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

By Ben Mezrich

He performed in casinos world wide with a plan to make himself richer than a person might be able to think -- however it might approximately fee him his existence. Semyon Dukach was once often called 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 a long time, a mathematical genius with a method the casinos had by no means visible ahead of and could not cease -- a procedure that hasn't ever been published previously; that has not anything to do with card counting, wasn't unlawful, and used to be extra robust than whatever that were attempted sooner 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; titanic, possible insane bets; ladies striking on their palms; and pretend identities. even supposing they have been taking sessions and learning for assessments throughout the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables in simple terms to be stressed, banned from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and overwhelmed in Vegas's infamous again rooms. The stakes have been excessive, the risks very genuine, however the gamers have been as much as the demanding situations, results be damned. there has been Semyon Dukach himself, tired of college and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, awesome MIT grad scholar who galvanized the crew; Owen Keller, with wonderful skill yet a dismal prior that will capture as much as him; and Allie Simpson, vivid, smart, and a ceremonial dinner 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 enormous greed, extra, hubris, intercourse, love, violence, worry, and facts that's high-stakes leisure at its most sensible.

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His name’s Jake, by the way, and he’s a third year at Harvard Law. ” Semyon shuffled onto one of the Oriental rugs and nodded at the behemoth, who smiled at him. There was pepperoni in his teeth. Though it was hard to tell beneath all that fur and fat, his eyes looked young; he was maybe twenty-two, twenty-three years old. Probably extremely sharp, considering his pedigree, though Semyon wondered how good his math skills could be. Harvard Law wasn’t exactly MIT. “Okay,” Victor interrupted his thoughts as a whirring sound was emitted from the machine.

It’s not much to look at, but hey, here the fun never stops. ” 40 4 Evan Stein wore a fairly crazed grin as he held open a door set into the glass wall. He was a strange-looking kid, from his wild mop of frizzy brown hair to his deep-set, hangdog eyes. His jeans were way too baggy, hanging down over a pair of scuffed yellow hightops. He was wearing a backpack on both shoulders, and I could see the tip of a skateboard peeking out through the green vinyl. Evan was in the second year of his PhD program at the Media Lab, though if I had to guess based only on his appearance, I would have pegged him to be still in his late teens.

A math club with blackjack as an excuse. Too many bright-eyed, eager kids in college sweatshirts and baseball hats for this to be for real. Sure, maybe you could make some money using math at a blackjack table, but from the looks of this room, it wasn’t going to be anything more than a few slightly lucrative college field trips. This crowd was going to hit casinos and get away with it? Semyon was halfway back toward the Infinite Corridor when he cast a final glance toward the front of the room—and something caught his eye.

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