You can't lose with this MAA Book Prize winner if you want to see how mathematics can be used to analyze games of chance and skill. The Author of this Book is edward packel The Author of this Book is edward packel Roulette, craps, blackjack, backgammon, poker, bridge, lotteries and horse races are considered here in a way that reveals their mathematical aspects. Array ISBN . Array ISBN . Mathematics of Games and Gambling available in English. The tools used include probability, expectation, and game theory. Mathematics of Games and Gambling available in English. No prerequisites are needed beyond high school algebra. No book can guarantee good luck, but this book will show you what determines the best bet in a game of chance or the optimal strategy in a strategic game. Besides being an excellent supplement to a course on probability and good bed-side reading, this book's treatment of lotteries should save the reader some money.