Predictably Random Things
Here's a thought: all betting games are built around some form of probabilistic randomness.
When you are playing backjack the cards coming out are random in that each remaining card has an equal chance of being the next card drawn, but the cards that have already been drawn from the shoe are now no longer in the set of remaining cards. When you are betting on horseracing, each horse could win the race, but their past races will probably be close to the times of their next race. When you are playing the casino game craps (or any game with dice) you are constrained to the 6 sides of each die with an equal probability of each side landing face up. It's interesting that cards, dice, and horse races are a physical source of randomness, and it's interesting to think about how we can use it in developing video games and software applications. It's also interesting to see if we can use mathematics and probability models to see if it's possible to consistently win at a betting game.
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