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4.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 54.03 out of 5 4.03 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Mezrich Narrator: Ben Mezrich Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Semyon Dukach was known as the darling of Las Vegas. A legend at twenty-one, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop -- a system that had nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.

Las Vegas. Atlantic City. Aruba. Barcelona. London. And the jewel of the gambling crown -- Monte Carlo.

Dukach and his fellow MIT students hit them all and made millions. They came in hard, with stacks of cash; big, seemingly insane bets; women hanging on their arms; and fake identities. While they were taking classes and studying for exams during the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables, only to be banned from casinos, harassed, on the wrong end of guns, and beaten in the notorious back rooms of casinos.

The stakes were high, the dangers very real, but the players were up to the challenges, the consequences be damned. In the classroom, they were geeks. On the casino floor, they were unstoppable. Busting Vega$ is Dukach's unbelievably true story; a riveting account of monumental greed, excess, hubris, sex, love, violence, fear, and statistics that is high-stakes entertainment at its best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting yarn.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Breathtaking…Dukach's team of mathematicians and computer experts had devised a system far more sophisticated than mere counting. In Busting Vegas, Ben Mezrich describes how Dukach's plan made him almost unbelievably rich—and nearly cost him his life.”     

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A story line that’s…as fascinating as any you'll hear. As narrator, the author is likable and easy to listen to. His brief interview at the book's end is a bonus for anyone interested in the writer's craft.”

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  • USA Today Bestselling Author

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Becca | 2/19/2014

    " Interesting follow-up to Bringing Down the House. It was a very similar story, with different card tricks and more casinos... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Walter Straus | 2/18/2014

    " This should have been a very short story, but it was an interesting book. This is the story about how a group of MIT students found a way to beat casinos at Blackjack and went around the world doing it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 2/7/2014

    " Definately not as good as Bringing Down the House. It was much the same story, without the pull of the other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stacey | 1/29/2014

    " This book was given to my husband by his brother. My husband didn't even get a change to finish the book before I took it over- it is that good. Suprisingly so. It's about the MIT students that found a way to bet the odds in Black Jack. Even if you are not into gamling, you will like this book. "

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