Albion College

Mathematics and Computer Science

Mathematics and Computer Science

COLLOQUIUM

Spider Craps: Simulation and Statistical Analyses of Game Variations

Jacob Engel, `13

Since the establishment of casino table games such as Craps, Black Jack, and Roulette,
mathematicians and gambling enthusiasts have been seeking to create the next big game.
Some game developers choose to create variations of original casino games. Spider Craps,
a game variation created during FURSCA 2011, is a variation of the original game Craps
that uses eight-sided dice instead of six-sided. In order to calculate the odds of certain bets,
a Java simulation was created. An undergraduate thesis was written about the game as well.
The rules of Spider Craps and a short explanation of the simulation are included in this talk.
Also, a Markov chain analysis to find the average length of the shooter's hand was preformed,
and its results will be discussed.