Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.i.t. by Ben Mezrich

By Ben Mezrich

The book's major personality is Kevin Lewis, an MIT graduate who was once invited to affix the MIT Blackjack crew in 1993. Lewis was once recruited through of the team's most sensible avid gamers, Jason Fisher and Andre Martinez. The staff was once financed via a colourful personality named Micky Rosa, who had equipped not less than another staff to play the Vegas strip. This new crew used to be the main ecocnomic but. character conflicts and card counting deterrent efforts on the casinos finally ended this incarnation of the MIT Blackjack group.

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The guy looked to be in his mid-forties; white, little John Lennon glasses, and an oxford shirt. Kevin looked more closely and saw that he had a blackjack book open on his lap and a deck of cards in his shirt pocket. Martinez sighed. “You see it every flight. Welcome to amateur hour. There’s nothing the casinos love more than a guy who thinks he can count cards. ” Kevin laughed. ” “That would be fine, as long as he stops there. But they never do. He’ll bet five dollars a hand for an hour, maybe two.

The casino atmosphere didn’t distract him; instead, he found the ambient noise bolstered his energy level. By midway through the fourth shoe, he was enjoying himself so much, he didn’t notice the shadow closing in over him from behind. He was fingering his chips when the strong arms suddenly wrapped around his chest, yanking him off his stool. He tried to shout, but a canvas bag came down over his head, muffling his voice. He felt himself lifted off the floor and half carried, half dragged across the room.

Kevin’s hands went into his pockets. “I need to talk”—Kevin touched his eye. “Get over here”—Kevin lowered his head to his folded arms. ”—Kevin scratched his ear. “I’m too tired to play anymore”—Kevin rubbed his neck. “I’m getting heat from the pit boss”—Kevin moved his hands to his forehead. ”—Kevin ran his hands through his hair. When he was finished with the physical signals, Kevin was asked to repeat the oral count signals, to be used when calling in a Big Player. These were all simple words that could be used in a sentence, right under the nose of a dealer, or pit boss.

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