discrete probability; mathematics; gambling; game theory; prerequisites


Probability | Science and Mathematics Education

Document Type

Original Review Article (Essays, Opinion Pieces, and/or Book Reviews)


Courses on the mathematics of gambling have been offered by a number of colleges and universities, and for a number of reasons. In the past 15 years, at least seven potential textbooks for such a course have been published. In this article we objectively compare these books for their probability content, their gambling content, and their mathematical level, to see which ones might be most suitable, depending on student interests and abilities. This is not a book review (e.g., none of the books is recommended over others) but rather an essay offering advice about which topics to include in a course on the mathematics of gambling.

Funding Sources

SNE was partially supported by a grant from the Simons Foundation (429675). FMH was partially supported by a Discovery grant from NSERC. Neither funding body had any involvement in any aspects of the research.

Competing Interests

Neither author has competing interests, now or over the last three years.