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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Huntington Press; 1 Ed edition (July 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929712005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929712000
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Griffin teaches mathematics and statistics at California State University, Sacramento. He is interviewed frequently on radio, television, and in newspapers regarding probabilistic matters, particularly those associated with casino gambling and the lottery. Griffin served as the election eve statistical consultant for United Press international throughout the '80s, and is believed to hold the world record for rope jumping by a gambling theorist-more than 400,000 without a miss.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Galen P. Cawley Jr. on March 24, 2000
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This is a well-written book about numbers, life, probability, humor, trading, and you-name-it, disguised as a series of articles about gambling odds. If you are a gambler, you must read this book. If you are not a gambler and you don't buy it, you're taking your chances anyway!
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By 4321dud on October 30, 2014
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After reading C. J. Peterson's book titled "Blackjack Incremental Betting," I joyously thought that Peterson presented a neat betting approach that could make me a winner against a negative expectation game. Well, it could; I just have to be really, really lucky. Now enter page 10 of Gambling Ramblings and hit me with the beat down of my feeling lucky delirium. No, Virginia, when it comes to Las Vegas, there is no Santa Claus. The betting up while winning progression I was counting on to deliver me my fortune was clearly and definitively shown to firmly entrench me in the "loser" column. While this neat little book was chock full of advanced mathematical formulas well beyond the comprehension of this humble (no, honest, I am really humble) reviewer; I felt a sort of peace enshroud me while I read it. No matter how I tried to skirt the math, it kept whispering to me from the shadows, "Hello, loser." In a fatalistic way, I might go ahead and gamble just for the entertainment. And if I do, in fact, win, it's all luck … not me. If you don't gamble and are not tempted to, then you can go ahead and skip Gambling Ramblings. On the other hand, if you insist on the gaming life, this book can be summed up in just two words, "Hello, loser."
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