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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: For centuries, Jews have played the game of dreidel as part of the festivities associated with Hanukkah. Surprisingly, it turns out that this ancient game is also an unfair game. In 1976, Robert Feinerman of Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in Bronx, NY, proved that the first player has a greater expected payoff than the second player, who in turn has a greater expected payoff than the third player. Thus, the first player has an unfair advantage over the second player, and so on.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Games, Articles
Math Topics: Probability

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