BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. Ben Mezrich, Author. Free Press $24 (p) ISBN. Buy Bringing Down the House: How Six Students Took Vegas for Millions New Ed by Ben Mezrich (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday. Buy Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions by Ben Mezrich (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book .
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Bringing Down the House Book Review and Analysis
In two years, this ring of card savants earned more than three million dollars. Filled with tense action and incredibly close calls, this is a real-life adventure that could have stepped straight out of a Hollywood film. Hardcoverpages. Published September 17th brniging Free Press first published Students Who Took Vegas for Millions.
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I would let my 16 year old read anything. See 1 question about Bringing Down the House….
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Bringing Down the House Review
I love books about casinos! There really aren’t enough of them. There were so many interesting nuggets of information throughout this gem. If I hadn’t know that this was non-fiction prior to having read it, I would have thought that this was a literary thriller. Did you know card-counting is not cheating? If you don I love books about casinos! If you don’t alter the outcome of the game in anyway, which you don’t when counting cards, then you are not cheating.
However, casinos don’t look upon card-counters too kindly. Casinos have their own set of rules for handling card-counters.
It’s all very mafia-like. I read this book for my popsugar challenge, for the prompt “a book involving a heist” but I would have read this anyway. This was a page-turner of the highest-order. This was Ben Mezrich’s first foray into non-fiction.
He has written several other pieces of non-fiction, including Ugly Americans: In addition, there is also a “semi-sequel” to this book, entitled Busting Vegas: I’d recommend this to anyone who likes the Ocean’s movies and the movie that this book was based on, View all 92 comments.
Dec 26, Petra Eggs rated it really liked it Shelves: Casinos deserve whatever anyone can get from them. Card-counting is using your noodle, it is by no means a criminal activity, yet the casinos which say that gambling is a good sport we should all enjoy, don’t act like good sports when others are enjoying winning regularly. Nope, they then act like very bad sports indeed by getting these winners banned from each and every casino in the world. Gambling in general and casinos in particular were very much in the grip of the Mafia until times not so Casinos deserve whatever anyone can get from them.
Gambling in general and casinos in particular were very much in the grip of the Mafia until times not so long gone by. They might as well still be with their ways of ensuring that only they can win the big pot. They employ teams of people to spot the winners. No matter how many different casinos in any country in the world these winners are playing in, they will be identified, their descriptions circulated and eventually they will be stopped.
Maybe they will merely be banned, first by one casino and then the next sometimes before they can cash in their last-won chipsor maybe they will be taken into the ‘back room’ and various intimidating tactics used. This is not the Mafia, this is not organised crime, it’s organised gambling defending its right to make sure that only people who lose or at least don’t win big bucks too often are allowed to play. It was financed by investors, used computer programs to identify the most propitious card sequences and professors who coached the students who did the actually ‘grunt work’ flying to exotic locations, staying in luxurious suites and gambling with the investors money and who were paid a salary and commission.
All they did was count the cards that had been dealt in Blackjack and then when it seemed the sequences were on their side, place a big bet. This is completely legal, there is not even a whiff of card-sharping or cheating, and what’s more it isn’t an infallible science, they might have won in the millions, but they lost more than a million too. What the hell is wrong with that?
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It seems to me that the casinos are bad sports. They only want losers and people who come on the occasional big weekend to see a Star Performer and win big so they can tell all their friends that they must come to Vegas and have a Good Time and Win Big.
If you are a real winner, they will hunt you down and ban you. It’s only for fun you see, you must only play for fun, just the luck of the draw and not win too much too often, it can’t be a business, nor a career, nor a way to make money, nope, only the casinos are allowed to take gambling that seriously.
What is the difference between this slick and sleazy modus operandi and the Mafia? No concrete overcoats I hope is one?
I can’t really think of another. Recommended for those who think that playing fair ought to be multi-lateral, not enforced uni-laterally by those who think it is only a slogan. View all 17 comments. Nov 10, Jonathan Ashleigh rated it liked it.
The pace of benn book was off brihging certain times and the characters were not believable most of the time, even though it was supposedly a true story. If you delve past the surface, you will find out that it is not actually a true story all of the time. The story about testing students at a mob-style poker game is entirely made up and unfortunately this is the best part of the first section in the book, while also being unimaginable.
The relationships seemed the same and I imagine that the main cha 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. The relationships seemed the same and I imagine that the main character actually hooked up with the rams cheerleader a couple of times, but the book makes it seem as though they dated for years.
This was, in the end, worth the read for the cheap thrills and it was a quick one. Apparently this book is bullshit. I was the sucker who shut off my critical tools when reading it and swallowed this hook-line-and-sinker. I should have known something was wrong when dowh geography of the Strip was fucked up in his mini-history of the rise of the mega-casinos.
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. 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 Excaliburhalf way down the Strip from Luxor would be like the Bellagio or one of those casinos.
I just thought he was taking some liberties, which he was, I mean it’s not like it’s difficult to tell the casinos apart just by looking at them. So, when I was looking to see what other goodreaders thought of the book I found out that big parts of the book were fabricated. And like a good skeptic I googled and found out that apparently yes, Ben Mezrich liked to embellish.
The only problem is that his embellishments are usually the exciting and more dramatic moments in the book. Some goodreaders huose out the awful dialogue. I guess that was there too, but honestly thw gave the whole thing a very Vegas feel to me, there is something tin-eared, gaudy, and unreal about all of Vegas and I just kind of fit in mezeich bad chatter to being expected from a story that mainly takes place where LA douche-bags mingle around with Cowboys and men wearing very unacceptable amounts of jewelry.
Oh, and to return to the first paragraph, I should have also been a little more skeptical when the author would forget to mention which casino they were in when say security guards kicked in the door and told them to leave. Why would you brigning give some info like that, especially when most of the book reads like a travel guide dropping names of places.
It was a distracting and entertaining read and much much better than the pretty unremarkable movie the book inspired. I think I ended ghe enjoying this book more than I should have because it got me thinking about Vegas and thinking that I would like to go back there again soon, even if it is for my non-debauch enjoyment of slot machines with animal themes and delicious buffets.
Jan 23, Brian rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I disliked Bringing Down the House, and can’t understand why everyone I know who’s read it has raved about it. I’ll grant that it’s an interesting story. But you know what? It’s a sufficiently interesting story that it doesn’t need to be sexed up with outright bullshit. He’s got one scene where one of the team is beaten up in a bathroom in a Baham I disliked Bringing Down the House, and can’t understand why everyone I know who’s read it has raved about it.
He’s got one scene where one of the team is beaten up in a bathroom in a Bahamanian casino. He’s got the principal character taking his final blackjack exam in an underground casino in Chinatown. One of the potentially interesting things about this story is how the modern, corporate Vegas would respond to an organized ring of counters.