Plenty of lottery records are available on the WWW if you look hard enough. Check out http://www.lottonet.com/ for several year's historical data for several state lotteries. Minnesota does a particularly good job making its historical numbers available at http://www.lottery.state.mn.us.
The Daily Racing Form, available at http://racingform.com, has the schedules and results for every track in the country. Schedules and results from such New York traces including Aqueduct and Belmont Park are available from http://www.nyra.com/.
Develop and simulate a card counting strategies for other card games, such as gin rummy or poker variations where cards are publicly discarded. What impact does memorizing the discards have on your ability to predict the odds of getting the card that you want?
Ebay is an excellent resource to study auction strategies, since the bidding history is available, giving the name, bid amount, and time for each bid on every completed auction. How often does making a big presumptive bid knock everyone else out of the game? Does it pay to be the first one to make a bid? Are the rules different for expensive and inexpensive items?
I hope you have enjoyed this excerpt from
Calculated Bets: Computers, Gambling, and Mathematical Modeling to
Win!, by Steven Skiena,
Cambridge University Press
Mathematical Association of America.
This is a book about a gambling system that works. It tells the story of how the author used computer simulation and mathematical modeling techniques to predict the outcome of jai-alai matches and bet on them successfully -- increasing his initial stake by over 500% in one year! His method can work for anyone: at the end of the book he tells the best way to watch jai-alai, and how to bet on it. With humor and enthusiasm, Skiena details a life-long fascination with the computer prediction of sporting events. Along the way, he discusses other gambling systems, both successful and unsuccessful, for such games as lotto, roulette, blackjack, and the stock market. Indeed, he shows how his jai-alai system functions just like a miniature stock trading system.
Do you want to learn about program trading systems, the future of Internet gambling, and the real reason brokerage houses don't offer mutual funds that invest at racetracks and frontons? How mathematical models are used in political polling? The difference between correlation and causation? If you are curious about gambling and mathematics, odds are this is the book for you!