Gambling scam book......

Discussions of new films, books, television shows, and media indirectly related to magic and magicians. For example, there may be a book on mnemonics or theatrical technique we should know or at least know about.
Pepka
Posts: 403
Joined: May 4th, 2008, 9:40 am

Gambling scam book......

Postby Pepka » March 28th, 2003, 10:15 am

Hey gang, wanted to call your attention to a book I found. "Bringing Down The House". No, it is not the basis of the newest Steve Martin movie. It is the true story of 6 M.I.T. math whizzes who developed a very sophisticated card counting scheme, and eventually took the casinos in Vegas for one hell of a ride. I imagine that anyone interested in cons, as myself and many magicians are, will find this a great read. Also looking for anyone who might have heard more about this story. Perhaps one of the guys in Vegas?
Pepka

Bob Farmer
Posts: 1908
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Short card above selection.

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Bob Farmer » March 29th, 2003, 4:35 am

An earlier operation, also by clever students, is detailed in THE EUDAEMONIC PIE. Sorry, I can't find the book, so no auther known.

Guest

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Guest » April 18th, 2003, 7:07 am

I also heard a rumor that 'Bringing Down the House' is currently in production phases for a major movie release. Kevin Spacey was interviewed on national television a few weeks ago on E! and he mentioned that he accepted the script to this exciting plot.

I bought the book as soon as it came out on to the shelves, and I've probably read it at least four times already. It really is a witty, smart, and fun read for anyone interested in this realm of entertainment.

On a similar note, I also heard that James Swain wants to put his Tony Valentine works onto the big screen as well. It's been a while since I heard anything, but I've enjoyed his three books equally as much. His insider knowledge of hustling and gambling makes every page worth while. I wonder what it would all look like in a movie... I guess only time will tell.

RT

Bill Mullins
Posts: 3970
Joined: January 17th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Huntsville, AL

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Bill Mullins » April 18th, 2003, 8:49 am

So who do you see as Tony Valentine? Joe Mantegna?

Guest

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Guest » April 18th, 2003, 9:34 am

For whatever reason... I actually saw Clint Eastwood as Tony Valentine, LOL... I'm sorry if that's a visual disappointment. I just found certain qualities in Valentine that were similar in the stereotypical Eastwood role. The antisocial, independent, street-smart type of character just seemed to fit him perfectly.

RT

James Foster
Posts: 103
Joined: March 18th, 2008, 2:11 pm

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby James Foster » April 26th, 2003, 7:25 am

THE EUDAEMONIC PIE was written by Thomas Bass. For many years this book was always in the remaindered section of the local bookstores.

Another new book of interest to those passionate about gaming culture is James McManus' "Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker." McManus' account of his unlikely participation in the WSoP originally ran in Harper's, but the book is account of Las Vegas, gaming, the history of playing cards, and so much more. Enjoy...

CHRIS
Posts: 678
Joined: January 31st, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: las vegas

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby CHRIS » April 26th, 2003, 9:35 am

"The Eudaemonic Pie" - what a great book - what a great idea. I loved it. Can't wait to get "Bringing Down The House".

For all you gambling specialists a quick note that I will republish a lot of the great old gambling books like "Fools of Fortune" and "The Destruction of Mephisto's Greatest Web" and "Wanderings of a Vagabond".

Already available are "20 Years a Fakir" and "Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi" and "Sharps and Flats" and a few others.

Chris Wasshuber
preserving magic & gambling one book at a time.

Danny Archer
Posts: 596
Joined: February 29th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Denver
Contact:

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Danny Archer » April 30th, 2003, 12:16 pm

Just read The Eudaemonic Pie, last week .. thanks for the recommendation ... good read ...
Producer of MINDvention
mentalism convention

Guest

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Guest » May 5th, 2003, 12:09 pm

Jim Swain was on CBS's Sunday Morning show this past Sunday. He did some nice bits of card sleights and taught a couple of gambling cons that used to be in use in Vegas. Good appearance, and interesting; wish I had taped it.

Jon

Terry
Posts: 1267
Joined: January 18th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Location: Kentucky

Re: Gambling scam book......

Postby Terry » May 10th, 2003, 5:26 am

"Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker."

Just picked this up at Barnes & Noble. They have it with 20% off regular price.


Return to “Alternative Media”