Lee Corbin writes:

Richard writes

> >How, essentially, does this differ from the casino game of
> >roulette?

<SNIP>

> And there are people who are good at it. Everyone calls them "lucky" which > really doesn't explain much. Some of us routinely choose the wrong queue,
> others get the correct one (queuing theory and probability offer good
> explanations for this sort of thing, but other factors may simply involve
> an ability to sample alternate worlds.

I don't believe that there are lucky people, except as a perfectly
ordinary and expected random fluctuation. If there were, don't you
think that it would pay the casinos to find these people and keep
them from playing?  And why haven't the psychics been all over
this? Besides, there are plenty of scientists who'd lust *jove*
to prove this.

As it happens, the casinos *are* finding the lucky people and stopping them from playing. It is apparently possible, if you have the right sort of brain, to count cards in blackjack and, over time, come out slightly ahead of the house. I believe there was a group of MIT students who went around the country doing just this, until they realised that the frequency of their encounters with thugs offering to break important bones could not be explained by chance alone.

--Stathis Papaioannou

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