Busting Vegas: The Mit Whiz Kid Who Brought Casinos To Their Knees
by Mezrich Ben
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For nearly five years, he was known as The Darling Of Las Vegas; the biggest high roller to hit sin city in decades, a hotshot, twenty one year old kid with a seemingly unlimitted bankroll and an even more unlimitted lust for big money action. He′d hit the city every weekend, a string of beautiful women at his side-throwing cash at the blackjack tables in increasingly enormous amounts; ten thousand, twenty thousand, up to fifty thousand dollars a hand. Stories swirled in his wake; some believed he was a Russian arms dealer, others believed he was a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more fantastic: He was a twenty one year old grad student who spoke five languages, an expert in computers and mathematics. He had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine. He used his genius to create a dangerous money-making scheme called "Busting the Dealer"-a scheme only a mathematics genius could have created. More dangerous than the simpler card counting he had been practicing with other pals-bolder, badder, more risky-"Busting the Dealer" was easier for the dealer to tell when one was practicing it. With "Busting the Dealer," The Darling of Las Vegas quickly became a legend in the world of cards and casinos; the chronicle of his exploits are a Hollywood movie come to life. He became the only person banned from the island of Aruba. He was held, at gunpoint, in a cave in Monte Carlo and told by liaisons of the royal family that if he ever returned, he′d be murdered. After a death-defying plane crash, he crawled into a burning Cessna-on two broken feet-to rescue four hundred thousand dollars won from an Atlantic City casino. He hit cruise ships, charity balls, wherever there was a game worth beating, anywhere in the world. Along the way, he fell in love with his best friend′s girlfriend, was betrayed by his own teammates-and nearly lost his life. This is the startling true story of another group of MIT friends who changed the course of Vegas history-and this time, the stakes have been raised to epic proportions. A tale of monumental excess, sex, love, violence, and statistics, BUSTING VEGA$ is the ultimate insider′s tale and will both appeal to fans and redefine the genre introduced by Bringing Down the House.
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- HarperCollins Publishers