Books Written by the members of MIT Blackjack Team

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The MIT Blackjack Team

The MIT Blackjack Team needs no introduction. Any one who has had the slightest interest in blackjack would have at least heard about the team. It had been a group of a few students from the well known Massachusetts Institute of Technology and various other leading colleges who had used the card counting techniques and other sophisticated techniques in order to beat the casinos in blackjack all over the world.

The MIT blackjack team operated successfully for several years beginning 1979 and till the 21st century. Several other teams have followed in their footsteps over the years and have used the team play technique in order to win large amount of money at casinos. It all began with the introduction of a short course known as 'How to Gamble If You Must' in the college which had been introduced in the year 1979.

Several students had attended the course and had learned about the game and some card counting methods. It was then that they decided to form a group and test their skills. They had gone through a few ups and downs but in the end had managed to beat the casinos and had won millions of dollars in the process.

The team had been made famous all over again when the movie '21' had been released based on the life of these players and how they had managed to do what they do - beat the casinos.

Books by MIT team members

So far, many of the MIT team members have made a name for themselves in the field of blackjack and have even been inducted into the prestigious Blackjack Hall of Fame for their outstanding achievements in the field. Many of these members have written books about their experiences as a team member and as professional card counting players. These books can be interesting for anyone who has a little interest in the game:

Bringing down the House

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

This book was represented as non fiction by 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 graduate and was invited to join the MIT Blackjack team in 1993.

Professional Blackjack

Professional Blackjack had been written by one of the most famous members of the MIT Team, Stanford Wong. Stanford Wong had been the inventor of the now famous 'Wong-ing' technique which is very widely used by players today. The book talks about playing blackjack as a professional. Several informative topics have been covered in the book and it makes for an interesting read for any player who is considering to become a professional blackjack player and even for beginners.