Bringing Down the House: a blackjack playing guidebook

are several books written on playing Blackjack, but one of the phenomenal book
written so far that gives great inspiration to Casino lovers is “Bringing Down
the House.” Penned down by Ben Mezrich the book narrates the story of a group
of MIT Card Counters, famously known by the name the MIT Blackjack Team. The
book is a series of events that took place when this team played several games
of Blackjack and came out winning. The story is so inspiring that there were
two movies made on the story, namely 21 & The Last Casino.

of the Book:

MIT Blackjack team had great casino players the top players of which were Jason
Fisher and Andre Martinez. In 1993, Jason Fisher and Andre Martinez invited
another MIT graduate Kevin Lewis in the team. Lewis is the main character of
the book. The financer of the team was a colorful character, Micky Rosa. The
team played with unity; however, later, there were card counting deterrent
efforts as well as personality conflicts which caused the MIT Blackjack Team

book is labeled as a non-fiction book, but there are claims that it is not. The
Boston Globe, a famous American daily newspaper, however, claimed that the book
contains several fictional elements.

of Bringing Down The House:

book was claimed as fictional several times. Famous magazines and newspapers
like Boston Magazine and The Boston Globe were the first to run articles
claiming that the book has fictional element at significant places. It was
claimed that the author, Ben Mezrich, not only made up some events but
exaggerated at a number of places leading to a fictional story.

book also had several historical inaccuracies, for example, the underground
Chinatown Casino which in reality was never there. Also, the book showed that
strippers were used to Cash Out Chips, which is again not true.

are several scenes in the book that show that the players indulged in physical
assault, but again there are no records of any such event happening in real

it may be, the book had some great learnings for the casino aspirants. A
reading of the book offers great insights into the
rules of blackjack

and help people improvise their games. There may be many
controversies related to the book, but in all, it gained a lot of popularity
and still is referred by many casino lovers.