21: Bringing Down the House

Author: Ben Mezrich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448135915

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 7774


Real-life all too rarely offers stories that are quite as satisfying as fiction. Bringing Down the House is one of the exceptions. Cheating in casinos is illegal; card-counting - making a record of what cards have so far been dealt to enable the player to make some prediction of what cards remain in the deck - is not. But casinos understandably dislike the practice and make every effort to keep card-counters out of their premises. Bringing Down the House tells the true story of the most successful scam ever, in which teams of brilliant young mathematicians and physicists won millions of dollars from the casinos of Las Vegas, being drawn in the process into the high-life of drugs, high-spending and sex. Bringing Down the House is as readable and as fascinating as Liar's Poker or Barbarians At the Gate, an insight into a closed, excessive and utterly corrupt world.

Elvis, Marilyn, and the Space Aliens

Author: Robin Holabird

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 0874174651

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 6847


Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, and space aliens like the Transformers share a surprising connection along with James Bond, Indiana Jones, and Rocky Balboa. These beloved icons played active roles in movie and television projects set in the state of Nevada. Long time state film commissioner and movie reviewer Holabird explores the blending of icons and Nevada, along with her personal experiences of watching movies, talking with famous people, and showing off a diverse range of stunning and iconic locations like Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Area 51. Holabird shows how Nevada’s flash, flair, and fostering of the forbidden provided magic for singers, sexpots, and strange creatures from other worlds. She also gives readers an insider’s look into moviemaking in Nevada by drawing on her extensive experience as a film commissioner. This is a unique take on film history and culture, and Holabird explores eighteen film genres populated by one-of-a-kind characters with ties to Nevada. Along with being a film history of the state of Nevada written by a consummate insider, the book is a fun mixture of research, personal experiences, and analysis about how Nevada became the location of choice for a broad spectrum of well-known films and characters.

The Knockout Rule

Author: Kelly Siskind

Publisher: CD Books

ISBN: 1988937159

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4959


AN APPLE BOOKS BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH!! Siskind's latest slow-burn romance is stay-up-all-night addictive and proves love hits when you least expect it... Growing up with an adoring father for a boxing legend isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. It looks more like hospital visits, bloody noses, and cracked ribs. Isla Slade now works as a physiotherapist, helping athletes heal their bodies. Except for boxers. She has no interest in reliving the stress of her teen years. Dating someone in the boxing world? She’d rather snort wasabi powder. Until she meets Preston Church. Preston manages heavyweight boxing darling Brick Kramarov. A brute who’s built tougher than his name, with a cocky attitude to boot. She wants nothing to do with either man, but her father begs her to help them prepare for a huge Vegas fight. She doesn’t expect Preston to recite romantic poems and slowly break her resolve. His fascinating mind gets under her skin, even if his star athlete reminds her how much she hates boxing. Too bad it’s Brick coaching Preston how to woo Isla, falling for her from the sidelines. Once she finds out, she’ll have to decide if she can risk loving another man who puts it all on the line for the knockout. One-click this hot mistaken identity romance today! ________ "These characters are so full of passion and heart--their romance is what happily-ever-afters are made of." ~ USA Today bestselling author Brenda St. John Brown "An addictive binge read romance!" ~ Doing it by the Book "There's only one way to review this...by yelling it from the rooftops about how awesome it is!" ~ Red Reader ________ The complete Showmen series: New Orleans Rush Don't Go Stealing My Heart The Beat Match The Knockout Rule

Security Strategy

Author: Bill Stackpole,Eric Oksendahl

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439827345

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 346

View: 1499


Addressing the diminished understanding of the value of security on the executive side and a lack of good business processes on the security side, Security Strategy: From Requirements to Reality explains how to select, develop, and deploy the security strategy best suited to your organization. It clarifies the purpose and place of strategy in an information security program and arms security managers and practitioners with a set of security tactics to support the implementation of strategic planning initiatives, goals, and objectives. The book focuses on security strategy planning and execution to provide a clear and comprehensive look at the structures and tools needed to build a security program that enables and enhances business processes. Divided into two parts, the first part considers business strategy and the second part details specific tactics. The information in both sections will help security practitioners and mangers develop a viable synergy that will allow security to take its place as a valued partner and contributor to the success and profitability of the enterprise. Confusing strategies and tactics all too often keep organizations from properly implementing an effective information protection strategy. This versatile reference presents information in a way that makes it accessible and applicable to organizations of all sizes. Complete with checklists of the physical security requirements that organizations should consider when evaluating or designing facilities, it provides the tools and understanding to enable your company to achieve the operational efficiencies, cost reductions, and brand enhancements that are possible when an effective security strategy is put into action.

Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society

Author: Rodney P. Carlisle

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452266107

Category: Education

Page: 1032

View: 3062


CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2009 "This ground-breaking resource is strongly recommended for all libraries and health and welfare institutional depots; essential for university collections, especially those catering to social studies programs." —Library Journal, STARRED Review Children and adults spend a great deal of time in activities we think of as "play," including games, sports, and hobbies. Without thinking about it very deeply, almost everyone would agree that such activities are fun, relaxing, and entertaining. However, play has many purposes that run much deeper than simple entertainment. For children, play has various functions such as competition, following rules, accepting defeat, choosing leaders, exercising leadership, practicing adult roles, and taking risks in order to reap rewards. For adults, many games and sports serve as harmless releases of feelings of aggression, competition, and intergroup hostility. The Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society explores the concept of play in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. Its scope encompasses leisure and recreational activities of children and adults throughout the ages, from dice games in the Roman Empire to video games today. With more than 450 entries, these two volumes do not include coverage of professional sports and sport teams but, instead, cover the hundreds of games played not to earn a living but as informal activity. All aspects of play—from learning to competition, mastery of nature, socialization, and cooperation—are included. Simply enough, this Encyclopedia explores play played for the fun of it! Key Features Available in both print and electronic formats Provides access to the fascinating literature that has explored questions of psychology, learning theory, game theory, and history in depth Considers the affects of play on child and adult development, particularly on health, creativity, and imagination Contains entries that describe both adult and childhood play and games in dozens of cultures around the world and throughout history Explores the sophisticated analyses of social thinkers such as Huizinga, Vygotsky, and Sutton-Smith, as well as the wide variety of games, toys, sports, and entertainments found around the world Presents cultures as diverse as the ancient Middle East, modern Russia, and China and in nations as far flung as India, Argentina, and France Key Themes Adult Games Board and Card Games Children's Games History of Play Outdoor Games and Amateur Sports Play and Education Play Around the World Psychology of Play Sociology of Play Toys and Business Video and Online Games For a subject we mostly consider light-hearted, play as a research topic has generated an extensive and sophisticated literature, exploring a range of penetrating questions. This two-volume set serves as a general, nontechnical resource for academics, researchers, and students alike. It is an essential addition to any academic library.

Breaking Vegas

Author: Ben Mezrich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407095463

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 7700


For nearly five years, he was known as the 'Darling Of Las Vegas'; the biggest high roller to hit Sin City in decades, a hotshot, twenty one year-old kid with a seemingly unlimited bankroll and an even more unlimited lust for big money action. His name was Semyon Dukatch, and stories swirled in his wake. Some said he was a Russian arms dealer, others a pop star from Eastern Europe. But the truth was even more unlikely: he was a twenty-one year old graduate student who had a plan that would one day make him richer than anyone could possibly imagine. The Darling of Las Vegas quickly became a legend in the casino world. He is the only person banned from the island of Aruba. He was held, at gunpoint, in a cave in Monte Carlo and told that if he ever returned, he'd be murdered. And he made millions of dollars playing blackjack, using three simple techniques that gave him the edge, techniques that are revealed in this book for the first time. This is his story, the ultimate true story of Las Vegas, the book Vegas doesn't want you to read...

Seven Wonders

Author: Ben Mezrich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 147351763X

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 1377


Whilst exploring the ruins of a Greek temple, Professor Jack Grady receives an urgent phone call: his brother, a renowned mathematician, has been murdered. His sudden death, that comes just as he was about to crack the code of a centuries-old mystery, sets in motion a global domino effect. Jack must race from Brazil and Jordan to India and Peru in order to discover the secret that links the Seven Wonders of the World, before it’s too late...

I Am a Dice Controller

Author: Frank Scoblete

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1633191826

Category: Games

Page: 256

View: 3677


Dice control. The only way to beat the casinos at craps! Frank Scoblete reveals his secrets and takes you step-by-step through his dice control techniques: sets, stance, grip, throw, arc, backspin, landing, proper betting, and the 5-Count. Additionally, Frank exposes the good, the bad, and the ugly betrayals he experienced in 25 years playing with the world's greatest dice controllers. Join the legendary Captain, the father of dice control. Marvel at the greatest dice controller of all time, the woman known as "The Arm" in the roaring days of Atlantic City! Meet today's dice control stars: the Dominator, Jerry "Stickman," Chris "Sharpshooter" Pawlicki, Howard "Rock 'n' Roller," Bill "Ace-10" Burton, Bob "Mr. Finesse," John "Skinny," Nick@Night, Billy "the Kid," Daryl "No Field Five," Arman "Pit Boss," Mark "Dice Pilot," Randy "Randman," and Tim "Timmer." Learn about PARR, the first dice control class created by controversial author Jerry Patterson. Enter the famous Golden Touch dice control school. Meet the great dice control teams: the Captain's Crew, the Lee Brothers, the Five Horsemen, and the tag teams of Marilyn "the Goddess" and Charlie "Sandtrap;" Heavenly Kitten and Star Shine; Pat "Dr. Crapology" and Janis "Alligator Rose." Meet the crooks, the cheats, the scoundrels, and the screw-ups of the dice-control world. Join Frank on his adventures inside the exclusive world of elite dice controllers.

Straight Flush

Author: Ben Mezrich

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448164605

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

View: 9847


Straight Flush is the true story of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local bar into one of the largest online poker companies in the world. At its height, the group's online empire was bringing in revenues of over a million dollars a day. The industry they launched grew so huge so fast, and in such a grey area of US and international law, at first it was never really clear whether their actions were legal or criminal. From setting up their operations in Costa Rica, to their efforts at building a veil of legitimacy in Vancouver; from embracing a hedonistic lifestyle of girls, drugs and money to becoming some of the richest people in the world; from engaging in operations against their competitors that sometimes escalated into near all-out wars to the legal battles that finally resulted in one of them heading to prison and another living life on the run – Straight Flush is an exclusive look behind the headlines of one of the biggest stories of the past decade.