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Gamble the Scientific Way (Before the Weather Throws You Out)

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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They Have been throwing them out for a long time now, if detected. See book, The Eudaemonic Pie. http://books.google.ca/books/about/The_Eudaemonic_Pie.html?id=Q9aOedEfOM...

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