Synopses & Reviews
"I've never met anyone better at helping us to understand how to deal with chance and use it to our advantage, whether in negotiation or at the sports book."--Larry Kramer, CEO & President, CBS MarketWatch.com
Includes bibliographical references (p. 151) and index.
About the Author
Mike Orkin, Ph.D.
, is a professor of statistics at California State University, Hayward. An authority on gambling and game theory, Orkin has consulted for government agencies and the private sector, testified as an expert witness in various court cases, and developed software for Las Vegas odds makers. He is the author of several books, including Can You Win?
. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Table of Contents
Lotteries, luck, and unlikely events -- The laws of chance -- The many faces of chance -- Using chance to get information -- Roulette : a civilized way to lose -- Craps : a relentless ride through the rapids of risk -- Slot machines and video poker : Pavlov lives on -- Blackjack : a game you (or someone) can win -- Zero-sum games : the abstraction of hardball -- Prisoner's dilemma : a game with cooperation -- War games : NATO versus Yugoslavia.