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MIT students who taken on Vegas, interesting? Yes, read it again? No
on 28 March 2010
This book is about how a group of students from MIT, took on the casinoes, by playing Blackjack and counting the cards. In some places it is interesting and even informative. It is a book which you enjoy reading while you are reading it, but aftwards wonder if you really did get much out of it. This was how I felt. It was certainly useful when I had little else to do and no mates to talk to while in the pub.
The style of writing is quite clear and it makes it easy to read. The story traces how a MIT student called Kevin is recruited into a card counting syndicate. He becomes addicted to the life style of winning big money and taking on the casinoes. Acting as a player in part of a team he goes from table to table winning mostly and occaisinally losing. You learn an iota about card counting and so how a knowledge of both statistics and good memory are fundamental to beating the dealer. I must admit I was interested in the story.
The author Ben Mezrick narrates what he says is a true story, from the perspective of a researcher about to write this book. In some of his chapters he jumps to the present day, which must be 2002 when the book is copyrighted. So if you think a couple of pointers might of been picked up, beaware, it's out of date and casinoes have even better technology today.
I only give this three star because the story becomes predictable, you know where it's going to end and it ends in an anticlimax. I would recomend this to a friend as something mildly entertaining, but don't expect much more out of it.