By: Ben Mezrich
The long-running" New York Times" bestseller that has become a cultural phenomenon, "Bringing Down the House" is an action-filled caper carried out by the unlikeliest of cons -- supersmart geeks. Gambling pervaded the M.I.T. campus, and genius kids with money and glittering futures were just as likely to be found in a Paradise Island casino as in the school library. A highly elite group of mathletes was recruited to join The Club, a small, secret blackjack organization dedicated to counting cards and beating the major casinos across the nation at their own game. As a successful ring of card savants, backed by a mysterious ringleader and shadowy investors, they infiltrated Vegas and won millions.
The "Boston Herald" acclaimed it as "a suspenseful tale that portrays the players as Davids going up against Goliaths." And Bill Simmons of "ESPN" magazine exclaimed, "This book made me want to gamble Vegas Vegas " Filled with tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls, "Bringing Down the House" is a nail-biting chronicle of a real-life "Ocean's Eleven." It's one story that Vegas does not want you to read.
Title: 21: Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions [used book] *** OUT OF STOCK ***
Categories: Biography & Autobiography,
Publisher: UK, Arrow: 2008
ISBN Number: 0099498545
ISBN Number 13: 9780099498544
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Good
Seller ID: 001678
Description: Real-life all too rarely offers stories that are quite as satisfying as fiction. "Bringing Down the House" is one of the exceptions. Cheating in casinos is illegal; and card-counting - making a record of what cards have so far been dealt to enable the player to make some prediction of what cards remain in the deck - is not. But casinos understandably dislike the practice and make every effort to keep card-counters out of their premises. "Bringing Down the House" tells the true story of the most successful scam ever, in which teams of brilliant young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos of Las Vegas, being drawn in the process into the high-life of drugs, high-spending and sex. "Bringing Down the House" is as readable and as fascinating as "Liar's Poker" or "Barbarians At the Gate", an insight into a closed, excessive and utterly corrupt world.
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