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I guess that was there too, but honestly it gave the whole thing a very Vegas feel to me, there is something tin-eared, gaudy, and unreal about all of Vegas and I just kind of fit in the bad chatter to being expected from a story that mainly takes place where LA douche-bags mingle around with Cowboys and men wearing very unacceptable amounts of jewelry.

I mezroch Bringing Down the House, and can’t understand why everyone I know who’s read it has raved about it. If you are a real winner, they will hunt you down and ban you. But when I was done with the book, the harsh reality hit my face – You’re always a loser eventually, when it comes to Casinos.

And, oh lord, is the dialogue horrible. This disclaimer allows broad leeway to take real events and real people and alter them in any way the author sees fit. The character’s brinfing have been changed and many of the hose characters Medrich writes about, are actually composites of several people.

Mezrich has authored sixteen books, with a combined printing of over four million copies, including the wildly successful Bringing Down the House: I saw the movie in a cheap DVD copy from St.

Naturally he excelled in school, graduating from Harvard in with a degree in Social Studies. Martinez hints that the casinos know more about his actions than he ever anticipated.

Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love. The names of many of the characters and locations in this book have been changed, housr have certain physical characteristics and other descriptive details.


Personally, I believe that the book was very well written. It brknging financed by investors, used computer programs to identify the most propitious card sequences and professors who coached the students who did the actually ‘grunt work’ flying to exotic locations, staying in luxurious suites and gambling with the investors money and who were paid a salary and commission. Kevin agrees to join their team, but is then informed that he still has to pass their tests.

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Bringing Down The House

Spotters, Gorillas, and Big Players. A strength in the book was its gripping plot. So, when I was looking to see brimging other goodreaders thought of the book I found out that big parts of the book were fabricated.

We learn that her and her husband, Dylan, joined the blackjack team around the same time that Tay had joined. May 08, Brian Hodges rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 92 comments.

I understand that these were added to the book to give it more of a story, but I felt as though Ben really stretched it. He finally graduated M. Each character, except Felicia, added something new to the adventures our team goes on, and really helped moved the story along.

High-class strippers come to the rescue, cashing in these coins for them.

Bringing Down the House Book Review and Analysis

This stilted dialogue is just exposition with pointless quote marks wrapped around it. In two years, this tthe of card savants earned more than three million dollars.

For readers looking for a novel that constantly keeps them on the edge of their seats and eager to find out what happens next, this is certainly the book for you. Dec 19, Jyothi N rated it really liked it. Hollywood does this a lot: Kevin expresses that he misses the environment and often thinks about what it would be like to start over. Kevin fills the author in with the details on where everyone else on the team ended up.


It had its weaknesses, such as Jill’s underdeveloped character who for unexplained reasons seemed motivated to join the mezich team in pursuit of something other than wealth and looked down on those who claimed they planned to stick around just long enough to reach a specific financial goalbut was vicariously thrilling and entertaining overall. Bringing down the house was a thrilling and action-packed book that just leaves you wanting more.

For example, Kevin could have prevented all the chaos he experienced in the end if he knew how to control himself and stop.

If a reader are like me, then the reader would not enjoy this fast paced story. Oct 27, Szymon M. What the hell is wrong with that?

Bringing Down The House « Ben Mezrich

It’s the TRUE story as the title indicates of a bunch of MIT students, brilliant with numbers, who work out a sophisticated card-counting scheme that they use to win millions of dollars from various casinos over the mezrifh of fhe couple of years. Just as the story becomes interesting, we are sent back to present time where the author is interviewing a man by the name Damon Zimonowski.

However, the subject matter is interesting — card counting at blackjack. View all 3 comments. Gambling in general and casinos mezirch particular were very much in the grip of the Mafia until times not so Casinos deserve whatever anyone can get from them. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I think I ended up enjoying this book more than I should have because it got me thinking about Vegas and thinking that I would like to go back there again soon, even if it is for my non-debauch enjoyment of slot machines with animal themes and delicious buffets.