By Ben Mezrich
He performed in casinos around the globe with a plan to make himself richer than someone might be able to think -- however it might approximately rate him his existence. Semyon Dukach was once often called the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age twenty-one, this cocky hotshot used to be the most important excessive curler to seem in Sin urban in many years, a mathematical genius with a method the casinos had by no means obvious earlier than and could not cease -- a approach that hasn't ever been published earlier; that has not anything to do with card counting, wasn't unlawful, and used to be extra strong than something that were attempted ahead of. Las Vegas. Atlantic urban. Aruba. Barcelona. London. And the jewel of the playing crown -- Monte Carlo. Dukach and his fellow MIT scholars hit all of them and made hundreds of thousands. They got here in challenging, with stacks of money; large, probably insane bets; girls putting on their fingers; and faux identities. even supposing they have been taking sessions and learning for checks throughout the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables in simple terms to be confused, banned from casinos, threatened at gunpoint, and overwhelmed in Vegas's infamous again rooms. The stakes have been excessive, the risks very actual, however the gamers have been as much as the demanding situations, results be damned. there has been Semyon Dukach himself, tired of university and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, exceptional MIT grad scholar who galvanized the crew; Owen Keller, with gorgeous skill yet a gloomy previous that may seize as much as him; and Allie Simpson, shiny, smart, and a ceremonial dinner for the eyes. within the school room, they have been geeks. at the on line casino ground, they have been unstoppable. Busting Vega$ is Dukach's unbelievably real tale; a riveting account of enormous greed, extra, hubris, intercourse, love, violence, worry, and records that's high-stakes leisure at its top.
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Maybe they had more in common than he’d realized. In any event, he felt more comfortable with her than at any time before. In fact, he hardly even noticed that her skirt had now ridden halfway up her alabaster thighs. “Actually,” she said, still smiling, “I did have a Harvard boyfriend. He was boring as shit, but he did have a nice car. ” The landing gear touched down without warning, and Semyon grabbed at his armrests. Allie reached out and put a comforting hand on his, then gave him a playful wink.
The truth was, that thrilled him way more than it frightened. Let them watch. Semyon set his jaw and yanked open the door to the stall. Then he straightened his two-hundred-thousand-dollar jacket over his shoulders and headed on his way. Let them fucking watch. CHAPTER 6 The Mirage Las Vegas, Nevada T he heat took him completely by surprise. Searing, arid, a blast so sudden and vicious it knocked Semyon back on his heels, nearly sending him colliding into a Japanese family that had surreptitiously taken up position right behind him and were now furiously taking photos.
Blackjack. Ken Uston was a legend of the game and had actually invented the technique that the notorious MIT team had later mas- BUSTING VEGA$ 4 27 tered: team play. In a book called The Big Player, Uston had documented an amazing career as a professional blackjack player. He had made tens of millions of dollars, had traveled all over the world plying his trade—and had died under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in Paris. Semyon had devoured Uston’s story. He had even taught himself how to count cards.