To the uninitiated, the world of online betting can be somewhat overwhelming. But a single account is not a good idea. Unless you are a lot smarter than the bookmakers, your money will soon be gone. Each bookmaker offers slightly different odds. For some big matches it can be even lower. The second rule of gambling is to make sure you understand the relationship between odds and probabilities.
You need to do the odds-to-probability calculation every single time you place a bet. Before you part with your money, assign probabilities to each potential outcome and compare these with the odds. For many people this is a very difficult idea to get their head around. Successful gamblers back just as many, if not more, losers than winners. The second model I tried was based on the Euro Club index , which assigns points based on the result of matches between teams. Every time a team wins a match it gains index points and when it loses, the team loses index points.
This is similar to the Elo rating that is used in chess and other sports. The third model was based on a concept called expected goals. In this model, each shot a team makes is assigned a value based on historical data of shots taken in similar situations. My model based on expected goals resulted in some spectacular gains early on in the season.
It predicted the decline of Chelsea, but it overrated Arsenal and Liverpool. As the season progressed it became clear that a fourth and final model, which I called the odds bias model was the most reliable. The bias can be explained by punters being attracted by the potential of big profits offered by large odds, and undervaluing the smaller gains to be had by betting on the favourite and bookmakers adjusting their odds accordingly.
I found a long-shot bias in earlier Premier League seasons. For example, in , putting money on Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City against teams lower in the table would have given a small but reliable week-on-week pay-off. Not only did some bookmakers initially offer Leicester at 5, to 1 to win the league, but they were also undervalued in almost every match they played.
When Manchester United host Manchester City or Arsenal visit Liverpool, these matches see two very well matched teams play each other. But punters like to see a win in one direction or the other and the bookmakers increase the odds for a draw. This is a consistent bias over a number of Premier League seasons, and the season was no exception.
After that, my betting became more sporadic. I placed a few bets when I had time, but I often forgot. There is more to life than gambling. It is, however, possible for me to assess how I would have done if I had continued to bet. The website www. It turns out that my model continued to hold its own throughout the season. Not bad at all in the current economic climate. It is this. Lovisa Sumpter is a very talented individual.
This normative use of game theory has also come under criticism. Game theory is a major method used in mathematical economics and business for modeling competing behaviors of interacting agents. This research usually focuses on particular sets of strategies known as "solution concepts" or "equilibria".
A common assumption is that players act rationally. In non-cooperative games, the most famous of these is the Nash equilibrium. A set of strategies is a Nash equilibrium if each represents a best response to the other strategies. If all the players are playing the strategies in a Nash equilibrium, they have no unilateral incentive to deviate, since their strategy is the best they can do given what others are doing.
The payoffs of the game are generally taken to represent the utility of individual players. A prototypical paper on game theory in economics begins by presenting a game that is an abstraction of a particular economic situation. One or more solution concepts are chosen, and the author demonstrates which strategy sets in the presented game are equilibria of the appropriate type.
Economists and business professors suggest two primary uses noted above : descriptive and prescriptive. Sensible decision-making is critical for the success of projects. In project management, game theory is used to model the decision-making process of players, such as investors, project managers, contractors, sub-contractors, governments and customers.
Quite often, these players have competing interests, and sometimes their interests are directly detrimental to other players, making project management scenarios well-suited to be modeled by game theory. Piraveenan  in his review provides several examples where game theory is used to model project management scenarios. For instance, an investor typically has several investment options, and each option will likely result in a different project, and thus one of the investment options has to be chosen before the project charter can be produced.
Similarly, any large project involving subcontractors, for instance, a construction project, has a complex interplay between the main contractor the project manager and subcontractors, or among the subcontractors themselves, which typically has several decision points. For example, if there is an ambiguity in the contract between the contractor and subcontractor, each must decide how hard to push their case without jeopardizing the whole project, and thus their own stake in it.
Similarly, when projects from competing organizations are launched, the marketing personnel have to decide what is the best timing and strategy to market the project, or its resultant product or service, so that it can gain maximum traction in the face of competition. In each of these scenarios, the required decisions depend on the decisions of other players who, in some way, have competing interests to the interests of the decision-maker, and thus can ideally be modeled using game theory.
