By Ben Mezrich
The book's major personality is Kevin Lewis, an MIT graduate who was once invited to affix the MIT Blackjack staff in 1993. Lewis was once recruited by way of of the team's best gamers, Jason Fisher and Andre Martinez. The crew was once financed by way of a colourful personality named Micky Rosa, who had prepared not less than another crew to play the Vegas strip. This new crew was once the main ecocnomic but. character conflicts and card counting deterrent efforts on the casinos ultimately ended this incarnation of the MIT Blackjack group.
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You come here because you want to take our money. ” “But it’s not an even game,” I said as the sound of gunfire suddenly echoed behind me. I glanced back, saw the kid in overalls standing in the last shooting stall. ” Damon laughed. “That’s the nature of the motherfucker. It’s no different than any other business. You don’t open a movie theater and let people in for free. You charge ’em for the entertainment. That’s what Vegas does. ” I had heard this line of reasoning before, from an employee of the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Which led to the second problem: It seemed too easy for the casinos to figure out what you were doing—and stop you from doing it. They couldn’t arrest you, but in Las Vegas, they could kick you out of the casino. In Atlantic City, the law was a bit different: They had to let you play, but they could screw around with the deck, shuffle at will, change betting limits—in short, make it impossible for you to win. In the end, card counting was a neat parlor trick, but it just didn’t seem like a reasonably effective way to make money.
It’s not as cut-and-dried as that. Card counters can be good for business, too. They make the civilians think the game is beatable. ” My face reddened. Damon wasn’t working for the casinos anymore, but his comment hit pretty close to home. I wondered if it was just luck—or if somehow my mission had been compromised. I decided it was time to press the topic. “So in their heyday, how much do you think card counters cost the casinos every year? ” The kid in the overalls was on his way over. 357, but I knew I was just being dramatic.