By Ben Mezrich
He performed in casinos worldwide with a plan to make himself richer than an individual may be able to think -- however it could approximately price him his lifestyles. Semyon Dukach used to be referred to as 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 visible prior to and could not cease -- a process that hasn't ever been printed before; that has not anything to do with card counting, wasn't unlawful, and used to be extra strong than something that were attempted sooner than. 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 difficult, with stacks of money; gigantic, probably insane bets; girls striking on their fingers; and pretend identities. even if they have been taking periods and learning for assessments in the course of the week, over the weekends they stormed the blackjack tables simply 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 genuine, however the gamers have been as much as the demanding situations, results be damned. there has been Semyon Dukach himself, uninterested in university and broke; Victor Cassius, the slick, great MIT grad scholar who galvanized the staff; Owen Keller, with beautiful skill yet a gloomy prior that might seize as much as him; and Allie Simpson, vibrant, smart, and a banquet for the eyes. within the lecture room, they have been geeks. at the on line casino flooring, they have been unstoppable. Busting Vega$ is Dukach's unbelievably real tale; a riveting account of huge greed, extra, hubris, intercourse, love, violence, worry, and records that's high-stakes leisure at its most sensible.
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Though they had been practicing together for four weeks, they had barely spoken about their pasts. He still knew Owen way better than his teammate, still saw Allie as a barely approachable mystery. This was the ﬁrst time she had even come close to opening up to him, and it took him a full minute to respond. “I kind of thought—” “You thought I was some rich kid from some preppy suburb,” she said, laughing, “driving to school every day in a bright red convertible with my Harvard boyfriend in the passenger seat.
He was still a grad student in Cambridge playing with stuffed monkeys for his grant money. Semyon, on the other hand, had indeed made millions. But he’d also taken risks, had paid a price that maybe this kid wouldn’t understand. “Radar was invented just a few buildings over,” Evan continued, his face beaming with what could only be described as techno-pride. “And many more things came out of this place that you’d need clearance to uncover and even more clearance to talk about. ” I wasn’t sure it was something to be proud of, but I understood his point.
Well, fuck, yeah, the money, too. ” Semyon laughed. The plane was descending fast now, they were just a few minutes from the runway. Allie looked at him, her expression more serious than before. BUSTING VEGA$ 4 49 “I’m on full scholarship, you know. My father is a math teacher at an elementary school in Somerville. I’ve never really had much money, nor have I really missed it. But it would be nice, for once, to know what it’s like to not care what things cost. ” Semyon raised his eyebrows. Her admission had taken him entirely by surprise.
Busting Vegas, The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought Casinos to Their Knees by Ben Mezrich