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Risky Business: Math and the Gaming Industry

Travel Dates: tba
Instructor: Michael LeVan
Number of Students Enrolled: tba
Location: Las Vegas

Course Description

We will be on campus for the first two weeks of May term, travel to Las Vegas for the third week, and then return to campus for the last week of class.

While in Vegas, we will be talking with casino managers, historians, security experts, and professional gamblers. We will be staying in the heart of Las Vegas at one of the casino and resorts on the main strip.

The course itself will center around one mathematical concept known as the Law of Large Numbers. It is this single law that guarantees Las Vegas will continually take money from its players, as long as there is a critical mass playing the games. We will look at the mathematics behind the games. We will see that every game is engineered for the House to have an advantage in the long run. This will lead us to a strategy of determining which games will allow us to play the longest, if the proper strategy is used.

We will also look into some other ideas revolving around Vegas, namely a historical perspective of the city, as well as the  very important issue of gambling addiction.

Constructing Identity Through The American Dream

Travel Dates: tba
Instructors: Ellen Cox, Jeremy Paden
Number of Students Enrolled: tba
Location: California

Course Description

Coming soon