How the MIT Students Beat the Casinos at Blackjack

Copyright Cahners Business Information, Inc. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. While their classmates were working long hours in labs and libraries, the blackjack team traveled weekly to Las Vegas and other glamorous gambling locales, with hundreds of thousands of dollars duct-taped to their bodies. Fishburne's character was not specifically based on any single real life individual. Maria Romana, Romantic Suspense Author. Ben Mezrich began his literary career writing techno-thriller fiction.

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They had their own system. They also learned about the dark side of the casino world, how greedy people are and how the Vegas corporations works. In the book, the MIT team strapped thousands of dollars to their bodies to get the cash onto planes. They used false names, always have limos waiting for them at the airports, always having personal host to escort them everywhere. Reading about their incredibly rich life and their dangerous situation of being caught by the casinos, you will never know what they are going to do next.

Even though the book is a quick read, it interests a wide variety of people, from who wants to feel the thrills and adventure the gambling world to the ones that never gambled before but curious about it.

However, the book doesn't related to any big history themes. From the book, it seems like over the course of a few years, gambling is all they do. I couldn't tell how was it like in the s except for the casinos. It seems like readers can just skim through some parts that is obviously meant to stretch out the book. Moreover, there are lots of details in the book doesn't seem real. Some of the events doesn't make any sense. For example, why would they hide their cash in all kinds of ways and trying to get through the airport security when they can just use a bank box or a debit card.

Moreover, the team always stays at fancy hotels with suites, champagne, limos waiting on arrival, hour open swimming pool just for them. Doesn't it seems too conspicuous to the casinos? Since they wants to keep it low, they shouldn't take risks like that.

Also, according to Wikipedia, some of the exciting events didn't not occur. All these over dramatic scenes seems too unrealistic. However, they can really interest the readers. After all, this is one of the cheapest Vegas fantasy people can buy. Overall, this book contains interesting and exciting stories that keep the readers eyes on the pages. Maria Romana, Romantic Suspense Author. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I'm a huge math geek myself, so I really wanted to read this story and learn how these guys did what they did.

The story definitely held my attention from start to finish, but it wasn't emotionally gripping. It's written with a fair amount of flowery language more than necessary, I'd say , but lacks a human element. There is a lot of discussion regarding the veracity of this book which if important to you should be a consideration.

I cannot comment on how accurate any of the writing is as my only knowledge of this subject comes from this book. What this book does offer is a short and easy to read storyline regarding the lives of MIT students who took many casinos, most prominently in Las Vegas, for considerable money with a team effort card counting system for Blackjack. This book does not go into significant depth on card counting and jumps around slightly regarding the narration from the protagonist's point of view to chapters on the author's actual research.

The book as a whole is interesting and will be an enjoyable read for anyone looking for an interesting storyline without any of the expectations of noteworthy insider secrets of gambling and card counting.

The writing style, while not the most articulate, provides effortless reading as I expect the author's intent was to provide a book for the masses. If you are looking to get a little insight into how the big money card counters make their money and the lifestyle and potential dangers they encounter, you will find this book is both worthwhile and enjoyable.

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Movies with Math What pleasure would you give up for Lent? Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Micky Rosa Kate Bosworth Cole Williams Jack McGee The latter is a way to keep track of the cards as they are played after a shuffle. Likewise the high cards — tens, picture cards and aces — have a minus 1 tag. They add and subtract the tags for each card that is played from the shuffled deck s to arrive at a sum known as the running count.

The more positive the running count, the more high cards are left in the undealt cards which gave them the advantage, so they bet more often tens of thousands. When the running count was negative, they bet less because there is an abundance of small cards left in the undealt cards a situation which gave the house a decided advantage. The team members therefore, waited for the deck to get good before they bet large sums of money.

The member of the MIT team did not play solo much like most card counters would do. They went one step further by using spotters, Big Players, and a team bank. Several spotters would enter a casino and position themselves at different blackjack tables.

The BP continues to bet big until the spotter gives another signal that the deck has gone bad or negative and then the BP leaves the table. The BP basically wanders around the casino waiting for another call-in from a spotter. Because the spotters always bet the minimum on every hand the casino is less likely to finger them as card counters.

The BP acts and appears as just another high roller as he enters the game making large bets hand after hand. Besides the physical signals, there team also used oral signals to indicate to the BP what the count was so the BP knew how much to bet. These oral signals were key words that they would in a sentence.

For example, tree meant a count of plus 1. Stool was plus 3, bowling was plus Probably the biggest weapon the MIT team had going was a team bankroll.

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