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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 TieIn The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions
Author: Ben Mezrich
It's Friday night and you're on a red-eye to the city of sin. Strapped to your chest is half a million dollars; in your overnight bag is another twenty-five thousand in blackjack chips; and your wallet holds ten fake IDs. As soon as you land in Las Vegas, you are positive you are being investigated and followed. To top it all off, the IRS is aud...  more »
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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 63 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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bup avatar reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 164 more book reviews
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.
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 105 more book reviews
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
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book was a quick read. Really liked it but, truthfully, liked the movie better... Both competely different...
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: 2
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$."
isitfriday avatar reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 170 more book reviews
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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reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 5 more book reviews
Extraordinary book - and so much better than the movie!
reviewed 21: Bringing Down the House - Movie Tie-In: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions on + 49 more book reviews
The story is a lot more interisting than the book, but it's still a good read. Very cool!

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