“No-crap craps: crapless craps done right”

For intellectual property enthusiasts: “No-crap craps: crapless craps done right,” US patent application # 2006/0043671 A1, filed August 30, 2004 by Stuart N. Ethier. Here’s how Ethier summarizes his innovation: “Crapless Craps, a game that has existed for more than 20 years, is a modification of standard craps designed to eliminate the possibility of the […]

How to gamble if you’re in a hurry, colorfully

The trio of Ekhad, Georgiadis and Zeilberger evidently had a good time writing this statistico-mathematical paper: “How to Gamble If You’re In a Hurry“ Shalosh B. Ekhad, Evangelos Georgiadis, Doron Zeilberger [pictured here] arXiv:1112.1645, Dec 7, 2011 “The beautiful theory of statistical gambling, started by Dubins and Savage (for subfair games) and continued by Kelly and Breiman (for superfair […]

Why casinos might ban gamblers who have tatoos

A press release from Northwestern University almost hints at why gambling casinos might decide to ban anyone who sports a tatoo: Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed “tattoo electronics” — wireless electronics so flexible and thin they can be applied to the skin and forgotten. “The blurring of electronics and […]

Slot Machine Gamblers: Hard to Study?

It’s hard to get good payoffs from slot machines, yes. But it’s also hard to get good information from slot-machine gamblers, and that made things awkward for psychologists Mark Griffiths, of Nottingham Trent University, and Jonathan Parke, of Salford University. They explained how, in a monograph called Slot Machine Gamblers – Why Are They So […]