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Read ✓ Bringing Down the House The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions 102 Ç Real life all too rarely offers stories that are uite as satisfying as fiction Bringing Down the House is one of the exceptions a real life action thriller oozing with money sexReal life all too rarely offers stories that are uite 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. Book of the month Nonfiction Book Club 2020As the summer heats up I find myself wanting to read about tropical locales westerns and escapist fiction For the July book of the month at the nonfiction book club one of our choices fits this description Las Vegas glitz glamour and the house always wins that is until it does not In his book that later became a major motion picture Ben Mezrich reveals how a group of math whizzes from MIT learned how to beat the Vegas system and came away with millions So far fetched yet true Mezrich’s story fit the bill for my ideal type of summer reading Kevin Lewis was a dream student The only son of immigrants from Hong Kong Kevin learned from his father at an early age that math and science make the world go round Conuering complex math problems could lead to jobs on Wall Street or in engineering or medicine jobs that would allow Kevin to live a cushioned live in the suburbs of an east coast metropolis This was the epitome of the American dream for the Lewis family and Kevin’s two older sisters had already graduated from Harvard and Yale respectively and landed in jobs that would make their father proud Kevin excelled in math and enrolled at MIT where he was also a member of the swim team He worked hard only to realize that some of the students were actual geniuses joined a sports fraternity and developed a social circle among the many Asian American students on campus Whereas Kevin divided his time between studying and the swim team he noticed how some acuaintances disappeared from campus almost every weekend not the ideal for a student at one of the country’s top universities It was during his third year at MIT that Kevin found out where these acuaintances spent their weekends earning thousands in the process Since the 1960s when an MIT professor wrote a book on card counting the idea of using complex mathematical euations to win at blackjack became an established idea Micky Rosa a legend at MIT as a card counter took the idea one step further and began the MIT blackjack team initially recruiting Kevin’s acuaintances Kevin was at MIT during the 1990s at the height of inside trading and small start up companies and the idea that an Ivy League could make it rich almost as soon as they left college The idea of using the mathematical skills that landed Kevin at MIT in the first place to strike it rich while still in college was too good to be true After being initiated into the ins and outs of blackjack card counting Kevin joined Micky’s team and began his double life of weekends in Vegas and Atlantic City hobnobbing with the rich and famous His team won so often that they got big man status at almost every casino they entered earning comp luxury suites and front row tickets to big time fights and Vegas shows The team hid their double lives from their families while racking up millions at blackjack; however like most of the 1990s greed culture the house of cards eventually came crashing down The house hates to lose Casinos will allow big rollers to win initially because it gives publicity to their hotels and casinos versus the competition enticing these big rollers to return Yet over time when the house realizes that big rollers are winning most of the time they take measures to ban them from casinos ensuring that the house continues to win Card counters got lumped with criminals even though the majority of card counters used math to beat the odds noting that card counting was anything but luck Mezrich had been at Harvard while Kevin was at MIT and their paths had crossed a few times over the years By the time Kevin had convinced Mezrich to write his story his first foray into nonfiction he had been out of gambling for five years opting instead for the type of job that his father had groomed him for growing up a start up company that utilized the mathematical skills that MIT students are known for in a wholesome environment than Vegas casino floors Bringing Down the House was a uick read which brought to light the underbelly of Vegas culture In his first attempt at nonfiction writing one can tell that Mezrich is inexperienced in the genre but can still tell a fast paced story As one who was dubbed a goody two shoes “apple polisher” in school I had no idea that MIT students known as the math nerds of the world would engage in the type of activity that is viewed as counter to their image I doubt I will ever view MIT in the same light again although I would hope that the majority of its students are simply math and science geniuses who do not lead double lives as gamblers After reading Mezrich’s expose I will think twice before viewing MIT math whizzes as a community of model students 325 stars

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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 Veg. Bringing Down the House The Inside Story of Six MIT 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 countersAs 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 uestion Or maybe this guy just won the literary lottery and no one else wanted to write this bookThis literary abortion breaks every rule I’ve established for how to write He uses adverbs puts exposition in dialogue uses cliched similes and every attempt he makes to “pretty up his bland writing just makes you want to fly to wherever this jackass lives and punch him in the kidneysSome examples of this guy’s exemplary writing stylehis sisters were helping his mother with the dessert — something to do with apples cinnamon and sugary pie crustCould it be an apple pie asshole Just say it It’s okay to use the words “apple pie” We’re not going to laugh at you for thatShe found the thrill of blackjack almost as addictive as the field of consultingI don’t get it Does that mean she thought card counting was really boring or is she just so ridiculous that she actually thinks “consulting” is an “addictive” proposition I shudder to think Is that what business school actually does to peopleThe team was operating like a well oiled machineDid you really just say that You’ve got to be kidding me Who edited this trashHe said “We’ve got costumes — some of the best money can buy — from some place in LA”Okay that’s technically proper use of a dash ignoring the fact that it occurs in a completely unremarkable sentence what's important that the costumes are expensive or that you can't remember where you bought them This stilted dialogue is just exposition with pointless uote 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 speakNot only is this book poorly written it’s boring Avoid it and everything else Ben Mezrich has his hack name on Remember though just because it doesn’t say “Ben Mezrich” that doesn’t mean he hasn't been blacklisted and is now using another pseudonymOne last snippet of this dude's literary brillianceThe two were best friends cut from a similar moldReally What a waste of timeOh I guess I should tell you how it ends the team gets banned from all the casinos and they have to fall back on their incredibly lucrative MIT engineering degrees Poor little babies

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Bringing Down the House The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for MillionsMake 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. 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 character actually hooked up with the rams cheerleader a couple of times but the book makes it seem as though they dated for years This was in the end worth the read for the cheap thrills and it was a uick one