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What's Luck Got to Do with It? by Joseph Mazur

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Contents

Introduction

Part I: THE HISTORY

CHAPTER 1. PITS, PEBBLES, AND BONES

Rolling to Discover Fate

CHAPTER 2. THE PROFESSIONALS

Luck Becomes Measurable

CHAPTER 3. FROM COFFEEHOUSES TO CASINOS

Gaming Becomes Big Business

CHAPTER 4. THERE’S NO STOPPING IT NOW

From Bans to Bookies

CHAPTER 5. BETTING WITH TRILLIONS

The 2008 World Economic Calamity

Part II: THE MATHEMATICS

CHAPTER 6. WHO’S GOT A ROYAL FLUSH?

One Deal as Likely as Another

CHAPTER 7. THE BEHAVIOR OF A COIN

Making Predictions with Probability

CHAPTER 8. SOMEONE HAS TO WIN

Betting against Expectation

CHAPTER 9. A TRULY ASTONISHING RESULT

The Weak Law of Large Numbers

CHAPTER 10. THE SKILL/LUCK SPECTRUM

Even Great Talent Needs Some Good Fortune

Part III: The Analysis

CHAPTER 11. L ...

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