Piraveenan  summarises that two-player games are predominantly used to model project management scenarios, and based on the identity of these players, five distinct types of games are used in project management. In terms of types of games, both cooperative as well as non-cooperative, normal-form as well as extensive-form, and zero-sum as well as non-zero-sum are used to model various project management scenarios. The application of game theory to political science is focused in the overlapping areas of fair division , political economy , public choice , war bargaining , positive political theory , and social choice theory.
In each of these areas, researchers have developed game-theoretic models in which the players are often voters, states, special interest groups, and politicians. Early examples of game theory applied to political science are provided by Anthony Downs.
In his book An Economic Theory of Democracy ,  he applies the Hotelling firm location model to the political process. In the Downsian model, political candidates commit to ideologies on a one-dimensional policy space. Downs first shows how the political candidates will converge to the ideology preferred by the median voter if voters are fully informed, but then argues that voters choose to remain rationally ignorant which allows for candidate divergence.
It has also been proposed that game theory explains the stability of any form of political government. Taking the simplest case of a monarchy, for example, the king, being only one person, does not and cannot maintain his authority by personally exercising physical control over all or even any significant number of his subjects. Sovereign control is instead explained by the recognition by each citizen that all other citizens expect each other to view the king or other established government as the person whose orders will be followed.
Coordinating communication among citizens to replace the sovereign is effectively barred, since conspiracy to replace the sovereign is generally punishable as a crime. Thus, in a process that can be modeled by variants of the prisoner's dilemma , during periods of stability no citizen will find it rational to move to replace the sovereign, even if all the citizens know they would be better off if they were all to act collectively.
A game-theoretic explanation for democratic peace is that public and open debate in democracies sends clear and reliable information regarding their intentions to other states. In contrast, it is difficult to know the intentions of nondemocratic leaders, what effect concessions will have, and if promises will be kept. Thus there will be mistrust and unwillingness to make concessions if at least one of the parties in a dispute is a non-democracy.
However, game theory predicts that two countries may still go to war even if their leaders are cognizant of the costs of fighting. War may result from asymmetric information; two countries may have incentives to mis-represent the amount of military resources they have on hand, rendering them unable to settle disputes agreeably without resorting to fighting.
Moreover, war may arise because of commitment problems: if two countries wish to settle a dispute via peaceful means, but each wishes to go back on the terms of that settlement, they may have no choice but to resort to warfare. Finally, war may result from issue indivisibilities.
Game theory could also help predict a nation's responses when there is a new rule or law to be applied to that nation. One example is Peter John Wood's research looking into what nations could do to help reduce climate change. Wood thought this could be accomplished by making treaties with other nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
However, he concluded that this idea could not work because it would create a prisoner's dilemma for the nations. Unlike those in economics, the payoffs for games in biology are often interpreted as corresponding to fitness. In addition, the focus has been less on equilibria that correspond to a notion of rationality and more on ones that would be maintained by evolutionary forces.
Although its initial motivation did not involve any of the mental requirements of the Nash equilibrium , every ESS is a Nash equilibrium. In biology, game theory has been used as a model to understand many different phenomena. It was first used to explain the evolution and stability of the approximate sex ratios. Fisher harv error: no target: CITEREFFisher help suggested that the sex ratios are a result of evolutionary forces acting on individuals who could be seen as trying to maximize their number of grandchildren.
Additionally, biologists have used evolutionary game theory and the ESS to explain the emergence of animal communication. For example, the mobbing behavior of many species, in which a large number of prey animals attack a larger predator, seems to be an example of spontaneous emergent organization. Ants have also been shown to exhibit feed-forward behavior akin to fashion see Paul Ormerod 's Butterfly Economics. Biologists have used the game of chicken to analyze fighting behavior and territoriality.
According to Maynard Smith, in the preface to Evolution and the Theory of Games , "paradoxically, it has turned out that game theory is more readily applied to biology than to the field of economic behaviour for which it was originally designed". Evolutionary game theory has been used to explain many seemingly incongruous phenomena in nature. One such phenomenon is known as biological altruism. This is a situation in which an organism appears to act in a way that benefits other organisms and is detrimental to itself.
This is distinct from traditional notions of altruism because such actions are not conscious, but appear to be evolutionary adaptations to increase overall fitness. Examples can be found in species ranging from vampire bats that regurgitate blood they have obtained from a night's hunting and give it to group members who have failed to feed, to worker bees that care for the queen bee for their entire lives and never mate, to vervet monkeys that warn group members of a predator's approach, even when it endangers that individual's chance of survival.
