Probability of Winning RouletteDate: 5/16/96 at 14:13:5 From: Anonymous Subject: Probability of winning roulette We are a group of advanced math students who would like to know how to calculate, discuss, and demonstrate the probabilities and mathematical expectations of roulette. Can you tell us where to look to find this, please? Date: 6/24/96 at 10:33:27 From: Doctor Gary Subject: Re: Probability of winning roulette You need look no further than the roulette wheel itself. Count how many different slots there are (some wheels have 1-36 and "0", others have 1-36, "0" and "00"). Unless the wheel is "crooked", there will be an equal chance of the ball landing in any one of the 37 or 38 slots, making the probability of landing in any one particular slot either 1/37 or 1/38, depending on the type of wheel used. If you make a more exotic bet (e.g. odd numbers, or "red"), the numerator of the probability of winning is determined by the number of slots that would allow you to win. The beauty of math is that you can do the "lab work" in your mind. -Doctor Gary, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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