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Bibliography PDF link to "Beat the Market" is broken... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 12.165.139.33 (talk) 16:20, 11 July 2011 (UTC)

I'm not familiar with Thorp's work, specifically, but the number of ~5% HA for the dealer seems highly unlikely, if not downright impossible. Perhaps the OP meant .5%? --128.113.192.223 06:46, 1 November 2005 (UTC)

A number of casino games operate with a HA of 5% or more (Caribbean Stud Poker for example). Thebigjc 16:01, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Scarne's Complete Guide to Gambling says 5.9%. Of course, that's assuming you hit on 16 and stand on 17 and never split, etc., but many Blackjack players do stupid things anyway. 64.121.55.220 01:23, 3 December 2006 (UTC)

Can anyone find a source for the topics birthdate? Thebigjc 16:01, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

Large amount of links?[edit]

What is with the large amount of links to mundane words? "by mob standards given their historical reco" has links to 'standard' and 'history'. What are the rules for this?


i removed most of them. Seems just cluttering the page with links that are not relevant.HichamVanborm 01:11, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

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Hedging warrants[edit]

With Sheen Kassouf Thorp came up with a way of hedging warrants which is much the same work as Black, Scholes, and Merton did with option valuation. If anyone finds any Non Original Research it would make an interesting addition 11:02, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

Supposedly Thorp had the Black-Scholes formula by indeed following up on his previous work (Black and Scholes make a comment that Thorp and his coauthor had not followed upon the idea that once the hedge was riskless that the expected return should be that of the riskless asset). But Thorp kept the info secret even when Merton was telling him about the work of Black and Scholes, because he was basically trying to make money off of it. This is mentioned in the BBC Horizon episode, The Midas Formula.

See Also: Black Scholes ?[edit]

Unless there's a way to bring the topic of Hedging warrents into the main article, should there be a "See Also" for Black Scholes since there is no reference to it in the main article?

See my comment above. His role in the Black-Scholes theory is important, as is now widely recognized. Unfortunately nobody has bothered writing about it in this article.

Removed ref[edit]

I removed the ref

<ref name="Kelly">Beat the Dealer and Kelly criterion</ref>

to "Kelly Formula: Money Management Key for Traders", which does not support the content of the sentence it was on, offers only brief quotes, of the four quotes sources only one of them (hence is not a reliable source re the rest), and exists to hype the site-owner's you-too-can-beat-the-market courses. Not reliable, and probable spam.
--Jerzyt 18:05, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Counting details[edit]

This The accompanying article is a bio. I've moved the material in the lead secn on card counting to that article's talk page for evaluation for that article.
--Jerzyt 19:26 & 21:24, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Your idea makes sense. I agree. Dr.K. λogosπraxis 23:25, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

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Source for UC Irvine professorship?[edit]

I'm curious because a number of years ago I actually called the UC Irvine math dept. and asked about Thorp, whoever I spoke to there asserted he had never been a prof. of mathematics there.Docsavage20 (talk) 01:28, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

Ah, the irony! He is a founding faculty member of the UC Irvine math department, according to this UCI news article: https://news.uci.edu/feature/blackjack-guru-named-extraordinarius/ --DudeOnTheStreet (talk) 02:51, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
Interesting. If correct I wonder what the story was with whoever I talked to - they seemed to be well aware of who I was asking about and were emphatic he had never been a prof. of mathematics there...? Docsavage20 (talk) 08:08, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

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