Breaking Vegas
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Breaking Vegas

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For nearly five years, he was known as the 'Darling Of Las Vegas'; the biggest high roller to hit Sin City in decades, a hotshot, twenty one year-old kid with a seemingly unlimited bankroll and an even more unlimited lust for big money action. His name was Semyon Dukatch, and stories swirled in his wake. Some said he was a Russian arms dealer, others a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more unlikely: he was a twenty-one year old graduate student who had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine. The Darling of Las Vegas quickly became a legend in the casino world. He is the only person banned from the island of Aruba. He was held, at gunpoint, in a cave in Monte Carlo and told that if he ever returned, he'd be murdered. And he made millions of dollars playing blackjack, using three simple techniques that gave him the edge, techniques that are revealed in this book for the first time. This is his story, the ultimate true story of Las Vegas, the book Vegas doesn't want you to read...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 24mm | 240.41g
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099490994
  • 9780099490999
  • 104,416

Review quote

"Riveting ... [Mezrich has] become a master at delivering fast-paced, tightly structured narratives that keep readers engaged every step of the way... Most impressive ... What [Mezrich has] done, beautifully, is craft a riveting story about kids with excess brainpower taking on casinos with excess money. He has penned a gripping true-life adventure that will keep you reading well past your bedtime" Boston Globe "A very enjoyable read that makes you feel like you're right there in Vegas playing along. Semyon's story is a fascinating, true life adventure" -- Kevin Spacey "Very stylish and captivating... Mezrich brilliantly captures the tension and excitement... A must read at all costs" Daily Mirror "Glamorous, exciting and true, it's a tale to send the Oceans Eleven back to bussing tables for tips" Arena "It's fast paced and believable, but does it really tell you how to win at blackjack? To find out, you'll have to buy the book, a small price to pay for the thousands you could make" Daily Expressshow more

About Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich is the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House in addition to many other books, both fiction and non-fiction. The major motion picture 21, starring Kevin Spacey, was based on Bringing Down the House. The Oscar-winning film The Social Network was adapted from The Accidental Billionaires. Mezrich lives in Boston with his wife and son.show more

Review Text

"It's fast paced and believable, but does it really tell you how to win at blackjack? To find out, you'll have to buy the book, a small price to pay for the thousands you could make"show more

Back cover copy

The ultimate true story of Las Vegas, the book the casinos don't want you to read... For nearly five years, he was known as the 'Darling Of Las Vegas'; the biggest high roller to hit Sin City in decades, a hotshot, twenty one year-old kid with an unlimited lust for big money action. His name was Semyon Dukatch, and stories swirled in his wake. Some said he was a Russian arms dealer , others a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more unlikely: he was a twenty-one year old graduate student who had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine. Dukatch quickly became a legend in the world of cards and casinos. He is the only person banned from the island of Aruba. He was held, at gunpoint, in a cave in Monte Carlo, and he made millions of dollars playing blackjack, using brilliantly simple playing techniques revealed in this book for the first time. 'A very enjoyable read that makes you feel like you're right there in Vegas playing along. Semyon's story is a fascinating, true-life adventure' Kevin Spacey Brilliant... As good as any thriller writer around the bookstands at the moment' Lads Mag 'Glamorous, exciting and true, it's a tale to send the Ocean's Eleven back to bussing tables for tips.' Arena 'Stylish and captivating... A must read at all costs' Daily Mirrorshow more

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2,441 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 20% (500)
4 40% (983)
3 30% (737)
2 8% (190)
1 1% (31)
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