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A Loser's Game. Although...

Basic Books

Rule Number One in gambling: the house always wins.  Rule 1-A: Adam Kucharski can prove the first rule wrong.  Which means you should probably not try to bring him into a casino with you. 

Kucharski holds a doctorate in mathematics, and he reports on the success of systems like card counting (not allowed in casinos) that allow people to beat the house on a regular basis. 

Science and a desire to win have combined on some notable gains, which are of some use to the world outside the gambling parlor, too. 

Dr. Kucharski lays it all out in his book The Perfect Bet.  The author visits The Exchange with the highlights of his findings. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.