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4.0 out of 5 stars
pacy, exciting and thought provoking - "how did they do it"?, 16 Sep 2003
Described on the cover as a cross between "Liars Poker" and "Oceans Eleven", this book certainly lives upto the fast pace and style implicit in these namechecks. This pacy style reflects well upon the subject matter, namely an MIT team who set out to beat the casinos at Blackjack. One gets wrapped up in the story, being carried along to the almost inevitable conclusion, and on the way getting a first hand account of both the tension/danger involved in taking the game to the casino and the highs of success.
As a story it pans well, having been told by relating the present day interviewer/storyteller to the key figure we follow throughout what it is appropriate to call an "adventure". This keeps the dialogue fairly tight, and ensures a sense of excitment permiates throughout.
Overall I would recommend this book as a good read, if you are looking for something to entertain you - regardless of whether you gamble or not. One word of warning - the next time you are in a casino I defy you not to spend a fair amount of time watching the crowd for "spotters", "gorillas" or "BP's" !