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Bringing Down the House : The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

By (author) Ben Mezrich

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Real life all too rarely offers stories that are quite as satisfying as fiction. Bringing Down the House is one of the exceptions: a real-life action thriller oozing with money, sex and some extremely dodgy dealing...Cheating in casinos is illegal; 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 financial scam ever, in which teams of brilliant young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos and blackjack tables of Las Vegas, in the process getting drawn into the high life of drugs, sex and spending big. 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 of gambling in Las Vegas.

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 299.37g
  • 06 May 2004
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London
  • English
  • 0099468239
  • 9780099468233
  • 38,131

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Ben Mezrich is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction thrillers, published worldwide to critical acclaim. His biography of social media giant Facebook and its creator Mark Zuckerberg, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal was a number one bestseller, and was adapted into the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winning film, The Social Network.

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"... Bringing Down the House is a can't-miss deal" -- Lorenzo Carcaterra "A surreal cacophony of glamour, suspense and, eventually, terror. Part Tom Clancy, part Elmore Leonard...Gripping" The List "The tale laid out in Bringing Down the House is so beguiling, so agreeably reminiscent of, say Ocean's Eleven or House of Games that you find yourself mentally casting the parts as you read along... A fine yarn' Sunday Times" "A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction ... Mezrich's skilled yet easy writing draws sweat to the reader's brow" Rocky Mountain News "Bringing Down the House has a sensational story to tell" Literary Review

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