Evolutionary game theory explains this altruism with the idea of kin selection. Altruists discriminate between the individuals they help and favor relatives. The more closely related two organisms are causes the incidences of altruism to increase because they share many of the same alleles. This means that the altruistic individual, by ensuring that the alleles of its close relative are passed on through survival of its offspring, can forgo the option of having offspring itself because the same number of alleles are passed on.
Ensuring that enough of a sibling's offspring survive to adulthood precludes the necessity of the altruistic individual producing offspring. Similarly if it is considered that information other than that of a genetic nature e. Game theory has come to play an increasingly important role in logic and in computer science. Several logical theories have a basis in game semantics.
In addition, computer scientists have used games to model interactive computations. Also, game theory provides a theoretical basis to the field of multi-agent systems. Separately, game theory has played a role in online algorithms ; in particular, the k -server problem , which has in the past been referred to as games with moving costs and request-answer games.
The emergence of the Internet has motivated the development of algorithms for finding equilibria in games, markets, computational auctions, peer-to-peer systems, and security and information markets. Algorithmic game theory  and within it algorithmic mechanism design  combine computational algorithm design and analysis of complex systems with economic theory.
Game theory has been put to several uses in philosophy. Responding to two papers by W. In so doing, he provided the first analysis of common knowledge and employed it in analyzing play in coordination games. In addition, he first suggested that one can understand meaning in terms of signaling games. This later suggestion has been pursued by several philosophers since Lewis.
Game theory has also challenged philosophers to think in terms of interactive epistemology : what it means for a collective to have common beliefs or knowledge, and what are the consequences of this knowledge for the social outcomes resulting from the interactions of agents.
Philosophers who have worked in this area include Bicchieri , ,   Skyrms ,  and Stalnaker Since games like the prisoner's dilemma present an apparent conflict between morality and self-interest, explaining why cooperation is required by self-interest is an important component of this project. This general strategy is a component of the general social contract view in political philosophy for examples, see Gauthier and Kavka harvtxt error: no target: CITEREFKavka help.
Other authors have attempted to use evolutionary game theory in order to explain the emergence of human attitudes about morality and corresponding animal behaviors. These authors look at several games including the prisoner's dilemma, stag hunt , and the Nash bargaining game as providing an explanation for the emergence of attitudes about morality see, e.
Game theory applications are used heavily in the pricing strategies of retail and consumer markets, particularly for the sale of inelastic goods. With retailers constantly competing against one another for consumer market share, it has become a fairly common practice for retailers to discount certain goods, intermittently, in the hopes of increasing foot-traffic in brick and mortar locations websites visits for e-commerce retailers or increasing sales of ancillary or complimentary products.
Black Friday , a popular shopping holiday in the US, is when many retailers focus on optimal pricing strategies to capture the holiday shopping market. In the Black Friday scenario, retailers using game theory applications typically ask "what is the dominant competitor's reaction to me? The retailer is focused on an optimal pricing strategy, while the consumer is focused on the best deal. In this closed system, there often is no dominant strategy as both players have alternative options. That is, retailers can find a different customer, and consumers can shop at a different retailer.
The open system assumes multiple retailers selling similar goods, and a finite number of consumers demanding the goods at an optimal price. Amazon made up part of the difference by increasing the price of HDMI cables, as it has been found that consumers are less price discriminatory when it comes to the sale of secondary items. Retail markets continue to evolve strategies and applications of game theory when it comes to pricing consumer goods. The key insights found between simulations in a controlled environment and real-world retail experiences show that the applications of such strategies are more complex, as each retailer has to find an optimal balance between pricing , supplier relations , brand image , and the potential to cannibalize the sale of more profitable items.
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For the longer answer, we need to get into the legality of betting on actual sporting events. In , the U. Four states were grandfathered in — Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana — but betting on actual sporting events was explicitly illegal everywhere else. This of course did not mean that people were not betting on sports in those states. That is Victor Matheson , a sports economist at Holy Cross. So when I ask my students what sort of black-market activities are out there?
Fantasy sports, meanwhile, as with many businesses born on the internet, fell into a gray area: unregulated but also not quite illegal. As it grew, it drew scrutiny, including a high-profile corruption charge. Jason Robins disputes this account. ROBINS: So, what actually happened was, this employee got sent via secure means some data that included picks on our platform for later games.
