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Course Description:

This course is an introduction to probability and game theory. The course’s main goal is to introduce the basic ideas of probability and mathematics of gambling and games.  You can play games by learning the rules and goals and just enjoy playing. But you can go beyond that and use mathematics for a deeper understanding of the workings of the game. The emphasis in this class is to learn the concepts and ideas which are applied to common games like the roulette, blackjack and poker. The game theory part will cover the basic concepts such as two-person zero ad non-zero-sum games and games of perfect information, Zermelo’s theorem and unravelling.

Textbook (required)

Gambling and Gaming, 2016. Rodriguez, A, and Mendes, B.. You can find the book HERE

General class information


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 pm to 3:05 pm

Stevens Academic 150


Lelys Bravo de Guenni


Jack Baskin Eng. 365B  

 Office Hours

 Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, or by Appointment

 Teaching Assistants:

Kurtis Shuler (kshuler@ucsc.edu). Office Hours: Tue 11:00 am - 12:00 m, BE 312B

Annalisa Cadonna (acadonna@ucsc.edu). Office Hours: Mo 5.30 - 6.30 pm, E2 480



01A, Mo 04:00 pm – 5:05 pm, J Baskin Engr 372. TA: Annalisa Cadonna

 01B, Tu 08:30 am – 9:35 am, J Baskin Engr 372. TA: Kurtis Shuler

 01C, We 12:00 am – 1:05 pm, J Baskn Engr 372. TA: Kurtis Shuler

 Tutoring:  Sean Elliot (sqelliot@ucsc.edu)


Homework will account for 10% of your final grade. Weekly homework will be assigned every Thursday from Sep/29 onwards, and they are due every Friday at 5 pm.  At least 50% of the questions used in the exams will be taken from them.  There is a drop box with the name of the course at one of the entrances to Jack’s Lounge (check map). You can also submit your homework electronically using the Drop Box  tool in eCommons. 

Solutions will be posted every week in the course Web page shortly after deadline, and you can discuss the solutions in your section with your TA. There are not homework re-dos. Some students do have situations beyond their control that might keep them from completing their weekly homework. We will drop the worst homework score at the time to calculate your homework average. Any questions regarding homework scores or grading should be addressed to the TA.