Bringing Down The House

Bringing Down The House 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 d

  • Title: Bringing Down The House
  • Author: Ben Mezrich
  • ISBN: 9780099468233
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 dealingCheating 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 cardReal 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 dealingCheating 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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    About "Ben Mezrich"

    1. Ben Mezrich

      Ben Mezrich has created his own highly addictive genre of nonfiction, chronicling the amazing stories of young geniuses making tons of money on the edge of impossibility, ethics, and morality.With his newest non fiction book, Once Upon a Time in Russia, Mezrich tells his most incredible story yet A true drama of obscene wealth, crime, rivalry, and betrayal from deep inside the world of billionaire Russian Oligarchs Mezrich has authored sixteen books, with a combined printing of over four million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House The Inside Story of Six M.I.T Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, which spent sixty three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and sold over 2 million copies in fifteen languages His book, The Accidental Billionaires The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal debuted at 4 on the New York Times list and spent 18 weeks in hardcover and paperback, as well as hit bestseller lists in over a dozen countries The book was adapted into the movie The Social Network written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher and was 1 at the box office for two weeks, won Golden Globes for best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, best score, and was nominated for 8 Oscars, winning 3 including best Adapted Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin Mezrich and Aaron Sorkin shared a prestigious Scripter Award for best adapted screenplay as well.

    460 thoughts on “Bringing Down The House”

    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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. 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 [...]


    3. Apparently this book is bullshit. Oh well. 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 the 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 Grand), which is all wrong, they are right across the street from one another (which works out for either Luxor or MGM in relation to Excalibur) [...]


    4. 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. Even accounting for the fact that the characters in the book are composites of several actual people, probably 25% of what's left is just pure fiction. He's got one scene where one of the team is beaten up in a bathroom in a Baham [...]


    5. Bringing Down the house is a good read. I enjoyed the book. It really made me want to keep reading. Every chapter ended with a “cliffhanger”. I just had to keep reading. The characters and well described places really brought me into the book, and into the world of Kevin Lewis. I see people saying how they do not enjoy the fact that Ben Mezrich added some extra events that didn’t happen to the real team. I do agree with this, since more than half of the book is completely fiction. I unders [...]


    6. "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions" by Ben Mezrich is a nonfiction work that takes a look at a group of MIT graduates and dropouts who develop and perfect a card counting system, which they use to great effect. Specifically, the book concerns Kevin Miller, who is apparently Asian despite the inventive pseudonym, and his involvement with the team of MIT card counters.As I read this book, I kept flipping back to the frontispiece and wonder [...]


    7. Bringing Down the House is an action packed book with many scenes that keep the reader wanting more. Although it wasn't as good as I thought it would be, it was still a good read. Some readers thought that immoderate use of cursing kind of brought the book to a lower level. I disagree with this. I believe that this kind of language helped show some of the characters' emotions during rough and troubling times. Although, at some moments it was not needed, the use of this language did not make a bo [...]


    8. Let me say this first: read the book. SCREW THE MOVIE!I picked up this book because the trailers for the movie "21" (based on the book) intrigued me. I'm no speed reader but i finished this thing in two reading sessions less than 24 hours after getting it from the library. It's the TRUE story (as the title indicates) of a bunch of MIT students, brilliant with numbers, who work out a sophisticated card-counting scheme that they use to win millions of dollars from various casinos over the course o [...]


    9. 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. It turned out, however, that he only owns a different book by the same author. That book, Busting Vegas, is the inside story of five MIT students who took Vegas for millions (although the long-winded official subtitle for that one bills it as "A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds."). My interest in the subject (blackjack) and author was initially p [...]


    10. This bood reads like a suspense novel- an easy read, that I finished in one sitting. I have to admit, I was riveted, although the writing itself leaves something to be desired. My husband's aunt used to be a dealer in Atlantic City so I've heard a lot of stories from her, but this book really opened my eyes to the gambling industry. The book made me NOT want to gamble and pretty much squelched what miniscule desire I had to visit Vegas anyway. I could see how easily one could get caught up in th [...]


    11. 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. Backed by “shady investors” that they supposedly never met, the team used a decades-old method of card counting (a modified version of “hi-lo,” based on the number of high cards left in the deck) and some interesting hand signals to collectively rake in the millions.This is Mezrich’s first non-fiction book, and it shows; oh does it ever show. There is a [...]


    12. i didn't hate it. but it was definitely nothing special. here's some examples of the ridiculous writing:"Vegas was a juicy oyster, and Kevin was going to suck the motherfucker dry""He leaned back, kicked his feet up onto the table -- right on the goddamn felt -- and waited for them to pay him off. He knew he looked like the most arrogant prick in the world, but he didn't care. Hubris had no place in a card counter's vocabulary. Barry Chow was king of the goddamn paddleboat.""He closed his eyes, [...]


    13. I like the fact that this is really happened. That the protagonist name is really Jeffrey Ma and he agreed to surface 7 years after the book was originally published. The story is astonishing: imagine an MIT grad raking millions of pesos by card counting in Las Vegas. Talking about using one's brain to circumvent the old, old game of blackjack!I saw the movie in a cheap DVD copy from St. Francis and I liked it. The book version is tamed which is expected because it is based on actual events whil [...]


    14. The book is well written, but what is irritating is that it holds itself out as a non-fiction, but after reading about the book online, it appears the book is far more fiction then non-fiction. The person that the book is centered around has apparently admitted several key scenes from the book didn't happen, and that many other scenes were similarly fabricated. Also, because many of the people in the book are composites of two or more people, it makes me wonder what, if anything, from the book i [...]


