The perfect bet : taking the luck out of gambling / Adam Kucharski.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Profile Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9781781255476 9781781255476 (pbk.) :
Originally published: 2016.
Gamblers have been trying to figure out how to game the system since our ancestors first made wagers over dice fashioned from knucklebones: in revolutionary Paris, the 'martingale' strategy was rumoured to lead to foolproof success at the roulette table; now, in the 21st century, professional gamblers are using cutting-edge techniques to tilt the odds further in their favour. At the roulette wheel, card table or racecourse, science is giving us the competitive edge over opponents, casinos and bookmakers. But is there such a thing as a perfect bet? This book looks beyond probability and statistics to examine how wagers have inspired a plethora of new disciplines - spanning chaos theory, behavioural psychology, machine learning and game theory - which are not just revolutionising gambling, but changing our fundamental notions about chance, randomness and luck.
xvi, 271 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
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