–Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Gangster and Street Boys. Although based on a true story, only one character in the book is actually based on a single individual. "That's okay," Kevin said, backing away from the table. The pace of this book was off at certain times and the characters were not believable most of the time, even though it was supposedly a true story. Going through airports with large sums it money, through security, no way! Bringing Down the House (book) Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions is a book by Ben Mezrich about a group of MIT card counters commonly known as the MIT Blackjack Team. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. Expanding on the "hi-lo" card-counting techniques popularized by Edward Thorp in his 1962 book, Beat the Dealer, the MIT group's more advanced team strategies were legal, yet frowned upon by casinos. September 17th 2002 But he doubted they would make a scene. I would have been a quivering mass of jelly, would have been seen through in a minute. And shock enough to be entertained better and better with each chapter. I recently saw the film on DVD, and decided to read the book. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I should have known something was wrong when the geography of the Strip was fucked up in his mini-history of the rise of the mega-casinos. (back room beatings, $75,000 robbery) How do I know this? I could not put the book down...all the way to the final scene when the team hired exotic dancer/hookers to exchange their chips. The relationships seemed the same and I imagine that the main cha. Kevin breathed deeply, calming himself. One Red Paperclip - How to Trade a Paperclip For a House is available from many online retailers, in both paperback and digital format. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Casinos deserve whatever anyone can get from them. Bringing Down the house is a good read. The pace of this book was off at certain times and the characters were not believable most of the time, even though it was supposedly a true story. I really resent it when an author states that their work is one of nonfiction, when it isn't. It really made me want to keep reading. A 16 year old?? This book answers my questions to my satisfaction. Real page turner. This was, in the end, worth the read for the cheap thrills and it was a quick one. I listened to an audio version and was so engrossed in the story that I finished all but the last CD in one day. They worked as teams and legally won millions of dollars over just a few years by spending their weekends down in Vegas. Please try again. "Bringing Down the House" is a fictional work inspired by real life events. Maybe the man sensed that something wasn't right. Let me say this first: read the book. Filled with tense action and incredibly close calls, this is a real-life adventure that could have stepped straight out of a Hollywood film. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. As the subtitle to this book indicates, this is the story of a group of math wizzes, most associated with MIT, who use the science of probability to win millions at Black Jack. i didn't hate it. Michael Lewis - “The Big Short”), but this book at large stretches reads like a complete work of fiction. They were just trying to protect their money. depicts a team of card-counting MIT students who live the Vegas high life for a while before getting caught and barred from all casinos everywhere. Every chapter ended with a “cliffhanger”. In 1993 when Lewis was 20 years old and feeling aimless, he was invited to join the MIT Blackjack Team, organized by a former math instructor, who said, “Blackjack is beatable.” 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. Most of his friends were back at school -- taking tests, drinking beer, arguing about the Red Sox. Bringing Down the House is the basis for the movie 21 starring Kevin Spacey. Very exciting. He glanced at his Spotter again. Free Press; 1st edition (September 17, 2002), Speculation vs. Gambling in 'Bringing Down the House' - Everybody Wins, Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2016. It is the true story of a group of young M.I.T students who are brought together for their special gifts - mathematical intelligence. 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