    15. Sometimes, the fact that a book is based on something that actually happened adds a bit more value to my read. May be because the twists and turns were not made up? This is a book that is based on the actual stories of the MIT blackjack team. The book moves back and forth between the events of the MIT team and the author's present day research. It deals you the behind the scenes reality of all the glitz and glamour of the Vegas nightlife. If you've seen the movie, the book is almost nothing like [...]



    16. I guess the main thing I liked about this book was the Cinderella-like story of a bunch of college kids making beaucoup bucks off the casinos - more or less legally. The story doesn't really build to any kind of climatic ending, though, and the author's interludes - especially the one where he interviews a stripper while she gives him a lap dance - seem almost like "filler" material. Still, the story of how these groups organized and their tactics for winning are pretty amazing and worth the rea [...]


    17. It couldn't keep me interested which is why it took me a month to read it off and on. The last 50 pages went a little faster. Just shows genius doesn't necessarily come with good judgement.



    18. Bringing down the house was a thrilling and action-packed book that just leaves you wanting more. This book portrays the life of a regular college student named Kevin and his journey to being one of the most wanted and sought after gamblers in the country. I enjoyed this book, and so did many other people. One reader by the name of Petra said that in the book Kevin and his crew were doing nothing wrong in gambling and they broke no laws. I have to agree with Petra because I felt that the team th [...]


    19. “Bringing Down the House” is a book filled with adventure. Join Kevin, Mickey, Fisher, and Martinez, a group of the best and brightest M.I.T. students, who take up blackjack under a complete mastermind. When just a small blackjack club turns out to be a ring of card savants with a system for playing large and winning big!Personally, I believe that the book was very well written. One reader stated that, “the characters were not believable most of the time” but I disagree. I thought that t [...]


    20. I really resent it when an author states that their work is one of nonfiction, when it isn't. Apparently Mezrich wrote this story based on his meetings with some members of the MIT Blackjack teams. "Bringing Down the House" is a fictional work inspired by real life events. The character's names have been changed and many of the individual characters Medrich writes about, are actually composites of several people. There are places described that don't exist (underground casino in Chinatown) and e [...]


    21. I started this book not expecting anything at all since my mother recommended it to me and I don't trust her tastes. But fortunately I was wrong and I ended up being really surprised by this book. Just knowing that it is a real story makes you even more thrilled while reading about it and I was sad everytime I had to put this book down. Mostly because I really got attached to the characters (*SPOILERS* even if they don't stick together as a team till the end */SPOILERS*). The writing style was g [...]


    22. Bringing Down The House never failed to excite me. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. During the book, it mainly follows the character, Kevin Lewis. Kevin is a student at M.I.T. and is very smart. Just looking at Kevin, you would never think he has a brain of the power that he does. Even when you think there is a calmer more relaxing part of the book you get hit with a twist. For example, the book starts out with Kevin sitting at a blackjack table in Vegas. He had already made $30,000 [...]


    23. Strange but true, apparently. For those who are unfamiliar with this story:Teams of MIT students with mathematical aptitude were recruited by a professor to play blackjack at casinos. Now blackjack is the only casino game that has a memory of previous play, because it uses a number of decks shuffled together straight through. Therefore, the percentage of cards favorable to the player can be estimated based on tracking the type of cards that have been in play since the last shuffle. A simple form [...]


    24. This book is about an MIT student who learns to count cards. In this book a young man named Kevin is taught that gambling is not always a gamble, but if you know how to play games like black jack they are very easy to win. Kevin meets someone named fisher who teaches him about card counting and how casinos work. Kevin joins forces with fisher and his team and together they go to casinos and play black jack. In the beginning of the book it starts with gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey then la [...]


    25. Blackjack is the only Casino game where the past can partially predict the future. Mathmaticians have realized that high cards (10-K, and Ace) are favorable to the player, and low cards (2-6) are favorable to the dealer while middle value cards are neutral. A typical Vegas BlackJack game used a 6 deck shoe. As the game progresses if a higher majority of lower cards have been played--the deck becomes hot.d a good player now has around a 2% odds of winning over the house.In Bringing Down the HOuse [...]


    26. During the late years of the 80's and early 90's a group of overachieving students from MIT discovered an almost flawless plan to beat the casinos in Las Vegas. A double life doesn't seem so bad when you're making 50,000 in one weekend in Las Vegas and attending one of the most prestigious schools in the country during the week but for Kevin Lewis he quickly learns that everyone's luck runs out sooner or later. Ben Mezrich illustrates how Kevin and his group of genius classmates perfected a stra [...]


    27. I am not a gambler. The gambling that I have done, involved a small amonut of money, ten shillings or 20 shollings, if it's too much. I dont play cards. The little experience I have had with cards is not something to take back home. I have played the sipmlest version of poker and other childhood card games which is insignificant. I have nevr taken time to learn the rules of even the little poker that I know. The rules, in my case depended on the oponent am facing, not to mention that I also have [...]


    28. Suspenseful and great fun. My son has a good friend who has been a professional gambler for years. He doesn't do this, though, because it's true, you do become unwelcome once you have won too many times, or if you come in as a team.(It seems credible, too, that it might be illegal to signal someone to come join a card game at the very moment you know the shoe is loaded with face cards and aces).It's an exciting book to read--and I've read it twice--simply because it is so daring, and Vegas seems [...]


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