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    Chris
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    " BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE" by Ben Mezrich. I don’t read many books but this true story about a group of MIT students who won a fortune counting cards in Las Vegas is a must-read for anyone interested in "getting an edge" Anyone else read it?

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    jilly
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    No

    #90590
    gamble
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    I :old: am worried about you Chris

    your last wrote fouteen month ago

    and your last words…

    DO I WIN A PRIZE ???

    <br> flatcapgamble… :angry:

    <br> I have edited out the dog’s words which I considered heretical to god fearing people

    (Edited by gamble at 6:17 am on Jan. 15, 2007)

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    stevedvg
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    " BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE" by Ben Mezrich. I don’t read many books but this true story about a group of MIT students who won a fortune counting cards in Las Vegas is a must-read for anyone interested in "getting an edge" Anyone else read it?

    No, but there was a documentary on TV about them a year or two ago.

    Interesting stuff.

    I similar story I read is "the Newtonian Casino" about the physicists who used a computer to beat roulette.

    Quite interesting.

    (although a bit old hat these days)

    Steve

    #90592
    NWRA
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    For me, Thirteen Against The Bank by Norman Leigh remains the benchmark for gambling books (with a narrative).

    The story is interesting (a winning roulette system; which actually works if you have the stamina), and the writing is superb: the dry humour, the characterisation of each member of the team (and the way that gambling effects the characters), the depictions of the highs and lows of gambling, the fluorescent gloom of casinos, and the mental stresses, etc. And, in a vague way, it benefits from being set in the 1960s, and the fact (rumour?) that the narrater died as a poor alcoholic.

    I recommend it, even if (like me) you have little interest in casino gambling.<br>

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    Stormont
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    Might have to give that a read……… surely it can’t be as good as Barney Curley’s autobiography though, that is some read for anyone who is interested about his life and how he does things

    #90594
    absolution
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    I second yr recommendation Stormont – think Barney Curley’s autobiography really great read – a real characteur – in similar vein recommend barry brogans bio also richard dunwoody is another which i enjoyed

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    cormack15
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    Read in the Times yesterday about some people who were caught in a casino with secret cameras positioned to allow them to ‘see’ (via a remote van kitted out with monitors, etc) the dealers cards and thus win regularly. Trouble is they were either stupid or greedy and were rumbled.

    Also, the same article alluded to a roulette scam with a scanner in a mobile phone which allowed the scammers to calculate (from the speed of the ball and the table position/speed) where the ball was most likely to land.

    Some interesting books highlighted on this thread and I’ll definitely be seeking one or two of them out.

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