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

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

by Ben Mezrich, Semyon Dukach
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Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds by Ben Mezrich, Semyon Dukach

He played in casinos around the world with a plan to make himself richer than anyone could possibly imagine — but it would nearly cost him his life.

Semyon Dukach was known as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age twenty-one, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop — a system that has never been revealed until now; that has nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.

Las Vegas. Atlantic City. Aruba. Barcelona. London. And the jewel of the gambling crown — Monte Carlo.

Dukach and his fellow MIT students hit them all and made millions. They came in hard, with stacks of cash; big, seemingly insane bets; women hanging on their arms; and fake identities. Although they were taking classes and studying for exams during the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables only to be harassed, banned from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and beaten in Vegas's notorious back rooms.

The stakes were high, the dangers very real, but the players were up to the challenges, consequences be damned. There was Semyon Dukach himself, bored with school and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, brilliant MIT grad student who galvanized the team; Owen Keller, with stunning ability but a dark past that would catch up to him; and Allie Simpson, bright, clever, and a feast for the eyes.

In the classroom, they were geeks. On the casino floor, they were unstoppable.

Busting Vega$ is Dukach's unbelievably true story; a riveting account of monumental greed, excess, hubris, sex, love, violence, fear, and statistics that is high-stakes entertainment at its best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060575120
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/22/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 480,394
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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.

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Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Kendra1818 More than 1 year ago
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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Loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. This book kept me up too late many times. I couldn't wait to continue reading this book. I only read True Crime. I would highly recommend this book.
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DaveAzBc More than 1 year ago
The story about a bunch of MIT geeks who beat the casinos was fascinating. On the other hand, I did not much like the author's choice of how he told the story. He jumped back and forth in time and I found myself lost as to whether a described event was now, or then, or just when? Perhaps he felt he needed to juice it up a little and add drama, but I think it just added confusion!
Kubby More than 1 year ago
what a great book those MIT students were awsome
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ChrisJones3 More than 1 year ago
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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