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Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions is . yazik.info .pdf; ^ Jump up to: Gonzalez, John (March ). "Ben Mezrich: Based on a. Bringing Down the House book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. An exclusive blackjack club came up with a system to tak.. . Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich - The #1 national bestseller, now a major motion picture, 21—the amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T.
Gambling in general and casinos in particular were very much in the grip of the Mafia until times not so long gone by. They might as well still be with their ways of ensuring that only they can win the big pot. They employ teams of people to spot the winners.
No matter how many different casinos in any country in the world these winners are playing in, they will be identified, their descriptions circulated and eventually they will be stopped. Maybe they will merely be banned, first by one casino and then the next sometimes before they can cash in their last-won chips , or maybe they will be taken into the 'back room' and various intimidating tactics used.
This is legal. This is not the Mafia, this is not organised crime, it's organised gambling defending its right to make sure that only people who lose or at least don't win big bucks too often are allowed to play.
The M. And like a good skeptic I googled and found out that apparently yes, Ben Mezrich liked to embellish. The only problem is that his embellishments are usually the exciting and more dramatic moments in the book.
Some goodreaders pointed out the awful dialogue. I guess that was there too, but honestly it gave the whole thing a very Vegas feel to me, there is something tin-eared, gaudy, and unreal about all of Vegas and I just kind of fit in the bad chatter to being expected from a story that mainly takes place where LA douche-bags mingle around with Cowboys and men wearing very unacceptable amounts of jewelry.
Oh, and to return to the first paragraph, I should have also been a little more skeptical when the author would forget to mention which casino they were in when say security guards kicked in the door and told them to leave.
Why would you not give some info like that, especially when most of the book reads like a travel guide dropping names of places. It was a distracting and entertaining read and much much better than the pretty unremarkable movie the book inspired. I think I ended up enjoying this book more than I should have because it got me thinking about Vegas and thinking that I would like to go back there again soon, even if it is for my non-debauch enjoyment of slot machines with animal themes and delicious buffets.
Jan 23, Brian rated it did not like it.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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. He's got one scene where one of the team is beaten up in a bathroom in a Baham I disliked Bringing Down the House, and can't understand why everyone I know who's read it has raved about it.
He's got one scene where one of the team is beaten up in a bathroom in a Bahamanian casino. It never happened. He's got the principal character taking his final blackjack exam in an underground casino in Chinatown. Never happened. One of the potentially interesting things about this story is how the modern, corporate Vegas would respond to an organized ring of counters.
This book doesn't tell you that, because it's so full of bullshit you can't trust anything it has to say on the topic. And, oh lord, is the dialogue horrible. Hollywood does this a lot: Character A explains something to Character B, but he's really not explaining it to Character B, he's explaining it to the audience. Done properly, this is okay; you don't notice it, it flows, and it tells the audience what's going on without condescending to them.
Done improperly, it's annoying as fuck; the worst parts of Casino Royale were the bits with the twit in the casino explaining how poker works to the presumably incredibly competent agent sent by the British government to keep an eye on the money.
Virtually every piece of dialogue in this book is like that. And there's no excuse for it in a book; characters don't have to pretend to explain something to someone who already understands it just to inform the reader, because the fucking narrator can just explain that thing to the reader directly.
It's not just annoying, it's lazy, bad writing. Mezrich explains why he's a lazy, bad writer: I'm not looking to use big words," Mezrich admits. They would be watching TV. I'm not competing with other books. I'm competing with the Red Sox.
He gets right to it in Rigged, explaining in the first few pages the main character's involvement with the shady world of the New York Mercantile Exchange: This book is crap - on crack. And it's a shame, because there's an interesting true story under all the dross. You want a good book to read, on a similar subject? Go download The Eudaemonic Pie.
It's about a bunch of grad students from UC Santa Cruz who, in the 70s, designed and built wearable computers intended to let them beat the house at roulette. And it's good. It's also not tarted up. View all 3 comments. Thanks to an old photograph of me on the beach, I found out I read this?! I wonder how many books I actually read before joining Goodreads?!?! View 2 comments. Aug 30, John Jones rated it it was amazing. Bringing Down the house is a good read. I enjoyed the book.
It really made me want to keep reading. 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 do agree with this, since more than half of the book is completely fiction.
I understand t Bringing Down the house is a good read. I understand that these were added to the book to give it more of a story, but I felt as though Ben really stretched it. Even some of the characters are just mixtures of the real people. This one I disagree with, to a certain extent. Such as the relationship with Felicia.
A reader that would enjoy this book the most would be someone that enjoys fiction with a little bit of non-fiction. Readers would enjoy this book if they like a lot of suspense. Each chapter end with you wanting more.
Bringing Down the House
The characters in Bringing Down the House were very well developed! Each character, except Felicia, added something new to the adventures our team goes on, and really helped moved the story along. A strength in the book was its gripping plot. It very made you feel as though you were inside the book. This book really made me question how I feel about the whole idea of gambling.
It made me wonder if what they were doing was the right thing to do. Which I do agree after finishing the book. But after finishing I learned that they are just increasing their chances, evening their odds, and using math to do it.
