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

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Who’s Got a Royal Flush?

One Deal as Likely as Another

At Monte Carlo is the most sacred shrine of thegoddess; in the directors and croupiers of the famousestablishment are to be found her high priests. There, ifnowhere else on earth, Chance reigns supreme.—Karl Pearson, The Chances of Death

Real-life statistical experimentation vis-à-vis the mathematics of probability is a beauty that God must have thoroughly enjoyed if he ever did play dice with the universe. If you have not seen this glorious connection between statistics and probability, ...

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