The Perfect Bet

Author: Adam Kucharski
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782832058
Release Date: 2016-05-05
Genre: Mathematics

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 roulette ; today, professional gamblers are using cutting-edge techniques to tilt the odds in their favour. Science is giving us the competitive edge over opponents, casinos and bookmakers. But is there such a thing as a perfect bet? The Perfect Bet looks beyond probability and statistics to examine how wagers have inspired a plethora of new disciplines - spanning chaos theory, machine learning and game theory - which are not just revolutionising gambling, but changing our fundamental notions about chance, randomness and luck. Explaining why poker is gaming's last bastion of human superiority over AI, how methods originally developed for the US nuclear programme are helping pundits predict sports results and why a new breed of algorithms are losing banks millions, The Perfect Bet has the inside track on any wager you'd care to place.

Pride Prejudice and the Perfect Bet

Author: Marilyn Brant
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 1500473901
Release Date: 2014-07-09
Genre: Fiction

The course of true love doesn't always run smooth…Everyone thought Beth Ann Bennet and Dr. Will Darcy had an unexpected romance in PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (White Soup Press, January 2013). Now, Beth's best friend, Jane Henderson, and Will's first cousin, Bingley McNamara, begin their own unlikely love story in PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT BET, which starts at the Bennet/Darcy wedding when the two of them find themselves in the roles of maid of honor and best man for the newlyweds.Jane is an interning school psychologist and a woman who wears an angelic mask in public, but she's not as sweet tempered as she'd like everyone to believe. Turns out, she may have just crossed paths with the one person who'll unnerve her enough to get her to reveal her true self.As for Bingley, he's a wealthy, flirtatious, compulsively social guru of finance, who likes to wager on stocks and, let's face it, on just about anything that strikes his fancy. But this dedicated ladies' man may have finally met the woman who'll challenge his bachelor ways! Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Bet…where life's biggest gamble is the game of love.An Excerpt from Chapter One:Finally, the procession out of the church began and Jane, as maid of honor, had to walk back down the aisle with Bingley, the supposed "best" man.“Delightful ceremony,” he pronounced loudly, insuring that everyone nearby would hear, as he formally offered her his arm. But he looked at her as if he'd much rather promenade with a python.“I agree,” she said, smiling tightly and playing the part.He cast an absolutely ecstatic grin at the friends and family in attendance as the two of them took their first steps toward the church's vestibule. “Only the receiving line and the final pictures,” he hissed, his lips near her ear as if sharing a secret. “And then I can start getting drunk. I plan to be pretty damn buzzed before our special dance.”She leaned closer to him and hissed right back, “So funny! I was thinking exactly the same thing.” “Yeah? I remember the last time you got your hands on some champagne, Jane. Who are you gonna be making out with tonight?”She gripped his arm perhaps a little more forcefully than necessary. “Not you.”He winced but didn't stop walking or faux grinning at the congregation. “Oh, I wasn't offering, sweetheart. I've already been burned once. I don't do second chances.”She gulped. To her ear, he sounded hurt, which both surprised her and pissed her off. He was acting like some innocent in the whole thing. Like he hadn't been trying to take advantage of her—one way or another. That he hadn't made a bet that involved her. Ha. She'd tear him apart limb by limb, this very second, in fact, if it wouldn't ruin her dress before the reception.Beth and Will, the happy newlyweds, had stopped just up ahead of them and were getting ready to greet their guests in the receiving line. Before Jane pulled away from Bingley to dutifully take her place next to the bride, she gave the quote-unquote “best man” her parting shot. “I don't do second chances either,” she informed him. “And, for the record, you might as well pay up Dustin and buy your own beer because there's no way you'll win your gamble with him. At least not with my help.”Jane had the satisfaction of seeing him freeze in his spot, a look of shock and confusion on his handsome face, as she turned her back to him.Now that she'd told him off at last, he'd have to stay away from her, except when their attendant duties made interaction absolutely necessary. Seriously, how much more trouble could the guy cause in less than twenty-four hours, right?Right.

The Only Poker Book You ll Ever Need

Author: John Wenzel
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781440517907
Release Date: 2006-05-30
Genre: Games & Activities

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Probability Guide to Gambling

Author: Catalin Barboianu
Publisher: INFAROM Publishing
ISBN: 9789738752030
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Games

