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# Roulette

The famous playboy explained to a beautiful woman his system for playing roulette: "In each round, I always bet half of the money I have at the time on red. Yesterday, I counted and I had won as many rounds as I had lost." Over the course of the night, did the gambler win, lose or break even?

### Answer

He lost. Every time he wins, his money increases 1.5 times (with $100, he bets $50 and if he wins, he has $150). When he loses, his money is reduced by half. So a win-loss combination results in a loss of one quarter of his money. The more he plays, the more money he loses, even though he wins the same number of times as he loses.Hide Answer Show Answer

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