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Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Great Book-Roller Coaster Read!

    Ben Mezrich's novel Busting Vegas is a mesmerizing true story about a few ordinary MIT students whose lives are changed after coming across a flyer stating: "MAKE MONEY OVER THE SUMMER. PLAY WITH THE MIT BLACKJACK TEAM. SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 12. ROOM262" (Mezrich 19). The formed MIT team traveled around Las Vegas to some of the most famous casinos as well as some well-known casinos in Europe including the Monte Carlo. Using just three techniques, Semyon, Owen, Allie, and Victor took down many casinos making millions of dollars. Although, it wasn't all fun and games; the team encounters countless amounts of trouble on their journey to wealth. Busting Vegas shows us the many consequences that can be created by greed. For example, Owen almost takes his own life after shooting up heroin because of his greed when he loses two hundred thousand dollars of the teams money. Even after having guns pointed at them numerous times, the team cannot back away from their addiction to money and the greed that is eating them alive. I liked this book for a few reasons. Busting Vegas was a very fast ride, with great attention to detail that helped paint an elaborate picture in my mind. I had very few dislikes when it came to this novel. However, it had a bit of a slow beginning which made it kind of difficult to get into but once the pace picked up, it became very difficult to put down. Other than that, it was an excellent read. People who enjoy books that keep you on your toes should be sure to pick this book up. It is an exhilarating ride that will keep your heart racing until the very end. Other recommended works by Ben Mezrich include Bringing Down the House and Ugly Americans. Overall, I think this book deserves a rating of four stars.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Ben Mezrich┬┐s story is about a young MIT student by the name of

    Ben Mezrich’s story is about a young MIT student by the name of Semyon Dukach that learns how to play blackjack in a very intelligent and amazing way it’s not by cheating or by card counting but by something else that This MIT blackjack team has invented. Mezrich describes how Semyon made millions by doing the impossible, by busting Vegas.
    The main message that Mezrich is writing this novel for is to explain a very interesting story of a Russian lower class MIT student that learns to play blackjack in a very unusual way and win by doing it. He also explains the crazy story that he went through to make this insanely large amount of money. In this book Mezrich travels around with Semyon and gets the story straight for him the book goes from the past to present day where Mezrich is actually in Semyon’s real life. He asserts himself into his life and gets person data on his life and his incredible story.
    Mezrich’s writing style is very interesting and pulls you into the story. It’s really hard to put the book down. He explains everything to every last detail which is nice because you can see what is going on very well. It really paints a picture in your mind. But also as he does that it can drag on and on maybe too much. In some of those incandesces you just want him to get over it. In my opinion he needs to calm down on the in dept details of something that isn’t that big of a deal, but definitely doesn’t need to cut those out completely. He also uses very big and advanced words. Usually doesn’t affect the knowledge of what is happening so I think that it’s good word choice and a smart novel and makes you think. Another thing that I would change about the story would be going back and forth between past and present situations, because the chapter gets really interesting and then all of a sudden switches to a different subject and you forget the interesting and thing that pulled you into the book.
    I would definitely recommend this book to another person it was probably one of the best books I read it was really interesting and hard to put down. Mezrich really made the life of being a high roller blackjack player very fun and was tempting. Mezrich really made Seymon Dukach a cool and crazy guy that made a lot of money. It was a very good read and I would recommend it to everyone.


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