And those later games were not on our platform locked yet, but on FanDuel they were. FanDuel actually had a different setup where you could not enter players in later games and then change them during the earlier games. You had to pick all of them up front. So that information could not have even possibly benefited that employee, not to mention the fact that FanDuel actually was making public the overall pick information, which is what he had published because they lock theirs.
So, it was kind of a trumped-up story. Unfortunately, the media had already run with the story, calling it insider whatever. DraftKings responded by, among other things, banning all its employees from playing fantasy sports. Regulators came down on fantasy-sports sites because, upon close inspection, what they were doing looked an awful lot like gambling. ROBINS: So, the way that something gets determined to be gambling in most states is, it has to hit all three of three criteria.
There has to be consideration, which means something of value is paid to enter. So the question of whether playing fantasy sports was an act of skill or chance — this became a very important question for DraftKings and their biggest rival, FanDuel. But as we were getting attacked by attorneys general in a handful of states, that forced us to come together on the legislative- and government-affairs policy front.
And DraftKings remained an independent operator. Still, the big question remained: in the U. As Jason Robins explained, the answer would hinge on whether it was considered an act of skill or chance. HOSOI: They asked us: if they gave us their entire data set, could we tell them whether or not these contests were contests of skill or contests of chance.
Now, when you hear about a company asking academic researchers to analyze their data when the outcome of that analysis may have huge business or legal implications for that company, you may be a bit skeptical. More than happy to look into it. So how do you do that? HOSOI: You have to think about skill and luck as a spectrum and ask: where do these activities fit on the spectrum? Nothing is purely luck or purely skill.
HOSOI: So, we split it into fantasy baseball, fantasy hockey, fantasy basketball, and fantasy football. So then we compared that to real baseball, hockey, basketball, and football. We put all of those on a spectrum to see where fantasy sports clustered. Coin-flipping sat at zero. Which is good. So: check. The algorithm gets that right. The next point on the luck end of the spectrum was the stock market. So that sat at about a third of the way up. The one that is that is the top end of the skill spectrum is bicycle racing.
Sometimes you have bad luck in a bicycle race. But for the most part, whoever is going to put out the most power is going to win. So now we come to the interesting chunk of the spectrum, which lies sort of between. So basketball rewards skill the most, hockey rewards skill the least.
Because basketball has a large number of scoring opportunities in each game and a large number of games in the season. Whereas one lucky shot in hockey can matter a lot. And football and baseball are somewhere in the middle. HOSOI: Which is not super-surprising because the further up on the spectrum you are, the easier it is to predict the outcome. And if it is easy to predict the outcome, then it is easier to choose players in your fantasy lineup.
Hosoi submitted her analysis as a part of an affidavit to the Supreme Court of New York, one of several states where the legality of daily fantasy sports, or D. Shortly thereafter, the New York State legislature legalized daily fantasy sports.
Many other states have also allowed FanDuel and DraftKings to carry on. The skill finding was obviously good news for these companies — although some critics used it against them. They argued it was unfair that people who are better at statistics are more likely to win at fantasy sports.
Peko Hosoi says this problem has a pretty easy solution. There are lots of ways to do well in fantasy sports. One fantasy-baseball study showed that more than 90 percent of the winnings went to just over 1 percent of the players. If I go golf, maybe I can play in my amateur tournament. But the vast majority of golf prizes are won by a small group of people, too.
The people who are playing for large amounts are also putting up large amounts. Those people are generally playing with other players that are like them. So the legal battle over daily fantasy sports was clearly won by DraftKings and FanDuel. But what if fantasy-sports betting was just a stalking horse in pursuit of a much bigger victory? Last year, remember, the U. Supreme Court paved the way for states to legalize regular sports betting.
And DraftKings was perfectly positioned to create a sportsbook app to take these bets. How much money was already flowing through the DraftKings app in New Jersey? Way more so than the same size customer fantasy revenues coming from the Jersey market. Was the long-term plan built around the possibility of that? So we thought that there is a broad market in the U. But that was always part of the long-term thinking. The Holy Cross economist Victor Matheson, whom we met earlier, is a double threat.
