• Busting Vegas

  • The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Ben Mezrich
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Release date: 09-22-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.1 (232 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

The narrative drive that moves this audio along is the true story of a team, assembled by an MIT math whiz, that used three complicated techniques to tilt blackjack odds in their favor and win a pile of money. The accomplished writer of this fascinating story has a previous book on gambling strategies, as well as some well-received fictional titles. His attention to setting and nuance of behavior are vivid and immediate; they rivet the listener to a story line that's already as fascinating as any you'll hear. As narrator, the author is likable and easy to listen to. His brief interview at the end is a bonus for anyone interested in the writer's craft.
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Publisher's Summary

He played in casinos around the world with a plan to make himself richer than anyone could possibly imagine, but it would nearly cost him his life. Semyon Dukach was known as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age 21, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop, a system that has never been revealed until now; that has nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.
Las Vegas. Atlantic City. Aruba. Barcelona. London. And the jewel of the gambling crown, Monte Carlo.
Dukach and his fellow MIT students hit them all and made millions. They came in hard, with stacks of cash; big, seemingly insane bets; women hanging on their arms; and fake identities. Although they were taking classes and studying for exams during the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables only to be harassed, banned from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and beaten in Vegas' notorious back rooms.
The stakes were high, the dangers very real, but the players were up to the challenges, consequences be damned. There was Semyon Dukach himself, bored with school and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, brilliant MIT grad student who galvanized the team; Owen Keller, with stunning ability but a dark past that would catch up to him; and Allie Simpson, bright, clever, and a feast for the eyes.
In the classroom, they were geeks. On the casino floor, they were unstoppable.
Busting Vegas is Dukach's unbelievably true story, a riveting account of monumental greed, excess, hubris, sex, love, violence, fear, and statistics that is high-stakes entertainment at its best.
©2005 Ben Mezrich; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Jacob Saariaho on 10-17-05

A Flat Read

For a story about "busting" Vegas, these characters never really get their act together. It's more a story about how well the casinos are at spotting and dealing with potential trouble makers. What could have been an interesting magazine article is expanded with a tepid love story, and a load of hard boiled exposition that hopes to make the story sound a lot more interesting then it is. Unfortunately, any attempt to enliven the story is squashed by the author's flat delivery. Not that I would recommend the book, but to anyone who's thinking of reading it I suggest buying the printed version. Maybe the writing fares better when not read by someone who sounds like he's standing in front of his High School english class reading a book report.

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By Joseph on 02-22-06

Great listen!!

This was a great book, although I should say highly "Hollywood-ized."

I really loved this book, and I recomend it to everyone!! The details on how this team "Busted Vegas" is outstanding! I would only warn people to remember that this book is "Based on a true story" not infact a true story. You'll see what I mean when you listen to the book.

Great book I couldn't stop talking about it with my friends after I read it!

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By Colin on 06-14-08

Interesting story, well written and well read

The author writes fiction as well as non-fiction, and as he says himself in the interview which is included in the download, his non-fiction reads like fiction. This book reads like a well written novel, with a good balance between narrative and vivid description which makes the story more enjoyable. The story and the characters are interesting, the more so because it is a true story. It well deserves 4 stars.

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By Mr on 12-01-15

Great story shame about the narrator

Where does Busting Vegas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say this book is worth a listen for the story alone. It is a pity that the narrator's voice is extremely monotone and went through me a little by the end.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Mezrich?

Anyone with a little charisma to their voice as the intonation was pretty poor

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Don't let the narrator put you off you purchasing this book as the factually based story of this MIT group attempting to take the big casinos for all they're worth.

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