Over the past two decades, gamblers have begun taking mathematics into account more seriously than ever before. While probability theory is the only rigorous theory modeling the uncertainty, even though in idealized conditions, numerical probabilities are viewed not only as mere mathematical information, but also as a decision-making criterion, especially in gambling. This book presents the mathematics underlying the major games of chance and provides a precise account of the odds associated with all gaming events. It begins by explaining in simple terms the meaning of the concept of probability for the layman and goes on to become an enlightening journey through the mathematics of chance, randomness and risk. It then continues with the basics of discrete probability (definitions, properties, theorems and calculus formulas), combinatorics and counting arguments for those interested in the supporting mathematics. These mathematic sections may be skipped by readers who do not have a minimal background in mathematics; these readers can skip directly to the Guide to Numerical Results to pick the odds and recommendations they need for the desired gaming situation. Doing so is possible due to the organization of that chapter, in which the results are listed at the end of each section, mostly in the form of tables. The chapter titled The Mathematics of Games of Chance presents these games not only as a good application field for probability theory, but also in terms of human actions where probability-based strategies can be tried to achieve favorable results. Through suggestive examples, the reader can see what are the experiments, events and probability fields in games of chance and how probability calculus works there. The main portion of this work is a collection of probability results for each type of game. Each game s section is packed with formulas and tables. Each section also contains a description of the game, a classification of the gaming events and the applicable probability calculations. The primary goal of this work is to allow the reader to quickly find the odds for a specific gaming situation, in order to improve his or her betting/gaming decisions. Every type of gaming event is tabulated in a logical, consistent and comprehensive manner. The complete methodology and complete or partial calculations are shown to teach players how to calculate probability for any situation, for every stage of the game for any game. Here, readers can find the real odds, returned by precise mathematical formulas and not by partial simulations that most software uses. Collections of odds are presented, as well as strategic recommendations based on those odds, where necessary, for each type of gaming situation. The book contains much new and original material that has not been published previously and provides great coverage of probabilities for the following games of chance: Dice, Slots, Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Texas Hold em Poker, Lottery and Sport Bets. Most of games of chance are predisposed to probability-based decisions. This is why the approach is not an exclusively statistical one (like many other titles published on this subject), but analytical: every gaming event is taken as an individual applied probability problem to solve. A special chapter defines the probability-based strategy and mathematically shows why such strategy is theoretically optimal."

Jade Shep

Author: Monica Murphy
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641195861
Release Date: 2017-05-09
Genre: Fiction

Schlimm genug, dass Jades Freund sie zu einem langweiligen Pokerspiel mitschleppt. Er benutzt sie auch noch als Spieleinsatz ... und verliert. Die perfekte Gelegenheit für Jade, ihn zu ihrem Ex-Freund zu machen. „Gewonnen“ hat sie angeblich der superreiche und extrem gut aussehende Shep Prescott. Ein Mann, der alles haben kann, aber scheinbar nur hinter ihr her ist. Nichts hält ihn zurück, egal wie abweisend Jade sich verhält. Und je widerspenstiger sie wird, desto mehr will er sie für sich ...

Sports Spread Betting

Author: Daniel Townend
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW
ISBN: 9781848397385
Release Date: 2003-06-01
Genre: Games

The definitive and up-to-date guide to sports spread betting Daniel Townend has interviewed many spread betting insiders in the spread betting firms, sports journalists and successful punters to compile this definitive and up-to-date guide to all aspects of Sports Spread Betting. The book includes chapters on the major individual sports, details of all the different markets offered and the differences between the spread betting firms. The book has sections on: 1) The philosophy of a spread bettor 2) Lies, damned lies and statistics...but how the spread firms swear by them. 3) What moves the market...what traders are thinking when they are setting markets 4) Money-management – know what your losses could be 5) In-running betting 6) Football - Why despite being the national obsession, football is the hardest sport to win on 7) Cricket and how it is the perfect spread bet sport 8) Rugby - The elite teams and inside comment from Ian Robertson 9) Golf - The majors vs. the run of the mill competitions. 10) American Football, Motor Racing & Greyhound Racing 11) Politics - The intrigue of insider information from the halls of Westminster with inside comment from Peter Kellner.

Game on Mein Herz will dich

Author: Kristen Callihan
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783736300330
Release Date: 2016-03-03
Genre: Fiction

Die Regeln lauten wie folgt: 1. Wir küssen uns nicht auf den Mund. 2. Wir bleiben nicht über Nacht. 3. Wir erzählen niemandem von uns. 4. (und das ist die wichtigste Regel von allen) Wir verlieben uns nicht ineinander. Anna Jones will vor allem eines: Einen guten Collegeabschluss machen. Dass sie sich in den Star-Quarterback Drew Baylor verliebt, passt ihr ganz und gar nicht in den Kram. Drew ist sexy, charmant und selbstbewusst und sonnt sich gern im Licht der Öffentlichkeit. Auch nach einer heißen Nacht mit ihm ist Anna sich sicher: Mehr als ein One-Night-Stand darf die Sache nicht werden. Aber Drew hat sich in den Kopf gesetzt, Anna für sich zu gewinnen. Und wenn er beim Football eines gelernt hat, dann dass man hartnäckig bleiben muss, wenn man den Sieg davontragen will.

