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Bringing Down the House - Mezrich, Ben

Bringing Down the House

Paperback Published: 6th May 2004
ISBN: 9780099468233
Number Of Pages: 320

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Real-life all too rarely offers stories that are quite as satisfying as fiction. BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE is one of the exceptions. Cheating in casinos is illegal; card-counting - making a record of what cards have so far been dealt to enable the player to make 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, banning them and using private detectives to share information on suspected and known counters. BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE tells the true story of the most successful scam ever, In which teams of brilliant young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos of Las Vegas, being drawn in the process into the high-life of drugs, high-spending and sex. 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.

Industry Reviews

"... Bringing Down the House is a can't-miss deal" -- Lorenzo Carcaterra
"A surreal cacophony of glamour, suspense and, eventually, terror. Part Tom Clancy, part Elmore Leonard...Gripping" * The List *
"The tale laid out in Bringing Down the House is so beguiling, so agreeably reminiscent of, say Ocean's Eleven or House of Games that you find yourself mentally casting the parts as you read along... A fine yarn' Sunday Times"
"A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction ... Mezrich's skilled yet easy writing draws sweat to the reader's brow" * Rocky Mountain News *
"Bringing Down the House has a sensational story to tell" * Literary Review *

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
p. 1
Boston, Present Dayp. 5
Boston, June 1994p. 11
Atlantic City, June 1994p. 17
Boston, September 1994p. 35
Boston, October 1994p. 44
Boston, October 1994p. 53
Las Vegas, Present Dayp. 60
Thirty Thousand Feet, November 1994p. 68
Las Vegas, November 1994p. 75
Weston, MA, Thanksgiving 1994p. 91
The Double Life, 1994-95p. 97
Chicago, May 1995p. 107
Boston, June 1995p. 114
Foxwoods Casino, Present Dayp. 121
July 1995 to October 1995p. 128
Boston, Halloween 1995p. 135
Boston, November 1995p. 139
Las Vegas, Present Dayp. 154
Las Vegas, Fall 1997p. 161
Boston, Fall 1997p. 173
Las Vegas, Present Dayp. 183
Boston, Valentine's Day 1998p. 189
Las Vegas, President's Day 1998p. 193
The Bayou: Shreveport, LA, 1998p. 199
Boston, Spring 1998p. 209
Boston, Spring 1998p. 213
Boston, Spring 1998p. 219
Boston, Spring 1998p. 227
Las Vegas, Memorial Day 1998p. 235
Boston, June 1998p. 240
Las Vegas, Hard Rock, Present Dayp. 246
How to Count Cards and Beat Vegas: An Essay by Kevin Lewisp. 252
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ISBN: 9780099468233
ISBN-10: 0099468239
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th May 2004
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1