Coup de Coeur
Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich is set mostly in Las Vegas, how much further from school can you get than that?
It’s the story of a group of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students and alumni who by using their above average skills in math develop a system that enables them to play blackjack, and win big by taking advantage of the games statistical nature. They beat the unbeatable; they beat Las Vegas and make millions…
This book may not be the deepest or most challenging one you’ll read but it’s such a griping story and just such a fun read that you’ll forget all about that. I read it in one weekend, I just couldn’t put it down, it was too entertaining. The best part is that Bringing Down the House is based on a true story which I always think makes a book much more powerful. It reminded me a lot of the movie Ocean’s Eleven; I think that this book would actually make a great movie.
For these last few weeks of effort it really is the perfect book to pick up in between study breaks, take you mind of the serious world of exams and into the wild world of Las Vegas.
Alexia Bedat, Reviewer, Alexia's Picks
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. This book tells the true story a successful scam, in which teams of young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos of Las Vegas.
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