Not only does he study sports economics:. So of course sports gambling is right up my alley. What about sports gambling? So the oldest organized sports that we have a good date on is the Olympics. The Olympics came about in B. We have good evidence of that. We have fairly good evidence that the first gambling on the Olympics occurred in about B. So as soon as they started playing games, someone started gambling on it.
The legality of sports gambling has varied greatly over time and place. In the U. The push for legalization gained momentum in New Jersey in , when voters there passed a non-binding referendum in favor. Soon after, the state began issuing sports-betting licenses to casinos. But the pro sports leagues and the NCAA sued, and won, and the sportsbooks were shut down. What followed were a series of cleverly engineered lawsuits designed to make it to the Supreme Court.
The case that finally did the trick was Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. The justices voted to strike down the federal law against gambling. But it does mean that states are now allowed to legalize it if they want. As of today, sports betting is fully legal and operational in several states, with others having already passed legislation. Only a handful of states say they are not considering some form of legalization — which means most states will likely legalize.
So what is incentivizing all these states to embrace sports gambling? DUBNER: As some states legalize gambling before others, each on their own timetable depending on a number of factors and negotiations having to do with state legislators and gambling people and so on, what sort of opportunities does this staggered introduction create for economists like you to study the knock-on effects of legalized gambling?
We need something to turn on one place and then turn off another place, and compare the two. So this will really be interesting. And it will be interesting in a lot of ways, like: does the introduction of sports gambling actually increase the total amount of gambling in a state? Or does it just cause people to stop going to the casino and stop buying lottery tickets, and start betting on the N. In New Jersey, the state takes an 8. He may be saying this out of self-interest, of course, but also keeping in mind competition from existing black-market gambling outlets.
What is the optimal level of sports-gambling taxation? How is widespread gambling going to affect sports leagues, athletes, the average bettor — and society as a whole? Because legalized sports betting in the U. So economists like Victor Matheson have been looking at data from other places, like the U. These are all legal bets being made through a huge network of local betting shops.
Anything from productivity to bankruptcy levels and so on. What does gambling tend to do? The winners tend to be the sports leagues themselves, because when people get interested in the sport, more people watch. The first major gambling scandal in Major League Baseball happened within a year of Major League Baseball forming — that was the Louisville Grays scandal. The precursor of the N. And of course we know of things like the Black Sox in throwing the World Series.
Although very specifically we were encouraged to not even go into a casino. And we were also encouraged to obviously report anything immediately and we were prohibited by contract from engaging in any type of sports gambling. And that would include filling out a March Madness bracket. Historically, U. In the old days, sports leagues stayed as far as they could from Las Vegas, fearful of any association with even legal sports betting.
The N. Because all of our big sports, the average salaries are in the millions of dollars. On the other hand, the big loser in this whole thing is for sure the N. Because the N. What is the N. Gambling certainly does have the possibility to undermine the integrity of sports.
And it has particularly the worry to undermine college sports — again, because college athletes are generating huge amounts of money for the N. Or to participate at all, collaborate with gamblers. So India playing Pakistan or England playing Australia.
And so players were stuck on their teams. Even though cricket was wildly popular in places like India. So here you have a sport where there are literally hundreds of millions of people watching. That is pretty much the prime recipe for corruption. And again, massive corruption in cricket, both known and suspected. But guess what — about 10 years ago, they started actually playing some professional club cricket called the I. And now you actually have cricket players making some decent money.
It costs us money, costs us reputation. And I put twenty grand on that. The difference is, we would report it to the authorities. As sports betting becomes more and more reliant on technology, you have to wonder what sort of an edge there is to be gained by bettors who are more analytically adept.
I asked Victor Matheson if sports gambling will be dominated by the team of quants that builds the best algorithm. This post originally appeared at www. It is written by Matthew Trenhaile, who has worked as an odds compiler for many years and is now on his own taking on the bookies. Over to Matthew. Steve was kind enough to allow me to utilise his blog to show my abilities in writing, through a series of articles from someone who has actually worked with a major bookmaker and in the industry.
When I describe my odds it will be in decimal European odds, and when I am referring to an amount of money, the currency will be Pounds UK. A lot of the articles I have read lately, in addition to television pieces, have generated a lot of debate. This is completely fine by me, as long as it has good intentions. These are my opinions, and I respect the ones of others as well.
