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Mezrich, the author of previous bestsellers about MIT gamblers and a colorful Ivy League trader in Japan, tells how Dukach's crew used a system that Vegas had never seen before. Dukach, the son of Russian immigrants who grew up in the poorest neighborhoods of New Jersey and Houston, was determined to climb out of poverty and help his family. His system didn't involve the commonly used techniques of card counting. Posing as an arms dealer or dentist, Dukach deliberately sought out blackjack dealers with small hands or thin fingers who frequently didn't conceal the bottom card when they shuffled the cards. Dukach would often manage to get a glimpse at the bottom card. This was highly significant because it was the card the dealer would hand the player to cut the deck. Dukach had practiced a technique to insert the card in a precise spot in the deck and then make big bets when the card was dealt. Dukach and his team ended up barred from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and beaten in Vegas's notorious back rooms. This is a riveting yarn. Alex Roslin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. He has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.
Another great book from Mezrich. I now search for his books to read them all. They are exciting and nice reads.Published 18 days ago by KO
Book goes into good detail but it makes me almost believe that it is fiction and not based on fact.Published 7 months ago by Robert D. Abernethy
I loved the straightforward descriptions of what was happening, without trying to embellish the situations or people involved. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lachnez
Great look at some very interesting people who must be real neerdy about math but look what happened. Easy to read again.Published 8 months ago by Robert J. Dandeneau
I was a big fan of Mr Mezrich. Until I learned that he fabricates significant portions of his novels. I read an interview with Semyon Dukach. Read morePublished 14 months ago by 1994tarheel
This book is sort of like Bringing Down the House which the movie 21 was based on but this book was a bit different in that they used different methods to beat the house... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
very entertaining and interesting, gives a really detailed accounting of exactly how they pull off their schemes. finished it in a day. Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Erik Carlson