Bringing Down the House

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Bringing Down the House

The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

By Ben Mezrich

Atria Books, Paperback, 9780743249997, 272pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2003

Description
The #1 national bestseller, now a major motion picture, "21" the amazing inside story about a gambling ring of M.I.T. students who beat the system in Vegas and lived to tell how.
Robin Hood meets the Rat Pack when the best and the brightest of M.I.T.'s math students and engineers take up blackjack under the guidance of an eccentric mastermind. Their small blackjack club develops from an experiment in counting cards on M.I.T.'s campus into a ring of card savants with a system for playing large and winning big. In less than two years they take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for more than three million dollars. But their success also brings with it the formidable ire of casino owners and launches them into the seedy underworld of corporate Vegas with its private investigators and other violent heavies.


About the Author
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.


Praise For Bringing Down the House

Bill Simmons
ESPN THE magazine

This book made me want to gamble! Vegas! Vegas!


Rocky Mountain News (Denver)


A lively tale that could pass for thriller fiction....Mezrich's skilled yet easy writing draws sweat to the reader's brow.