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<p>A 1 in 14 million chance to win the lottery, a 5% risk of cancer, a 50:50 chance of heads on a coin — we deal with probabilities all the time, but do they actually mean anything? We explore the philosophy of probability and ask whether the probabilities that come up in physics differ from those in every day life.</p>
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It makes more sense to bet on a coin flip than to buy a lottery ticket. With a coin flip you have a 50:50 chance of winning but with the lottery that chance is only around 1 in 14 million. If you stand to win the same amount for the same stake, the choice is clear.</p>
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John Billingham </div>
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<p>Is poker a game of psychology and cunning rather than strategy? We investigate the maths of bluffing.</p>
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<p>If you've never played poker, you probably think that it's a game for degenerate gamblers and cigar-chomping hustlers in cowboy hats. That's certainly what I used to think. It turns out that poker is actually a very complicated game indeed. </p>
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<p style="width: 350px;">Poker originated in Europe in the middle ages. </p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/bluffing-and-exploitation-introduction-poker-maths" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/bluffing-and-exploitation-introduction-poker-maths#commentsgame of chancegame theorypokerprobabilityThu, 08 Aug 2013 09:10:13 +0000mf3445927 at http://plus.maths.org/contentCurious dice
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James Grime </div>
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<p>In this article we present a set of unusual dice and a two-player game in which you will always have the advantage. You can even teach your opponent how the game works, yet still win again!
We'll also look at a new game for three players in which you can potentially beat both opponents — at the same time!</p>
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<p>In this article we present a set of unusual dice and a two-player game in which you will always have the advantage. You can even teach your opponent how the game works, yet still win again!
Finally, we will describe a new game for three players in which you can potentially beat both opponents — at the same time!</p>
<p>Our two-player game involves two dice, but they're not the ordinary dice we're used to. Instead of displaying the values 1 to 6, each die has only two values, distributed as follows:</p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/non-transitiv-dice" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/non-transitiv-dice#commentsdiceEfron's dicegamblinggame of chanceprobabilityWed, 13 Oct 2010 16:06:34 +0000mf3445330 at http://plus.maths.org/contentThe colour of money
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The maths behind a curious ITV game show </div>
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<p><i>Are you disappointed because ITV's "most stressful game show on TV", The colour of money, seems to have been pulled? Do you think that you had just the right strategy to win? Then check out if you were right with <b>John Haigh's</b> analysis of best play.</i></p><p><a href="http://plus.maths.org/content/colour-money" target="_blank">read more</a></p>http://plus.maths.org/content/colour-money#commentsgame of chanceprobabilitystatistical estimationstatisticsMon, 25 May 2009 23:00:00 +0000plusadmin2535 at http://plus.maths.org/content