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Bringing Down the House
by Ben Mezrich
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May be the most fascinating book written on blackjack counting teams since the days of Ken Uston (who died in 1987). Written by Ben Mezrich, who gained the trust of a half-dozen MIT students (occupation: blackjack counters), this work covers a four-year period when the 'team' was in its heyday (1994 to 1998), winning big and escaping the clutches of casino management with minimum damage to self and bankrolls. Mezrich must have truly blended in with this group of near-geniuses and sharpies who often communicated in code right at the tables, signaling verbally and non-verbally. But the strength of the book is in his astute observations of how Las Vegas compares to Atlantic City; what the casino mentality is with regard to attracting players and high rollers, including the all-powerful 'whales' (the highest of high rollers), in how surveillance systems are designed to operate, how counters can be threatened, roughed up and warned never to return again.
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Fishburne, Spacey to Star in Blackjack Film based on MIT Students Story

Friday, January 26, 2007
HOLLYWOOD -- As reportedy by MovieWeb: Laurence Fishburne has signed on to star in the blackjack thriller, 21 for Columbia Pictures and Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street; Spacey will also star.

LizaKevin Spacey stars in the film based on the exploits of the MIT students who beat Las Vegas.
Kevin Spacey stars in the film based on the exploits of the MIT students who beat Las Vegas.
  Lapira and Josh Gad have also joined the cast of the film based on Ben Mezrich's best-seller, Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions. The Hollywood Reporter says Fishburne will play a Vegas security chief who hunts down the group.

Robert Luketic is directing 21; production will begin next month in Boston and Las Vegas.
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