Can two losing propositions be combined into a single winning outcome? What can a pair of casino dice teach us about the origin of the universe? Is a lap dance from a stripper in Las Vegas really worth twenty bucks?

Ask Danny Pellegrino, the junk-mail con man who, at the opening of God Doesn’t Shoot Craps, is on his way to Atlantic City to test a new dice system called WIN BY LOSING! Although Danny has no illusions that it’ll actually work -- gambling systems never do -- he wants to make sure he can handle the inevitable complaints and questions he’ll receive from customers.

But after a few hours of playing this supposedly bogus system, Danny doesn’t just start winning ... he can’t lose.


Before long, his $5,000 bankroll turns into a $500,000 fortune. And this marks the beginning of Danny’s downward spiral into his own personal hell. When the system falls into the wrong hands, Danny embarks on a roller-coaster ride that takes him from the casinos of Atlantic City to the topless bars of Las Vegas – with the mob and the feds in hot pursuit.

Carrying readers into the intriguing world of Las Vegas and gambling, Richard Armstrong’s fresh and fast-moving tale has vivid characters, clever dialogue, and an engaging mix of philosophy, science, spirituality, and humor. The book also contains the craps system itself – WIN BY LOSING! – which is based on cutting-edge theories in mathematics recently revealed in Science News and Nature.

Politically incorrect, profane, almost pornographic at times, from its hilarious opening pages to its electrifying conclusion, God Doesn’t Shoot Craps will keep you up half the night turning pages ... and the other half turning over its provocative message in your mind.



LINKS:

NEW YORK TIMES – "Paradox in Game Theory: Losing Strategy That Wins"

NATURE – "Good News for Losers"
If you feel that life always deals you a bad hand, take heart. Scientists in Australia have proved that two games guaranteed to give a player a steady string of losses can generate a sure-fire winning streak if played alternately.

SCIENCE NEWS – "Losing to Win"