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Semyon Dukach couldn't believe how easy the money was. In one weekend, the MIT math genius and his team of geeks had made $200,000 playing the blackjack tables in Las Vegas. They hadn't cheated. Instead, they had discovered one of humanity's greatest holy grails: a system to beat the casino. They had rendered obsolete the old saying that the house always wins. Dukach and his friends made millions during the 1990s playing blackjack in the world's top casinos, right under the noses of pit bosses and security consultants who thought they had seen it all. Dukach's story is told in author Ben Mezrich's vividly narrated book Busting Vegas.
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.See all Editorial Reviews
Fun quick read, similar in pace and style to his other works. I highly recommend for your next flight to Vegas.Published 16 days ago by Adam Naddelman
another good book on the same subject by the author. Worth your timePublished 1 month ago by Sean Clark
Another great book from Mezrich. I now search for his books to read them all. They are exciting and nice reads.Published 6 months ago by KO
Book goes into good detail but it makes me almost believe that it is fiction and not based on fact.Published 13 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 14 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 14 months ago by Robert J. Dandeneau