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On the surface, Adam Resnick was your typical guy next door, a friendly, charismatic father of two. But he spent the first decade of his adult life winning and losing fortunes playing blackjack and betting on sports, sometimes winning and losing millions in mere hours–until, in one frenzied night, he received a phone call that was his moment of reckoning, and that sounded the death knell for his lifelong addiction.

Bust is a white–knuckled story of the highs and lows of a world–class gambler. Introduced to gambling at the age of six, Resnick was a whiz kid who was winning tens of thousands by his teens. A successful businessman, he won and lost millions at the gambling tables throughout his twenties–and wrote more than 130 bad checks to cover his losses. Resnick''s high–rolling lifestyle opened the door to the parties ''n'' celebrities universe of Las Vegas, while at the same time introducing him to the underbelly of bookies and mobsters. He was surrounded by a host of enablers who lent him cash–often at exorbitant rates that enriched their pockets at his expense. And, finally, he found what seemed like the answer to his prayers: An insider at a family–owned Chicago bank who gave him an open line of credit. It all came to a head one fateful morning when a phone call informed him that he had 24 hours to deposit $3,000,000 into a bank account. Cornered by sure financial ruin, a prison sentence, and worse, Resnick drove to a casino in Hammond, Indiana, with a million dollars in cash . . . won up to $8 million in one night . . . and then lost it all before he left the table. In one frenzied night–captured on casino videotape–Resnick brought down that bank, and won himself a jail sentence for bank fraud.

Adam Resnick''s story is both moving and timely. Coming when the multi–billion–dollar gambling industry is bigger than ever and celebrity poker tournaments are the rage, this stinging indictment of gambling''s dark side and portrait of a lifelong addict will draw readers who want to know more about what it is to be a high roller–the risks, the exhilaration, and the eventual collapse

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Adam Resnick grew up in a typical middle-class Wisconsin household. From early childhood, he exhibited behavioral patterns that would later define and drive his gambling. Before his indictment in 2005, he had built a successful career as a health care entrepreneur. In January 2007, after pleading guilty to wire fraud, Resnick began a forty-two-month term in federal prison.

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Mark P. McDonald
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Wanna bet on a million little pieces ?
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2007
I picked up this book after hearing about it on the radio of all places! The Talk Show host talked about the book with a sense of awe that anyone could do the things that Resnick did to feed his gambling habit. It is the sense of someone who is liable to the flash and... See more
I picked up this book after hearing about it on the radio of all places! The Talk Show host talked about the book with a sense of awe that anyone could do the things that Resnick did to feed his gambling habit. It is the sense of someone who is liable to the flash and celebrity associated with addition rather than the realities of broken families and broken lives.

Bust is a good story and while the people are real, I would suggest that readers look at this as a piece of fiction -- really a tribute to the incredible hubris of a person who is addicted to the action. The books prose works at a quick clip, the stories are almost too cute and perfect for the subject.

Resnick is an addict and in the book you get the sense that he has mentally internalized his problem, yet psychically he has not. In that regard it is a somewhat tragic tale until you realize that may be exactly what Resnick wants you to think.

Recommended as a first person study of the destructive effect of addition and the fact that it is always there even when you recognize you have a problem.
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Greg Wojnarowski
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What a fun emotional ride
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2017
What a fun emotional ride. As someone who frequented casinos and bet on sports many times in the past, I can relate so much of my life to this story (without bringing down a bank of course). So I can assure you the details in this story can be very real. I also grew up in... See more
What a fun emotional ride. As someone who frequented casinos and bet on sports many times in the past, I can relate so much of my life to this story (without bringing down a bank of course). So I can assure you the details in this story can be very real. I also grew up in the chicago area so that was an interesting dynamic as well.

Id also recommend a book called Poker Tilt by Dutch Boyd for those who have an interest in the pitfalls and perils of a poker player.
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jbengtson
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Holy. Crap.
Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2011
First of all, I will go on record and say that this book is almost impossible to put down once you start reading it. I heard the author on a local Chicago radio show and his life seemed like a total roller-coaster of a ride and I thought I''ve got to read more about this... See more
First of all, I will go on record and say that this book is almost impossible to put down once you start reading it. I heard the author on a local Chicago radio show and his life seemed like a total roller-coaster of a ride and I thought I''ve got to read more about this guy. I bought the book and think I read the entire thing in about 2 days. No doubt the author is a very smart guy in his businesses, but just goes to show you how one''s life can get turned upside down within the world of gambling and chance.

This book is a MUST READ for anyone who loves stories about ordinary people that defy the odds of survival with the the mob, Las Vegas casinos, the government and various other nefarious characters chomping on your heels. I still can''t imagine living this guys life for even one day. Wow. A+++. Outstanding book.
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Michael Carlomusto
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2015
Loved it. Great book. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys gambling.
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SLO
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Three Stars
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2015
Adam makes you laugh out loud. His picturesque descriptions ignite the imagination and the tickle bone.
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Ronald F. Sutcliffe
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Read it and you will like it!
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2015
Nice
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M. Buonagura
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poker player
Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2009
Great book. I had a hard time putting it down and read it in no time. Tragic story. I would not read the very end because it bothered me. Thanks Mark.
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Randy
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Pass on this!
Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2014
Complete waste of time!
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