The Great Monopoly Money Casino Caper

Owen K.C. Stephens

I mentioned this story recently, and a few folks claimed theyโ€™ve never heard it. This amazes me, because itโ€™s one of my favorite stories.

In the late 1990s, my wife Lj worked for Saxon Publishing, a Norman, OK company that made math textbooks. Its staff, unsurprisingly, had a lot of people with mathematics degrees who wrote, designed, edited, and even fielded questions from school boards about their math texts.

One year for their Christmas party, which I attended with Lj, they had a professional for-fun-only casino come in. Everyone was given 10,000 of โ€œMonopoly money.โ€ There was a roulette wheel, craps, poker, blackjack, and a horseracing track. We were to play for 2 hours, and then the three people who had the most Monopoly money would get prizes. Lj didnโ€™t want to play so she gave me her 10k, doubling my stake.

The mathematicians all rushed to whatever game ofโ€ฆ

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