While Hurricane Sandy shuts down Atlantic City, it's worth pondering this: Whether you gamble in Las Vegas or at an Indian Casino, you know that winning is not just a matter of luck.
Take a roulette table: at first glance, it looks like a jumble of numbers and a randomly hopping little white ball. But with a better understanding of physics and some general knowledge of the starting conditions, it may be possible to shift the odds of winning a little in your favor. If you know some of the starting conditions--such as the speed of the spin and the rotation of the ball-- this game of chance starts to look a little less random.
Under normal conditions, the anticipated return on a random roulette bet extremely small, but by applying a few calculations to a casino-grade roulette wheel and using a simple clicker device, researchers were able to achieve an average return of 18%.
Will they soon be throwing scientists out of casinos, they way they do card counters now?
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