The Perfect Punter

Author: Dave Farrar
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781408165010
Release Date: 2012-02-16
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Like millions of other sports-mad gamblers around the world, Dave Farrar loved taking on the bookies. But when the girl that he loved walked out on him without explaining why, it all went wrong and he embarked on an ill-disciplined six-month losing streak that made him decide that he was done with punting forever. As he started to get over the fact that the girl wasn't coming back, he resolved not to give up without a fight. But this time, he was going to do it properly, making sure that he did enough research to take on the bookmakers and win. In The Perfect Punter, Farrar delves into the detail of every sporting event he'd lost money on in that bad run to make sure that, whenever he placed a bet in the future, he would know more about it than anyone else. He travels around the world following the sporting calendar, meeting experts who help him get to the bottom of each event so he can try to win back every penny that he lost. From snooker at the Crucible and racing at Cheltenham, to tennis at Roland Garros, golf's Ryder Cup and the US Superbowl, The Perfect Punter is the engrossing story of one man's journey to overcome the odds.

Carnival Games the Perfect Crimes

Author: Richard Margittay
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465332363
Release Date: 2009-12-02
Genre: True Crime

This book, written primarily as a training guide for law enforcement personnel, demonstrates how easily police officers can get sucked in by professional con artists. Secondly, the book was written to alert potential victims of the lack of police protection. Thought of by many as just "nickel and dime," the reality is that most midway games, which start with $2 or $5 per play, sometimes builds to more than $100 in losses. It was evident these openly brazen career criminals, who primarily target children these days, account for several million dollars annually in Michigan alone, while they proclaim that their good-natured fraud and gambling enterprises are not crimes at all, but merely "games of skill." For more information, please visit www.carnivalcongames.com You may email the author at [email protected] You may visit http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/money/consumer/call_for_action/before-you-head-out-to-a-summer-carnival,-we-tell-you-why-you-need-to-beware-of-some-carnival-games to view the WXYZ-TV exposure of rigged Carnival Games.

Al Pha s Bet

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101650240
Release Date: 2011-05-12
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Wonderful things are being invented every day in Al Pha's world-fire, the wheel, even shadows! His big chance to be part of history comes when the King announces that the twenty-six recently invented letters need to be put in order. Al makes a bet with himself that he's the man for the job. Through a series of funny events, he eventually finds the perfect order for the letters, and the king rewards him by naming his creation the "Alphabet." Sure to entertain and engage young readers, this book turns the ABC's inside out. Kids will laugh at the quirky illustrations and clever wordplay, while wondering where the alphabet really did get its order.

Her Best Bet

Author: Pamela Ford
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9781426841514
Release Date: 2009-10-01
Genre: Fiction

Face her ten-year reunion as a lowly traffic manager? No way. Izzy Gordon is going to realize her dream of becoming a filmmaker. Her documentary about an old Wisconsin lodge and its gangster history is sure to be a winner. And she's got an ace up her sleeve, since her family owns the land. Too bad this film drops her into a brewing feud. Seems her family wants to sell the property and the lodge owners are fighting to stay open. They've drafted Gib Murphy—globe-trotting photojournalist and prodigal grandson—to stack their hand. Wow. Could this get worse? Apparently it could, because she's developing a thing for Gib…one he's returning. So at what point does her bluff get called and she has to confess her real identity?

Bet on a Cowboy

Author: Julie Benson
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9781459230781
Release Date: 2012-06-01
Genre: Fiction

Commitment phobic Colorado cowboy Griffin McAlister has it all figured out. Do the reality dating show, get the money his family desperately needs and go on with his life. Actually falling in love was never part of the deal…least of all falling in love with the show's spunky director. Maggie Sullivan knows she's found a star the minute she meets Griffin. But as she gets to know the man behind the dimples, she realizes she might have found something more. It doesn't matter, though; she has a job to do. Besides, how could he ever notice her while he's busy wooing ten gorgeous women? Now Griffin has a choice to make: stick with the plan and lose Maggie forever, or risk everything for a chance to win her heart!

Never Bet the Farm

Author: Anthony Iaquinto
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118041003
Release Date: 2010-12-03
Genre: Business & Economics

In Never Bet the Farm two leading entrepreneurs, Anthony Iaquinto and Stephen Spinelli, turn much of the so-called expert advice for entrepreneurs on its head. They show that by preparing for setbacks and using a framework that can help reduce risks and simplify decision making, entrepreneurs can increase their probability for success. They refute the idea that there is an ideal entrepreneurial “type,” and show that luck can be as important as a business plan in many enterprises. Above all, the authors emphasize that entrepreneurship is a career, not a one-time event, and winners are those who can keep themselves in the game. Never Bet the Farm is an easy-to-understand and attractive tool for anyone who has a business idea, but who might be wary of the risks implied in starting their own business.

The Perfect Indulgence

Author: Isabel Sharpe
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9781460349816
Release Date: 2015-02-01
Genre: Fiction

The perfect pick-me-up! After swapping lives—and coffee shops—with her twin sister, Chris Meyer is certain her New Yorker uptightness has melted in the hot California sunshine. But finding inner peace is tough with four guys vying for her attention. Including the one who turns her mellow zen into a way-too-sexy zing… Zac Arnette doesn't mind a little competition, because he knows the attraction he and Chris share is smoking hot! They agree to a friends-with-benefits fling—which fits in with Chris's new laid-back style. But she might not want to give up her favorite new indulgence when it's time to return to NYC…