Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to by Ben Mezrich

By Ben Mezrich

He performed in casinos all over the world with a plan to make himself richer than someone may be able to think -- however it may approximately rate him his lifestyles. Semyon Dukach used to be referred to as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age twenty-one, this cocky hotshot used to be the largest excessive curler to seem in Sin urban in many years, a mathematical genius with a process the casinos had by no means obvious prior to and could not cease -- a approach that hasn't ever been published previously; that has not anything to do with card counting, wasn't unlawful, and used to be extra strong than whatever that have been attempted earlier than. Las Vegas. Atlantic urban. Aruba. Barcelona. London. And the jewel of the playing crown -- Monte Carlo. Dukach and his fellow MIT scholars hit all of them and made thousands. They got here in demanding, with stacks of money; significant, doubtless insane bets; girls placing on their fingers; and faux identities. even supposing they have been taking sessions and learning for assessments throughout the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables in basic terms to be confused, banned from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and overwhelmed in Vegas's infamous again rooms. The stakes have been excessive, the risks very actual, however the gamers have been as much as the demanding situations, outcomes be damned. there has been Semyon Dukach himself, uninterested in institution and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, impressive MIT grad scholar who galvanized the crew; Owen Keller, with attractive skill yet a gloomy earlier that might trap as much as him; and Allie Simpson, vivid, shrewdpermanent, and a banquet for the eyes. within the lecture room, they have been geeks. at the on line casino flooring, they have been unstoppable. Busting Vega$ is Dukach's unbelievably precise tale; a riveting account of huge greed, extra, hubris, intercourse, love, violence, worry, and records that's high-stakes leisure at its top.

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

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To add to the visual cacophony, a few feet in front of Victor a huge young man in what looked to be a velour sweatsuit was spread out across one of the period couches, a pizza box open on his lap. Semyon was sure he’d never seen the man before because he’d certainly have remembered what amounted to a humanoid eclipse. It didn’t help the jarring panorama that the man’s face was mostly hidden behind a bushy red beard or that his stringy hair sprouted out in crazed locks from beneath a tattered Boston Red Sox baseball cap.

Semyon shivered as he reached forward and jammed the stack of BUSTING VEGA$ 4 51 bills into the exposed outer pocket of his jacket. Then he reached back into the Velcro pack and grabbed another stack. In just a few short minutes, he had removed the contents of his packs and transferred the cash to the pockets of his bulky jacket. Then he carefully snapped the pockets shut and put the jacket back on, slinging the duffel over his shoulder. The duffel was pretty much worthless, containing a few changes of clothes, a notebook, and a handful of false IDs.

Every ten days, Semyon and the rest of the team had been subjected to tests—called checkouts—in simulated casino settings. Always under Victor’s watchful eye, they had gone through hundreds of decks, calculating the ratios of low to high cards, estimating the amount of cards still to be dealt, weighting the spotting numbers and calling in the Big Players, proving that they could survive in a casino setting as an integral part of this division of labor. Proving they had the skills to manage their money and manage the cards, to play as part of a team.

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