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Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took…

by Ben Mezrich

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When M.I.T. student Kevin Lewis meets classmates Jason Fisher and Andre Martinez, he is intrigued. Although neither seems to have any real responsibilities, they always have plenty of cash. One evening, they tell Kevin why. Using card-tracking calculations, they have devised a way to beat blackjack. Once he learns the system, Kevin joins Jason and Andre at the casinos. There to the growing dismay of gambling kingpins, they make a fortune--all perfectly legal.… (more)

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He aquí un libro interesante. Muy interesante. Narra la historia de un un grupo, o más bien un comando de estudiantes del MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) que se dedicaban a forrarse en los casinos de las Vegas durante los fines de semana. La historia está contada por un escritor amigo de uno de los miembros del comando. La idea general de cómo desvalijar a la banca es relativamente sencilla: En el Black Jack es posible ganar a la casa. Si además cuentas con la ventaja estratégica de saber qué cartas quedan dentro de la baraja, y de si abundan más las cartas altas o bajas, entonces tienes casi asegurada la victoria. Para ellos, los comandos se distribuían por los casinos con varias funciones: Unos eran los contadores de cartas, que jugaban pequeñas cantidades pero iban contando cuántas cartas quedaban en el taco de seis barajas que se usa para repartir. Cuando vieran que quedaban más cartas altas que bajas, avisaban a los jugadores de verdad, que empezaban a apostar cantidades muy altas. Como la probabilidad estaba a su favor, la gran mayoría de las veces les empezaban a sacar grandes cantidades de dinero a los casinos.
La historia cuenta cómo los casinos se defendieron de este grupo, que siempre actuó de manera legal (no hubo trampas, sólo recuento de cartas, lo que estaba permitido). Se aprecia lo fácil que es empezar a bordear la frontera de la propia integridad física cuando uno amenaza con dejar a un casino sin unos pocos miles de dólares. Durante muchos meses este grupo rodó por los distintos casinos de los EE.UU. durante los fines de semana, ganando millones de dólares; y al final se nos relata el resultado de la batalla entre ellos y los casinos que querían mantenerles alejados de allí de cualquier manera.
Es una historia realmente curiosa y muy interesante. Recuerda mucho a la historia de los Pelayos o a los Eudaemons. Engancha desde el primer momento y no deja respiro al lector hasta el final. Me lo he pasado pipa leyéndola. Mi nota, Muy buena. ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
I agree with the review on the back of the book--it is a literary Ocean's 11! It was a fun diversion from real life, and almost unbelievable. I'd recommend for anyone who loves heist movies. ( )
  sanyamakadi | Apr 22, 2020 |
I enjoyed this based-on-the-true story read of the MIT students who card-counted their way through casinos in the early 1990s, winning millions of dollars at games of chance that usually favor the house. It couldn't be done successfully the same way today with the change in technology over the last 2 decades, but a few brilliant minds beating the rigged system of Vegas is pretty impressive. These guys should teach acting classes just based on the personalities they created for themselves. Toward the end of the book the story just seemed to die a little bit, but when you stop and really think about how much time they devoted to this craft / charade / scam / business of theirs - well, it boggles the mind.

I also liked the way the biographer delivered the story, actually strapping money to his body to sneak it through airport, sitting down at a high stakes blackjack table in Vegas to play a few hands. He was able to tell you what that really felt like from a new player's perspective instead of just through second-hand stories. Wriitng someone else's true story isn't always done well, but Ben Mezrich pulls it off. ( )
  originalslicey | Oct 23, 2019 |
Six MIT students form a team to play blackjack to win in the 90s. The story focuses mostly on Kevin Lewis, who leads eventually leads a double life. He's an MIT student & eventually gets a job, but on the weekends, he becomes one of a group that travels to Vegas and other gambling places as a players team - and have figured out a team method to consistently win at blackjack with hauls of thousands to hundreds of thousands per weekend, to split amongst themselves and their "investors". Very lucrative gig, for as long as it lasted. ( )
  nancynova | May 30, 2018 |
Okay, I admit it. I'm a poker player/fan. So interesting to read about how they pulled this off. If you like poker, a definite read. ( )
  CherieKephart | Aug 3, 2017 |
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