This American Life on Blackjack

Jun 15, 2012

The newest episode of This American Life is on the game of Blackjack. Years ago one summer, I was a recent college graduate with a degree in engineering and a minor in statistics, making seven bucks and some change an hour and waiting for grad school to start. My idle mind grew obsessed with card counting. It didn’t work out so well, but needless to say I found this episode fascinating.

1 Comment

  • Cool. Thanks. Jeff Ma does a nice job in “House Advantage” talking about conditional probability applying to Blackjack (only).

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