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21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
21 Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
Author: Ben Mezrich
ISBN-13: 9781416561705
ISBN-10: 1416561706
Publication Date: 2/26/2008
Pages: 320
Edition: Mti
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A thoroughly-entertaining real-life how-to on beating the casinos at their own game (NOTE: many of the techniques used here may no longer work -- casino owners know how to read books, too). The authors made millions all across the country, then told this tale. Wow.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is an exciting read and an interesting study of human nature, as the students organize their "club" and the winning (at first) is all about beating the house. Very quickly their dependance on the money brought in by their new venture takes the competition in a new and scary direction.

Riveting!
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 114 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A fun read...the amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. students who beat the system in Las Vegas...and lived to tell how! In less than three years, the students take some of the world's most dophisticated casinos for more than $3 million by playing blackjack.
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Helpful Score: 3
SO FUN! A real page-turner. I got so anxious at some points I had to skip a few pages or put it down for a while to relax!
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Helpful Score: 3
A really interesting insight into the double lilfe of these MIT Students and how they bamboozled Vegas. It was a really good book. It made me want to go to Vegas!
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Helpful Score: 3
This was pretty great book.Mezrich really did take what could have been a somewhat menial story and brought it to life. Its a good read, I think, a bit better than the movie.
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Helpful Score: 3
The book was so much better than the movie...but aren't they always!
I highly recommend this book. It's a good read and well written. Plus, you get the tips on how to count cards....if you're daring enough to try it...
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Helpful Score: 3
"He knew he looked like the most arrogant pr**k in the world, but he didn't care. Hubris had no place in a card-counter's vocabulary. There was plenty of time for humility back in Boston..."

(emphasis added)

So, besides that bit, which will annoy me for the next week or so, it was a pretty good book. I didn't care for Mezrich's style so much (Crichton? Stephen King self-parody?), but the story is great. Much better than the movie.
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Helpful Score: 2
The story of how these MIT students mastered a foolproof method for card counting got my husband into reading. Yeah! I did skim a few parts, but was enthralled at the system they developed and the extreme success they experienced for a long time.
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Helpful Score: 2
Well written, very interesting story, well developed start to finish, and great material! Lots of fun to read!
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Helpful Score: 2
Fun. A vicarious look at how a few students took some clever ideas and strategies for gaining an edge on the casinos and evolved it into a high roller lifestyle and enterprise.

The book focuses mainly on the dramatic events (big wins / losses, team turmoil, brushes with casino security) and doesn't go very deeply into the mathematical strategy the players used. I left thinking there had to be more to it than what was presented as the casinos seemed too oblivious to the brazenness of the students.

