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Breaking Vegas [Kindle Edition]

Ben Mezrich
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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For nearly five years, he was known as the 'Darling Of Las Vegas'; the biggest high roller to hit Sin City in decades, a hotshot, twenty one year-old kid with a seemingly unlimited bankroll and an even more unlimited lust for big money action. His name was Semyon Dukatch, and stories swirled in his wake. Some said he was a Russian arms dealer, others a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more unlikely: he was a twenty-one year old graduate student who had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine.



The Darling of Las Vegas quickly became a legend in the casino world. He is the only person banned from the island of Aruba. He was held, at gunpoint, in a cave in Monte Carlo and told that if he ever returned, he'd be murdered. And he made millions of dollars playing blackjack, using three simple techniques that gave him the edge, techniques that are revealed in this book for the first time.



This is his story, the ultimate true story of Las Vegas, the book Vegas doesn't want you to read...


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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
By Tsara
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
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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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 Like the movie 21? You'll love this 14 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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. Definitely a page turner and an extremely enjoyable plot and a couple of subplots (Love interests/ who can you trust? etc). Definitely worth a buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read enjoyed every bit! 10 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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. At times who was narrating lost me, however it's that part which gives you and broader picture. T'was excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 15 Nov. 2014
By CaleyD
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was already familiar with the basics of the story, but knowing the outcome didn't spoil the read in the slightest. Were they really cheating, or vilified for developing skills that turned the advantage in their favour? Decide for yourself....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, couldn't put it down!
Published 3 days ago by Andrew Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book..couldn't put it down!
Simply amazing the talent that these guys showed taking on the casinos! Great book. Can not wait to read another by Mr Mezrich.
Published 5 months ago by Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a very good, fascinating read
It's a very good, fascinating read. It ends quite abtuptly though and has a feel of 'riding off into the sunset happily ever after' about it.
Published 7 months ago by Stephen Girling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't put it down.
Published 8 months ago by Graeme Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, easy read, hooked, thank you.....
Published 10 months ago by Andrew J Doughty
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 15 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 15 months ago by Seb Curle
1.0 out of 5 stars Bringing down the house, rehashed for more money.
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. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Melack70
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 23 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 on 27 Jan. 2013 by Daniel Smith
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