Bringing Down the House of Ben Mezrich

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Background

Bringing Down the House is a story of 6 MIT students who won millions of dollars at the casinos in Vegas. This book is written by Ben Mezrich on a group of MIT players who were card counters known as the MIT Blackjack Team.

This book was introduced as non fiction by Ben Mezrich ad free press though it contains fictional elements. There are many events described in the movie did not take place at all and were greatly embellished.

Kevin Lewis is the main character in the book, he is an MIT college graduate and was invited for joining the MIT Blackjack team in the year 1993.

Jason Fisher and Andre Martinez were to two top players in the team, Lewis had been recruited by these two players. The team had been financed by a character named Micky Rosa, he had organized around one or two teams to play at the casinos on the Vegas strip, till now the new team has been among the most profitable. Card counting restrictions at the casino and personality conflicts eventually ended the life of this MIT Blackjack Team.

The world of card counting

If you are good at mathematics, you can understand and get attracted to use your skills to win a fortune at the blackjack tables. It is obvious that if you are a high skilled individual who can get admission in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you certainly have the caliber to play well to gain a advantage over the house.

The difficult part is the people skills that will convince the casino bosses to allow you to play. Casinos are advanced and are very good at analyzing play patterns and betting in order to figure out who is using in the card-tracking techniques, so card counters attempting to this need to hide from what they are doing.

Card counting is absolutely legal, irrespective of what you hear. The fact is the its legal for any Nevada casino to ask anybody to not to play any game, or even to go leave the casino for any reason, it could be any reason, and they casino staff can be ruthless about the same. There are people playing the 25-cent game of craps at Binion's Horseshoe who would not step in the front door of any upscale strip casinos.

Bringing down the House

Ben Mezrich, in his book Bringing Down the House describes the bunch of MIT students and group who lived their ultimate dream by using their mathematical skills to make money. The secret of this is team play, pooling a finance to ease out the effect of variance and lets you use the tactics that highlights the skills and experience of the team members.

Bringing Down the House is Mezrich's first non fiction book, however this did not fade out his ability as a novelist when he was writing this book. The third person story tracks the success of the books key character, "Kevin Lewis", through his period with the enchanted MIT Blackjack Team. It's not often that the mythical hero's journey you will find so many tales, however with Kevin's success from beginner to wizard, along with the adventures he comes across during his journey makes this book as an interesting read.

 

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