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.