AlanMendelson
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December 10th, 2020 at 10:58:59 AM permalink
There are four sides to the top used to play Dreidel during Hannukah. Given a fair dreidel without bias would a casino do well offering Dreidel as a table game?

The four sides are as follows:
1. Take the whole pot
2. Take half the pot
3. Your entry goes into the pot
4. Nothing happens-- no win or loss

It appears to me the casino would have a 25% chance of winning on each player's spin; a 25% of no outcome; a 25% chance of losing all wins and a 25% chance of losing half of all wins.

But Dreidel is a parimutual game, so I think the best strategy for the casino would be having a commission on each bet or win, similar to the vig on 4 and 10 in craps or the banker bet in Baccarat.

What does the Minyan say?
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December 10th, 2020 at 11:20:26 AM permalink
Alan: I bet you could take the whole pot 18 times in a row!
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December 10th, 2020 at 11:45:16 AM permalink
I'm waiting for the Dreidel Bias proponents to come forward
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December 10th, 2020 at 11:51:14 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

I'm waiting for the Dreidel Bias proponents to come forward



If you google ‘dreidel setting class’ you will find my video. I prefer the ‘flying hay’ to the ‘torquing nun’ set. I have been backed off from more Hanukkah parties than I care to remember. I have rolled ten ‘gimmels’ in a row, verified by the International Society of Dreidel Rollers.
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December 10th, 2020 at 12:22:08 PM permalink
If I deposit 50k will you let me watch you win?
Also I want to see what kind of watch you have.
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AlanMendelson
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December 10th, 2020 at 12:33:51 PM permalink
I didnt want to get into Dreidel bias, but I'm pretty sure the Shin side has more mass.
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December 10th, 2020 at 1:07:44 PM permalink
I bet on the symbol that looks like pi.
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December 10th, 2020 at 1:09:09 PM permalink
As a Jewish man this is my new favourite thread 😂
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December 10th, 2020 at 1:13:10 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

If I deposit 50k will you let me watch you win?
Also I want to see what kind of watch you have.



Ask me what type of watch I have and I will pull out my cell phone
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December 10th, 2020 at 1:25:44 PM permalink
Quote: Hunterhill

If I deposit 50k will you let me watch you win?
Also I want to see what kind of watch you have.



In general I end up paying those who watch me, in the form of lunch or such! Sometimes a new friend from here will buy me lunch.

I do not wear a watch, but do own a ‘Jules Jurgensen ‘ gold watch that my grandfather was given as a retirement gift from the IBEW around 1965. I think it’s worth less than $1k. I have faint recollections of playing dreidel with my grandfather from 50 years ago. Pretty sure we kids won what was called ‘Hanukkah Gelt’, which were chocolates wrapped to look like gold coins.

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