To begin, I will take a look at odds compiling and how this has changed over the years, with my main focus on the last fifteen years. I will also be looking into how bookies copy their prices off each other, which is a topic that is relevant in the industry today. The industry concerned with Spread Betting stands responsible for every change that is of any significance in odds creations of the last 25 years.
This is also where my perspective and experience comes from. In Spread Betting you could oppose an outcome before you could lay on Betfair, and you could bet in-running online at the spreads before any of the fixed odds bookies. The doomed to be a failure product Extrabet, with the dreaded close out button, was also created by IG Index. This was the reality back then, and the sports spread betting industry is still the leader. This goes through the employees, who devise the models of other bookies.
It can also happen through firms such as Sporting Solutions, a spin-off from Sporting Index, where in-running prices towards bookies is the product. It is a clever move by fixed odds bettors to take a look at the spread betting firms prices, as their secondary check or backup before actually placing their bets. Databases, Statistics and mathematical models all play an increasingly large role in compiling odds, rather than personal experience, intuition and feel.
I also worked with people who broke down sports into their fundamental inputs and turned those inputs into probabilities. This was done before and ruing races. Initially, odds compilers were split on the prospects of Betfair, and especially on its uses with regards to compiling prices. After 6 years, we priced all horse racing products after our Betfair API, only using one person to oversee that the process was correct.
This was an extreme contrast to back when I started, where we had one trader for every horse race and a room filled with 40 traders, even though the number of sporting events and matches were only a tenth of what we have now. As a result of being a subsidiary of a large financial firm, we were paid more than the remainder of the industry, and our resources topped every other bookmaker. Our resources were ploughed into trading at more events in-running and to develop more complex models to generate odds in-running, at an increasingly high rate.
The statistical odds compiling mostly consisted and originated from the counting of how often an event had happened previously. If we were compiling data from two football teams, we would look at how many times the home team had won in their last 20 home games, and how many times the away team had won in their last 20 away-games.
This was prior to my time. In the old days, the edge was found by bookmakers, simply by studying the game more than the bettors and comparative odds knowledge. This is just because the bettor remembers what they played, and places the same bet the next time, regardless of what the odds are. The bookie will then have extracted value from the bettor, just by knowing what punters have played recently.
Odds compiling used to be more focused on the bets of the punters, rather than the probability of the outcomes. To this date, this is the very difference between bookmaking and punting. In the world we live in today, the odds will reflect probabilities of an outcome more and more precisely, and is less concerned about the opinion of the public. The up-spring of in-running betting is what stands behind odds compilation through mathematical modelling.
This meant that it became too difficult for people and compilers to recognise prices in multiple markets for multiple events in-running, only through the use of a pen and some paper, rather than computers. Bookies had a need for automatisation, preferably through models. Almost every model for sports betting can be found on the internet, and have been available for quite some time.
These models have been improved over a number of years, making the data greater. Each team has their goal inputs, and for every minute the game goes on, the model decreases. This means that as the simulation continues, the odds is recalculated, and changes a little bit every second, even when not significant enough to be visible. In the beginning, Poisson distribution was the only way, but we later changed to custom distribution for every league, and from goals scored to the expected number of goals based on shots.
These days, compilers measure the overall quality of the shots being taken, in addition to measure the individual players impact on the shots, to create a better understanding, and to create highly improved shots-models. Or are they actually doing this? The important point to focus on for bookies, is whether or not they wish to go down this road. Do they go through with the payments to secure this information, and do they pay people to work for them and maintain it?
Or do they hire someone else to do it for them? Multiple firms are already in use of the same price from the same provider of in-running football, for example. How good would your odds need to be to beat the average punter if you only used in-house compiling? Can great management of risk hide a multitude of sins just by letting the best of the punters move the prices so that they have the best outcome for you? It is sad to say, but only a small number of bookies allow that style of management of risk, or for the investment in greater pricing.
Compilers are now understanding that a pound spent on advertisement and marketing can initiate a greater profit than the pound they could have invested in improving the quality of the software or on staff. If we go into greater detail, bookies are most cost efficient when hiring young and inexperienced staff, in addition to give optimisation of software little or no thought. This is seen as a better option than hiring experienced odds compilers. You might be convinced that since odds are the product served by bookies, they would be better off with focusing on developing their product.
However, in the world we live in today, that is not correct. Bookies look at odds at about the same level of importance as the price of that beer. The real product they are selling is entertainment, and not the intellectual contest between the bookie and the punter.
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