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Fall 2014

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Senior Capstone Presentations

Fall 2014

When:  December 10, 2014
Location:  Yost 306
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 pm

Speaker:  Alexander Katz

Title:  CRAPS, can you win?

Abstract: I investigated the game of Craps because I enjoy gambling and I have been successful playing Craps at casinos. While at the casino, I have done some mental math and found some parts of the game to have good odds. However, I had never done any of the hard mathematics. This project allowed me the opportunity to research something that I enjoy and to see whether or not it was possible to make money. In order to figure out the odds of each game and to see if it was possible to make a profit, I used an assortment of different probability techniques. This included anything as simple as figuring out the chance that a two will roll next to the probability of a seven coming before a ten given that a ten has already been rolled.

 

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