Archive for February 23rd, 2019

Picking a High Card

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Jake, now a full club member, was back again at the Happy Valley Card Club on a cold and snowy Friday evening.

As usual, there were many people standing around a large rectangular table by the bar, where Charlie, the dealer, was busy having someone pick a card from a pack on the green surface.

“What’s the game this evening, Charlie?” asked Jake, rubbing his cold hands together.

“Well, Jake, you pick a card from the deck. If you get a high card you pay me ten dollars, otherwise you win as many dollars as there are pips on the card,” said Charlie.

“By high card I assume you mean a Jack, Queen, King or Ace?”

“You got it,” said Charlie, “wanna play?”

“Ten dollars seems a bit much, Charlie, but I’ll give it a try to see how it goes,” said Jake.

“Suit yourself,” said Charlie.

After ten games, how much would you say Jake won or lost on average?


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