Bethune 1800: Mathematics of Gambling  a seminar series on probability,
combinatorics, statistics and information theory and their relation to gambling. Professor Mike Zabrocki, Office: TEL 2028, web page: http://garsia.math.yorku.ca/~zabrocki/ Course meets Thursdays in BC325 at 11:301pm email: mylastname @ mathstat then the usual yorku and ca ending 
weekly homework 
40% 
participation (incl attendance) 
30% 
Review assignments 
30% (15% x 2 at end of each FW term) 
Date 
Topic 
Notes 
Sept 10, '09 
Roulette  about the game,
winning strategy/gambler's fallacy 
HW #0 given 
Sept 17, '09 
basics of probability, roulette 
HW #0 due, HW #1 given 
Sept 24, '09 
beating roulette, expected value, odds 
HW #1 due, HW #2 given 
Oct 1, '09 
probability of dice events, the game of craps 
HW #2 due, HW #3 given 
Oct 8, '09 
play craps, conditional probability 
HW #3 due, HW #4 given 
Oct 15, '09 
reading week 

Oct 22, '09 
conditional probability, analyze craps 
HW #4 due, HW #5 given 
Oct 29, '09 
probability paradoxes 
HW #5 due, HW #6 given 
Nov 5, '09 
train paradox, lottery MAX v. Super 7 
HW #6 due, send me your Lotto MAX picks 
Nov 12, '09 
lottery and combinatorics 
HW #7 given 
Nov 19, '09 
lottery and combinatorics 
HW #7 due 
Nov 26, '09 
birthday paradox 
HW #9 given 
Dec 3, '09 
Winning the lottery twice 
HW #9 due 
Jan 7, '10 
Card shuffling 

Jan 14, '10 
Perfect shuffles, probability and cards 

Jan 21, '10 
Poker (play) 
HW #10 given 
Jan 28, '10 
Jacks or Better strategy 
HW #10 due, HW #11 given 
Feb 4, '10 
Texas Hold'Em (play) 

Feb 11, '10 
Monte Carlo methods with Texas Hold'Em 

Feb 18, '10 
Reading week 

Feb 25, '10 
Spent day working on Jacks or better hw 
HW #11 due 
March 4, '10 
Blackjack, basic strategy, card counting 

March 11, '10 
5050 games, betting strategies 
HW #12 given 
March 17, '10 
More 5050 games, betting strategies 
HW #12 due 
March 24, '10 
Weak law of large numbers 
HW #13 given 
April 1, '10 
Weak law of large numbers & hw13 

April 9, '10 
HW #13 due 