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How to be wrong but useful

Adam Kucharski

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Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London, London W2 1PG

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Genome Biology 2012, 13:180  doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-12-180

Published: 26 December 2012

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Not long after roulette first appeared in the casinos of 18th century Paris, a new betting system emerged. Known as the 'martingale', it was adapted from a strategy used in bar games, and was supposedly foolproof. As a result, it soon became extremely popular among French players.