21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

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Simon and Schuster, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
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.
 

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BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

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Thriller author Mezrich (Reaper, 1998, etc.) depicts a team of card-counting MIT students who live the Vegas high life for a while before getting caught and barred from all casinos everywhere ... Read full review

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Enjoyed reading this book & learned some of the basic principles of playing. Read full review

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Contents

TWO Boston Present Day
5
THREE Boston June 1994
11
SEVEN Boston October 1994
53
ELEVEN Weston MA Thanksgiving 1994
91
TWELVE The Double Life 199495
97
THIRTEEN Chicago May 1995
107
FOURTEEN Boston June 1995
114
SIXTEEN July 1995 to October 1995
128
TWENTYONE Boston Fall 1997
173
TWENTYTWO Las Vegas Present Day
183
THIRTYONE Boston June 1998
240
THIRTYTWO Las Vegas Hard Rock Present Day
246
HOW TO COUNT CARDS
253
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About the author (2008)

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then, he has published six novels with a combined printing of more than a million copies in nine languages (Threshold, Reaper, Fertile Ground, Skin, and under Holden Scott, Skeptic and The Carrier. His second novel, Reaper, was turned into TBS's premiere movie, Fatal Error, starring Antonio Sabato, Jr., and Robert Wagner. Bringing Down the House is his seventh book and his first foray into nonfiction.

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