bringing Down the House

I shudder to think. Please jezrich page count. Did you know card-counting is not cheating? The book made me NOT want to gamble and pretty much squelched what miniscule desire I had to visit Vegas anyway.

Bringing Down The House « Ben Mezrich

The story is astonishing: Since I am perpetually impressed by mezich who are good at math, I drool over stories about card counting. Having said that, the book is well written, and was a page turner. Bringing Down the House Trade Paperback I held off on marking this book finished because I wanted to do my own research when it comes to novels like this.