View all 4 comments. May 04, Toby rated it did not like it.
Bringing Down The House
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 wondering, sometimes aloud, why Mezrich has six other titles to his credit. Two of them are pseudonymous, to be fair, so maybe it actually got to the point where editors were asking themselves the same question. Or maybe this guy just won the literary lottery and no one else wanted to write this book. Just say it! I shudder to think.
Is that what business school actually does to people? Who edited this trash?
This stilted dialogue is just exposition with pointless quote marks wrapped around it. Maybe Mezrich reads a lot of Clive Cussler.
There's a lot of this in the book, and to say that Mezrich has a tin ear for dialogue would be to play the game on his level. It's entirely possible that Mezrich has never, in fact, heard people speak. Avoid it and everything else Ben Mezrich has his hack name on. One last snippet of this dude's literary brilliance: What a waste of time.
Oh, I guess I should tell you how it ends: Poor little babies. Oct 27, Kacper rated it really liked it. 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 b Bringing Down the House is an action packed book with many scenes that keep the reader wanting more.
Although, at some moments it was not needed, the use of this language did not make a book terrible. Another reader said that she would not want to gamble, but she sees how easy it is to get caught in the lifestyle of gambling.
This statement is very agreeable. This book is not meant for everyone. If someone likes a fast paced, eventful story, then this book is for them.
Card counters live a suspenseful life. They are often at risk of getting caught or not earning profit from their betting. Nothing is slow in their life, and the book demonstrates that idea.
If a reader are like me, then the reader would not enjoy this fast paced story. Often, I found myself confused of what was going on and I had to reread multiple areas multiple times. Also, some of the detail in this book was not as good as I thought it would be. For example, in the latter part of the book, Kevin's teammates get robbed. The book does not go in deep detail about the robbing though, which frustrated me. So, if as a reader detail does not have to be exact, then this book is for you.
In this book, the writer's strategy took me a while to figure out. I often thought it was something other than what I believe it is now. The writer's strategy in this book is to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to also think before you do. Now, other people may disagree with this, but this is was I thought it was.
The book basically shows how Kevin Lewis goes from a regular MIT student to a professional card counter. However, along the way, there are many things that Kevin and his team were not aware of.
Mickey, and ex-member of the group, was one of the major leaders of the group. When he got voted out the team, Mickey gave Martinez, Fisher, and Kevin warning about the growing technology that the casinos were starting to obtain.
Only Kevin actually thought about this. When he tried warning Martinez and Fisher, they both did not pay any attention to it. This eventually caused a big problem with the group, and eventually made the group split. If the team payed attention to Mickey's warnings, maybe they would not have been unsuccessful towards the latter stages.
In Bring Down the House, it was easy to get attached, if you will, to the characters. It almost felt as if you were observing them on a mini television in your brain. The plot was written well, and it was a strength of the book.
There was not really a good poetic use of language in is book. In my earlier paragraph, I talked about the unnecessary use of curse words and how sometimes it was good and sometimes it was not. I would not say there was a poetic was of this writing, so it was a weakness in my opinion. Finally, I would also say that there was not really that much good detail. Yes, it expressed detail about what a casino looked like, how a character felt, or even how Kevin swims, but it was not enough.
The lack of detail kind of ruined the book for me, but other than that the book was fascinating. Aug 11, Rachel marked it as abandoned Recommended to Rachel by: 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.
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It turned out, however, that he only owns a different book by the same author. My interest in the subject blackjack and author was initially p 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.
My interest in the subject blackjack and author was initially piqued by viewing the movie 21 a couple weeks ago. It had its weaknesses, such as Jill's underdeveloped character who for unexplained reasons seemed motivated to join the blackjack team in pursuit of something other than wealth and looked down on those who claimed they planned to stick around just long enough to reach a specific financial goal , but was vicariously thrilling and entertaining overall. I will stick with Busting Vegas to the end, because I am a stubborn reader who can appreciate a good story even when it's rendered poorly, but I've lost interest in reading anything else by Ben Mezrich.
Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack when the best and the brightest of M. Their small blackjack club develops from an experiment in counting cards on M.
But their success also brings with it the formidable ire of casino owners and launches them into the seedy underworld of corporate Vegas with its private investigators and other violent heavies.
Using their unique system, this group of highly educated young men and women take Vegas for more than three million dollars. And it's all legal. Told from the perspective of amiable, attractive Kevin Lewis -- an M. Under the guidance of the mysterious mastermind and former M. Their success opens up a world where luxuries are comped and everyone -- whether a high-priced stripper or high-rolling celebrity -- is cheering them on.
But shadows begin to appear in their neon lifestyle in the shape of casino managers who want to talk to them "downstairs" and an investigator who always seems to be one step ahead of the team. Within the group itself, tensions build and betrayal surfaces, and Kevin learns that "the most important decision a card counter ever has to make is the decision to walk away.
Do you see the M. When reading the book, do you root for them to succeed? Discuss greed and its role in our society.All they did was count the cards that had been dealt in Blackjack and then when it seemed the sequences were on their side, place a big bet.
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