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Author:Frank Morgan, MAA Online
Description: In his Contract Bridge syndicated column Phillip Alder says that the odds against getting a "Yarborough - a hand with no card higher than a nine" are 1827 to 1, and that the odds against two players getting a Yarborough on the same deal are about 182 million to 1. Is he right? Answer: The odds against a particular player getting a Yarborough are indeed about 1827.04 to 1, but the odds against some two players geting Yarboroughs are only about 91 million to 1, half of Alder's figure...

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Articles
Math Topics: Probability

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