Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees

by Ben Mezrich | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060575115 Global Overview for this book
Registered by pinklady60 of San Diego, California USA on 2/13/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by pinklady60 from San Diego, California USA on Sunday, February 13, 2011
Purchased at a garage sale for 50 cents.

Harback with dust cover.

Journal Entry 2 by pinklady60 at San Diego, California USA on Friday, February 3, 2012
Describes the gambling activities of a group of MIT students who, in the early 1990s, made millions by using mathematics and card skills to change the odds of blackjack in their favor. Names and places have been changed to protect the innocent, and I couldn’t help but wonder what other little facts have been changed. But it was entertaining and suspenseful.

Journal Entry 3 by pinklady60 at San Diego, California USA on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Released 8 yrs ago (4/8/2014 UTC) at San Diego, California USA

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I saw this on Bkind2books' wishlist and am sending it to her in Tennessee via media mail . Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Monday, April 21, 2014
Thank you for your generous RABCK - I look forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 5 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Sunday, September 20, 2015
Interesting book about a bunch of MIT students under the leadership of Victor who use a variety of techniques to give themselves an edge over the house. It relies on teamwork, a knowledge of dealer's shuffling techniques, and the ability to cut to a precise point in the deck. It was interesting and the casinos definitely did not like these folks darkening their doors. My only criticism is that the action shuffles back and forth between the MIT players and the author's background interviews and investigations - this almost seems an unnecessary interruption of the action.

Journal Entry 6 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Reserving for the Nonfiction VBB

Journal Entry 7 by wingBkind2bookswing at Clarksville, Tennessee USA on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Released 5 yrs ago (1/3/2017 UTC) at Clarksville, Tennessee USA

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Journal Entry 8 by Meekachu07 at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, January 9, 2017
Received today. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 9 by Meekachu07 at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, July 18, 2019
I really liked the behind the scenes of how this team went out and lived dangerously and sought to break the casino. These types of books/movies fascinate me and this one didn't disappoint. Definitely recommend.

Journal Entry 10 by Meekachu07 at Seattle, Washington USA on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Released 2 yrs ago (3/4/2020 UTC) at Seattle, Washington USA

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Journal Entry 11 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, March 12, 2020
Received, thank you. Looks interesting.

Journal Entry 12 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, July 26, 2020
Hard to say why I didn't like this book very much. First, I thought Seymon's reasons for publishing the techniques used, as stated in the "afterword" didn't ring true. Encouraging people to go to casinos, even to "beat" the casinos, is nonsense. People going to the casinos is the lifeblood of the casinos, most people aren't going to be able to beat the dealer no matter what book or dvd they study. So basically that is just more money in the hands of the casinos. I thought he published the techniques and the book to make money for himself.
The story itself is interesting but the conversations seem made up and why wouldn't they be, it's been a long time, who remembers. But my attention kept snagging on it.
The gambling techniques themselves didn't seem like cheating, I don't think card counting is cheating either; but I'm not surprised that the casinos saw it differently when they started losing lots of money. I wouldn't expect anything to change; people will go to Vegas etc. and lose, casinos will protect their money. If you win at gambling maybe try to win less ostentatiously and less frequently. If you win big and frequently the casinos will stop you, and some of the ways in which they do this may be frightening and unpleasant.

Journal Entry 13 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Wednesday, July 29, 2020
I am putting this book into the ABC VBB

Journal Entry 14 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Seattle, Washington USA on Sunday, October 17, 2021
This book is no longer listed in the ABC VBB and will soon be going to a LFL.

Journal Entry 15 by wingBooksandMusicwing at Little Free Library - 36th Ave NE in Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, November 4, 2021

Released 7 mos ago (10/24/2021 UTC) at Little Free Library - 36th Ave NE in Seattle, Washington USA

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