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The Splendors and Miseries of MartingalesMartingales at the Casino

The Splendors and Miseries of Martingales: Martingales at the Casino [For more than two centuries, various betting strategies have been called martingales. What makes a betting strategy a martingale? Why have martingales been so popular among gamblers and casinos? The decade after the French revolution marks the beginning of a written record that casts some light on these questions. This record centers on Trente et Quarante, the game that drove the profits of the gaming spas of northwestern Europe and the casinos of Paris before the invention of Roulette in its modern form. Players in Trente et Quarante made successive even-money bets on red or black. Martingaling initially meant doubling one’s bet to recover from a loss. By the beginning of the 19th century, any betting strategy could be called a martingale. A review of this history will help us understand how seductive martingales can be. We still live with the perils of this seduction, inside and outside the casino.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Splendors and Miseries of MartingalesMartingales at the Casino

Part of the Trends in the History of Science Book Series
Editors: Mazliak, Laurent; Shafer, Glenn

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022
ISBN
978-3-031-05987-2
Pages
15 –50
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-05988-9_2
Publisher site
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Abstract

[For more than two centuries, various betting strategies have been called martingales. What makes a betting strategy a martingale? Why have martingales been so popular among gamblers and casinos? The decade after the French revolution marks the beginning of a written record that casts some light on these questions. This record centers on Trente et Quarante, the game that drove the profits of the gaming spas of northwestern Europe and the casinos of Paris before the invention of Roulette in its modern form. Players in Trente et Quarante made successive even-money bets on red or black. Martingaling initially meant doubling one’s bet to recover from a loss. By the beginning of the 19th century, any betting strategy could be called a martingale. A review of this history will help us understand how seductive martingales can be. We still live with the perils of this seduction, inside and outside the casino.]

Published: Oct 18, 2022

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