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Roulette Angel

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In the rules of roulette, all payouts are as if there are 36 possibilities. So if you bet a single chip on a single number and you win, you receive 36 chips in total (35 plus the one you put in). So, for example, if you put a chip on each of the 36 non-zero numbers and it hit one of those, then you would break even. However, there is also a 0 (and in some casinos a 00). It is possible to get 36 to 1 odds on those, but the point is that there are at least 37 or 38 possibilities. So you have a negative expected value at the game.

Two strangers Bob and Alice receive the following proposition from an eccentric, wealthy, and honest (nearly angelic) benefactor named, well, Angel.


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