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3 ways of increasing your chances of winning in Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max

If you didn’t know already, the lottery is one of the worst ways to gamble. Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max generally return less than 50 cents per dollar you put in over the long run.

Check out the EV calculator to compute an estimated expectation for any given jackpot.

If you must play, then there are ways to maximize your expected value.  These tips revolve … Read more

Is PokerStars “The Deal” a zero-sum game?

In reality, the short answer to this question is no, “The Deal” is not a zRead more

Does PokerStars manually control when the Big Deal jackpot is won?

(Update: the jackpot as of 12:30 GMT Friday,  January 27 is now over $470,000. Given that there now have been roughly 21.8 million losing entries, if the odds of the hitting the jackpot are truly 1 in 5,197,920, meaning that the jackpot wheel is fair, neither predetermined or unevenly weighted, we should have expected the jackpot to be hit 4 times by now. SRead more

The expected value of playing The Deal at PokerStars

“The Deal” is a recently released promotion from PokerStars that allows … Read more

Facebook Games: the 90’s called and MSN Messenger wants its users back

Facebook has decided to roll out games on its app.  We are reliving the technological cycle that came with MySpace and MSN Messenger in the late 90’s and early 00’s.

In the latest version of the app, open a conversation with a friend (or friends!), tap on the game controller icon just below where you type your message, and choose a game to start pl

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List of MSN Gaming Zone Backgammon Cheaters

[Update: MSN has removed Backgammon from its games. Probably because of the rampant cheating. For a more fair place to play Backgammon that minimizes the chance of cheating (particularly because of the availability of instant replays) try https://www.gameslush.com/backgammon]

Figured I’d compile this list after seeing several cheaters that … Read more

An efficient but effective artificial intelligence for Big 2

(tl;dr: You can play against an AI computer user I designed for an online Big 2 game here.  The bots are capable of calulcating the expectation for its score for every possible line of play very quickly, resulting in a rather worthy opponent for even the most seasoned Big 2 players).

The dynamics in Big 2 make programming AI for it an interesting problem.  The … Read more