4 stars out of 5
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Helpful Score: 2
I'm not into gambling at all but I loved this book! Fast-moving, intriguing story
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Helpful Score: 2
The book that inspired the movie - this is a truly unbelievable and astonishing account of the infamous MIT blackjack team (well,one of them anyway). Even if you've never gambled, after seeing the astonishing results the team achieved, you might think of researching tickets to Vegas. A very engaging story with a likable subject who lives out many people's fantasy.
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Helpful Score: 2
Reading the details of the teams' strategy and members' double lives was highly entertaining. Mezrich wrote a good book about an incredible story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Amazing how these math genius's were able to "beat" the system for as long as they did. Although a true story, it read like fiction. If you have watched the movie "21", but haven't read the book, I would suggest reading the book as there are many differences including the ending. Ben did a great job telling the story through the eyes of one student who was a Big Player.
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Helpful Score: 1
Quick, interesting read. Somewhat awkwardly written, but a good story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Those crazy MIT students--making hundreds of thousands of dollars by counting cards. Quick read with some interesting info about how Las Vegas operates behind the scenes.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was entertaining although it lacked the action that I wished for. Can't wait to see the movie!
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Helpful Score: 1
Amazing. It was like reading "Ocean's Eleven" in book form...but knowing that the action was real...and legal. Also a must for anyone interested in economic game theory.
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 19 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I just finished reading this book. I have had it on my shelf to read for some time, but I just hadn't gotten around to it. Since the movie is now out I wanted to read the book first. I am sorry that I waited so long because I LOVED this book. It was fast-paced and exciting. I thought it was a thoroughly fun book. Kind of reminded me of Ocean's Eleven.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was a really good interesting read!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Very interesting and a good story too!
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Helpful Score: 1
highly entertaining. much much better than the movie!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book! Alot of fun to read and very informative for people who don't know the ins and outs of Blackjack!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is an excellent book to read on a trip to Vegas! Fun exciting true story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Greatbook. Quick read!! Makes you want to go to Vegas and try to find the card counters!!
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book a lot, having been to vegas and atlantic city many times, this book shows a side of the casinos that i would never have been privy to. I am looking forward to seeing the movie now!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a very fast read. I think I was done in less than 6 or 7 hours. It is fast paced, and is a fun look behind the scenes at a casino. If you are planning a trip to a casino, you should read this; not because it will help you "bring down the house", it won't, but I found myself looking around the casino I went to with a much more knowing eye than I would have had if I had not read the book. The downside, the characters are mostly college age kids, who aren't really very interesting. I have since read the book written by the group's much older mentor, and it is a better book about the same events.
The bottom line, if you like light, escapist heist type books, you will like this one.
If you are looking for a more serious tome, try "Busting Vega$."
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Helpful Score: 1
Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack when the best and the brightest of M.I.T.'s math students and engineers take up blackjack under the guidance of an eccentric mastermind. Tense action, high stakes, and incredibly close calls.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was a quick read. Really liked it but, truthfully, liked the movie better... Both competely different...
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Helpful Score: 1
A fun, quick, easy read. It should appeal to a wide variety... back-alley-dice player to scholar.
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Helpful Score: 1
Riviting! Loved it!
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Helpful Score: 1
A quick and intense read about beating the odds at Vegas Blackjack.
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Awesome book! The inside story of six MIT students who took Vegas for Millions. A real page turner.
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The book is based on a true story....meaning 90% Fiction and 10% Non-Fiction...But still a good read.
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Loved this book! Excellent & intriguing.
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Quite interesting how they got away with it. But nobody gets away with something forever. Good read but some overkill with the methods.
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This tells the story of "normal" MIT kids who get rich by playing blackjack. There is backstabbing and intrigue. There is the feeling that anyone could do what these kids did. It is interesting and holds your attention.
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This book is non-fiction "loosely defined" - as some names have been changed and some characters are composites and some circumstances altered. Having said that, the book gives a great account of the MIT blackjack enterprise and the "attacks" on the casinos especially in Las Vegas. Also, included in the book are quite a few details re: card counting and playing blackjack in general. I found the last 1/3 of the book the most interesting - as the casinos gradually become aware of these attacks and begin countermeasures and confrontations.
All in all, an excellent read.
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Very interesting. Inside look at Vegas.
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The story is a lot more interisting than the book, but it's still a good read. Very cool!
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fun, easy read
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 408 more book reviews
Fascinating! Great story made even better because it's true. A glimpse into the world of gambling, profit, and the background workings of Vegas and those who set out to break the "bank."
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Extraordinary book - and so much better than the movie!
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Excellent book about MIT students who beat the gambling system by counting cards. Could not put it down.
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Interesting read if you've ever been to Vegas.
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Excellent story!
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A fun book--complete fluff, but entertaining for its inside look at vegas.
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Pretty intense read about the real life behind poker hustlers. Reveals a lot about Vegas and gambling that you'd never see elsewhere. Great for poker players and non gamblers alike.
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 19 more book reviews
incredible!
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 13 more book reviews
Very good book, I actually watched to movie first (21). I can see the thrill of cards and wish that you could beat the house as being so many peoples down falls.
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From the back cover - The amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. students who beat the system in Vegas - and lived to tell how.
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 213 more book reviews
I really like this book a lot! I highly recommend it. Very entertaining.
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this book is great!
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You won't want to put it down.
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Fun, disposable read.
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Very Interesting. Makes me want to dash over to Mohegan Sun for a quickie!
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My copy is a paperback, not a hardcover.
"The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions." That quote is from the front cover of the book and is a better synopsis than any I could write.
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"The story is told through the eyes of the author, who met one of the students at a party and was so intrigued by his outrageous tale that he was compelled to put it into a book.
This is a story of a group of math whizzes, most of Asian descent, who used the art of card counting, worked as teams, and legally won as much as 4 million dollars during the few years they spent their weekends in the Vegas casinos, living the high life." amazon review
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A really cool book. They got away with it and that's just awesome!
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True story of MIT Students - I found it interesting since I work with MIT grads. Good story.
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I couldn't put down Bringing Down The House. As the casinos begun to increase their security, I had to find out what happened to the card counters in the end. This book is nonfiction but it has the pace of a thrilling novel. I like how the past and present are separated into different parts. I wanted to find out about the present but only could find out by reading the past sections or reading further into the book.
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Very interesting book. My son in college is reading it now - hope he doesn't get any ideas! :)
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The inside story of 6 M.I.T. Students who took Vegas for Millions