Start by marking “Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Overall, this is a thrilling book that can be finished in a short amount of time but the scenes in the book might last forever in your head. Nope, they then act like very bad sports indeed by getting these winners banned from each and every casino in the world. "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. To top it all off, the IRS is auditing you, someone has been going through your mail -- and you have a multivariable calculus exam on Monday morning. 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. It's said you can gauge a man by the contents of his desk. These students are instructed by an ex-teacher of the school in the art of card counting. The story is astonishing: imagine an MIT grad raking millions of pesos by card counting in Las Vegas. This is a story that's told through the eyes of the author about a group of math geniuses, who used the techniques of card counting. They wanted the kid to make his bet already -- or pack it in, grab the ratty duffel bag under his chair, and head back to Boston. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. SCREW THE MOVIE! This book answers my questions to my satisfaction. He was breathing hard. Underwritten by shady investors they would never meet, these kids bet fifty thousand dollars a hand, enjoyed VIP suites and other upscale treats, and partied with showgirls and celebrities. students who managed to take millions of dollars from Las Vegas casinos with the help of his blackjack team. He turned and darted through the casino. A very entertaining read about the escapades of a group of MIT students using their God-given gifts to take down the casino's in Vegas, and eventually elsewhere. Bringing Down the House is an action packed book with many scenes that keep the reader wanting more. September 17th 2002 An exclusive blackjack club came up with a system to take the worldUs most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth. Some readers thought that immoderate use of cursing kind of brought the book to a lower level. When he saw that I'd earmarked this book as one I'd like to read, my friend John offered to lend me his copy. They'd be much more interested in the ratty duffel bag beneath his chair. As the book that the film "21" was based on, it was pretty insightful to read a lot of the explanations that were omitted in the film (due to obvious time constraints). Please try again. He glanced at his Spotter again. 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). Unable to add item to List. 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. The story of Kevin Lewis and some other MIT kids of Asian descent, who were hand-picked by a former MIT prof to count cards in Vegas. Red-haired, pretty, wearing a low-cut blouse and too much makeup. It was so interested to read and I am still trying to figure out how they did it. The scene after the Mike Tyson fight was great writing. "Ben Mezrich takes us where every man dreams of going but precious few ever havebeating the casino. Bringing Down the House is an action packed book with many scenes that keep the reader wanting more. These are broadly characterized as speculators and gamblers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. The author takes a lot of liberty with describing scenes vividly when he was never present to witness them. âBringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions Study Guide consists of approx. Going through airports with large sums it money, through security, no way! (back room beatings, $75,000 robbery) How do I know this? team fights a winning battle against the law of averages--until they're forced to flee south like Butch and Sundance from the gaming industry's Joe LeFors. Bringing Down the House is a cant-miss deal." The best and brightest students are recruited by an eccentric former teacher with teeth like a picket fence of spades, diamonds, clubs and hearts to practice in a college backroom as the MIT Blackjack Team before invading the strip. Can see the allure for students, vast sums of money, cash to throw around, but never would I have had the cool these young people did. i didn't hate it. This book certainly claims the truth the money can change you. However, it’s better characterized as historical fiction than non-fiction; google it. Book of the month Nonfiction Book Club 2020. Guess that is why I am not an MIT graduate. Therefore, even though It's a real story, It’s written like a realistic fiction novel. In this rollicking truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale, Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack as the hero steals from the rich and gives, um, to himself. 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. We beat the hell out of it. Moreover, Mezrich visualized most of his sentences and sometimes made it melodramatic. Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of Gangster and Street Boys. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. This statement is very agreeable. It's written with a fair amount of flowery language (more than necessary, I'd say), but lacks a human element. My face is still good there.". We’d love your help. "That was too fucking close. That book. When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life. 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