Just trying to stay alive

Oct 30, 2006 3:59 AM

Our question this week is, given a \$100 bankroll, a certain house percentage, and a certain priced ticket, how many games can we play before our bankroll is consumed? The answer is easily computed using the formula:

Bankroll

_______________ = Average games to depletion

PC x Amount Bet

For those of you who do not want to do this calculation, I have provided a chart here to save you some work:

Bet Games to Bankruptcy

 PC= 25% 26% 27% 28% 29% 30% \$1.00 400 385 370 357 345 333 \$1.50 267 256 247 238 230 222 \$2.00 200 192 185 179 172 167 \$2.50 160 154 148 143 138 133 \$3.00 133 128 123 119 115 111 \$3.50 114 110 106 102 99 95 \$4.00 100 96 93 89 86 83 \$4.50 89 85 82 79 77 74 \$5.00 80 77 74 71 69 67 \$5.50 73 70 67 65 63 61 \$6.00 67 64 62 60 57 56 \$6.50 62 59 57 55 53 51 \$7.00 57 55 53 51 49 48 \$7.50 53 51 49 48 46 44 \$8.00 50 48 46 45 43 42 \$8.50 47 45 44 42 41 39 \$9.00 44 43 41 40 38 37 \$9.50 42 40 39 38 36 35 \$10.00 40 38 37 36 34 33

It is an interesting fact that the above formula will work for any casino game. For instance, if you are playing a 25Â¡ video poker game with a 2% house edge, \$1.25 per hand, and your bankroll is \$100.00, you can expect, on average, to play 4,000 hands before going broke.

Well, that’s it for now. Good luck! I’ll see you in line! Email: [email protected]