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Breaking Vegas [Kindle Edition]

Ben Mezrich
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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"Riveting . . . [Mezrich has] become a master at delivering fast-paced, tightly structured narratives that keep readers engaged every step of the way. . . Most impressive . . . What [Mezrich has] done, beautifully, is craft a riveting story about kids with excess brainpower taking on casinos with excess money. He has penned a gripping true-life adventure that will keep you reading well past your bedtime" (Boston Globe)

"A very enjoyable read that makes you feel like you're right there in Vegas playing along. Semyon's story is a fascinating, true life adventure" (Kevin Spacey)

"Very stylish and captivating. . . Mezrich brilliantly captures the tension and excitement. . . A must read at all costs" (Daily Mirror)

"Glamorous, exciting and true, it's a tale to send the Oceans Eleven back to bussing tables for tips" (Arena)

"It's fast paced and believable, but does it really tell you how to win at blackjack? To find out, you'll have to buy the book, a small price to pay for the thousands you could make" (Daily Express)

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The book Vegas doesn't want you to read...

Another page-turning true story of the underbelly of Las Vegas from Ben Mezrich, a successor to his bestselling Bringing Down the House.


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Ben Mezrich is the internationally best-selling author of The Ugly Americans, Busting Vegas, Rigged and Bringing Down the House:The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions; which was made into a film (21) starring Kevin Spacey. Ben Mezrich lives in Boston.


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable.....as they say 26 Feb 2007
Format:Paperback
What a fantastic read! Ben Mezrich is a such a skilled writer - okay, he was given a great story, but he made the main character, Semyon Dukach, totally sympathetic rather than arrogant and conceited as I thought he might be and the romantic sub-plot between him and Allie was intriguing. In fact, I would have liked the book to be longer and learned more about the casino trips that didn't end in trouble. Easy to read and fascinating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You wont be disappointed! 11 Aug 2014
By Ann McK
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this - it reminded me of the Wolf of Wall Street. The same drive to succeed and the accomplishment of so much from such a shaky beginning was compelling stuff. It centres around a group of students from MIT Boston who, led by one individual who hand picks his team, find a way to break the main casinos not just in the US but Europe also. It is based on a true story and I was full of admiration for people who can put what nature gave them in grey matter to finding a clever way to beat a system which is so loaded against the ordinary punter that I for one had no problem with my conscience knowing they were ripping off the big money guys. After all they have had it their own way forever so it was nice to see the little man give some kick ass for a change.
I know nothing about cards and a lot of the terminology went over my head but nonetheless it was written in such a way that anyone could follow it. The reality was gripping and I was really impressed with the tenacity of all involved. What a roller coaster of a life these people led. I actually bought the book by accident, clicking on Buy on my Kindle when I didn't mean to but Boy am I glad I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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If you have read Ben Mezrich's "21: Bringing Down the House", don't bother with this one - it's virtually exactly the same story line. It is as if the publishers had given him a big advance, he'd knocked this together in a couple of days after spending the money (probably in Vegas, using the "powerful techniques"), and they couldn't be bothered to make him rewrite it, or get their money back.

The writing style would not be out of place in an english essay of a 14 year old, and feels as if somebody has just scattered cliched phrased throughout an already written manuscript, but not bothered to read the rest of the sentence to make sure it still works. At least once a chapter, you need to stop and re-read a couple of sentences, to double check it said what you thought it said!

Not to give the storyline away, but you know almost exactly what is going to happen inside 20 pages of the book, and you will be shouting at the "MIT geniuses" for being so stupid in their choices. You do not have to be a maths genius to see how fundamentally flawed their plans were; their betting patterns are a prime example. One would have thought that people with the brains described in the book would have figured it out for themselves.

Finally, as interesting as the "powerful techniques" are, they require no complex mathematics (as stated throughout the book), instead they are simple counting and card manipulation. They are nothing that you couldn't teach to a teenager without a Maths GCSE, so the stated need to the an "MIT geek" to carry it all off just doesn't wash.

My wife and I read it at the same time, and the main enjoyment came from mocking the writing style, and terrible decisions made by the supposed team of MIT geniuses.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read 19 May 2008
Format:Paperback
This was good fun to read and helped kill a lot of otherwise dull time on aeroplanes and in airport lounges. Very easy to read and the plot line keeps the reader interested enough to turn the next page even when your flight is being called. This isn't just a book for the hardened Vegas visitor and you don't need a genius IQ to understand what the MIT students are up to, all you really need is a macabre enjoyment of reading about the casinos being taken for a fortune - it worked for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great card-counting book 12 Dec 2008
By coyote
Format:Paperback
This book takes it all to the next level from his last book on card-counting. If you don't know anything about the subject it's probably worth reading the original book first, then this one.

The techniques revealed here are stunningly simple, just using the casinos' techniques to full advantage and give the player the edge with the odds. But now they're taking so much money, so soon, and with complete certainty as they know what cards are coming, that they get to experience the real nasty side of casino life. These guys are lucky to be alive...
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mezrich at his best! 19 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
First let me start by saying that Ben Mezrich is a great author. Aside from 'Breaking Vegas' i've also read 'Bringing Down The House' and 'Ugly Americans' and he's written them both fantastically as well.
'Breaking Vegas' is a true story about a young MIT student called Semyon Dukach. The book follows him and a group of fellow students as they proceed to win hundreds of thousands of dollars by playing blackjack in Casinos around the world and all they use is three simple techniques to give them the upper hand.
Mezrich, as always, has written the book with his usual flair and has produced something truely great. Whether you like blackjack or not, whether you like gambling or not, hell, whether you like books or not this is sure to keep you hooked until you've finished it!
Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, easy read, hooked, thank you.....
Published 1 month ago by Andrew J Doughty
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read enjoyed every bit!
It has a story line which encapsulates you to generate a whole film of imagination with, descriptive and contains everything from action to romance for a good read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Garry Loney
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Thoroughly entertaining, maybe a little padded but still a very good read. Ben Mezrich really is a very talented writer
Published 5 months ago by Mark C Crockett
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book
Great read, thoroughly enjoyed the character and setting details, would have enjoyed further details on how the group spent their money.
Published 6 months ago by Seb Curle
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Writing this only cause its needed... a bit stupid isnt it? you could just rate... It's a far more objective metric
Published 14 months ago by Tiago Freitas
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
I found this very easy to read. Fast paced and interesting. But I don't think I'll be busting out Vegas anytime soon
Published 20 months ago by Daniel Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
This book is in line with other Ben's book "Bringing Down the House".
Anyway is a worth reading, regardless of your knowledge about black jack.
Highly recommended!
Published on 30 July 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the movie 21? You'll love this
21 is one of my favorite movies so I was going to buy Bringing down the house but bought this instead because I could get it instantly on my kindle. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Christopher Goode
5.0 out of 5 stars what you see is what you get, tenfold!
Ben Mezerich can do no wrong basically in my eyes. He can take a subject and make it 'sexy'. The one time I found him not to be on a direct flow to my brain was his book 'Sex on... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by P. Tipping
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Thanks
Book arrived promptly and as described, many thanks!
Great read for holiday would recommend!
Published on 1 Aug 2010 by I. Gambardella
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