Continuing his series of books on the mathematics of gambling, the author
shows how a simple-rule game such as roulette is suited to a complex
mathematical model whose applications generate improved betting systems
that take into account a player’s personal playing criteria.
The book is both practical and theoretical, but is mainly devoted
to the application of theory. About two-thirds of the content is lists of
categories and sub-categories of improved betting systems, along with all
the parameters that might stand as the main objective criteria in a
personal strategy – odds, profits and losses.
The work contains new and original material not published before.
The mathematical chapter describes complex bets, the profit function, the
equivalence between bets and all their properties. All theoretical results
are accompanied by suggestive concrete examples and can be followed by
anyone with a minimal mathematical background because they involve only
basic algebraic skills and set theory basics.
The reader may also choose to skip the math and go directly to the
sections containing applications, where he or she can pick desired
numerical results from tables.
The book offers no new so-called winning strategies, although it
discusses them from a mathematical point of view. It does, however, offer
improved betting systems and helps to organize a player’s choices in
roulette betting, according to mathematical facts and personal strategies.
It is a must-have roulette handbook to be studied before placing your bets
on the turn of either a European or American roulette wheel.
Catalin Barboianu (born in 1968, in Craiova, Romania) is a mathematician
and author. He graduated Faculty of Mathematics, at University of
Bucharest, in 1992, with a master of science in Probability and Mathematical
Statistics. He studied under great scientific names like Solomon Marcus,
Constantin Craciun and Ion Cuculescu. He worked early in his career on
topology, mathematical analysis, probability theory, mathematical modeling
and also on philosophy of mathematics. However, his most important
contribution was on decision theory, placing the concept of
probability-based strategy onto a firm mathematical foundation. From 2001,
his fields of expertise moved to applied mathematics, especially on
applications of probability theory in daily life. Since 2003, his work
focused on application of probability theory in gaming. His books have a
guide style and primly address to non-mathematicians. He also published
several articles on leading academic and gaming industry as well and
became a recognized authority on mathematics of games and gambling. He is
also an active member of MAA (Mathematical Association of America) and SIAM
(Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics).