**Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions**

by Ben Mezrich

This book could be put under Mathematical Hands-0n Projects as well.
A page-turner. Some parts are so amazing that they are almost unbelievable. A fascinating story. The author is superb writer and story teller with the ability to weave the excitement of a Las Vegas casino, and the mathematics of card counting with the interpersonal dynamics of the participants.

In 1993, when Kevin Lewis was 20 years old, he was invited to join the MIT Blackjack Team, organized by a former math instructor, who said, "Blackjack is beatable." Expanding on the "hi-lo" card-counting techniques popularized by Edward Thorp in his 1962 book, **Beat the Dealer**,
the MIT group developed more advanced team strategies which were legal. Backed by anonymous investors, the team checked into various Las Vegas hotels under assumed names and, pretending not to know each other, communicated in the casinos with gestures and card-count code words. Taking advantage of the statistical nature of blackjack, the team raked in millions before casinos caught on and pursued them.
In a closing essay, Lewis details the intricacies of card counting.

**$24.00**